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All Levels | Our shared earth is rich with stories. This class explores ways of chronicling it, from fervent attention to species not our own to the largest questions of climate change and environmental justice. We’ll engage with writers such as John Steinbeck, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, John McPhee, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Elizabeth Rush, Camille T. Dungy, and Carolyn Finney. We’ll consider how writing about “the environment” and “the city” are not separate practices. We’ll discuss precision, complexity, scope, empathy, testimony, and even humor. Participants will receive a Dropbox folder of environmental writing resources.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. She is the author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy (Metropolitan Books, 2018), which was named one of the year’s best books by the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus Reviews, Audible, Amazon, the New York Public Library, and others. It won the Hillman Prize in Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award. It was also a finalist for the NYPL Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in Elle, The New York Times, The Washington Post,
Politico, Next City, and other publications. She was a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review for nearly five years.