becoming-Botanical Contributors

Brain Leaf

Nathalie Lavoie is an artist whose through her art practice, seeks to establish a relationship to the world by way of the immediacy and duration of creative action. Her action modes are primarily made up of repetitive and precise gestures expressed in black ink and presented as instructions. Furthermore, photographs and videos of the gesture are presented as works in their own right. And the artist’s presence is closely associated with the work in progress. These procedures make it possible to come into contact with oneself, the other, the observed phenomena and the creative process.

Saguenay, Québec, Canada

Allium cepa

Elizabeth Georgian is a botanist primarily interested in ethnobotany and evolution. She currently has more than nine years of experience working as an academic editor and science communication professional.

Sacramento, California, USA

Aloe vera

Cynthia Belmont is Professor of English at Northland College, an environmental liberal arts school located on Lake Superior, in Ashland, WI, USA. Her creative work has appeared in diverse publications, including Poetry, Oyez Review, Natural Bridge,, and The Cream City Review.

Ashland, Wisconsin, USA

Amanita bisporigera

Emily Arthur is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. Arthur received an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and has served as a Fellow at the Barnes Foundation for Advanced Theoretical and Critical Research, Pennsylvania. Additional education includes the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Georgia. Arthur (Eastern Band Cherokee Descent) is awarded to the Notable Women in the Arts, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her work is included national and international permanent collections including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN; IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Autry National Center of the American West, Los Angeles, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Tweed Museum, Duluth, MN; and the Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Instagram: @Dark Horse

Lynn Keller is Martha Meier Renk Bascom Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where she is also Director of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). A former Guggenheim Fellow, she has written numerous articles and four books on contemporary poetry, including, most recently, Recomposing Ecopoetics: North American Poetry of the Self-Conscious Anthropocene. She co-edits the Contemporary North American Poetry Series from the University of Iowa Press.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The daughter of a diplomat, Anne Pringle grew up chasing birds throughout Southeast Asia and West Africa. After attending college at the University of Chicago and teaching high school in Brooklyn, she moved to study plants at Duke University. During her Ph.D., she refocused her attention on fungi and has remained with the kingdom ever since. She is married with children and following in her father’s footsteps, has moved her family through five different states over the last twenty years. Anne is now the Letters & Science Mary Herman Rubinstein Professor in the Departments of Botany and Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Artemisia vulgaris


Lesley-Caron Veater is a transpersonal therapist working with dreamwork, art and art journaling and has been an herbalist and permaculture gardener for more than 30 years. Within Lesley’s practice, Windhorse Dreamwork, a unique range of workshops are offered with a focus on creativity and dreamwork.

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Professor Brian Bates was Chairman of Psychology at the University of Sussex and creator of the course there in Shamanic Consciousness. He recovered the ancient way of magical life called ‘Wyrd’ from Anglo-Saxon history and has reintroduced it into modern culture through his books and courses, especially The Way of Wyrd and The Real Middle-Earth.

Lewes, East Sussex, England

Carpobrotus glaucescens

Renata Buziak is a photo-media artist, passionate about physically engaging nature and organic processes in her interdisciplinary art practice, which also includes intercultural and art-science research, and collaborations. Her practice builds on alternative and experimental photography; for over a decade she has been developing an image making process–the biochrome, by fusing organic and photographic materials. Renata’s recent PhD studio research focused on local Australian healing plants significant to the Quandamooka Peoples of Minjerribah/North Stradbroke Island. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions, nationally and internationally, received a number of art awards, and features in private and public collections.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Delonix regia

Rahima Gambo is a Nigerian photographer and artist whose work focuses on the everyday to social issues that looks critically at notions of documentary storytelling. She came to artistic practice through photojournalism and has been working independently on long term work that breaks away and questions it’s frameworks. Gambo uses her work to ponder on her environment, identity, history, memory, freedom, escape, healing and the spaces in between these things. She is interested in the long-term processes of documentary storytelling working with other forms such as drawing, video, sculpture and installation to trouble her narratives.

Abuja, Nigeria


Freya Zinovieff is an Anthropocene scholar and PhD student at Simon Fraser University. She has an MFA from University of New South Wales and holds a first class honours degree from Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin. Freya’s research explores the entanglements between technologies, species and the Earth System, specifically in Borderlands. Her current focus is how emerging technologies can reimagine the contrary temporalities of digital media, deep, and cyclical time, to illuminate the boundaries between the political, biological and ecological; and further, create new myths that decolonize bordered landscapes with a particular focus on more-than-human perspectives.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Menthe piperita

Studio based at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Christine Mackey completed a Fulbright Creative Research Scholarship Award in 2018 pursuing independent research at institutions across the States including Art & Ecology Department, University of New Mexico; Botanic Gardens Steere Herbarium, New York; Native Seed Savers, Arizona; WormFarm Institute and GUMZ Peppermint Farm, Wisconsin. Mackey has participated on a number of residency-exhibition programmes including the Museum of English Rural Life, The Observatory SPUD, ArtsSway (2017); The Politics of Food, Delfina Foundation, London (2015). Her work is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland bursary award.

Co. Leitrim, Ireland

Mors ontologica

David Carruthers is a PhD Candidate in English at Queen’s University, Canada, where he is completing his dissertation on the representation of plants as co-subject in the formation of human thought and desire in Post-Cold War North American literature and film.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Oplopanax horridus

Dr. Robert Budde teaches creative writing at UNBC in Prince George as a Full Professor. He has published eight books (poetry, novels, interviews, and short fiction)—most recently declining america and Dreamland Theatre. The manuscripts he is working on include Testes (poetry addressing masculinity) and Panax (an ethnobotanical poetic study of Hoolhghulh / Devil’s Club).

