From where does a story sprout? What specific land and soil did it grow from? What ecology is it seeking to tend to, respond to, root into? How do my stories “tell” me into greater intimacy with the kin outside my door? We can reclaim the ecological nature of myths coopted by patriarchal domination by replanting them in their original biological and social ecosystems. Examining the root systems of popular myths, we see that, below the focus on human exceptionalism, myth is the land talking to itself. The triple lens of MYCO ECO MYTHO guides us into an investigation of how extractive capitalism paired with colonialism has created a “narrative dysbiosis” in the cultural gut, suppressing a biodiversity of more environmentally aware perspectives. We explore what it might mean to compost old stories with contemporary science, philosophy, poetry, and ecology in order to create the new soil that will sprout myths freshly adapted to our current crises.
Sophie Strand #
Sophie is a writer based in the Hudson Valley who focuses on the intersection of spirituality, storytelling, & ecology. But it would probably be more authentic to call her a neo-troubadour animist with a propensity to spin yarns that inevitably turn into love stories. Her first book of essays The Flowering Wand: Lunar Kings, Lichenized Lovers, Transpecies Magicians, and Rhizomatic Harpists Heal the Masculine is forthcoming in 2022. She is currently researching a mythopoetic exploration of ecology and queerness in the medieval legend of Tristan and Isolde.