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Elizabeth Carothers Herron writes poetry and articles on art and ecology, the role of art in society, and the importance of natural systems and biodiversity in the physical and spiritual well-being of individuals, communities, and the planet. Much of her poetry reflects these concerns. [email Elizabeth at]

Poems and essays by Elizabeth appear in literary journals and magazines including Reflections, West Marin Review, Silk Road, Orion, Parabola, Ions, Free State Review, Comstock Review, Eco-Citizen and Jung Journal. Her work is also published in On the Commons and Center for Humans and Nature. Her poems are anthologized in Know Me Here and Fire and Rain: Eco-Poetry of California, Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism and Awakening, and is included in the Save the Redwoods centennial, The Once and Future Forest (Heyday Books, 2019).

Short Fiction - Desire Being Full of Distances
Chapbooks - Dark Season, The Stones the Dark Earth, While the Distance Widens, Report, Language for the Wild
The Poet's House, a book-length poem entirely handwritten to accompany the sculpture, Poetry House by Bruce Johnson .


Four-times Pushcart Prize in Poetry nominee

Shortlisted for both the Comstock Annual Poetry Award & Frontier Industry Prize in Poetry (2018)
Dana Prize in Poetry Finalist
James Hearst Poetry Prize Finalist
NEA /Community Foundation Grants to Individual Artists
The Foundation for Deep Ecology
PEN Radio Fiction Project
San Francisco Small Press Traffic Award for Poetry
The Mesa Refuge for Writers, Point Reyes, California
The Damian Foundation
Sonoma County Arts Award for Poetry
Negative Capability Fiction Award
Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops

Elizabeth has taught writing courses ranging from poetry to essay and fiction writing at Sonoma State University, where she also taught Contemplative Practices & Creative Process, Dreams & Creative Process. She developed the University's first general education inter-disciplinary ecology course and taught for ten years in the School of Expressive Arts, where she represented the dual disciplines of dance and creative writing. She is currently Faculty Emeritus.

She is also known for her collaborative work, including sculptor Bruce Johnson's Poetry House and his Doyle Library oak sculptures (accompanied by her haiku text). She has written text for both dance and vocal performances, and her Salmon Chant has been performed with dance and musical accompaniment. In 2001 both the Salmon Chant and her text for the dance, Water, were performed at the International Society for Ecological Restoration annual meeting.

Poets Editors & Novelists (PEN)
International League of Conservation Writers, Fellow
Academy of American Poets
Authors Guild
Association for Psychological Science
Poets & Writers
International Association for the Study of Dreams

A founding board member of the Climate Protection Campaign (now Center for Climate Protection, Elizabeth received her doctorate in Biopoetics, studying the origin of aesthetic behavior at the never-accredited University for Integrative Studies, a brief distance-learning off-shoot of the Harvard School of Education.