The Pacuare poetry project began in May 2015 in conjunction with the Pacuare Nature Reserve, an environmental conservation, education and research project in Costa Rica founded by John Denham in the 1980’s and directed by Hilda Mendoza Denham. Read more about the reserve and their great work at their website.

Kat Addis, a writer who worked for the Pacuare Nature Reserve in 2015, was inspired by the absolute creativity and commitment that she found in that organisation to initiate the first Pacuare Poetry Competition. The competition asked for poems on the subject of the boundaries between the human and the natural. The sheer volume and quality of the entries was an astounding testament to the amount that poets had to say on the subject at this moment in our environment’s fraught history.

The judges this year were Vahni Capildeo and Joseph Minden.

The winner was Saradha Soobrayen, who is poet laureate of the Pacuare Reserve for 2015/16. She will be visiting to write there during the year as part of her prize. The runners up were Drew Milne, Emily Critchley, and Ian McEwen.

The decision was made to publish an anthologised selection of 22 entries that spoke particularly to the remit of the competition and to the larger mission of the project, which was to get poetry involved with the efforts of conservationists around the world in an active, multiple and explorative way.

We are proud to announce the publication of the anthology ‘Human | Nature: Poems For Pacuare’, which will be available for sale online from December 11th.


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