Led by Katie Geraci, a Foley Graduate Fellow with Walking Mountains Science Center, the book club will read “Kinship Vol 1: Planet” that revolves around the question of planetary relations: What are the sources of our deepest evolutionary and planetary connections, and of our profound longing for kinship? Everyone is welcome even if you haven’t finished the book; there will be plenty to discuss and plenty of snacks!
We live in an astounding world of relations. We share these ties that bind with our fellow humans--and we share these relations with nonhuman beings as well. From the bacterium swimming in your belly to the trees exhaling the breath you breathe, this community of life is our kin--and, for many cultures around the world, being human is based upon this extended sense of kinship. "Planet," Volume 1 of the Kinship series, focuses on our Earthen home and the cosmos within which our "pale blue dot" of a planet nestles. National poet laureate Joy Harjo opens up the volume asking us to "Remember the sky you were born under." The essayists and poets that follow--such as geologist Marcia Bjornerud who takes readers on a Deep Time journey, geophilosopher David Abram who imagines the Earth's breathing through animal migrations, and theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser who contemplates the relations between mystery and science--offer perspectives from around the world and from various cultures about what it means to be an Earthling, and all that we share in common with our planetary kin. "Remember," Harjo implores, "all is in motion, is growing, is you." Proceeds from sales of Kinship benefit the nonprofit, non-partisan Center for Humans and Nature, which partners with some of the brightest minds to explore human responsibilities to each other and the more-than-human world. The Center brings together philosophers, ecologists, artists, political scientists, anthropologists, poets and economists, among others, to think creatively about a resilient future for the whole community of life.
Katie (she/her) is a writer, educator and environmentalist in process. She was a writing tutor in college and earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology with a minor in Spanish. Katie has worked as a lab technician, teacher, pottery studio assistant, raft guide and freelance journalist. She is particularly interested in writing about regenerative, sustainable agriculture, and her work has appeared in Edible Bozeman Magazine, Edible Communities Online and Montana Woman Magazine. Currently, Katie and her husband are building out a short school bus dubbed The Prancing Pony.