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Split This Rock Eco-Justice Project

Eco-justice poetry affirms the principles of environmental justice developed at the first People of Color Environmental Leadership summit, which recognizes the “sacredness of mother earth, ecological unity, and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction” as well as the “fundamental right to political, economic, (and) cultural, self-determination of all peoples.” 

Eco-justice poetry looks at the intersection of social justice, culture, and the environment, considering the impact of colonization, war, racism, economic injustice and other forms disenfranchisement on our human relationship with the natural world.   

Coordinated by Melissa Tuckey, Split This Rock's Eco-Justice Project aims to amplify the voices of poets who are writing socially engaged nature poems and to build community between activists and poets. The project revolves around the publication of Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in 2017 and edited by Melissa Tuckey.

The anthology features poems on a wide range of subjects at the intersection of social justice and the environment, aimed at deepening our understanding of environmental crisis and giving heart and face to those who bear its brunt. Along with the publishing of Ghost Fishing, the Eco-Justice Project includes readings, workshops, and other events highlighting the poetry included in the anthology and poets who write on environmental justice themes.

Photo of the cover of the January 2016 issue of Poetry Magazine. There is an image of a rock, marbled to look like a piece of the earth.

The project's goal is to help build capacity for transformative change by giving voice to some of the most pressing issues of our times, embracing the complexity of the challenges we face, and creating space for imagination. Readings from the anthology aim to spark conversation on the ways in which diverse topics such as race, and class, and gender intersect with environmental concerns. Through writing workshops and other interactive activities, community members will be invited to engage their concerns in a creative way in hopes that the exchange will feed both activist and artist and plant the seeds for further collaboration.

Check out the April 2017 Climate Justice Event Series!

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, includes poets such as: 

Craig Santos Perez ♦ Rigoberto González ♦ Yusef Komunyakaa ♦ Adrienne Rich ♦ Ross Gay ♦ Allison Hedge Coke ♦ Linda Hogan ♦ June Jordan ♦ Gloria Anzuldúa ♦ Lucille Clifton ♦ Camille Dungy Martin Espada ♦ Margaret Walker and many others!

Check out the January 2016 issue of Poetry Magazine for an early look at some of the poems to be included in Ghost Fishing.


Photo of Melissa Tuckey wearing a purple long sleeve shirt. She is seated turned to the left and looks toward the camera over her right shoulder. Her gray wavy hair is slightly parted in the middle tucked behind her right ear. Her expression is neutral.

The Eco-Justice Project Coordinator and Editor is Melissa Tuckey. She is a fellow at Black Earth Institute and a co-founder of Split This Rock, a national literary organization dedicated to socially engaged poetry. She’s author of two collections of poetry. Tenuous Chapel, was selected by poet Charles Simic for the ABZ Press First Book Award 2013. Rope as Witness, a chapbook, was published by Pudding House Press. Tuckey is an adjunct professor Mansfield University and is an instructor at the downtown YMCA Writer’s Center in Syracuse. Tuckey is available for speaking engagements and interviews on the book. Contact her directly for more information at


For more information about the Eco-Justice Project, contact Melissa Tuckey at