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Bees: Art and Activism

Articles: Bees: Art and Activism

Winged: New Writing on Bees is a modern literary anthology collecting essays, poetry, and fiction speaking to this moment in time, as honeybees reach an apex of peril. In the collection, 36 new and established writers explore the timeless but currently uncertain relationship between humans and honeybees. It is a considered artistic response to the increasing fragility of our food supply and the astounding pollinators we depend upon.

Winged was born of a challenge to turn art into activism after approximately 50,000 bumblebees were killed by pesticides in a parking lot in Oregon in 2013. Since bumblebees live in colonies of around 300 bees, the loss was particularly enormous. My co-editor Melissa approached me to aid in curating a selection of markedly different voices all speaking to, or inspired by, the same subject: bees. Bees have been vital symbols and themes for artists and writers for thousands of years. We carefully considered what the world might be like, specifically for artists, should pollinator decline continue at a rapid rate.

All proceeds from the sale of Winged are being donated to pollinator conservation efforts including: The Xerces Society for Invertebrate P...


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