F274. A Woman’s Place: Ecotone Essayists Expand the Boundaries of Place-Based Writing

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Contributors to a new anthology from Ecotone and Lookout Books discuss how we can continue to broaden the traditional boundaries of place-based writing to make room for more complexity: explorations of body, sexuality, gender, and race. Joined by their editor, these authors consider how women’s unique experiences and histories make them artful observers of the natural world. They will read from their essays and talk about approaches to intersectionality in the field of environmental writing.



Anna Lena Phillips Bell is the author of Ornament, winner of the 2016 Vassar Miller Prize, and the artist's book A Pocket Book of Forms. The recipient of a 2016 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship in literature, she is editor of Ecotone and Lookout Books, and teaches at UNC Wilmington.

Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen: Stories. The Art of Waiting was a finalist for the PEN Diamonstein/Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Shuchi Saraswat's writing and photographs have appeared in Ecotone, Quick Fiction, and Juked. She has received fellowships and scholarships from the Speculative Literature Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The Writers' Room of Boston, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan is the author of The Fluency of Light: Coming of Age in a Theater of Black and White and Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit. She is a contributing editor for Guernica and the education programs coordinator at the University of Arizona Poetry Center


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Kansas City Convention Center