J. Maak

Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action.

–Audre Lorde

J. Maak is a writer, educator and community-builder in Los Angeles. Her work centers climate change and The Great Turning — what we’re observing, what it feels like to navigate these massive shifts, and the beautiful potential that lies ahead, if we choose to reach for it. An avid vegetable gardener, for relaxation she turns to insanely complex knitting patterns.

photo by Christopher Fragapane

Why “Maak”? Read the poem “Màk”

[nature poetry] focuses apolitically on the bird, [ecopoetics] considers as well the bulldozer about to destroy the bird’s habitat

— Jonathan Skinner, paraphrasing Juliana Spahr


Publications

J. Maak’s poetry appears in the following publications:

  • “Call it off before the divorce is final,” in Wild Roof Journal, Issue #13
  • “Ode to the Myco-miracle” appeared in “My Core Rises” issue of Plants and Poetry Journal
  • “Unseen” appeared in “My Core Rises” issue of Plants and Poetry Journal
  • “I speak for the trees” is forthcoming in “Gravity’s Grave Vol. 2” issue of Plants and Poetry Journal
  • “Sequestration” is forthcoming in “Gravity’s Grave Vol. 2” issue of Plants and Poetry Journal
  • “Falling to Compost” is forthcoming in “Gravity’s Grave Vol. 2” issue of Plants and Poetry Journal
  • “Gifts from the Seeds” is forthcoming in Tiny Seed Literary Journal

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