Aug 292009 A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, a Tucson-based online journal that examines the interface between the built and natural environments, is holding its first-ever issue launch and reading.

This celebration of the “Borders & Bridges” issue (No. 24) features readings by contributors Christopher Cokinos (Hope is the Thing with Feathers and The Fallen Sky), Pamela Uschuk (Crazy Love), Deborah Fries (Various Modes of Departure), and headlining artist David Rothenberg. It will take place on September 24, at 8 p.m., at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson.

David Rothenberg is a philosopher, musician, and the author of Why Birds Sing, Sudden Music, Blue Cliff Record, Hand’s End, and Always the Mountains. His articles have appeared in Parabola, Orion, The Nation, Wired, Dwell, Kyoto Journal, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, and Sierra. Rothenberg is also a composer and jazz clarinetist, and he has seven CDs out under his own name, including On the Cliffs of the Heart, named one of the top ten CDs by Jazziz Magazine in 1995. His latest book is Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales. Rothenberg is professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


  • Welcome, Issue Overview, Contributor and Editor/Board Callouts (in audience), and First Reader Introductions – Simmons Buntin
  • Pamela Uschuk (poetry) – 8 minutes
  • Christopher Cokinos (nonfiction) – 8 minutes
  • Deborah Fries (poetry) – 8 minutes
  • Introduction of David Rothenberg – Kieran Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity
  • David Rothenberg (music and prose) – 20-25 minutes
  • Refreshments and book signings (UA Bookstore will sell books)

Mark your calendars and please join us for this free and fun event! For more information, view or contact editor Simmons Buntin at

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