The 2018 Greenfield Peace Writing Scholarship is accepting entries from Oregon high school juniors and seniors until March 5th, 2018.
We hope that you will join us, the scholarship winners, and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, our Keynote Speaker (pictured above) in an evening of poetry, reflection, and engagement on nuclear weapons elimination.
Kathy is a poet and spoken word artist of Marshallese ancestry. She received international acclaim through her poetry performance at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York in 2014. Her writing and performances have been featured by CNN, Democracy Now, Mother Jones, the Huffington Post, NBC News, National Geographic, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and more. In February 2017, the University of Arizona Press published her first collection of poetry, Iep Jāltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter.
Kathy also co-founded the youth environmentalist non-profit Jo-Jikum dedicated to empowering Marshallese youth to seek solutions to climate change and other environmental impacts threatening their home island. Kathy has been selected as one of 13 Climate Warriors by Vogue in 2015 and the Impact Hero of the Year by Earth Company in 2016. She received her Master’s in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
From February 10th-28th, 2018, Kathy is planning to voyage to Runit Island, where 85,000 cubic metres of radioactive waste were buried by the United States in the late 1970s. This journey aligns with her mission of using poetry and media to highlight the nuclear legacy and trauma that Marshallese people have experienced. Join us in following her voyage!
Watch some of Kathy’s nuclear weapons-related spoken poems here:
All Oregon 11th and 12th grade students are encouraged to apply to the scholarship by March 5th!
This event is open to the public.
1121 SW Main St
Portland, OR 97205
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