On Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7 p.m., Author Julia Corbett will be reading from her award-winning book “Out of the Woods.” This event is free and open to the public, hosted by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy at the Headwaters Building, 84 Fourth Street in Ashland.
Corbett’s book “Out of the Woods” recently won the Reading the West Book Award in nonfiction. It is a fresh and introspective collection of essays that ruminates the practical and existential challenges of living an environmentally aware life with all of its ironies and contradictions.
Each story delves into an overlooked aspect of our relationship with everyday nature—insects, garbage, backyards, noise, animals, and language—and how we cover our tracks. By weaving personal narratives with morsels of highly digestible science and research, the book leads to surprising insights into the products, practices, and phrases we take for granted in our everyday encounters with nature and encourages us to consider how we might revalue or reimagine our relationships with nature in our everyday lives.
Corbett is a professor in the Department of Communication and the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. Her environmental nonfiction essays have been published in venues such as Orion, High Country News, and Camas.
Corbett has also served as newspaper reporter, park ranger, naturalist, natural resources information officer, and deputy press secretary. She summers in the mountains of western Wyoming in her cabin.