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Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology

Forthcoming from University of Georgia Press in 2016, edited by Melissa Tuckey

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.   

Ghost Fishing 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.

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