Saturday, April 29 –
$100 registration fee; 10% discount for Burke Members
Made possible by the Rebecca S. and Robert M. Benton Endowed Fund
Sign up soon, class space is limited; lunch provided.
Scholarships available with valid student ID; request an application
Join award-winning authors Kathleen Alcalá, Lynda Mapes, and Stokley Towles as they lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.
We in the Pacific Northwest are fortunate to live not only in a place where nature abounds but also to live in place where place-based writers abound. Whether it is exploring the life of birds, considering the myriad ways of urban wilds, or pursuing breaking news, these authors will inspire us to continue to write about the environment in all its guises.
Kathleen Alcalá is the author of The Deepest Roots: Finding Food and Community on a Pacific Northwest Island, from the University of Washington Press, as well as five previous books on family, history, and our relationship to the land of Mexico and the United States. Her work has been awarded the Western States Book Award, two Artist Trust Fellowships, the Governors Writers Award, and others. A graduate of Stanford, the University of Washington, and the University of New Orleans, she has lived in the northwest and taught creative writing for over twenty five years. For more information, visit www.kathleenalcala.com
Lynda Mapes is a reporter at the Seattle Times, where she specializes in coverage of native cultures, natural history and the environment. Over the course of her career she has won numerous national and regional awards, including a 2012 award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest professional science association. She has written three previous books, including Elwha: A River Reborn about the largest dam removal project ever in history and the effort to revive a wilderness watershed in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and its once legendary salmon runs. In 2013-14 Lynda was awarded a 9-month Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT. In 2014-15, she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, exploring the human and natural history of a single, 100-year old oak for her forthcoming book, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak, due out from Bloomsbury Publishing in April, 2017. She is also an associate of the Harvard Forest, in Petersham, MA where she is researching a book about farming and landscape conservation. NOAA recognized her writing on the Elwha with its national, biennial Dr. Nancy Foster Habitat Conservation Award in 2016. For more information, visit www.lyndavmapes.com
For fifteen years Stokley Towles has explored municipal systems--the police, a water utility, sewers, garbage collection, the public library, bus drivers. He takes up residency within the system, looks closely at its environment, interviews the people who work there to learn about their work and interactions with the public. He then gathers this research into stories that are performed for the public at conventions, art spaces and construction trailers. His work has been presented locally at the Henry Art Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery and Seattle Art Museum and nationally at venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Towles teaches at Evergreen State College. For more information, visit www.stokleytowles.com