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Green Visions: Writing the Environment in Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry & Prose
March 13, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Reading and discussion with Jennifer Browdy, Jan Krause Greene, Thea Iberall, Tess Taylor and Jane Yolen
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Five writers will read briefly from their environmental writing and discuss their use of writing, in a variety of genres, as a means of awakening readers to the natural world and the environmental challenges currently facing all of us on Earth today. How is writing a poem, short story, novel, children’s book or personal essay a way of “being the change we want to see?” What choices go into form and content of our writing about nature and environmental concerns? How do we write honestly about catastrophe and yet engender hope rather than despair?
Jan Krause Greene was a high school teacher and newspaper columnist. After retiring, she wrote her first novel, I Call Myself Earth Girl. The host of the Literary Arts Open Mic at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA, she is an editor for 45 Magazine and vice president of the Women’s National Book Association, Boston Chapter.
Dr. Thea Iberall is an award-winning scientist and writer of poetry, plays, scientific texts and a new novel, The Swallow and the Nightingale. Wanting to combine her scientific training with her love of language, Thea developed a new art form called contextual poetry, which integrates the knowledge of multidisciplinary science and history with the insights and language of poetry. Her new book of contextual poems, The Sanctuary of Artemis, explores the roots and origins of Western patriarchal culture through evolution, religion, neuroscience, history, mythology, symbolism, and linguistics. Thea has a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience (UMass) and an M.A. in writing from the University of Southern California.
Jane Yolen, often called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America,” is the author of more than 350 books, ranging from picture books and baby board books, through middle grade fiction, poetry collections, nonfiction, novels, graphic novels, story collections, and even cookbooks . Her books and stories have won many awards, including two Nebulas, a World Fantasy Award, a Caldecott, the Golden Kite, three Mythopoeic awards, two Christopher Medals, nomination for the National Book Award, and Jewish Book Award. She also won the Kerlan Award and the Catholic Library’s Regina Medal. Six colleges and universities have given her honorary doctorates.
Tess Taylor is the author of three books of poetry. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and The New Yorker. She is currently the on-air poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered, and was most recently visiting professor of English and creative writing at Whittier College.
Jennifer Browdy is associate professor of comparative literature and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She is the founding director of the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers and the new Butterfly Leadership Program for Teen Girls. The co-publisher of Green Fire Press, she is the editor of three anthologies of contemporary women’s writing and writes regularly about social and environmental issues in various fora, including in her blog, Transition Times.