Allison Cobb with Daniel Borzutzky
This evening gives us two writers who take the world on in all its present tumult, and do so with unflinching, open-eyed intensity, engaging in conversation to celebrate the launch of Allison Cobb’s Plastic: An Autobiography (Nightboat). National Book Award-winning poet Daniel Borzutzky, author of the recent Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018, will be part of this, as well. With us from Portland, where she works for the Environmental Defense Fund and co-hosts The Switch reading/performance series, Allison Cobb is also the author of After We All Died, Green-wood, and Born-2. And now this brilliant new book.
“Allison Cobb is not only a dedicated environmentalist, but she is also one of America’s most original environmental writers. The form of this book embodies narrative plasticity as each chapter is molded by history, science, memory, experience, and personal travels through the plasticsphere. After reading the final page, you will never see plastic the same way again, and you will see it everywhere.”-Craig Santos Perez.
“Plastic: an Autobiography is a spinning gyre of history, biology, poetry, and chemistry, gathering centripetal force through attention to such particulars as a shard of plastic from WWII found lodged in the belly of an albatross sixty years later. This is a fierce and brilliant work that perhaps could only have been written by a poet who grew up in the shadow of Los Alamos, aware that the most destructive of human inventions can seem salvific until it is almost too late. Let this book be a call to awareness and action.” -Carolyn Forché.