I will be in NYC on May 3rd giving a talk as part of the CUNY Graduate Center’s “Home in the Time of Climate Change” conference. Stop by! 7 pm. at 85 Saint Nicolas Terrace. Details below.
Last week Publisher’s Weekly gave Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore a starred review I. COULD. NOT. BE. MORE. THRILLED. You can read the whole review in its starry glory below:
I had the pleasure of teaming up with Amy Brady, over at the Chicago Review of Books, to bring you this month’s Burning Worlds column. For those of you who don’t know Burning Worlds it is a deep dive into all things climate fiction (Cli-Fi) related.
Check out my “Postcard from Rhode Island” in Pacific Standard’s 10th Anniversary Issue. Come for the radical resiliency report stay for the fabulous writing from folks like Alexander Chee, Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, and Patrick Nathan.
As many of you know, I served as the Andrew Mellon Fellow for the Humanities at Bates College in Maine for two years. One of the best parts of the experience was designing a course that focused on getting students to interview locals about their personal experiences with climate change. I recently published an article in PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America about the experience. Check it out here:
I am honored and excited to report that Publisher’s Weekly named Rising one of their top ten science picks for the first half of 2018! Check out the full announcement here.
I am writing with some very exciting news. My book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, will be published by Milkweed Editions next spring. You can pre-order your copy now. Simply click on the link below.
In a historical moment of hurricanes, flooding, and unprecedented weather events, it is becoming increasingly clear that climate change is neither imagined nor distant—and that it is changing the coastline of the United States in irrevocable ways.
In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through our nation’s disappearing places, from Louisiana to Miami, Staten Island to the Bay Area. The wetlands that define these regions are among the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet—accustomed to periods of change, of ebb and flow, yet overwhelmed by rapidly shifting conditions. For many of the plants and animals who live there, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.
Is human civilization facing a similar set of limited options? And how do we move forward in a world whose borders are already becoming unsettled and strange? Weaving the firsthand accounts of those who are living through sea level rise today—scientists, activists, and members of the communities both currently at risk and already displaced—with eyewitness reporting from our shoreline’s disappearing places, Rising is at once polyphonic and precise, lyric reportage that privileges the voices of those usually kept at the margins.
A shimmering meditation on vulnerability and on vulnerable communities, both human and more than human, and on how to let go of the places we love.
A couple Sunday’s ago my Op-Ed “For Those Living by the Water’s Edge It May Be Time to Move” appeared in the Washington Post. You can check it out here.
It has been a busy summer here at Rush-basecamp. I am putting the spit shine on my manuscript, Rising: The Unsettling of the American Shore, due out next summer with Milkweed Editions. Also a number of my pieces have appeared in various media. Check out my journey into the heart of a rotting tidal wetland in “The Marsh at the End of the World” published in Guernica Magazine, and also my piece on the disorientation that comes with sea level rise “Something Like Vertigo” published in the summer edition of Creative Nonfiction. And in the meantime, try to keep you head above water in the flurry of storms that are descending upon our imperiled coasts.
In the June issue of Harpers Magazine Rebecca Elliott and I teamed up to unpack the cartographic tug-of-war over New York City’s flood lines. Check it out here.