Solastalgia with Paul Bogard, Roopali Phadke, Angela Pelster, and Kathryn Nuernberger
About the Book:
“One of the penalties of an ecological education," wrote Aldo Leopold, "is that one lives alone in a world of wounds." As climate change and other environmental degradations become more evident, experts predict that an increasing number of people will suffer emotional and psychological distress as a result. Many are feeling these effects already. In the pages of Solastalgia, they will find a source of companionship, inspiration, and advice.
The concept of solastalgia comes from the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who describes it as "the homesickness we feel while still at home." It’s the pain and longing we feel as we realize the world immediately around us is changing, with our love for that world serving as a catalyst for action on its behalf.
This powerful anthology brings together thirty-four writers—educators, journalists, poets, and scientists—to share their emotions in the face of environmental crisis. They share their solastalgia, their beloved places, their vulnerability, their stories, their vision of what we can create.
About The Editor:
Paul Bogard is Associate Professor of English at Hamline University and the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.
About The Contributors:
Roopali Phadke’s teaching and research focus on energy and climate policy, citizen science, community based research methodologies and sustainable development initiatives. She is currently the principal investigator on a multiyear National Science Foundation study on Mining Futures. With her Macalester colleague Christie Manning, she directed a NOAA funded project on diversity and deliberation in urban climate adaptation called Ready & Resilient, which received a 2016 award from the Climate Adaptation Partnership. Locally, she serves on several boards including with Northern Lights, Climate Generation and the Water Bar in Minneapolis. Internationally, she serves on the advisory board for the School for International Training and on the Governing Council for the Society for the Social Studies of Science (known as 4s). She has also served as one of co-organizers of the U.S WorldWide Views on Climate and Energy project, sponsored by the Danish Board of Technology to provide citizen input into the UN Climate Summit.
Angela Pelster is a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow chosen by Hanif Abdurraqib. Her first non/fiction essay collection Limber won the Great Lakes Colleges Association Award for best new book in Nonfiction and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her work has previously appeared in LitHub, Ploughshares, Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, River Teeth and The Gettysburg Review among others. She’s been a Katharine Bakeless Nason Bread Loaf Fellow in nonfiction, a Minnesota State Arts Board grantee, and was an Iowa Arts fellow during her MFA at the University of Iowa (2012). Her first short story collection for children The Curious Adventures of India Sophia (2005, River Books), won the Golden Eagle Children's Choice Award. She’s an associate professor at Hamline University and is currently at work on a new book of non/fiction essays--The Evolution of Fire: Collected Crises.
Kathryn Nuernberger’s latest book is The Witch of Eye, which is about witches and witch trials. She is also the author of the poetry collections RUE, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone, as well as a collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. Her awards include the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets, an NEA fellowship, and notable essays in the Best American series. She teaches poetry and nonfiction for the MFA program at University of Minnesota.