We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Skinner's new book of poems, With Naked Foot, is now readily available from little scratch pad editions.
Edited and designed by Jonathan Skinner and Douglas Manson, with production taking place in Maine and New York and with production assistance from the Western New York Book Arts Collaborative.
Jonathan Skinner edits the journal ecopoetics (issues available online here), focused on creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. He published Political Cactus Poems in 2005. He writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics--essays exploring the role of aesthetics in intersections between nature and culture, and the role of language in our perceptions of the natural world. He takes an active interest in soundscape studies, including the art of bird song. Skinner's emphasis on relations between cultural diversity and biodiversity has also led him to work in ethnopoetics, the dialogical engagement with cultures based in non-western languages. These interests are dealt with in his Ph.D. dissertation, Ecopoetics: Outsider Poetries of the Twentieth Century, completed for the SUNY Buffalo English Department in 2005. In addition, he has published poetry translations from Spanish, French and Old Occitan. He is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.