S221. Draining the Swamp: The Future of Environmental Writing on a Changing Planet

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


This panel explores environmental creative writing in the midst of radical political and climatic change. If stories help us imagine alternatives to how we live, then inspired and strategic writing is our best hope to keep this planet alive and healthy. These five cross-genre writers will discuss environmental writing’s Transcendental roots, its strides towards greater inclusiveness, and where it must go now given rising tides, species loss, and overall environmental injustice and instability.



Taylor Brorby is reviews editor for Orion magazine. A fellow at the Black Earth Institute, Taylor is an award-winning essayist, teacher, and poet. He has been recognized with numerous fellowships and residencies, and travels the country regularly to speak about hydraulic fracking.

Nick Neely is the author of the essay collection Coast Range. He is the recipient of a UCB-11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, a PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, and the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. His work appears in Kenyon Review and The Georgia Review.

Alison Hawthorne Deming is author of five poetry books, most recently Stairway to Heaven, and four nonfiction books including Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment & Social Justice at the University of Arizona and a Guggenheim Fellow.

Joe Wilkins is the author of the memoir The Mountain and the Fathers and three collections of poems: When We Were Birds, Notes from the Journey Westward, and Killing the Murnion Dogs. His debut novel, And Ever These Bull Mountains, is forthcoming.

Rose McLarney's collections of poetry are Its Day Being Gone, The Always Broken Plates of Mountains, and—forthcoming—Forage. She is assistant professor of English at Auburn University and poetry editor of The Southern Humanities Review.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center