Representation in American Nature Writing: A Conversation with Kathryn Aalto

Sunday, November 1, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Zoom Webinar


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In this webinar, Thoreau Society President Rochelle L. Johnson and New York Times best-selling author Kathryn Aalto discuss the challenges of representing women, people of color, and alternative traditions in the Thoreauvian nature writing tradition.

Kathryn Aalto is a writer, historian, teacher, and designer focused on the natural world. For the past twenty-five years, her creative practice has fused nature and culture: teaching the literature of nature and place; designing artful, edible, and sustainable gardens; and writing about the natural world.  Kathryn is the author of three books including The New York Times bestseller, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood (2015) and Nature and Human Intervention (2011). Her third book is Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Women Who Shape How We See the Natural World (Timber Press, June 2020).  Her essays have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, Sierra, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. Read more at

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Rochelle Johnson serves on the Board of Directors as President of The Thoreau Society and teaches literature and the environmental humanities at The College of Idaho, where she also directs the Gipson Honors Program. Her publications focus on 19th-century environmental thought, with particular attention to Thoreau and his contemporaries. She has written and co-edited four books about the 19th-century writer and philanthropist Susan Fenimore Cooper. Details about her work appear on her website:


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