S285. Eco-Writing: Plotting a Way Forward in Three Genres

Room 202B, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Saturday, February 11, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


“Nature writing" has sometimes had a storied history as a privileged pursuit, occasionally ignorant of social justice. “Eco-writing” is a new brand, one that acknowledges ecological and social embeddedness. This panel features a cross-genre reading of essays, poems, and stories interested in the entwinement of human with the more-than-human world. The featured work incorporates social justice and escapes, as much as possible, the baggage of privileged outdoor pursuits.


Clinton Crockett Peters will soon publish an essay collection, Pandora's Garden, with University of Georgia Press. He's won literary prizes from Shenandoah, North American Review, and Columbia. He holds an MFA in nonfiction from Iowa and has work in Orion, the Rumpus, Fourth Genre, and Hotel Amerika.

Toni Jensen is the author of the story collection From the Hilltop. Her stories have been published in journals and anthologies, including Best of the West and New Stories from the South. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arkansas. She is Métis.

Megan Kaminski is the author of two books of poetry, Deep City and Desiring Map. Her poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlantic, Barrelhouse, The New Orleans Review, and Sink Review. She is assistant professor of poetry writing at the University of Kansas.

Roger Reeves was awarded a 2014–2015 Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University and a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and Tin House. His first book is King Me.

Kurt Caswell’s newest book is Getting to Grey Owl: Journeys on Four Continents. He is also the author of In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation and An Inside Passage. He teaches writing and literature in the Honors College at Texas Tech University.


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