“An exciting, expert, and invaluable group portrait of seminal women writers enriching a genre crucial to our future.” —Booklist
In Writing Wild, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 women whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization, yet they all share a bold authenticity that makes their work both distinct and universal.
Featured writers include:
Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper, Gene Stratton-Porter, Mary Austin, and Vita Sackville-West
Nan Shepherd, Rachel Carson, Mary Oliver, Carolyn Merchant, and Annie Dillard
Gretel Ehrlich, Leslie Marmon Silko, Diane Ackerman, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Lauret Savoy
Rebecca Solnit, Kathleen Jamie, Carolyn Finney, Helen Macdonald, and Saci Lloyd
Andrea Wulf, Camille T. Dungy, Elena Passarello, Amy Liptrot, and Elizabeth Rush
Part travel essay, literary biography, and cultural history, Writing Wild ventures into the landscapes and lives of extraordinary writers and encourages a new generation of women to pick up their pens, head outdoors, and start writing wild.
About the Author
Kathryn Aalto is an American landscape designer, historian, writer, and lecturer living in Exeter, England. She has master’s degrees in garden history and creative nonfiction with a particular interest in literary landscapes. Before her expat life, she taught American Literature of Nature and Place in the Pacific Northwest. She is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, and Garden Communicators International. Her website is kathrynaalto.com.
"What a joy to travel these paths alongside Kathryn Aalto and such fierce, trailblazing, and perceptive women." —Sarah L. Kaufman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post critic and author of The Art of Grace
“An impassioned and illuminating anthology that serves as an act of recovery and discovery, a personal celebration, and a timely reminder of the wealth and sheer power of women’s voices.” —Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground
“Kathryn Aalto brilliantly braids engaging personal narrative with accessible literary biography, to take readers on an inspiring pilgrimage.” —Michael P. Branch, author of Rants from the Hill and How to Cuss in Western
“An amazing, rich resource that rises above visions of conquest and domination to reveal the possibility of meeting eye-to-eye with wildness, and of being broken open and changed.” —Foreword
“This book is a wonderful jumping-off point for anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to know more about the many talented female writers who have made it their work’s focus.” —BookPage
“A fantastic resource for readers looking to grow their TBR piles.” —The Los Angeles Times
“Exciting, inspiring, intimidating, and bold.” —San Francisco Book Review
“A heartening book, granting attention to women who dared to write and ramble wild.” —BBC Countryfile
"This fine and thoughtful book puts these remarkable women writers right smack bang in to focus where they belong—as key shapers of how we see the natural world.” —James Rebanks, author of The Shepherd's Life
“A compilation of cutting cultural critiques alongside sensory imagery.” —The Santa Barbara Independent