SPROUT is not currently accepting unsolicited submissions. Please check back for details regarding an open call for Issue 3 in Summer 2022.

issue 2: edge

As a way of looking at the intersections between people, nature, and cities, for SPROUT’s second issue we invited poets to think about the edges of the eco-urban. Specifically, we were interested in how poets interpreted what constitutes the edge (or edges) of city life with its marginalia, liminality, and transitional spaces.


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| a meditation on issue 2 – bram gunther | I use a lot of similes in my climate change novel called Softsole Monument. The similes allow me to show how things change but are of the same fabric

| in reaction to “on the verge” and “thredge effects” – pippin anderson | I am always shocked, but delighted, by the evident freedom of creative writing. As a scientist when I read an article I am in search

| mediation on space – Dr. Anne Stewart | The first issue of Sprout: an eco-urban poetry journal begins with the Black female body on display, “standing here / splitting insides open for you / to grab to microscope..

| mediation on space – Steward Pickett | Ecologists are not often asked to write meditations. But the first issue of SPROUT affords stimulating opportunity for reflection. The contributors wrestle with the contrast and kinship between space and place…

about us

With SPROUT, we are curating a space for trans- and multi-disciplinary collaborations between poets, researchers, and citizens with a focus on geographical diversity, polyvocality, and translation. We are a creative project of The Nature of Cities, specifically interested in the character of green cities from many ways of knowing. We want to expand our understanding of who/what ‘speaks’ for a city and explore how nature shapes urban spaces. Focusing on poetry and poetic expression, SPROUT will structure engagement and exchange at the interface of cities and nature

SPROUT aims to create a space that will:

  • traverse intersections between poet, urban space, and the ecological;

  • broaden our understanding of the ways in which humans and ecological spaces affect and effect each other across urban gradients around the globe; and,

  • establish new ways of seeing, being, and meaning-making via all forms and modes of poetic expression, practice, and engagement.

We encourage experimentation – in and across language(s); in and through text; and, in, around, and beyond form.

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