F257. A Different Drummer: Thoreau’s Legacy on the Bicentenary

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In the bicentennial year of Henry David Thoreau’s birth, and amid the current assault on the natural world, this panel will consider Thoreau’s modern relevance––in print and in person. What does the sage artist-activist’s life and work reveal about the evolving tension between the personal and the political for nature writers in the 21st century? From “Civil Disobedience” and “A Plea for Captain John Brown,” to Walden and “Walking,” few writers have had a more enduring impact.


Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise, Steady and Trembling, and Cabin Fever. His essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Orion, Iowa Review, and others. He teaches creative writing at College of DuPage in Chicago.

John T. Price is the award-winning author of three memoirs, including Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father and Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships, and editor of The Tallgrass Prairie Reader. He is director of the nonfiction writing program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Michael Branch is professor of literature and environment at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author or editor of eight books and more than 200 essays and reviews. His most recent books are Raising Wild and Rants from the Hill.

Diane P. Freedman, professor of English at UNH, is the author of Midlife with Thoreau: Poems, Essays, Journals and An Alchemy of Genres; editor of Millay at 100; and coeditor of The Teacher's Body: Embodiment; Autobiographical Writing Across the Disciplines; and The Intimate Critique.

Elizabeth Dodd teaches creative writing and environmental literature at Kansas State University, where she is an affiliated researcher with the Konza Prairie Ecological Research Station. She has authored six books, most recently Horizon’s Lens.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside