The past year has brought climate deniers into the White House just as atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reach a tipping point. Editors of four environmental journals — Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, The Fourth River, Orion, and Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments — will discuss how their journals have responded, how they balance activism with art, and what they look for in submissions now.
Writers committed to social and environmental change — a group that has grown after the 2016 election — often struggle to balance the personal with the political. By presenting editors’ perspectives from issue-based literary journals, this panel will offer practical advice while also probing the ability of contemporary literature to address problems of global proportions. The conversation is especially relevant in Florida, a coastal state particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.