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Branford’s BACA Gallery Celebrates “Writing the Land” Book


BRANFORD – The Beacon Hill Reserve is tucked away behind Route 1, somewhat secretive and hidden. Leaves of purple, brown, yellow and rust cover its stone path, the entrance to which is lined with two lichen-covered rocks.

This raw land is the subject of a book of poetry and artwork that will be launched at a special event on November 13, a unique collaboration between the Branford Land Trust, the Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance, local poets and artists.

As poet Laurel Peterson hiked the trails of the reservation, she stopped and paused where the scenery seemed to call her.

“The land demanded that I be still there,” Peterson said of his process of writing Beacon Hill Preserve-inspired poems for the poetry anthology, “Writing the Land: Windblown I.” As she sat at a bench overlooking the swamp, she pointed out the dance of light and water.

Writing the Land “is a collaborative outreach and fundraising project for land care organizations” across the country, according to project director Lis McLoughlin.

“Through our anthologies, poets help raise awareness of the importance of land, ecosystem and biodiversity conservation,” she said.

The poetry anthology, which explores various nature reserves and conservation areas across the country, does so by pairing poets with land trusts. Land trusts then associate their poets with an area of ​​land held for up to one year.

During this time, the poets write three poems, each inspired by an aspect of the landscape that speaks to them.

The project aims to inspire more connection and immersion in nature, as well as to encourage deeper and greater conservation efforts.

Writing Land’s latest anthology, “Windblown I,” features many contributions from Branford-based artists in a 20-page section.

“In my off-the-grid cabin in a mature hemlock forest in western Massachusetts, I gazed upon the land for years. And as I roamed these wooded acres, feeling the cadences of Robert Frost in my hiking feet, I knew the words and the land were written,” McLoughlin wrote of what inspired the start of this project.

Writing the earth is a call to action, to help protect our wild places and deepen our connection to the nature around us, McLoughlin said.

“My ultimate goal for this project is that it helps people feel more connected to the rest of nature. I hope what comes out of this is that they pay more attention to nature and the need for us to conserve the natural world,” she said.

Along with Connecticut artists, the Branford Land Trust and the Branford Arts & Cultural Alliance have partnered with Writing the Land to bring this anthology and event to life.

“I love that we were able to reach out to the folks at BACA, collaborate on this, and see how our creatives in town see our open space properties and see the environment around us,” said Jen Payne, President of the Branford advertisement. Land Trust says.

Branford Land Trust President Julie Wagner came up with the idea of ​​partnering with McLoughlin and getting involved with Writing the Land. The Branford Land Trust was linked to Norwalk and Branford poet Laurel Peterson and chose Beacon Hill Preserve for her project.

Simultaneously, BACA issued a call for visual art submissions, choosing and collecting works of art that complemented nature’s poetry collection.

There will be a celebration for the release of Writing the Land from 2-4pm on November 13 at the BACA Gallery.

Peterson, members of the land trust and BACA and many artists from Writing the Land will be in attendance.

The works chosen to accompany the poems of this anthology will be exhibited in the gallery. To find out more about the event, visit Branford Arts and Culture Alliance website/.