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Creative Nonfiction Writer
Elizabeth Rush is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. She was recently named a Howard Foundation Fellow for creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Orion, Creative Nonfiction, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, the Huffington Post, Frieze, and others. Rush is the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Pedagogical Innovation at Bates College where she is designing creative nonfiction courses that carry the environmental sciences and digital technologies into the classroom.There she is currently working on book about five North American coastal communities responding to rising sea levels. Instead of predicting the negative effects of climate change, the book focuses on the lived experience, both past and present, of those already dealing with the results of a warming planet. It asks, how can we stay, against great odds, in the places that have defined us, and how will we know when it is time to leave?
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Aaron Samuels, raised in Providence, Rhode Island by a Jewish mother and a Black father, is a Cave Canem Fellow and a nationally acclaimed performer. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, featured on TV One’s Verses & Flow, and has appeared in many journals including Tidal Basin Review and Muzzle Magazine. His debut collection of poetry, Yarmulkes & Fitted Caps was released on Write Bloody Publishing in fall 2013. More information can be found at: http://aaronsamuelspoetry.com/