Holly Haworth’s writing appears in the following books.

Solastalgia: An Anthology of Emotion in a Disappearing World

University of Virginia Press, 2023
Edited by Paul Bogard

“One of the penalties of an ecological education,” wrote Aldo Leopold, “is that one lives alone in a world of wounds.” As climate change and other environmental degradations become more evident, experts predict that an increasing number of people will suffer emotional and psychological distress as a result. Many are feeling these effects already. In the pages of Solastalgia, they will find a source of companionship, inspiration, and advice.

The concept of solastalgia comes from the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht, who describes it as “the homesickness we feel while still at home.” It’s the pain and longing we feel as we realize the world immediately around us is changing, with our love for that world serving as a catalyst for action on its behalf.

This powerful anthology brings together thirty-four writers—educators, journalists, poets, and scientists—to share their emotions in the face of environmental crisis. They share their solastalgia, their beloved places, their vulnerability, their stories, their vision of what we can create.

“The essays gathered in this collection provide intimate looks at beloved places—the birds and hills, the skies and first snowfalls—even as the places shift and change. It’s brave to write into the vastness of our climate crisis and still understand the role of celebration. These authors offer the full complexity of what it means to love a place while it’s being forever shifted. They provide witness and beauty and a way forward, despite despair.” – Toni Jensen, author of Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land

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The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2019

Mariner Books Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019
Edited by Sy Montgomery and Jaime Green

Sy Montgomery, New York Times best-selling author and recipient of numerous awards, edits this year’s volume of the finest science and nature writing.
“Science is important because this is how we seek to discover the truth about the world. And this is what makes excellent science and nature writing essential,” observes New York Times best-selling author Sy Montgomery. “Science and nature writing are how we share the truth about the universe with the people of the world.” And collected here are truths about nearly every corner of the universe. From meditations on extinction, to the search for alien life, to the prejudice that infects our medical system, the pieces in this year’s Best American Science and Nature Writing seek to bring to the people stories of some of the most pressing issues facing our planet, as well as moments of wonder reflecting the immense beauty our natural world offers.

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A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia

University of Georgia Press, 2019
Edited by Rose McLarney, Laura-Gray Street and L. L. Gaddy

Getting acquainted with local flora and fauna is the perfect way to begin to understand the wonder of nature. The natural environment of Southern Appalachia, with habitats that span the Blue Ridge to the Cumberland Plateau, is one of the most biodiverse on earth. A Literary Field Guide to Southern Appalachia-a hybrid literary and natural history anthology-showcases sixty of the many species indigenous to the region. Ecologically, culturally, and artistically, Southern Appalachia is rich in paradox and stereotype-defying complexity. Its species range from the iconic and inveterate-such as the speckled trout, pileated woodpecker, copperhead, and black bear-to the elusive and endangered-such as the American chestnut, Carolina gorge moss, chucky madtom, and lampshade spider. The anthology brings together art and science to help the reader experience this immense ecological wealth.

Stunning images by seven Southern Appalachian artists and conversationally written natural history information complement contemporary poems from writers such as Ellen Bryant Voigt, Wendell Berry, Janisse Ray, Sean Hill, Rebecca Gayle Howell, Deborah A. Miranda, Ron Rash, and Mary Oliver. Their insights illuminate the wonders of the mountain South, fostering intimate connections. The guide is an invitation to get to know Appalachia in the broadest, most poetic sense.

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Watershed: The Tennessee River

Fall Line Press 2018
“In my time spent with this collection of images, I first saw what is largely a story of displacement due to the control and consequent degradation of the Tennessee River landscape. But now I see something different. This is not a vision of displacement but rather of a people’s uneasy inhabitance of a twenty-first-century watershed—the effort to inhabit both time and place. A complicated belonging. A river in its rough and degraded magnificence.” — Holly Haworth

Watershed: The Tennessee River examines the complicated environmental effects and consequences of large-scale modernization in the Tennessee River Watershed. Photographer Jeff Rich investigates the river within the context of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s vast reach and power throughout the region. Essayist Holly Haworth writes about Rich’s images in her accompanying piece “A Complicated Belonging.”

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