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Environmental Writers Workshop

Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

Made possible by the Rebecca S. and Robert M. Benton Endowed Fund

Join award-winning authors Lyanda Haupt, Jourdan Keith, and Coll Thrush in a workshop devoted to writing about the environment. Starting at the Burke Museum and ending at the Center for Urban Horticulture, this one-day program will include classroom and field-based sessions. Coll, Jourdan, and Lyanda bring unique and complementary perspectives as naturalists, social activists, and historians who have written deeply and provocatively about the urban landscape.

A new generation of writers has begun to explore the relationship between people and place in the urban landscape. Their writing weaves in not only plants and animals but also the human inhabitants, past and present, who make up an integral part of the city. In doing so, they are forging a new way to look at nature and a new way to develop deeper connections to place.

Lyanda Lynn Haupt is the author of Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birdsand Pilgrim on the Great Bird Continent: The Importance of Everything and Other Lessons from Darwin's Lost Notebooks. Her third book, Crow Planet, is forthcoming from Little, Brown in 2009. She is a winner of the Washington State Book Award and is a Washington Arts Commission Fellow.

Jourdan Imani Keith is Seattle Poet Populist Emeritus and Seattle Public Library's first Naturalist-in-Residence. She is the author of Coyote Autumn: A Memoir and the play The Uterine Files: Episode I. Her poetry and essays blend the textures of political, personal, and natural landscapes. She is the founder and director of Urban Wilderness Project.

Coll Thrush, a native of Puget Sound country, teaches Indigenous history at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing–Over Place and writes about the ways we have understood place and home in the context of cultural and environmental change.

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