by Jourdan Imani Keith
“If you were a body of water, would you protect yourself? If you knew that your water body was connected to every other water body, human and non-human, because you were part of the water cycle, would you begin to protect your water?”
Jourdan Imani Keith is a poet, naturalist, educator, and storyteller whose poetry and stories blend the textures of political, personal and natural landscapes to offer voices from the margins of American lives. In art and nature she uses storytelling as a teaching tool. A 2006-2007 Seattle Poet Populist and a 2006 Jack Straw Writer, Keith is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project and a co-founder of Urban Wilderness Foundation. Her work introduces people of all ages and backgrounds to art and nature in urban Seattle and wilderness areas of the Pacific Northwest.