Me: Sweetie, how’s your first trip to Canada?
O: It’s great! My only regret is that I forgot to pack WILD.
Me: Are you kidding me? Didn’t we just have a talk about not taking books off my nightstand, WILD in particular?
O: But I didn’t take it.
Me: But you planned to.
O: But I didn’t.
Me: Not because of The Rule! Just because you’re absent-minded. Which is why you would’ve left it in Toronto. With all my marks and annotations inside. When I have to teach it!
O: I don’t understand why you’re so agitated. You’re the one who asked how Canada was!
Me: Oh. My. God.
The editors of the groundbreaking anthology on people of color and nature, The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions, 2011), are looking for contributions for a higher education online teaching guide with lesson ideas, questions, prompts, and resources that teachers of literature, environmental studies, multicultural studies, American Studies, geography, and other pertinent fields would find valuable for teaching the book.
The provocative writings in The Colors of Nature exist at the intersection of cultural identity and ecological awareness, featuring work from more than 30 contributors of widely diverse backgrounds—including Jamaica Kincaid, Joseph Bruchac, Yusef Komunyakaa, Kimiko Hahn, Nikky Finney, bell hooks, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Francisco X. Alarcón and me, Faith. This anthology explores the relationships between culture, place, “race,” and identity, which historically have been overlooked in traditional environmental writing.
Timetable and Submission Guidelines: Please let them know of your interest as soon as possible. The deadline has been extended for receipt of lessons or class ideas, plus resources, to May 30, 2012. Read the call for more detail CallSubmissionsOneSheet
Lauret Savoy lsavoy @ mtholyoke . edu Alison Deming aldeming @ aol . com