Prince George, British Columbia, Canada

Oryza sativa

Geetanjali Sachdev is an art and design pedagogue. She has been involved in framing pedagogical frameworks for art and design curricula at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. Her ongoing doctoral work explores pedagogical approaches for the study of plants through botanical art and design.

Bangalore, Karnataka, India


Christopher Lee Kennedy is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY who creates site-specific projects that examine conventional notions of ‘Nature’, interspecies agency, and biocultural collaboration. He is an agent at the Environmental Performance Agency and a Lecturer in Sustainable Systems at the New School University.

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Picea glauca

Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where she teachings courses on Ojibwe language, culture, and history. She is of Cree and Métis descent, and she was raised with Ojibwe language and culture. Her research and publications focus on Indigenous language and culture revitalization. She is the authoress of Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings and the editor of Plants Have So Much to Give Us, All We Have To Do Is Ask: Anishinaabe Botanical Teachings.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA

Plantago major

Julia Skinner is founder and director of Root, an Atlanta-based food history and fermentation organization. She is also a food writer, specializing in both those areas, a private chef, as well as an avid outdoorsperson and visual artist. When not researching or making food (or working with plants), she researches library services to underserved communities. She has a PhD in Library & Information Science as well as a graduate degree in the art and history of the book.

Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Instagram: @rootkitchens Instagram: @bookishjulia

Platanus × acerifolia

Kate Noakes‘ seventh and most recent collection is The Filthy Quiet (Parthian, 2019). Her website is archived by the National Library of Wales. With an MPhil in Creative Writing, she lives in London where she acts as a trustee to literature advocacy organisation Spread the Word. She reviews poetry for Poetry London, The North, and London Grip.

London, UK

Polianthes tuberosa 

Willy Smart is a writer and artist whose work proposes expanded modes and objects of reading and recording—stones, insects, ponds, surfaces, hormones, spores, clouds.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Populus deltoides

Aubrey Streit Krug is a writer and teacher in the environmental humanities who studies stories of relationships between humans and plants. She is currently the Director of Ecosphere Studies at The Land Institute. She earned her PhD in English and Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is also a student of the Omaha language who likes collaborating on educational, interdisciplinary projects that build knowledge across communities and cultures.

Salina, Kansas, USA

Pueraria Montana

We are a family art collective who live, work and play in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains where we practice and teach traditional and media arts, music, home-scale permaculture, and herbalism. We have worked Individually as Beth Hall, Mark Cooley, and Celia Cooley as well as collectively under various monikers for many years producing and exhibiting projects around the world including, FADO Performance Art Centre, Toronto; St. Louis Science Center; The Institute of Contemporary Art, London; The World Social Forum, Mumbai; MediaLab Madrid, Spain; The International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany, and many other locales. All considered though, perhaps our biggest commitment these days is working collectively and locally. Through our work together, we are intent on rejecting the notion that imagines a “balanced” life only by putting a fulcrum between our “professional” and “personal” lives, or pitting “career” and “family” against one another. Perhaps, built into the idea of a family art collective is a desire to redefine notions of work and success as necessitating alienation from a core social relation – the family – in its multitude of possible forms. SporaStudios is an attempt to weave together our collective interests in the visual arts, performance, ecology, permaculture, cultural studies, DIWO culture, gardening, herbalism, social and environmental justice, arts education, and of course – the art of everyday life.

Virginia, USA

Punica granatum

Stella Brown is a Chicago based artist and curator. Through an interdisciplinary, research-based art practice, her work explores narratives within natural history, geology, and our current ecological position within the Anthropocene. She has recently shown work at Gallery 400, Goldfinch, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Triumph, Slow Pony Projects and Comfort Station (Chicago) and at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). She is currently pursuing an MFA in Studio Art at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Lili Huston-Herterich is an American-Canadian artist living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She works across photography, video, sculpture, and textile, sometimes in collaboration with others.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Schleichera oleosa

Vinisha Singh Basnet is a post-graduate in Environment and Development, School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD). Her interests include questions connecting political ecology and critical development perspectives primarily at the interface between human and that which is different from human relations in cultural/ecological contexts and praxis. Presently, she is working with Centre for Development Practice, AUD in an action research project with the adivasis communities in Uttar Bastar, Chhattisgarh, towards creating a germplasm of Kerria lacca which produces ‘lac’, a non-timber forest product, for its sustainable rearing.

Delhi, India

Toxicodendron radicans

Lindsey french is an artist and educator whose work engages in gestures of sensual and mediated communication with landscapes and the nonhuman. She has shared her work in places such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), the Taubman College Gallery (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and in conjunction with the International Symposium of Electronics Arts (Albuquerque and Vancouver). She currently teaches as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Studio Arts at the University of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Tsuga canadensis

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Senior Ecologist & Deputy Director at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He studies the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances; thinks about the relationship between the Dao and the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis; reflects on the critical and reactionary stance of Ecology relative to Modernism, blogs as The Unbalanced Ecologist, and tweets as @AMaxEll17. On Wednesdays, he works wood.

Brighton, Massachusetts, USA

Vernonia tweediana

Giulia Lepori is a doctoral candidate in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University; within the Environmental Humanities, informed by Material Ecocriticism, her thesis is focused on the regeneration of ecological imaginaries. She is the co-creator of the independent project Echoes of Ecologies, through which she co-produced the ethnographic film Yuyos with her partner Michal Krawczyk (2018).

Queensland, Australia