The thriving environmental discourse of urban nature writing is highly varied in terms of genre — from fiction to poetry to creative nonfiction — and subject, as evidenced by the recently published volume City Creatures (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2015) and the blog by the same name sponsored by the Center for Humans and Nature in Chicago.
Today, recent RU graduate and SUST alum Tiffany Mucci (BPS, May 2016) published her first essay, entitled “The Soul on the Road,” on the City Creatures blog. We can safely say that this powerful essay is not your garden variety piece of nature writing. Here is its first paragraph:
My grandmother was supposed to die in February, but she hung on until March. Her soul idled stubbornly in a liminal realm, delaying entrance to the hereafter. In those last weeks of her life, she resembled something of a suffering animal, who wants only to disappear into a secluded corner of the woods, where she can take her last breaths in peace.
To read the rest of Tiffany’s essay, please check out the City Creatures blog here. She served as the Assistant Editor for and a regular contributor to this blog throughout the 2015-16 academic year, and is the co-editor of the Writing Urban Nature online project here at Roosevelt.