Author Reading and Conversation Between Amy Irvine and Nadia Owusu

Date: November 05, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Virtual via Zoom

Author Reading and Conversation Between Amy Irvine and Nadia Owusu

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Back of Beyond Books is pleased to invite you to a conversation between Amy Irvine and Nadia Owusu. Amy and Nadia both memoirists will be speaking broadly as social and eco justice activists, memoirists with a deep attachment to place and about their deep friendship forged through what they write about, the act of writing and through teaching nonfiction together in the Mountainview MFA Low-Residency Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University.

They will also be discussing the urgent issue of women’s bodies in relationship to indigenous and public lands, through the lenses of the Gabby Petitio story and the murders of Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner; and the the crisis of missing and murdered Native American women and girls, including Faith Lindsey, Olivia Lone Bear, Ella Mae Begay and too many others.

Both Amy and Nadia have written memoirs, Trespass from Amy and Aftershocks from Nadia. We will be celebrating both memoirs as part of this conversation..

NADIA OWUSU is a Ghanaian and Armenian-American writer and urbanist. Her first book, Aftershocks, topped many most-anticipated and best book of the year lists, including The New York Times, TIMEVulture, and the BBC. It was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice.

Nadia is the recipient of a 2019 Whiting Award. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Bon Appétit, and others.

By day, Nadia is Director of Storytelling at Frontline Solutions, a consulting firm working in partnership with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations on issues from poverty and inequality to education and climate justice. She teaches creative writing at the Mountainview MFA program and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Amy Irvine is the author of numerous essays and four nonfiction books addressing environmental, Indigenous and feminist concerns. She is a contributing editor for Orion Magazine, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Outside, Orion, Pacific Standard, Best American Science & Nature Writing, and Best American Food Writing. Her first memoir, Trespass, received the Orion Book Award, and the Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award. Her second memoir, Almost Animal, is forthcoming by Spiegel & Grau in Spring 2023. Irvine, a Mountainview MFA alumnus, lives, writes, and teaches off-grid on a remote mesa in southwest Colorado.