Reading and artist talk: New Brunswick author invites you to tackle eco-anxiety with a poetic odyssey on the Bay of Fundy

While the world struggles to come to terms with the growing problem of “ecological grief” in the face of the climate crisis – whether it’s the mind-numbing fear of crop-killing droughts, black-outs caused by ice storms, or the slow realization that the wildlife you knew as a child might disappear before your very eyes – this New Brunswick theater artist turned author has spent the last few years channeling her own grief (and hope for the future) into a poetic odyssey exploring our relationship with the natural world from the beautiful vantage of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Bay of Fundy.

The culmination of Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland life’s work as an artist and environmental activist, “Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge – Pangea’s Dream Remembered: A Poetic Odyssey” is a timely, multifaceted narrative poem that examines the morality of climate change action, our connection to the land, and the importance of Indigenous ways as we move toward a more sustainable global economy.

Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland invites you to join her for in-depth book reading, book signing, and artist talk at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at Westminster Books (88 York St., Fredericton).

Remember, you aren’t alone. If you or a family member are struggling with eco-anxiety, this is the perfect event to help you meet like-minded people who share what you are feeling, and your desire for a better tomorrow!

Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland is a writer, theatre artist, and arts educator whose work evolves at the intersection of art and activism. She is the author of Jazz—Nature’s Improvisation, shortlisted for the 2015 ReLit Award, and Bearing Witness, a spoken word eco-play, among others. She won the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award for her cutting-edge arts-based work in Sackville, N.B.. Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge is Elizabeth’s debut book of poetry.

Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge will be available for purchase at the event, along with the opportunity to have books signed by the author at no extra costs. Individual softcover books costs $20 and can be found at Westminster Books.

This event is organized by Westminster Books with support from the Conservation Council of New Brunswick and financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Daring to Hope at the Cliff’s Edge: Advance Praise

“Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland’s voice is timeless and timely, ancestral and modern, serious and whimsical. Be prepared for a journey of the moral imagination, an invitation into a council of all beings, and a unique experience that will leave you inspired, moved, and daring to hope.”

—Della Duncan, Ecological Economist/ Work that Reconnects Facilitator

In hearing Elizabeth share an excerpt from her upcoming book, Daring To Hope at The Cliff’s Edge, I felt myself experience a brief but ever so sweet respite from the hopelessness that has weighed on my heart and the hearts of so many of us. Elizabeth’s work shows us that the ultimate tool we possess is our ability to quiet down and listen to what our Eternal Mother is trying to tell us.

—Sophia Katz, Musician, author and media artist

Joggins Fossil Cliffs on the Bay of Fundy is the important geological focus for this engaging poetic meditation on our endangered earth. In Elizabeth Glenn-Copeland’s lyrical treatment myth, Indigenous lore, geological science, song, storytelling, current events, and even pop culture intermingle in an impassioned search for understanding and for hope.

— Glen Sorestad, First Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan