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Writers' Conference

Join us in March 2021 for—

A writers’ conference sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium’s Writers’ Community and the Moravian College Writers’ Conference:

Writing Nature: Refuge or Threat?

March 26-27, 2021

This free, virtual conference will explore people’s experiences in natural landscapes as spaces of inclusion and exclusion. How do we as writers communicate sustainability from positions of race, class, gender, ability, and location? What stories do we need to tell, and how can we best tell them?

Keynote speakers Camille Dungy and J. Drew Lanham will also each offer a virtual, application-only Writing Master Class during the conference. Each Master Class offers a $100 participation stipend and participants are eligible to apply for an all-expense paid, week-long retreat at the Highlights Foundation from May 29 to June 5, 2021.

Register for the conference now and/or apply for one or both of the Master Classes at Registration will run through March 25, 2021; applications for the masterclass will close on February 21, 2021.

Keynote speakers

Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award, and the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood and History (W.W. Norton, 2017). A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, her honors include NEA Fellowships in poetry (2003) and prose (2018), an American Book Award, two NAACP Image Award nominations, and two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations. Dungy’s poems have been published in Best American Poetry, The 100 Best African American Poems, the Pushcart Anthology, Best American Travel Writing, and over thirty other anthologies. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University.

Camille T. Dungy

J. Drew Lanham is the author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, which received the Reed Award from the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Southern Book Prize, and was a finalist for the John Burroughs Medal. He is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist who has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Audubon, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram’s Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home. He is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Master Teacher at Clemson University.


These events are sponsored in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.