R222. CANCELLED: Trespassing: On Writing Nature

Status: Not Accepted

Room 206B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


Writing about nature has traditionally been dominated by patriarchal perspectives that project objectivity onto landscapes marked by histories of racism, market values, and misogyny. Panelists will share how our identities cast histories of ecological disruption into wide relief, especially when writing from and about places prohibited to us. We will discuss how the writer’s subjectivity is necessary for disrupting processes of ahistorization, devastating our connected natural and social worlds.



Kathleen Blackburn’s work has received Pushcart Prize nominations, listed as notable in Best American Essays, and appeared in Bellingham Review, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, River Teeth, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Chicago and is a PhD candidate at UIC.

Byron F. Aspaas is Diné. He earned a BFA and MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His work is scattered throughout various journals and anthologies. His clans are Red Running Water and is born for Bitter Water. 

Cecilia Villarruel was coeditor of IZIT? A Magazine for the Namibian PCV while in the Peace Corps. Her essays have been published in Another Chicago Magazine, Oyez Review, and Blood and Thunder. She is a PhD candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Joni Tevis is the author of two books of essays, most recently The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse. Her essays have appeared in Orion, Oxford American, Poets & Writers, the Pushcart Prize anthology, and elsewhere. She teaches at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center