Welcome to a hot take on book clubs called [POLLEN]. This is an invitation to weekly bite sized explorations (all 30 minutes or less) of all the dope things that pollinate conservation in our lives. We’re talking about challenging the ideas of “pristine” forests and sci-fi queerness all through forms of IGTV, art, music, op-eds, poetry, and more. These are explorations to spark conversation, awe, joy, creativity, and pleasure. Join other DDCSP alum as we fumble through and cross-pollinate ways conservation weaves through our world and our future world(s).  

All of the materials are "optional". Feel free to engage with what you have time for and with what most interests you. We will focus each conversation on 2-5 short form pieces and offer/ask that anyone joining discussions bring in their own experiences and other connecting learnings and readings as well. No matter if you have a chance to read, watch, or listen to the suggested material, you are welcome!

Are you ready for Season 2?

"POLLEN szn 2 lineup: Afrofuturism, Nothing More Queer Than Nature, Mutual Aid" on colorful space backdrop


Afrofuturism [3.17 8pm ET conversation, 3.18 12pm ET conversation]

*TW: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler includes scenes of violence including sexual assault. The Octavia's Parables podcast does discuss these topics, however the GirlTrek podcast episode and the N.K. Jemisin interview do not.

Nothing More Queer Than Nature [4.14 8pm ET conversation, 4.15 12pm ET conversation]

AND explore any of the following

*TW: Episode #6 of the All My Relations podcast discusses themes of mental illness, suicide, and addiction.

Mutual Aid [4.26 8pm ET conversation, 4.28 12pm ET conversation]

"season 1. the pristine and the untouched, what you put in your mouth, the future we choose" illustrations of pollinators in the background


11.10 the PRISTINE and the UNTOUCHED [notes from the discussion]

11.17 what you put in your mouth [notes from the discussion]

12.1 the future WE choose [notes from the discussion]