This Impermanent Earth

Environmental Writing from The Georgia Review

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Pub Date: 09/01/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6026-3

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Pub Date: 09/01/2021

ISBN: 9-780-8203-6027-0

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This Impermanent Earth

Environmental Writing from The Georgia Review

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With its thirty-three essays, This Impermanent Earth charts the course of the American literary response to the twentieth century's accumulation of environmental deprivations. Arranged chronologically from 1974 to the present, the works have been culled from The Georgia Review, long considered an important venue for nonfiction among literary magazines published in the United States.

The essays range in subject matter from twentieth-century examples of what was then called nature writing, through writing after 2000 that gradually redefines the environment in increasingly human terms, to a more inclusive expansion that considers all human surroundings as material for environmental inquiry. Likewise, the approaches range from formal essays to prose works that reflect the movement toward innovation and experimentation. The collection builds as it progresses; later essays grow from earlier ones.

This Impermanent Earth is more than a historical survey of a literary form, however. The Georgia Review's talented writers and its longtime commitment to the art of editorial practice have produced a collection that is, as one reviewer put it, "incredibly moving, varied, and inspiring." It is a book that will be as at home in the reading room as in the classroom.

Multitudinous writers have been rattling the shakers and clanging the cymbals for a long time to bring attention to the natural world, especially its plights. With this collection The Georgia Review establishes its history as a venue for these prophetic and prescient voices, especially in opening dialogues to those who have been too long excluded. This is fine reading-so many ideas, so much truth, so much power packed in here. This is a book I'll reach for again and again.

—Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Drifting into Darien

Suzanne Paola

Jerome F. Bump

Susan Cerulean

Alison Deming

Elizabeth Dodd

Camille T. Dungy

Louise Erdrich

Robert Finch

David Gessner

Raquel Gutiérrez

Emily Hiestand

J. D. Ho

Barbara Hurd

Brenda Iijima

James Kilgo

Sydney Lea

Barry Lopez

Andrew Menard

Jason Molesky

Gary P. Nabhan

Nicholas Neely

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Ann Pancake

Robin Patten

Craig Santos Perez

Catherine Reid

Julie A. Riddle

Scott Russell Sanders

Reg Saner

Lauret Savoy

Dawne Shand

Sean P. Smith

Tyrone Williams

About the Author/Editor

Douglas Carlson (Editor)
DOUGLAS CARLSON is associate prose editor of The Georgia Review. He is the author of Roger Tony Peterson: A Biography, and his work has been anthologized in At the Edge and When We Say We're Home. He has served on the Faculty Editorial Board for UGA Press and has also served advisory roles for Ascent magazine, White Wine Press, and New Rivers Press.

Soham Patel (Editor)
SOHAM PATEL is associate poetry editor at The Georgia Review. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry including and nevermind the storm and New Weather Drafts and the full-length collections to afar from afar and ever really hear it, winner of the 2017 Subito Prize. Patel is a Kundiman fellow and a poetry editor at Fence.