College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

Visiting Writers Series - Spring 2015

A Week of Ecological Events


Robert Michael Pyle and Allison Cobb An Ecological Literary Evening

Tuesday, March 31st

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle

Robert Michael Pyle

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle
Allison Cobb

5:00 p.m., Museum of Art, Fine Arts Center

Allison Cobb and Robert Michael Pyle will be giving a joint reading and question and answer session on the evening of the 31st, focused on ecoreading.

Free and open to the public.

Robert Michael Pyle, author of twelve books and many essays, stories and poems, is one of America’s best-known environmental writers and naturalists. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His 1987 book, Wintergreen: Rambles in a Ravaged Land, won the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. He writes for Orion Magazine and is a trip leader for the National Wildlife Foundation’s annual Family Nature Summits. Pyle, among other things, studies Lepidoptera, an order of moths and butterflies.

Allison Cobb works in poetry, nonfiction prose, and visual arts to address issues of landscape, public space, politics, and ecology. In Plastic: An Autobiography, she tracks the reappearance of plastic in the environment. Her published works include Born2 (poetry), about Los Alamos and the legacy of the atomic bomb, and Green-Wood, a hybrid work that addresses histories and bodies—the war dead buried at the fabled Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn and her own in her attempts to conceive a child. Cobb was a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, and currently works for the Environmental Defense Fund.


Nature Walk & Writing Workshop

led by Robert Michael Pyle

Monday, March 30, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Shattuck Arboretum Amphitheater
University of Idaho, Moscow
Reception to follow

Free and open to the public.


Hand's-on Garbology: A Plastic Walk

led by Allison Cobb

Thursday, April 2, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Reaney Park, Pullman

Free and open to the public.


These events are co-sponsored by the Common Reading Program, School of Biological Sciences, University of Idaho, and CEREO.

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