Drew Dellinger (PhD candidate) 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.
He studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry for twenty years, and is currently finishing his doctoral dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Berry, and the connections between ecology, justice, and cosmology at CIIS in San Francisco, California.
Dellinger has presented at over 1000 events across the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia. He has spoken and performed at numerous conferences–including 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, Julia Butterfly Hill, Brian Swimme, Paul Hawken, Ani Difranco, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, and many others.
Dellinger’s award-winning book of poems, love letter to the milky way–now in its fourth printing–has thousands of devoted readers on five continents. His work has appeared in films, books, anthologies and magazines–from The New York Times magazine to YES!, Tikkun, Kosmos, and others. Dellinger’s poems have been cited and quoted in venues ranging from prison workshops to climate change hearings before the U.S. Congress.
Dellinger co-wrote the documentary film, “The Awakening Universe,” which premiered at the United Nations. As a consultant, Dellinger helped develop and design the Pachamama Alliance’s “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” Symposium, now used in 50 countries, in 9 languages. In 1997 Dellinger received Common Boundary magazine’s national Green Dove Award.
Dellinger has taught at Prescott College, Naropa University–Oakland, Esalen Institute, Sophia Center, and 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 poets of his generation,” by Cornel West.