Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World Kathryn Aalto
Writing Wild, by New York Times-bestselling author Kathryn Aalto, explores the lasting impact of 25 women writers whose pens have left an indelible mark on the world of nature writing. In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 women, both historical and current, whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization, yet they all share a bold authenticity that makes their work both distinct and universal. Featured writers include: . Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, and Vita Sackville-West Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Carolyn Merchant, and Annie Dillard . Gretel Ehrlich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Lauret Savoy Rebecca Solnit, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Helen Macdonald, and Saci Lloyd . Andrea Wulf, Camille T. Dungy, Elena Passarello, Amy Liptrot, and Elizabeth Rush Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild. AUTHOR: Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and lecturer living in Exeter, England. She has master's degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction with a particular interest in literary landscapes. Before her expat life, she taught American Literature of Nature and Place in the Pacific Northwest. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Garden Writers Association, and the Garden History Society. SELLING POINTS: . Books that reveal women's important, yet often unheralded, contributions continue to resonate with readers. This book offers a glimpse into 25 women whose nature writing has shaped the way we read the natural world. Featured writers include Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Mary Austin, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Annie Dillard, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Rebecca Solnit, Helen MacDonald, Andrea Wulf, and more. . Aalto explores how each woman fits into the nature writing tradition by visiting the places the women write about and sharing her experiences juxtaposed with excerpts from the original work. Aalto also interviews the living writers. The book is arranged chronologically, highlighting the evolution of nature writing.