Megan Kaminski’s first book, Desiring Map (2012), explored human possibility in nature through both natural and constructed landscapes of diverse regions. Her manuscript-in-progress at the time of her fellowship, Everything is leaf in my empire of the heart, is an examination of connection and compassion through an exploration of botanical forms and of rhizomal social movements. Kaminski was particularly interested in weeds and the feral as modes of connection and revolution—the celebration of non-productive modes and barter economies as counters to the exploitation of animals, including people, and the Earth. Her research resonated with the forthcoming Big Botany exhibition at the Museum curated by Associate Director and Senior Curator Dr. Stephen Goddard. She was in residence at the Millay Colony where she worked on a collaborative project about plants and migration and composed new poems out of this work.