WWW Member Kayann Short’s Essays Reflect Nature

screen shot 2019-01-07 at 4.16.49 pmKayann Short’s latest essay, “Bones Beneath Bark: The Ecological Kinship of Trees and Humans,” has appeared in Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability. Paired with Joyce Tennyson’s luminous photography of trees and nature, the essay considers how trees benefit human health and the reciprocity required for both species’ survival. To read the essay, visit: https://hawkandhandsaw.unity.edu/tenneson_short_trees/
Taking a jump from a essay focused on nature, Kayann also provides prompts for writing ecology-based memoirs, or including natural surroundings when writing memoir. These prompts are available via Kaynn’s blog at: http://ecobiography.com/2019/01/navigating-northwest/ or you can read them here:
Writing Exploration: As you move throughout your day and night, notice the navigational systems you use to get where you want to go. Do you use street signs? GPS? Maps? Note which are human-made, like street signs, GPS, and maps, and which derive from nature, like the sun, stars, and the behaviors of creatures and natural phenomenon. Or write about a journey in which you navigate by natural landmarks, symbols, and methods different from those used in your daily life.  How do different methods of navigation determine or alter your story? (prompts property of Kayann Short)
Also, Kayann’s essay “Food for Bears” has been release and published in The Hopper magazine. You can read this nature-focused essay at http://www.hoppermag.org/food-for-bears
About Kayann

screen shot 2019-01-07 at 4.10.49 pmKayann Short, Ph.D., is a writer, farmer, teacher, and activist at Stonebridge Farm, located in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Kayann’s wide and extensive accolades include establishing a feminist press library archive at Colorado State University, and she has a passion for organic food production. When not writing or teaching, Kayann knits, cooks, plays mandolin and gardens with her partner, John. For more, visit https://kayannshort.com/

About womenwritingthewest

Women Writing the West is an organization of writers and other professionals who write and promote writing about the North American West with emphasis on the experiences of western women and girls. We invite you to join our writing community. Membership is open to all persons, worldwide.
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