At first, writing was just a tedious means to an adventurous end wrapped in the respectability of entrepreneurial enterprise. Later, I became far more interested in the everyday beauty and extraordinary diversity of the southern mountains than in making or writing about miles. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my knowledge. After my first book, I included a nature notes...
ROBERTA: Authors sometimes dream that a current event will dovetail with their book's launch and bring it to prominence. This is not the case for Susan Cerulean, the co-editor of Unspoiled: Writers Speak for Florida's Coast, a collection of thirty-six essays and poems contributed by writers including Connie May Fowler, Janisse Ray and many others. For Cerulean and her co-authors, the BP oil disaster on April 20 occurred just as...
Two Reed Award Winners Announced
The Southern Environmental Law Center is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Reed Environmental Writing Award, which is given each year to a book and a journalism article that exemplify the best environmental writing in the South. In an unprecedented decision by the judges, this year’s awards will go to two books: "Stand Up That Mountain" by Jay Erskine Leutze and "The Forest Unseen" by David George Haskell. The authors will each receive a $1,000 prize as part of the award.
In "Stand Up That Mountain," Jay Leutze tells the true story of how a small group of mountain people in North Carolina fought to save Belview Mountain from the destruction of mountaintop removal mining. While living and writing in his beloved Southern Appalachian Mountains, Leutze, a non-practicing lawyer, is contacted by two desperate women who want help saving the mountain that is their home. Leutze quickly realizes that the mining will mar the entire area—and the Appalachian Trail—and starts building a case with the help of his two new friends. With rich storytelling, Leutze paints vivid pictures...
Who We Are
To be fully human is to be engaged with our natural surroundings. The Southern Nature Project is founded on the conviction that writing, like the kinds gathered here, can help us lead more human, profound, and courageous lives, thereby conserving our southern environment for generations yet to come.