Talk on Rising Seas

January 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM
Corvallis Public Library
645 NW Monroe Ave
Corvallis, OR
Spring Creek Project

Elizabeth Rush

Environmental journalist Elizabeth Rush’s “Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore” is both a primer on the growing effects of sea level rise and a very personal meditation on how our rapidly changing coastal environment affects us emotionally.  She will speak at the Corvallis Public Library’s Main Meeting Room (645 N.W. Monroe Ave.) on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.  The talk is free and open to all.

While Corvallis may not be on the coast, Rush’s book, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, focuses all too clearly on a key concern of coastal conservationists and residents.  It is a book our executive director has read and recommends.  Plus, Rush is a Reedie, so there is an Oregon connection (and one of the chapters of “Rising” focuses on Oregon, albeit on the forest rather than the shore).

Rush’s journalism has appeared or is forthcoming in the Washington Post, Harper’s, Guernica, Granta, Orion, and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Pedagogical Innovation in the Humanities; the Metcalf Institute Fellowship; and the Science in Society Journalism Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University and her BA from Reed College. She lives in Rhode Island, where she teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.