Science + Literature: Nature’s Poetry & Peril

The Glass Constellations: New and Collected Poems by Arthur Sze, a 2024 Science + Literature selected title, features poems across ten poetry collections and five decades of work, varied in form but aligned in their interest with the natural world. Sze joins Brian Teare, author and 2024 Science + Literature committee member, in conversation on environmental poetry, and what we can read, write, and think through to save our endangered planet.

The event is free and open to the public. The program will be followed by a book signing. Free concessions will be available to attendees.

Presented in partnership with the Roanoke Public Libraries, Virginia Center for the Book, the Grandin Theatre, and the National Book Foundation.


Arthur Sze has published 11 books of poetry, including The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems and Sight Lines, which won the 2019 National Book Award for Poetry. A new collection, The Silk Dragon II: Translations of Chinese Poetry, is forthcoming. Sze is the recipient of many honors, including a 2022 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a 2021 Shelley Memorial Award, and the Jackson Poetry Prize. He is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, Brian Teare is the author of seven critically acclaimed books, including Doomstead Days, winner of the Four Quartets Prize, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. His most recent publications are a pair of book-length ekphrastic projects exploring queer abstraction, chronic illness, and collage: the reissue of The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven, and Poem Bitten by a Man. An Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia, Brian lives in Charlottesville, where he makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.


Science + Literature identifies three books annually, across genres, that deepen readers’ understanding of science and technology, and highlights the diversity of voices in contemporary science and technology writing. Science + Literature is made possible by the Sloan Foundation. Read more about the Science + Literature program on the National Book Foundation’s website.

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