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Elizabeth Rush visits UCA as an artist-in-residence

By: Amber Austen, Office of Media Relations

CONWAY— New York Times recognized author, Elizabeth Rush, will be an artist-in-residence on Tuesday, Feb. 22, and Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at the University of Central Arkansas.

Hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Rush will have a public reading on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the College of Business Auditorium. The event includes a question-and-answer session along with a book signing.

Earlier in the afternoon, she will host a Master Class on Literary Journalism from 3:30-5 p.m. in Win Thompson Hall, room 331.

Rush’s work explores how humans adapt to changes enacted upon them by forces seemingly beyond their control, from ecological transformation to political revolution.

Elizabeth Rush, Photo credit Stephanie Alvarez Ewens
Elizabeth Rush, Photo credit Stephanie Alvarez Ewens

“Rush offers an example of how to successfully tackle contemporary world issues in one’s writing…I hope she brings to UCA that fearlessness and determination to look deeply into the societal issues that students are studying and facing,” Jennie Case, Creative Writing Program Coordinator, said.

On Wednesday, Rush will present a craft talk over environmental writing, climate change, and literary journalism from 3-4:15 p.m. in Win Thompson Hall, room 331.

Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard and the New Republic, among others.

Rush is the recipient of numerous fellowships such as the Howard Foundation Fellowship awarded by Brown University and the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship. She served as the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at Bates College from 2015-17.

Currently, Rush teaches creative nonfiction courses at Brown University that carry the environmental sciences and digital technologies into the humanities classroom.

For additional information visit CAHSS artists-in-residence.

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