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Listen to (and view) readings, conversations, and more.

Enjoy these video and audio recordings of Derek Sheffield reading his work, presenting on various topics, moderating panels, and more. And if you’d like Derek to participate in your event, contact him.

Defining Cascadia: A Cultural Celebration at Town Hall Seattle with Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, Derek Sheffield, Justin Gibbens, Jane Wong, Sean Hill, Rachel Kessler, Kathryn Smith, Erin Fox, Travis London, and Elizabeth Aoki. March 9th, 2023.

Paisley Rekdal interviews Derek Sheffield and Garrett Hongo about Cascadia Field Guide for High Country News. March 21st, 2023.

Dan Owens interviews Derek Sheffield and CMarie Fuhrman about Cascadia Field Guide for the Neill Public Library podcast. April 27th, 2023.

For the Canadian launch of Cascadia Field Guide, Derek Sheffield offers a tribute to ecopoet Bill Yake by reading his poem “The Tree as Verb.” March 30th, 2023.

Poetry MagazineEditors Christian Wiman and Don Share read and analyze “A Good Fish” by Derek Sheffield on the Poetry Magazine Podcast.


In celebration of Earth Day, Poetry Month, and Cascadia Field Guide, Derek Sheffield reads with Elizabeth Bradfield, Sarah Van Sanden, Andrew Gottlieb, Jack Johnson, CMarie Fuhrman, Justin Gibbens, Isaac Day, and Leo Perry in the Grove Recital Hall at Wenatchee Valley College on April 20th, 2023.

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Terrain.org, Derek Sheffield reads with National Book Award Finalist Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Julie Swarstad Johnson at the University of Arizona Poetry Center on January 11th, 2024. With an introduction by Editor-in-Chief Simmons Buntin and featuring poems by Miriam Marty Clark and Barbara Drake.

Poet, naturalist, and co-editor Derek Sheffield leads us on a saunter through the wilds and words of Cascadia Field Guide, an extraordinary collection which fuses image, science, cultural knowledge, and the ineffable singing we call poem to honor the beings and place of our bioregion. Come with an open heart and be ready to love even more the interconnected and wonder-riddled place we call home. Featuring Brown Bear and poems by Barbara Drake, Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, William Stafford, and Lois Red Elk. This event took place at Wenatchee River Institute’s Red Barn in Leavenworth, WA, on October 20, 2023.

For the graduate program in creative writing at Western Colorado University, Derek Sheffield gives a talk on the art of revising a poem. February 9th, 2023.

Derek Sheffield gives a Pecha Kucha based on the protest hike he and his daughter did on the Olympic Coast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his family and others. October 7th, 2022.

In honor of Earth Day, Alison Hawthorne Deming hosts Derek, Jane Hirshfield, and Drew Lanham in the Terrain.org reading series. April 26th, 2021

Rewilding with Cascadia Field Guide: a Conversation with CMarie Fuhrman and Derek Sheffield. 4th annual Authors & Artists Festival, NatureCulture. November 5, 2023.

Derek reads in the LiTFUSE FUEL series in Tieton, WA. July 27th, 2022.

With Native artist Carly Feddersen, Derek co-wrote and co-performed a poem for the Cashmere Museum. September 2022.

Derek reads ecopoetry with Ellen Bass at GetLit! April 13, 2021.

Derek reads with his daughter, Zoey Sheffield. Rattlecast. Rattle. February 23, 2021.

Derek reads with Ellen Bass in a seque format. Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA. January 4, 2021.

Derek reads and answers questions with Dennis Held as part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series. December 14, 2020.

Derek reads Sherwin Bitsui’s Letter to America. Virtual Town Hall: Readings and Conversations sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, featuring works from Sherwin Bitsui, Fenton Johnson, Elizabeth Dodd, Debra Marquart, and Aimee Nezhukumatathil; moderated by Terrain.org’s Simmons Buntin. October 21, 2020.


Derek moderates a Virtual Town Hall: Readings and Conversations sparked by Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, featuring Victoria Chang, Chris Dombrowski, Jeffrey Foucault, David Gessner, and Ana Maria Spagna speaking and singing to the theme Geography of Hope: Writing Toward a Better Tomorrow. September 15, 2020.

Derek Sheffield reads his poem, “The Science of Spirit Lake,” for the Allied Arts Foundation. This poem came into being thanks to a field residency at Mount St. Helens sponsored by the Spring Creek Project.

Derek Sheffield moderates a virtual Town Hall with Dear America contributors Jane Hirshfield, Blas Falconer, Kurt Caswell, and J. Drew Lanham speaking to the theme of Against Hatred: Writing that Builds Community.

Geopoetics: Regional Ecology and Poetics. With co-presenter, Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Derek Sheffield discusses the relationship between poetry and regional ecology. This presentation was part of the Cascadia Poetry Festival at Seattle University.

Derek Sheffield and Leslie Mendoza read Rhina Espaillat’s poem “Bilingual/Bilingüe” for National Public Radio.

Derek Sheffield teams up with history professor Dustin Clark in a talk that examines what poetry and history reveal about the true nature of walls in human culture. Sheffield gives a close reading of “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost and “Bilingual/Bilingüe” by Rhina Espaillat and Clark shares the stories of the Berlin Wall, the Great Wall of China, and Hadrian’s Wall.

Derek Sheffield reads at Elliott Bay Books with poet Chris Dombrowski and musical accompaniment from Jeffrey Foucault and Billy Conway.

ASLE logo“How Animals Die: Renewing Human Empathy in a Human-centric Age.” Derek Sheffield reads and presents alongside J. Drew Lanham, John Lane, Simmons Buntin, and Kurt Caswell at the ASLE Conference in Davis, CA. Includes Q & A covering such topics as birding while Black in rural areas of the US.

Derek Sheffield gives the 2020 Commencement Address at Wenatchee Valley College with the help of poet Gary Soto who reads his famous poem, “Oranges,” in honor of the graduates.

Orion magazine logoDerek Sheffield reads his enumeration for Orion.

Director Curtis Taylor’s short film, Breathing in Wartime, is imaginatively based on a poem of the same title by Derek Sheffield.

Dr. Joan Qazi and Derek Sheffield discuss the Earth Day and Poetry Month celebration at Wenatchee Valley College which also features the book release of Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy and visiting writer, Elizabeth Bradfield.

Poet, Editor, Storypath/Cuentocamino Traveler, and Suiseki (水石) Practitioner, Jim Bodeen, interviews Derek about poetry, horses, ecology, and wildfires. With special guest broadside poems by Kevin Miller and William Stafford and featuring Blue Begonia Press, the Peasandcues Press, and Dwell Press.

Derek Sheffield reads at the 2017 Sowell Collection Conference at Texas Tech University. Other readers include Barry Lopez, Barbara Ras, Toni Jensen, Clinton Crocket Peters, and Kurt Caswell.

Brittany Corrigan-McElroy reads two poems by Derek Sheffield in recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Mount St. Helens (Loowit).

John Whalen reads Derek’s poem, “Sometimes I risk our lives,” on the National Public Radio show, Poetry Moment.

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Derek Sheffield reads one poem at the AWP conference in Denver.

Header photo, River and Big Dipper, by Marc Dilley.