Saretta Morgan, María Fernanda, Gowri Koneswaran, & Fargo Nissim Tbakhi for ALT-NATURE **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Saretta Morgan, María Fernanda, Gowri Koneswaran, & Fargo Nissim Tbakhi to celebrate Alt-Nature! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


To foil the context was to outrun the authority's imagination. And to refuse all explanations of why what we felt was not real.

To disarm the wolf every time at every gate. Unthread its learnedness and don the lonely pelt.

The poems of Alt-Nature move in desert dreams and riverbeds. Here, geography forms the basis of feeling and connection in the American Southwest. Being and becoming along meridians of environmental degradation, globalized/ing militarism, and incarceration, Saretta Morgan thinks through the languages that instantiate violence alongside those which prepare the body for love.

50% of Alt-Nature Royalties go directly to No More Deaths Phoenix to support humanitarian aid in the U.S. - Mexico borderlands. 


Saretta Morgan was born in Appalachia and raised on military installations. Her work considers the ecologies and intimacies that materialize in the shadows of U.S. militarization. From 2018-2023 she lived between the Sonoran and Mohave Deserts where she organized with the grassroots humanitarian aid organization No More Deaths, as well as several community based initiatives that centered wellness for BIPOC and immigrant communities. Her first full-length book of poems, Alt-Nature (Coffee House Press, 2024), emerged from those experiences. She is also the author of the chapbooks Feeling Upon Arrival (2018) and room for a counter interior (2017). More at  


Gowri Koneswaran is a queer Eelam Tamil writer, performing artist, and lawyer. Her advocacy has addressed the rights of prisoners and the criminally accused in the U.S., factory farming's environmental impacts, and justice and accountability in Sri Lanka. She is Literary Arts Programs Director at Split This Rock, a copy editor for The Abolitionist Newspaper, a Kundiman fellow, and a senior legal officer with PEARL (People for Equality and Relief in Lanka). Find more about Gowri here.
María Fernanda (she/hers) is a poet whose work explores the intimacy of sisterhood and, “the breaking and making of family.” (OkayAfrica). Awarded the The Norma Elia Cantú Award in Creative Writing, María Fernanda has received literary appointments from The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Arizona Commission on the Arts. For more, visit
Fargo Nissim Tbakhi is a Palestinian performance artist. More at

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Event date: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Alt-Nature By Saretta Morgan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566896979
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Published: Coffee House Press - February 6th, 2024

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