One day when she was 18 and bored, Marla Spivak picked up a book at her library about bees. Years later, Dr. Marla Spivak is the head of the University of Minnesota Bee Lab. The team there is studying the decline of bee populations, why it’s happening and what can be done about it. On June 2 at 6:30, the University of Minnesota Press is launching a book to support the Bee Lab’s research.
If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems edited by James P. Lenfestey is an anthology of poems, ancient to modern, and includes a foreword by Bill McKibben and an afterword by Dr. Marla Spivak.
The book launch is free and includes a honey tasting. Poems will be read by an amazing lineup of local authors and artists including Heid Erdrich, Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, Jim Lenfestey, Marla Spivak, Larry Long, Jim Heynen, Bart Sutter, Su Smallen, Thomas R. Smith, Connie Wanek, and Morgan Grayce Willow. Google any of these names and you’ll see the thriving literary community in Minnesota.
Attend the book launch on June 2 to support local bees, local research, local authors and listen to great poetry. A portion of proceeds of this book will go to the Bee Lab for research. For more information, check the event listing here.
Want a quick overview of the importance of bees and the bee crisis? Check out Dr. Spivak’s 15-min TED Talk about why bees are disappearing and what can we start to do about it.
On a different topic, Memorial Day is just around the corner. On this day we remember those who died serving in the armed forces. We grill, we spend time outside with family, we kick off summer and we remember. Have a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend.
By Amber D. Stoner