R310. What Is Found In Nature: On Writing Wilderness and Other Ecological Essays

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Thursday, March 28, 2019
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Fish, birds, insects, flowers, trees, four-legged mammals, the weather, rock formations, snakes, minerals, bodies of water, rare or endangered species, other humans—this panel discusses how we’ve written about what we’ve encountered by chance outdoors, or how we’ve expounded upon what appeared suddenly before us, or what was gradually revealed. We include our organizational strategies for essays, and how we see greater thematic connections being made in essays by our favorite writers.


Allen Gee currently holds the Donald L. Jordan Endowed Professorship in creative writing at Columbus State University. He is the Editor of 2040 Books, a multicultural imprint, and is the author of My Chinese-America. His essays and stories have appeared in numerous journals.

Renata Golden is a nonfiction writer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The owner of a technical writing company, she has published several books on cloud computing and data center management. She is currently at work on a personal essay collection on the Chiricahua Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

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's intrigued with how ethnic prisms bend perceptions of nature and its care.

Valerie Wayson is a writer and teacher who’s taught in Iraqi Kurdistan, Madagascar, and Texas. She holds an MFA from Georgia College and is pursuing a PhD in Creative Nonfiction at Texas Tech University.

Sean Hill, the author of two books of poems, Dangerous Goods and Blood Ties & Brown Liquor, is an assistant professor at UA-Fairbanks. His honors and awards include a fellowship from the NEA. His poems have appeared in journals and in anthologies including Black Nature and Villanelles.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center