Close to Home: Jourdan Imani Keith & Joseph Manson
Our Close to Home series continues with a look at the ways in which people interact with and experience the nearby natural world. Tonight we feature two local naturalists who have helped adults and children connect with nature in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Equity and social justice are important concerns when doing this work. Jourdan Imani Keith has served as Seattle Poet Populist, Seattle Public Library’s first Naturalist-in-Residence and she is currently the Seattle Civic Poet for 2019-2021. A student of Sonia Sanchez, she is a playwright, naturalist, educator, and storyteller whose work blends the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. She’ll speak today on captivity: the moments that captivitate us, beauty, nearby art, other moments and living things and the experience of Women and Whales in the Pacific Northwest.
After serving in multiple capacities at the Seward Park Audubon Center, Joseph Manson became the Center’s director in 2015. His vision as director is to make nature-based education available to all students in local schools and provide programs for all that facilitate positive experiences in Seattle’s wild spaces. The only Black director of more than 40 Audubon centers across the nation, he has also served on National Audubon’s Strategic Plan Committee and is a member of Audubon’s Diversity & Inclusion Cohort. He’ll speak tonight about experiences in nature and working to make wild experiences more inclusive.
More about Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith.
More about Joseph Manson and the Seward Park Audubon Center.