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About Delisted 2023

Through communal, creative exploration, intention and attention Delisted 2023 brings us into proximity with the members of the 34 species and subspecies that have been removed from the Endangered Species List, or proposed for removal, because the best available science indicates they are extinct.

At the heart of Delisted 2023 are the more than 40 writers and artists co-creating with these species and helping build an emergent container to hold the space we need mourn their precarity and to come within reach of their liminality.

Spiralling out from this heart are workshops and poems, images, and ceremonies, moments of quiet and ways to be with the of the more than human beings that were once, may still be, are, or are no longer with us now, in this moment in time.


We invite you into this co-creation.


The Endangered
Species List

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) came into effect  50 years ago, in December 1973.

The U.S. Federal Government had already started identifying and "listing" species at risk under the Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966. When the ESA  came into effect, it built off of this previous listing via Section 4, which directs the U.S. FWS or NOAA/NMFS to determine whether a plant or animal species should be included in the list. 16 USC §1533

The Endangered Species Act came into effect in December 1973

In September 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove 23 species from the Endangered Species List because, based on the best available science, those species are extinct.

The agency has yet to finalize the rule.

Delisted 2023 is curated by jen calkins.

jen is an evolutionary biologist, environmental litigator and writer whose most recent book is Fugitive Assemblage (The 3rd Thing Press). jen conceived of and developed the initial scaffolding for the project because she realized she needed help to bring her own attention to these species.

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