Aaron Birk, creator of the graphical novel “The Pollinator’s Corridor,” will give a free public presentation Feb. 6 at Warren Wilson College.
Birk’s presentation, starting at 7 p.m. in Canon Lounge, is titled "The Anarchist's Apiary: Guerrilla Gardening, Urban Architecture and Restoration Ecology in the Post Industrial Age." A book signing will follow the presentation.
Set in the aftermath of the 1970s landlord fires, "The Pollinator's Corridor" follows the lives of three friends who attempt to convince wild bees and butterflies to cross the Bronx by planting “corridors” of native flora throughout the industrial wasteland. Connecting
fragmented forests, watersheds and city parks, the heroes restore biodiversity to the blighted ghetto by uniting marginalized communities and laying the foundations of ecological health in an age of crisis and decline.
Birk, now based in Philadelphia, began work on “The Pollinator's Corridor” in 2003, while employed as a forester in New York City’s Central Park. Along with his efforts in restoration ecology, Birk continues to hone his craft in illustration, puppetry and acrobatics. Sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts, he also is recipient of two major grants from The Independence Foundation and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.
Birk is the first speaker sponsored by the Speakers Fund for Sustainability of Warren Wilson’s Environmental Leadership Center. Support also comes from the college's creative writing, biology and business departments, as well as from the Work Program Office. While on campus, Birk will be a guest lecturer in several classes in disciplines such as writing, business and art.
For more information contact Ellen Querin, program coordinator of the Environmental Leadership Center, at 828-771-3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.