S272. Editing in an Era of Climate Change: A Q&A with Four Environmental Editors

Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


The past year has brought climate deniers into the White House just as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach a tipping point. Editors of four environmental journals—Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Fourth River, Orion, and Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments—will discuss how their journals have responded, how they balance activism with art, and what they look for in submissions now.



Jennifer Case is the author of Sawbill: A Search for Place, and an assistant nonfiction editor at Terrain.org. She teaches creative nonfiction and publishing courses at the University of Central Arkansas, where she advises Arkana, the literary journal of the Arkansas Writer's MFA Program.

Scott Gast is the features editor of Orion magazine. Stories he has edited have received Pushcart Prizes and the Science in Society Journalism Award, and have been reprinted in Slate, The Sun, The Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology, and elsewhere.

Sheila Squillante is associate director of the MFA program and assistant professor of English at Chatham University, where she serves as editor in chief of The Fourth River. For several years she held the positions of blog and reviews editor for PANK and is now blog editor for Barrelhouse.

Simmons B. Buntin is the founder and editor-in-chief of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. His books of poetry are Bloom and Riverfall, and his newest book is Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places. His work has appeared in Orion, Kyoto Journal, Versal, and elsewhere.

Debra Marquart directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and teaches in the Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA Program. Marquart is the author of five books including The Horizontal World: Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere and Small Buried Things: Poems.


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