S228. Writing about Nature in an Unnatural World

Cedar Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


In the 21st century, few landscapes are entirely natural. The human impact on our world touches even remote ecosystems. As artists, we have a responsibility to investigate the implications of our species’ actions. How do writers accurately portray nature in an increasingly unnatural world? As poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writers and editors, our panel discussion examines a spectrum of environments, from the few pristine wilderness regions to urban landscapes and the ecotones inbetween.



Stefanie Brook Trout edits nonfiction for Flyway and teaches at Iowa State University. She writes environmental nonfiction and fiction that draws on her science and history backgrounds as well as her experiences as a first-generation American in the Midwest.

Tony Quick is an African American fiction writer and graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland. He currently resides in Ames, Iowa where he teaches and attends Iowa State University as an MFA in Creative Writing & Environment program candidate. He is the fiction editor of Flyway.

Claire Kruesel studies Creative Writing and Environment, focus in poetry, at Iowa State University's MFA program. Her writing is informed by her work as a nationally certified yoga teacher and her scientific background, including degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics and graduate level labwork.

Audrey McCombs is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University. She writes fiction and non-fiction. She has an MA in philosophy, and she worked for many years in natural resources management, and has traveled extensively in Africa and Asia.

Nicholas Bogdanich is currently an MFA candidate at Iowa State University’s creative writing and environment program. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center