Devouring the Green

Sam Witt was born in Wimbledon, England and lived there until the age of seven, at which time his family moved to America, where they lived in North Carolina and then Virginia. After graduation from the University of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Witt lived and worked as a free-lance journalist in San Francisco for several years, publishing in such magazines as Computerworld, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and Wired. Sam’s first book of poetry, Everlasting Quail,won the Katherine Bakeless Nason First Book Prize in 2000, sponsored by Breadloaf, and was published by UPNE the following year, at which time he received a Fulbright Fellowship to live and write in Saint Petersburg, Russia for a year. Witt has participated in poetry festivals at Druskininkai and Vilnius at the invitation of the Lithuanian government. He has been a resident at the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and at Yaddo, and his poems have been published in the Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, Georgia Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, New England Review, Boston Review and Pleiades among other journals, and in the anthologies The New Young American Poets and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. His poems have been awarded the following awards: The Red Hen Press Poetry Award for 2013; the Meridian Editors’ Poetry Prize, the Briar Cliff Review Poetry Prize, and the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Award for 2008; the American Literary Review Poetry Prize for 2001; and the New Millenium Writing Award for 1999. He has taught at Harvard University, Whitman College, and is currently on faculty in the English Department of Framingham State University, and since 2010, has served as Poetry Editor of Jaded Ibis Press.  His second book, Sunflower Brother, won the Cleveland State University Press Open Book competition for 2006, and was published in 2007.  His website address is www.samwittpoetry.com and you can follow him on twitter here: @sambrownwitt.

Devouring the Green Books

Coming Late Fall 2014

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Anthology of new writing, coming late fall 2014.

“During this century, we’ll see that more and more people will start using technology as part of the body in order to perceive more and to extend senses.One example of technology overtaking our lives is the growth of automated trading systems like the Bitcoin Society App about which you can read at https://cybermentors.org.uk/bitcoin-society-app-scam-full-review/. Once you understand how these automated systems work and sieve the fake from the real you will be able to use them to generate profits just like We’ll be better able to understand who we are and in which world we live in.” 
—Neil Harbisson, cofounder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that helps humans become cyborgs and defend cyborg rights.  (Harbisson is the first person officially recognized as a cyborg: His passport photo includes his cyborg-seeing device.)  [see:  http://vimeo.com/51920182]

DEVOURING THE GREEN:

Fear of a Human Planet

a cyborg / eco poetry anthology

edited by Sam Witt

with contributions by 77 renowned writers (listed below) and

art by Christopher Arabadjis

ABOUT THIS BOOK

The inspiration for DEVOURING THE GREEN anthology arose from the editor’s and publisher’s own investigations into new technologies and ecological disaster as it relates to the art of language. We invited a diversity of writers to submit poems addressing the ecological, technical and spiritual.

Jaded Ibis Press searches for provocative poetry that maintains a thread to the past while exploring concerns related to human sentience in an increasingly non-sentient world. To this end, DEVOURING THE GREEN anthology of cyborg/eco-poetry questions the increasingly porous border between the world of machines and the world of nature.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Now that the first Homo sapiens has received an ‘official’ cyborg classification, have we stepped beyond the cusp of a transhumanized planet? [see: http://youtu.be/7EnyR2Bcxnw ]
  • Are the ecological and technological transformations that are altering humans and our biospheres already converging into a singularity — a virtual and potentially literal tidal wave that will assure Homo sapiens extinction? [see: http://youtu.be/LTPAQIvJ_1M ]
  • Have we entered a bizarre present-tense in which technological innovation and evolution is ghosted by a dark ecological shadow?  [see:  http://youtu.be/zPOfmVEFylA ]
  • Are we past the tipping point, environmentally, as our machines race past our ability and willingness to account for the damage they do to natural ecosystems? [see: http://youtu.be/fWInyaMWBY8 and: http://youtu.be/D-UjEaCoVVU ]
  • Has the human ape forever abandoned nature and a comprehensive understanding of its relationship to our intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual selves?
  • If the transhuman world were to speak in human language, what would its poetry sound like?
  • If a carbon-based species were to plead to a silicon species, what might its lamentation beget?
  • How is the transhuman tidal shift altering culture and politics?
  • Is there a discernible drift toward language that exacerbates our impending extinction?
  • What role does/can poetry play in discussing these questions?