Today I am pleased to send you over to Watershed Moments, where friend and colleague Sarah Boon has posted her interview with me as part of her Environment Writers series.
Sarah’s series focuses on “women writers at all stages of their careers, whose writing focuses primarily on the environment.” As she points out in the introduction to her first interview —
It seems that the sub-genre of nature writing is characterized by a lack of women – not that they’re not out there, but that male writers are more often publicly championed (see Kathleen Jamieson’s comments in this article for some perspective).
I’m honoured to have been part of Sarah’s series, especially given the other writers she included. Below are some excerpts from the other interviews. I urge you to go over and read them all. I’ve linked their names to their interviews.
The Fulbright taught me that, in life and writing, I do best to trust my own process. The award gave me so much creative, intellectual, and spiritual freedom that I can’t go back to working in stifling or biased situations where the ultimate goal of a program is self-perpetuation. Rebecca (Becca) Lawton
“…when I was casting around for contemporary Canadian women nature writers, I kept stumbling across all these great writers from the US and Great Britain. I’m sure it’s partly due to Canada’s comparatively small population, but I was still a bit frustrated that I couldn’t find more people like me writing about Canada’s landscape. I think what I was really looking for was a Canadian equivalent of Annie Dillard! The fact is, compared to the US and UK, the list of published women nature writers in Canada is disappointingly short.” Abby Palmer
Language learning is humbling. You are at the mercy of tolerance and compassion, by those around you, and from within. The only way to learn is to try. Take a few steps, and stumble. And stumble again (with a step forward here and there to keep sane!). Korice Moir