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Allison Cobb’s White Whale: On 'Plastic: An Autobiography'

May 14, 2021

What does ‘autobiography’ mean to poet Allison Cobb? What action(s) should readers consider after reading Plastic: An Autobiography? What do desire, joy, and grief have to do with the plastic industry? Listen now to find out!

About Allison: Allison Cobb is the author of Plastic: an AutobiographyAfter We All DiedBorn2, and Green-Wood. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and National Poetry Series; has been a resident artist at Djerassi and Playa; and received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Allison lives in Portland, Oregon.

Allison recommends: DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi (Wave Books)

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove Atlantic)

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions)

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster)

Lauren recommends: After We All Died (Ahsahta Press) and Green-Wood (Nightboat Books) by Allison Cobb

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault (St. Martin’s Press)

No Archive Will Restore You by Juliettea Singh (Punctum Books)