Seeing Nature Anew

Saturday, March 21 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Thorpe Moeckel, Margaret Renkl, and Laura-Gray Street will share perspectives on their deep engagement with the natural world.

Thorpe Moeckel (Down by the Eno, Down by the Haw), Margaret Renkl (Late Migrations), and Laura-Gray Street (editor, A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia) will share perspectives on their deep engagement with the natural world as a source of inspiration and solace, continuity and awe. Book sales and a signing will follow. This event will be free to attend and open to the public.

Why should you attend?

“The naturalist’s month-by-month account of the year he lived on the watershed of two North Carolina rivers, the Eno and Haw, is a needed invitation to regard nature with new eyes and be transformed by it. Its personal, in-the-moment viewpoints make it feel possible to walk into the woods and leave the fray behind.” —Melissa Wuske, Foreward Reviews

“[Renkl] guides us through a South lush with bluebirds, pecan orchards, and glasses of whiskey shared at dusk in this collection of prose in poetry-size bits; as it celebrates bounty, it also mourns the profound losses we face every day.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Stunning images by seven Southern Appalachian artists and conversationally written natural history information complement contemporary poems from writers such as Ellen Bryant Voigt, Wendell Berry, Janisse Ray, Sean Hill, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Deborah A. Miranda, Ron Rash, and Mary Oliver. Their insights illuminate the wonders of the mountain South, fostering intimate connections. The guide is an invitation to get to know Appalachia in the broadest, most poetic sense.” —University of Georgia Press

This event is part of the 2020 Virginia Festival of the Book. A full schedule of events is available here.