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Living Literature presents Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore


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Providence Journal article

Elizabeth Rush, currently teaching at Brown, is a journalist and author who was named a Pulitzer Finalist for her book, Rising:  Dispatches from the New American Shore, which documents the people, communities and ecosystems impacted by sea level rise.  Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

In Rising, Elizabeth Rush guides readers through some of the places where this change has been most dramatic, from the Gulf Coast to Miami, and from New York City to the Bay Area. For many of the plants, animals, and humans in these places, the options are stark: retreat or perish in place.  Weaving firsthand testimonials from those facing this choice—a Staten Islander who lost her father during Sandy, the remaining holdouts of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles, a neighborhood in Pensacola settled by escaped slaves hundreds of years ago—with profiles of wildlife biologists, activists, and other members of these vulnerable communities, Rising privileges the voices of those too often kept at the margins.

 

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