Visiting Writer Series - Spring 2015
Robert Michael Pyle and Allison Cobb
Tuesday, March 31st
Robert Michael Pyle
5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center
Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of the 31st, focused on ecoreading.
Robert Michael Pyle, author of twelve books and many essays, stories and poems, is one of America’s best-known environmental writers and naturalists. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His 1987 book, Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. He writes for Orion Magazine and is a trip leader for the National Wildlife Foundation’s annual Family Nature Summits. Pyle, among other things, studies Lepidoptera, an order of moths and butterflies.
Allison Cobb works in poetry, nonfiction prose, and visual arts to address issues of landscape, public space, politics, and ecology. In Plastic: An Autobiography, she tracks the reappearance of plastic in the environment. Her published works include Born2 (poetry), about Los Alamos and the legacy of the atomic bomb, and Green-Wood, a hybrid work that addresses histories and bodies—the war dead buried at the fabled Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn and her own in her attempts to conceive a child. Cobb was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, and currently works for the Environmental Defense Fund.
Other Creative Writing Events
Students listening to a reading in the WSU Museum of Art.
The WSU Visiting Writer Series brings noted poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction to campus for creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.
For more information about the 2014–2015 series, please contact Linda Russo or Debbie Lee, Visiting Writer Series Co-Directors.
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