Allie Rigby

Allie Rigby

Petaluma

Allie Rigby's CV

Petaluma

Education

Scripps College
Environmental Studies
I transferred to Scripps in my junior year to study ecology, art, and environmental justice. My emphasis was on the role of public art and public spaces in cities, focusing on reclaimed public parks. My senior thesis explored the relative impact or success of public parks in Los Angeles, which often depended on whether the community nearest the park was consulted on their needs.
San Francisco State University
Masters in English: Creative Writing
In the fall of 2020, I started pursuing my MA in Creative Writing, with a focus on poetry. I was drawn to how interdisciplinary the SF State program is, and how it encourages grad students to take courses outside their genre. Courses this fall include seminars on American Autobiography, The Art of the Novella, a Teaching Practicum, and the Modern American Novel.

Published Articles

August, 2020
What does sustainability look like amidst COVID-19? How can “the push” toward net-zero inspire other companies to follow suit? This article explores two brands and a climate collaboration initiative. 
May, 2020
This is a tricky time for small businesses and farmers around the world. We hope this webinar offers a bit of hope, and solid reason to move forward with sustainable initiatives because of uncertain times—not only despite them.
June, 2020
Latrece Johnson is an elementary teacher, environmental educator, and author of several science books. This summer, Latrece offered a Virtual Peninsula Summer Camp that brought science education to campers in a virtual way, despite COVID-19 challenges.
July, 2020
Mallory believes that “facts are better understood through stories, curiosity should never be smothered, and the power of one should empower many.” What does this look like in the current face of COVID-19? Mallory has some ideas!
May, 2014
This study focuses on Vista Hermosa Natural Park, Grand Park, and Los Angeles State Historic Park. It combines previous research with site visits and interviews that explore the degree of success these recent reclamation movements have experienced.
May, 2020
In our Educator Highlights, we go behind-the-scenes with educators who inspire us. We’re kicking off this series with an interview with wildlife camerawoman Erin Ranney, whose education and conservation efforts in Alaska and Washington State stopped us in our tracks.
January, 2021
Here are three equity-centered workshops, brought to you from NAAEE. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has many resources to explore via their website, publications, and YouTube channel. 
February, 2021
What does it mean that a poet — and perhaps only a poet — could find the words to acknowledge the lack of democracy in American history, and also hold politicians to a higher standard of social justice that we as citizens have yet to see?
March, 2021
There is a new publishing press in Redlands, California and a driven team behind it, including five sisters. Meet Katia Aoun Hage, the founder of Elyssar Press, and her four sisters—Samar Hage, Nadia Boulos, Maryse Naaman and Stephanie Bou Karam.
March, 2021
Small presses are one key part of keeping the literary scene inclusive, diverse, and vibrant since they offer more voices in the selection process of what gets published. Here are 15 small presses that are currently seeking submissions.
March, 2021
Our team has been hard at work finalizing the first anthology that Elyssar Press is publishing. The Beirut Call is a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the August 4th, 2020 Beirut port explosion
March, 2021
"I attended a few virtual Open Mics, but I still could not shed the doubt lurking deep in my conscious. Why are you even reading at this event? That poem was no good. My inner critic can be so harsh. Even with supportive online readings I had attended, it was hard to [...]."
March, 2021
The Beirut Call, coming out this April, is one of Nabad’s latest projects in Lebanon. This anthology offers a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020.
March, 2021
Challenging Bigotry & Mainstream Silence Around Hate Crimes/Medium
Words have always the power to illuminate historic injustices, acknowledge ongoing patterns, and imagine alternative worlds - the question is, what words get the attention of the public? Of the policy-makers?
April, 2021
Creative writing, poetry, and placemaking are all ways to connect complex scientific ideas and to explore relationships to the environment. Writing, and the various ways in which humans share ideas and stories, is also part of a longer tradition of storytelling.
June, 2022
The virtual book launch, hosted by the Shuffle Collective, celebrates this crucial anthology about resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon. Collectively, the art, poetry, academic testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories in this work and demand social change. Below are
May, 2021
As public parks and schools continue to open across California, this summer will feel different than last. Now is the time to expand outdoor learning programs and, in anticipation for fall, build school communities that heal.

