Telling the New Stories

A Conversation with poet and essayist Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown
Dec 07

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with poet and essayist Nickole Brown, who is emerging as one of the most compelling voices responding to the emotions and responsibilities called up by this age of depersonalization, climate change, and habitat destruction.

Brown describes her work as “resisting the kind of pastorals that made her (and many of the working-class folks from the Kentucky that raised her) feel shut out of nature and the writing about it...speak[ing] in a Southern-trash-talking way about nature beautiful, damaged, dangerous, and in desperate need of saving.”

She challenges her readers and students alike to engage the human and more-than-human world around them through their own bodies and perceptions, and to harness this fuller awareness to inspire understanding and action.

In this conversation, we will hear Brown read from her work and discuss her own journey toward writing that responds to the current crisis with passion, honesty, and joy. This conversation, which will be moderated by Graham School instructor Stephanie Friedman, will preview Friedman’s course this winter.

Who's Speaking

Nickole Brown

Nickole Brown

Award-Winning Author

Stephanie Friedman

Stephanie Friedman

Writer's Studio Instructor

Stephanie has had work published in Michigan Quarterly Review, among other venues, and a “distinguished” story listed in Best American Short Stories. She holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in English from the University of Chicago.

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