Charles Hood, the author of Wild LA and 15 other books and field guides, will speak to members of the Temescal Canyon Association, via Zoom, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 21. Audience participation will be invited, and residents are invited to join the discussion. To reserve a sport and receive the link, go to temcanyon.org.
Hood, who has studied nature from the South Pole to the Amazon, and from the Atacama Desert to Tibet, will encourage participants to expand the definitions of nature. Asking, “What is meant by restoring habitat and what are the realities of blended nature—ecosystems that include native and non-native components?”
Hood, who grew up in Atwater near the Los Angeles River, was a National Science Foundation artist-in-residence in Antarctica. Based on that experience, he wrote “South X South,” a book of narrative poetry that won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize from Ohio University Press in 2013.
He graduated as an English major from Cal State Northridge and then received his master’s degree in fine art in poetry from UC Irvine in 1984.
A member of the faculty at Antelope Valley College, Hood also curates art exhibitions and is a Research Fellow with the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art.