Milkweed Presents: Landscape and Literary Culture

Terrace Ballroom I & II, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 400 Level
Friday, March 25, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


Milkweed authors discuss the intersections of literary culture and the natural world: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders; Kazim Ali, author of Northern Light; and Kerri ní Dochartaigh, author of Thin Places. Deep attentiveness to the environment—with its diverse landscapes, wild creatures, and shifting climates—provides these writers with dynamic pathways to explore regeneration, identity, and wonder in their work. Moderated by Animals Strike Curious Poses author Elena Passarello. This event will be livestreamed. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.



Elena Passarello is the author of two essay collections, the most recent of which, Animals Strike Curious Poses, made the year-end Best Book lists in New York Times, the Guardian, and Publisher’s Weekly. In 2018, Outside listed her among its “25 Essential Authors Writing about the Wild.” The winner of a Whiting Award, her recent essays appear in Audubon and National Geographic. She teaches at Oregon State University and appears weekly on the PRX radio program LiveWire!

Aimee Nezhukumatahil is the author of World of Wonders (essays), Barnes & Noble’s Book of the Year, and four books of poetry, most recently, Oceanic. Awards for her writing include Guggenheim and NEA fellowships. She is the poetry editor of The Sierra Club’s SIERRA magazine and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.

Kazim Ali is a poet, translator, essayist, and fiction writer. His most recent books are The Voice of Sheila Chandra (poems) and a nonfiction book, Northern Light: Power, Land, and the Memory of Water. He is a professor in the literature department at the University of California, San Diego


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