Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Defending Black Ram: Using Creativity for Environmental Advocacy

May 13, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
photo of Rick Bass wearing a red shirt and gray hat, with a dog in the background.

Join award-winning writer, USM's Stonecoast MFA mentor, and Yaak Valley activist Rick Bass in an exploration of the ways artists can use their creative work to engage in environmental advocacy. Highlighting Rick’s current fight to protect northwest Montana’s Black Ram Forest from logging and deforestation, this session will focus on the artist/activist balance, the use of different creative forms to inspire direct action, and empowering artists to advocate for our climate through state and local government. Roll up your sleeves and grab a pen: bold action is necessary. 


This event is held in conjunction with the Stonecoast MFA Writing for Inclusivity and Social Equity (WISE) initiative, which aims to give writers the tools to address the most urgent issues of our time through the literary arts. It is free and open to all.


Suggested Reading: 

"A Life With Bears," by Rick Bass (Narrative Magazine)

"On Climate, Biden's Administration Needs to Combat Zombie Trumpism Quickly," by Bill McKibben (The New Yorker)

"Black Ram" (video)

"The Poster Forest for Timber Greed"

Contact Information

Jennifer O'Connell