Shante’ Sojourn Zenith is an interdisciplinary artist-poet-philospher-clown. She recently completed an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College with a focus on ecological healing, grief-tending, embodied expression, and the poetic imagination. During her studies at Goddard, Shante’ travelled to Schumacher College in England to attend short courses on deep ecology, decolonization, ritual, and myth and completed a six month Permaculture Design Apprenticeship with Open Hearth PDC in Minnesota. Shante’ has participated in grief-tending workshops led by Francis Weller and attended a grief ritual facilitation training led by Azul Valerie Thomé to learn to facilitate Grief Composting Circles. Over the past year, she has facilitated grief circles in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. As a performance artist, Shante’ studied clowning and greek tragedy with Pierre Byland and Phillipe Gaulier in Europe, and spent almost ten years as artistic assistant to Dominque Serrand, Steven Epp, and Nathan Keepers of Theatre de la Jeune Lune and the Moving Company. In 2016, Shante’ received the Naked Stages Fellowship to spend seven months developing a performance called Vulneraries. In 2018, Shante’ was an artist-in-residence at the Semilla Center for Healing and the Arts where she began to develop Earth Grief: A Clown’s Ritual for Reconnection. Shante’ is currently working on revising an artist book of her poetry and essays, designing workshops on ecological healing, and refining the Earth Grief performance.