R239. Not Your Parents' Nature Walk: The Next Environmental Nonfiction

Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


The country or woodsy stroll is a staple of “nature writing.” But circling Walden Pond or pacing wilderness trails doesn’t cut it today. We live in cities and suburbs. Our communities are diverse. Species are vanishing and “invading.” Climate is changing. Presented by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, this panel will explore how the pedestrian nature essay of old might give way to something fresh, feral, and footloose, exploring new environments, histories, and voices.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Not_Your_Parents_Nature_Walk-Event_Outline.pdf



Nick Neely's most recent book is Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, a Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State. He is the recipient of a PEN Northwest Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, and a AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award.

Maya L. Kapoor is an associate editor at High Country News, where she writes about science, environmental policy, and social justice in the urbanizing West.

Kathryn Miles is the author of four books, including Quakeland. Her writing has appeared in publications including Best American Essays, Boston Globe, The New York Times, Outside, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She serves as writer in residence at Green Mountain College.

Julia Corbett is a professor in the Department of Communication and Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah. Her latest book, Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday, won the 2018 Reading the West Book Award in Nonfiction.

Michael Branch is Foundation Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author or editor of nine books and more than 200 essays and reviews. His most recent books are Raising Wild, Rants from the Hill, and How to Cuss in Western.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center