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Esthela Calderón

Esthela Calderón is a poet and visual artist. Author of several books including: the pioneering book of ethnobotanical poetry Soplo de corriente vital (2008), Coyol quebrado (2012), the bilingual anthology of her selected poetry The Bones of My Grandfather (2018), and Colmena de papel / Paper Beehive (poetry and painting, 2022). 

Her poetry has been anthologized in The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal intelligence, Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon´s Sacred Vine, as well as El consumo de lo que somos: muestra de poesía ecológica hispánica contemporánea, Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology, and The Latin American Eco-Cultural Reader. She has published in World Literature Today (University of Oklahoma), Translation Review (University of Texas, Dallas: special issue on new Latin American literature), and ISLE. 

Her work as a visual artist was featured in individual exhibitions "Inside the Ancestral Current" (2017) and "Pollen" (2019), sponsored by SLC Arts. Her paintings were also displayed at the Brush Gallery at St. Lawrence University (2019), where she has worked as an Adjunct Instructor teaching Creative Writing workshops in Spanish.  

She is a creative designer at the fabric and wallpaper company Spoonflower. The link to her online store is 

Karyn Crispo

Poet, author, and teacher, Karyn Crispo holds an from Emerson College in Boston and has taught writing at St. Lawrence University, Clarkson University, and Bunker Hill Community College. Her collection of poems, Building a Second Home, was nominated for the Massachusetts Book Award and the Pen New England Literary Award, and her work has appeared in several journals. She is currently at work on two poetry manuscripts: Tree Songs and Scars Barely Visible. Crispo leads writing workshops for those incarcerated at her local county jail and is an advocate for restorative justice. She is affiliated with St. Lawrence Arts Council, is a recipient of a Creatives Rebuild New York Artist Award, and organizes the North Country’s Poetry with Purpose monthly reading series. A lover of nature and the Adirondacks, Crispo lives in the North Country with her family; you can contact her at

Rebecca Pelky

Rebecca Pelky is a citizen of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin. She holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, as well as an MFA in writing and a Bachelor of Science in zoology from Northern Michigan University. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Clarkson University, she teaches film studies, literature, and creative writing.

Pelky’s second collection of poetry, Through a Red Place, won the 2021 Perugia Press Prize.  Through a Red Place is a bilingual collection of poems, written in Mohegan and English, which responds to archival, historical, and field research to consider how Native and non-Native people have historically utilized the same land. Her first book, Horizon of the Dog Woman, was published in 2020 by Saint Julian Press. Her co-written books include a translation of Chilean poet Matilde Ladrón de Guevara’s book, Desnuda (with Jake Young), and a hiking guide for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (with Eric Hansen). She was recently awarded a 2023 fellowship in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, with which she is hard at work on her next book.

Steven F. White 

Steven F. White is co-founder of the website Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas (, co-editor of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine, contributor to The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence, editor of El consumo de lo que somos: muestra de poesía ecológica hispánica contemporánea, and author of Bajo la palabra de las plantas, poesía selecta: 1979-2009. White edited an anthology of contemporary Hispanic American ecopoetry. He translated Lorca’s Poet in New York and Seven Trees Against the Dying Light by Pablo Antonio Cuadra. White has published eight books of his own poetry in English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.