Katie Holten in conversation with Trees Atlanta's Judy Yi - The Language of Trees

Katie Holten in conversation with Trees Atlanta's Judy Yi - The Language of Trees

Wednesday, Apr 26, 2023 7:00 PM

Trees Atlanta - Kendeda TreeHouse
825 Warner Street, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30310

"A masterpiece. Katie Holten's tree alphabet is a gift to the printed world."—Max Porter, author of "Grief is a Thing with Feathers"

A Cappella Books and Trees Atlanta welcome acclaimed artist and activist Katie Holten to discuss her extraordinary new book, "The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape." Holten will appear in conversation with Judy Yi, Director of Marketing for Trees Atlanta.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of "The Language of Trees" will be available for purchase at the venue.

Additional information on the new Trees Atlanta facility:

  • Trees Atlanta is located at 825 Warner Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.
  • Bike racks are located at the front of our building. We are approximately one mile from the Oakland City and West End MARTA train stations (Red and Gold Lines). Limited parking spaces are available at our location, in addition to limited street parking. Guests traveling by car are encouraged to take Lyft or Uber to the event.

About the Book

Inspired by forests, trees, leaves, roots, and seeds, "The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape" invites readers to discover an unexpected and imaginative language to better read and write the natural world around us and reclaim our relationship with it. In this gorgeously illustrated and deeply thoughtful collection, Katie Holten gifts readers her tree alphabet and uses it to masterfully translate and illuminate beloved lost and new, original writing in praise of the natural world. With an introduction from Ross Gay, and featuring writings from over fifty contributors including Ursula K. Le Guin, Ada Limón, Robert Macfarlane, Zadie Smith, Radiohead, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, James Gleick, Elizabeth Kolbert, Plato, and Robin Wall Kimmerer, Holten illustrates each selection with an abiding love and reverence for the magic of trees. She guides readers on a journey from creation myths and cave paintings to the death of a 3,500-year-old cypress tree, from Tree Clocks in Mongolia and forest fragments in the Amazon to the language of fossil poetry, unearthing a new way to see the natural beauty all around us and an urgent reminder of what could happen if we allow it to slip away.

"The Language of Trees" considers our relationship with literature and landscape, resulting in an astonishing fusion of storytelling and art and a deeply beautiful celebration of trees through the ages.

About the Author

Katie Holten is an artist and activist. In 2003, she represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale. She has had solo exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Nevada Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Dublin City gallery The Hugh Lane. Her drawings investigate the tangled relationships between humans and the natural world. She has created Tree Alphabets, a Stone Alphabet, and a Wildflower Alphabet to share the joy she finds in her love of the more-than-human world. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Artforum, and frieze. She is a visiting lecturer at the New School of the Anthropocene. If she could be a tree, she would be an Oak.

About the Conversation Partner

Judy Yi is the Director of Marketing for Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit community group that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Judy handles all marketing, communications, digital and physical branding, media relations, and social media for Trees Atlanta. Her role extends to outreach and advocacy, specifically working with elected officials and community leaders for a stronger tree protection ordinance to be enforced in the City of Atlanta. She also manages a team responsible for Trees Atlanta's data and reporting systems, the One Million Trees Initiative, and their popular annual fundraiser, Root Ball.