Published Poems

November, 2018
Flooded/Cholla Needles/ Joshua Tree
Poem published in Issue 26 of Cholla Needles, a non-profit literary press
December, 2018
Sea Slug/Adelaide Literary Magazine/ New York
Poem Published for Year IV, Number 23. Independent Monthly Literary Magazine.
May, 2019
Ghost Appendix/Cholla Needles/ Joshua Tree
Poem published in Issue 30 of Cholla Needles, a non-profit literary press
November, 2018
The White Orchid/The Kerf Seeks/ Redwood City
Poem published in 2019 annual issue dedicated to "themes related to humanity or environmental consciousness"
March, 2019
Snap Once If You Can Hear Me/Manzano Mountain Review/ New Mexico
No. 4 Issue Theme: wilderness
January, 2019
When It's Gone/Adelaide Literary Review/ New York
Poem Published for Year IV, Number 23. Independent Monthly Literary Magazine.
February, 2019
Bones/Adelaide Literary Magazine/ New York
Poem Published for Year IV, Number 23. Independent Monthly Literary Magazine.
January, 2019
The Artist/Adelaide Literary Magazine
Poem Published for Year IV, Number 23. Independent Monthly Literary Magazine.
March, 2019
Snap Twice/Manzano Mountain Review/ New Mexico
No. 4 Issue Theme: wilderness
March, 2019
Snap Three Times/Manzano Mountain Review/ New Mexico
No. 4 Issue Theme: wilderness
April, 2019
Apnea/Cholla Needles/ Joshua Tree
Poem published in Issue 30 of Cholla Needles, a non-profit literary press
November, 2018
If Hope Is The Thing With Feathers/The Kerf Seeks/ Redwood City
Poem published in 2019 annual issue dedicated to "themes related to humanity or environmental consciousness"
February, 2020
Elephant Graveyard/Vita Brevis Press
Small publisher dedicated to emerging and established poets
February, 2020
Mongering/Visitant Lit
Online publication dedicated to "nurturing experimental writing and art"
March, 2020
Signal/Visitant Lit
Online publication dedicated to "nurturing experimental writing and art"
April, 2020
Burnt Rice/Visitant Lit
Online publication dedicated to "nurturing experimental writing and art" 
February, 2020
The Place Where You Live/Living on Earth Radio
Radio excerpt: "Today’s essay is from Allie Rigby, she’s an outdoor educator in Petaluma California, an area known for the thick fog that blankets the rolling hills."
September, 2020
Orange Peel/Manzano Mountain Review/ Santa Fe
No. 5 Issue Theme: chairoscuro
February, 2021
Smooth Still/Visitant Lit
Online publication dedicated to "nurturing experimental writing and art"
April, 2021
Late March/Parenthesis Journal/ Ontario
Poem to appear in Issue 11. Parentheses Journal is an independent literary journal based in Ontario, Canada.
February, 2021
Winter 2021 Issue of Beehouse Journal
March, 2021
Press Record Now/Postscript Magazine/ United Arab Emirates
Postscript was established in Paris in March 2018 and is currently based in the UAE. They work with contributors from around the world.

Professional Experience

Editor, Writer
Sunlight editing
At Sunlight Editing, I work with small businesses dedicated to social and environmental change. Since launching in 2019, I have written copy for environmental schools, run social media for small businesses, edited manuscripts for small presses, and produced articles for blogs. 
Naturalist
Walker creek ranch
I worked with students in the Bay Area for their one week of focused science. Student-centered learning is our core value at Walker Creek, and I felt lucky to facilitate social growth, connections to science, and connections to nature. Each week, I worked closely with a group of 20-25 students. 
Environmental Educator
All Children Academics
I work as an educator with first and second-grade students who have various learning needs. With my background in environmental education, I hope to support and learn alongside students who are either on the spectrum or experience high-anxiety. 

Awards & Honors

March, 2020
This Literary Arts Residency is a 6-month program that brings together writers from all literary backgrounds to build community, develop professionally, and hone their craft. The 2020 cohort was selected for their "literary prowess, vision, and dedication to community-building."
December, 2020
Pushcart Prize Nomination/The Pushcart prize/ New York
Thank you to Manzano Mountain Press for the Pushcart Prize nomination for one of my poems! "The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses series, published every year since 1976, is the most honored literary project in America."

Press Mentions

February, 2019
In the Media: Allie Rigby '14/Scripps College/ Claremont
Shout-out from my Alma Mater, Scripps College, where I learned to start using my voice. 
February, 2020
The Place Where You Live/Living on Earth Radio/ Boston
Living on Earth gives a voice to Orion Magazine’s longtime feature in which readers write about their favorite places. "This week Allie Rigby takes us to the hills of the Bay Area, where the fog blankets the landscape each day like clockwork."