F224. The New Atlantis: Readings by Five Eco-Fabulist Writers

Room 510, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Friday, April 1, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Eco-fab, eco-fic, cli-fi. Hailing back to such works as Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1975 story “The New Atlantis,” eco-fabulism continues to grow as a potent catalyst for environmental discussion and, possibly, change. In this panel, five fiction writers share their diverse eco-fabulist work. By employing the fantastic as a lens to witness contemporary problems, these readers display the breadth and depth of this hot genre in the literary landscape.



Alexander Lumans was the spring 2014 Philip Roth Creative Writing Resident. He is coeditor of Apocalypse Now, an anthology of fabulist writers confronting ecological crises. He has received fellowships to MacDowell, Yaddo, VCCA, Blue Mountain, ART342, and the Arctic Circle Residency.

Rose Bunch has published fiction and nonfiction in Tin House, New Letters, the Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, PMS, River Styx, FugueTrop, and is anthologized in Speed Chronicles and Surreal South. Residencies include MacDowell, Yaddo, VSC, VCCA, and a Tennessee Williams and Fulbright Scholarship.

Christian Moody’s fiction has been anthologized in Best New American Voices and Best American Fantasy, and he has published stories in Esquire magazine, the Cincinnati Review, the Collagist, Sonora Review, and other literary journals. He's an assistant professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Peter Grimes (PhD, MFA) is assistant professor of English at Dickinson State University, where he teaches multigenre creative writing and directs the visiting writers series. His fiction appears in journals such as Narrative, Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, and Sycamore Review.

Tessa Mellas's debut collection Lungs Full of Noise won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. An assistant professor at the University of Maine at Machias, she holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University. Her work explores the intersections between fabulism and environmentalism.


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