Pangyrus is pleased to announce that poet Nikki Wallschlaeger will join us as guest poetry editor to curate a collection of Black writing on nature. Soliciting and selecting poets for the collection, Nikki aims to continue the work of Camille T. Dungy’s anthology Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, published in 2009. In Nikki’s words, “I think it’s important to highlight, during this time, that white supremacy and trauma are not the only topics Black writers are capable of writing about. The natural world itself is not racist. Isn’t that great? We can at least have that—as a space of connection, abundance, and complexity.”

Poetry editor Cheryl Clark Vermeulen says “I am over the moon that Nikki will work with us. We at Pangyrus want to echo the growth, knowledge, and discovery found in Black writing, and its dance with the unknowable, those limits of knowledge that poet Ed Roberson speaks so powerfully about in an essay in Black Nature. We know and trust that from Nikki’s work will emerge a new understanding of nature penned by Black writers, with all the complexities that it deserves.”

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in  The Nation, Brick, American Poetry Review, Witness, Kenyon Review, Poetry, and others. She is the author of the full-length collections  Houses (Horseless Press 2015), Crawlspace (Bloof 2017), the graphic book  I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel (Bloof Books 2019), and the forthcoming Waterbaby (Copper Canyon 2021). She is also the author of an artist book called “Operation USA” through the Baltimore-based book arts group Container, a project acquired by Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee. 

Stay tuned for more updates about the project. To support this project, please consider becoming a Patreon member. With Pangyrus being an all-volunteer staff, our patrons help us cover printing and web costs and pay our authors. All Pangyrus patrons will receive a copy of the new poetry collection, guest edited by Nikki Wallschlaeger. Patrons also receive content discounts, invitations to Pangyrus’ one-of-a-kind writing events, and other special events. Patreon, like Pangyrus, is about building community support for the arts.