Lake Forest Literary Festival 2012: "The New Nature Writing"

Welcome to the Lake Forest Literary Festival 2012:  "The New Nature Writing"


The English Department is pleased to invite you to participate in the Lake Forest Literary Festival that will take place from Monday, February 27 through Wednesday, February 29.

The 8th Annual Lake Forest Literary Festival is brought to you this year by the Department of English, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Environmental Studies Program, and the American Studies Program, with additional support from the Mojekwu Fund. The theme of this year’s festival is “The New Nature Writing”: we have invited a bevy of poets and prose writers whose work explores, often from surprising angles, questions of place, the nature of home, and ecology. 

Our keynote speaker is John Elder, a noted literary critic who emphasizes environmental issues in his work. Other participants include our 2012 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer in Residence, the fiction writer Elizabeth Gentry, who will be introduced by the writer who selected her manuscript, novelist Kate Bernheimer. Poets Brenda Iijima and Ed Roberson, whose attention to issues of gender and race pushes the boundaries of ecopoetics, will read from their work and take part in a panel discussion featuring John Elder and myself. We are also fortunate to have the gonzo environmental writer and memoirist Mark Spitzer, fiction writer Lucy Ferriss, and the Tahitian Francophone author Rai Chaze as participants.

The events were held in Meyer Auditorium in Hotchkiss Hall on the College’s Middle Campus unless otherwise noted.

Events sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty, American Studies Program, the English Department, Artist-in-Residence, Student Government, and the Mojekwu Fund.


Catherine Masek, Josh Corey, David Levinson