My current research examines the material history of aluminum and environmental injustices and economic inequities built into the supply chain. I focus in particular on Guinea, West Africa, the site of a massive extractive boom. Despite being home to the world’s largest bauxite deposit and a rapidly expanding bauxite industry, Guinea remains one of the poorest countries in the world. My work examines the environmental trauma inflicted on communities by the extractive sector and the cultural response.
Into the Continent, my third book of poetry in progress, interrogates early nineteenth-century settler-colonialism in Canada and South Africa. Colonial Europeans shaped the troubled recent histories of these two nations and gave shape to settler identities and understandings of land that are often knotty. My poetic project asks several questions of colonial histories: How can we revisit and thoughtfully investigate our memories and narratives of the past? What larger stories of dispossession and displacement ripple through our colonial past? How might the legacy of these iterative cultural traumas be transformed?
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