R206. Rewriting Wild Bodies

F150, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


In this session, writers and teachers of ecological literature will use theories of ecofeminism and environmental justice to consider how built urban and suburban spaces exclude or erase “others”—nonwhite, non-cisgendered, poor, disabled bodies. They will also address how female, nonwhite, disabled, queer, underprivileged bodies are stereotypically associated with wildness and discuss strategies for disrupting such traditional binaries as human/natural and civilized/wild.



Heidi Hutner, PhD, writes narrative nonfiction, memoir, and journalism on environmental, race, and ecofeminist themes. She has published many books and essays. She is an active public speaker. Hutner is associate professor of English at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York.

Chelsea Biondolillo is the author of The Skinned Bird, forthcoming in 2019 and two chapbooks, #Lovesong and Ologies. Her essays have appeared in Best American Science & Nature Essays, Orion, Brevity, River Teeth, Passages North, and others. She has a dual MFA in nonfiction and environmental studies.

Marco Wilkinson is a lyric essayist whose hybrid pieces have appeared in Kenyon Review, Seneca Review, DIAGRAM, Terrain, Assay, and elsewhere. He is working on a lyric memoir using weeds as the framework for imagining a queer immigrant life. He is the managing editor at Oberlin College Press.

Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Establishment, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. She is the author of No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, a speculative memoir set in the afterlife.

J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. The author of  The Homeplace: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy: Poems. He is intrigued with ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature.


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Henry B. González Convention Center