Biggers to present "An Evening at the Ecopolis" at Coe

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or

2015-03-27 13:58:14 - General

American Book Award-winning author and performer Jeff Biggers will present "An Evening at the Ecopolis - Thinking Cedar Rapids, Regenerating Food, Energy, Trees and the Ways We Get Around." The event will be held on Thursday, April 9, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge.

In his entertaining theatrical performance, Biggers will explore ways of resiliency in an age of climate change, and showcase futuristic regenerative city initiatives for restoration, local food, renewable energy and urban design at Coe College and in Cedar Rapids.

Bigger currently serves as a writer-in-residence for the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability and oversees the Climate Narrative Project. Winner of the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting among many honors, Biggers has worked across the U.S., Europe, Mexico and India as a writer, radio correspondent and educator. His award-winning stories have has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs as a commentator and expert on various networks, such as National Public Radio, CNN, NBC News and MSNBC.

Bigger is the author of several books, including "State Out of the Union," "Reckoning at Eagle Creek," "The United States of Appalachia" and "In the Sierra Madre." His play, "4 1/2 Hours: Across the Stones of Fire," won the "Greener Planet Award" at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in New York City, and has appeared at theatres around the country. His next full-length play, "Damnatio Memoriae," will be published by Wings Press in the fall of 2015. Biggers is also at work on a new book, "Ecopolis Iowa City: Creating the First Regenerative City in the Heartland," for the University of Iowa Press.

For more information, visit or call 399-8581.