Tangentially Speaking

411 – Eli Marienthal (Back to Earth)

By March 18, 2020 March 27th, 2020 One Comment

Eli and his buddy, Jesse, run Back to Earth, an organization created to take groups of boys and young men into the wilderness for ten days and nights. What happens is powerful, magical, and utterly natural.

Eli is trained through The Tracking Project in Corrales, New Mexico, a non-profit led by John Stokes devoted to peacemaking, nature awareness and cross cultural respect. He is a NOLS alumnus and a certified Wilderness First Responder.

In addition to his work at Back to Earth, Eli is PhD candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley, working on a dissertation about public space and the politics of belonging in Oakland. He has previously conducted research in Haiti and India, and holds a double bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international development studies from Brown University.

Eli is also a poet, dancer, songwriter and spoken-word performer. He was a first generation Youth Speaks poet, and was (maybe still is) the youngest member of a winning Brave New Voices National Slam Team, as well as the youngest to win the Bay Area Slam. He continues to perform original work in a wide variety of venues.

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Music: “Brightside of the Sun,” by Basin and Range; “Key West Run” by Bobby Weidman; “Smoke Alarm,” by Carsie Blanton.

One Comment

  • Avatardmcg.fort.myers says:

    Thank you Chris and Eli Marienthal for your wonderful conversation. Throughout my life, I have wondered about that phrase “thinking with your dick”, and Eli really captured perfectly how many men grow up thinking of their penises as weapons or tools.

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