On Thursday, 10/19, UT English alum Dr. David Taylor will be the featured guest at a Nosh N’Chat, at 5:15pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower. A specialist in sustainability studies and interdisciplinary conversations, Dr. Taylor will discuss Cuban theater, myth and art––what these can teach us about art’s power to educate the community about climate change. “Guanaroca: Cuban Theatre and Performance in a Time of Climate Change” will focus on the Guanaroca myth, the biodiversity it honors (flora and marine species), and the ways in which the performance of Guanaroca–celebratory and mournful––raises awareness of climate change and its impact on the lagoon’s ecological health. Coffee and brownies will be served!
David Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Sustainability Studies Program at Stony Brook University. He writes poetry, creative non-fiction, scholarship and science/technical writing; the core of his work is the concern for environmental sustainability. He has traveled to Cuba for over five years collaborating with writers, artists, performers, and scholars at the University of Havana, Artes Escencias Cubanas, UNEAC (Cuban National Writers Organization), and the La Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez de la Naturaleza y el Hombre. He is the author and editor of seven books: Palm Up, Palm Down (Poetry, Wings Press, 2017), Praying Up the Sun (Pecan Grove Press, 2008) and a chapbook The Log from The Sea of Cortez: A Poem Series (Wings Press, 2013) based on John Steinbeck ’s 1940 collecting trip with biologist Ed Ricketts. Steve Wolverton and he co-edited a collection about an interdisciplinary project on Mesa Verde archaeological sites, titled Sushi in Cortez: Essays from the Edge of Academia (University of Utah Press, 2015). Natural history and creative non-fiction include Lawson’s Fork: Headwaters to the Confluence (Hub City Press, 2000), a personal narrative on history and natural history of Lawson’s Fork, Spartanburg’s river. He edited Pride of Place : A Contemporary Anthology of Texas Nature Writing (UNT Press, 2006) and was interviewed about the book on NPR, for Earth Day, 2006
David Taylor received his PhD in English from the University of Tennessee English Department in 1994. His dissertation was on Thoreau’s history essays and shifts in science.