R226. The World Grows: New Directions in Environmental Writing

Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Through writing and art that explore the connection between nature and culture, Orion inspires new thinking about how humanity might live on Earth justly, sustainably, and joyously. This panel brings together an award-winning and diverse group of Orion authors who will read original work and discuss new directions in environmental writing, a genre that has become increasingly urgent in today's world.



Diana Owen

Ross Gay is the author of three books of poems: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. A founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call It Ballin’, he is an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press and a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard. He teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University.

Camille T. Dungy's four books of poetry include Trophic Cascade. Her first book of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, and coedited two other anthologies. Dungy is a professor at Colorado State University.

Pam Houston is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction including Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted. She teaches in the creative writing programs at the Institute for American Indian Art and UC Davis and directs the literary nonprofit Writing By Writers.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of Oceanic, her fourth book of poetry, and a forthcoming book of nature essays. She serves as poetry editor for Orion magazine and is professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program.


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