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Elizabeth J. Coleman L’74 releases new poetry anthology focused on environmental action

April 22, 2019

On April 22, Copper Canyon Press released a new collection of poetry edited by Elizabeth J. Coleman L’74. HERE: Poems for the Planet, is an anthology of 128 contemporary poets from all over the world that approaches our environmental crisis with urgency and vision. The poems in HERE are introduced by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and followed by a guide to activism written by the Union of Concerned Scientists. HERE looks at humans and animals, the beauty of the planet, its daunting problems and those of marginalized communities and creatures, and yet calls for courage and action, rather than despair. HERE seeks to help readers see with fresh eyes what the astronauts saw when they looked down from space at our tiny world.

Coleman, a public interest attorney and activist for environmental and social justice, recently came to Penn Law’s campus to engage in a dialogue about what lawyers, students, and citizens can do to respond to the challenges of climate change and to catalyze legal and policy change for environmental protection. At that April 10 event, “Words and Action: Responding to a Planet in Crisis,” Coleman joined a discussion with two leading environmental lawyers: Shannon Fisk, Managing Attorney of Earthjustice’s Coal Program, and Sarah Greenberger L’05, Senior Vice President of Conservation Policy at the National Audubon Society.  The April 10 dialogue was moderated by Cary Coglianese, Edward B. Shils Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Penn Program on Regulation.

A former member of the Law School’s Board of Overseers, Coleman was also a guest on the most recent episode of Penn Law’s podcast Case in Point, where she and Coglianese discussed HERE: Poems for the Planet as well as her work as a lawyer and a poet.

To listen to the podcast, please go to:

To read a recent essay by Coleman, entitled “Poetry Inspires Hope and Climate Action” and published by The Regulatory Review, go to: