If you’re interested in Climate Fiction, pull up a chair!
I’m an enthusiastic writer and reader of Climate Fiction — literature that engages climate science in a meaningful way. Some of my favorites include Flight Behavior, Clade, American War, The Water Knife and Heart Spring Mountain. I’m particularly interested in literary Cli-Fi that takes on themes of race, class, gender, identity, immigration, and/or global politics, as well as climate themes. I don’t need to be hit over the head with dogma. Just give me a good story that leaves me with something to think about. And, of course, I appreciate a well-crafted sentence.
I’m a Massachusetts-based fiction writer, journalist, and farmer. I wrote my first novel, FOUR DEGREES (sneak peek here), a literary climate thriller, in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, a year-long, MFA-level novel intensive. I have a Master’s in Creative Writing and Literature from Harvard University Extension School, and my short fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Charles River Review, and the anthology Turning Points: Stories of Choice and Change. I’ve been the recipient of several literary awards, including the 2017 William Faulkner Literary Award. I’m represented by Stacy Testa at Writers House.
I have published articles in BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Baby Talk and other publications, and I blog for The Writer Unboxed and DeadDarlings writers’ blogs. I also own and operate a small farm. When I’m not reading or writing, you can probably find me chasing my four kids, kayaking, or digging in the dirt.
Are you a fan of Cli-Fi? What are you reading and/or writing? I’d love to hear from you!
The Mountain Pine Bark Beetle
The mountain pine bark beetle plays a staring role in my novel FOUR DEGREES. This original print was created by Aubrey Pongluelert, an artist, farmer, and environmental science grad student at U of Montana, who graciously allowed me to share it. Notice the overlay of the map and beetle-infested footprint that creates texture on the beetle. I love this image.