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Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger, Ph.D., is an internationally sought-after speaker, poet, writer, and teacher who has inspired minds and hearts around the world, performing poetry and keynoting on justice, ecology, cosmology, and compassion. He is also a consultant, publisher, and founder of Planetize the Movement.

Dellinger has presented at over 1200 events across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences—including TEDWomen, Bioneers, the Green Festival, the Dream Reborn, and the Parliament of the World’s Religions—as well as colleges and universities, poetry venues, protests, and places of worship. He has shared podiums and stages with luminaries such as Alice Walker, Cornel West, Thomas Berry, Danny Glover, Jim Carrey, Julia Butterfly Hill, Brian Swimme, Paul Hawken, Chuck D, Joanna Macy, and many others.

Dellinger’s award-winning book of poems, Love Letter to the Milky Way, was selected by ForeWord Reviews magazine as a 2011 Book of the Year Award Finalist. Now in its sixth printing, Love Letter has devoted readers in dozens of countries on six continents. Dellinger’s work has appeared in films, books, anthologies, and magazines—from The New York Times magazine to YES!, Tikkun, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, Kosmos, Common Ground, and others. His poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the US Congress.

In 1991 Dellinger created and taught the course, "New Cosmology: The Universe Story," one of the first college-level courses in the US on ecology, worldviews, and the work of Thomas Berry. In the mid-90s he created "The Cosmic Narrative," one of the first multimedia presentations of the story of the universe, based on the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. He received Common Boundary magazine's national Green Dove Award for this work in 1997, and in 2007 Dellinger's presentation was turned into the film, The Awakening Universe, which Dellinger co-created and co-wrote.

As a consultant, Dellinger was a core developer and designer of the Pachamama Alliance’s Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, now used in 80 countries, in 18 languages.

Dellinger holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion from CIIS, and has taught and lectured at numerous colleges and universities including John F. Kennedy University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of the Program in Social Ecology.

Dellinger has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy, “a deep and courageous poet,” by Alice Walker and “one of the most creative, courageous and prophetic voices of his generation,” by Cornel West.

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