Timothy EganNational Book Award-winning
Author of The Worst Hard Time
Timothy Egan is an acclaimed writer and veteran chronicler of the West whose interests range wide across the American landscape and American history. His books take a riveting look at historical events and individuals and provide intimate looks at national subjects. He is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, a popular columnist, and a National Book Award-winning author.
Robert HassWinner of the National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize,
Poet, Environmentalist, and Author of Time and Materials
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Robert Hass has published numerous books of poetry. As US Poet Laureate (1995-1997), Hass established the arts organization River of Words to connect young people to their local watersheds through the visual arts and poetry.
Jane HirshfieldPrize-winning Poet, Translator, and Essayist
Awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, and Academy of American Poets, Hirshfield’s poems and essays appear in Orion, the journals of the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, National Resources Defense Council, Earth First!, and the Save the Redwoods League, along with The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and five editions of The Best American Poetry.
Elizabeth KolbertNew Yorker Journalist and Author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
At the forefront of the global discussion about climate change, Elizabeth Kolbert’s acclaimed book Field Notes from a Catastrophe and her essays in the New Yorker bring us to a greater understanding of the environmental crisis the world is currently facing.
Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore Lappé is the author of 18 books including the three-million copies sold Diet for a Small Planet. She is the co-founder of three organizations, including Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. This is a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life. Frances and her daughter have also cofounded the Small Planet Fund, which channels resources to democratic social movements worldwide. Frances appears frequently as a public speaker and on radio, and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and Alternet.
Barry LopezWinner of the National Book Award, Distinguished Environmentalist, and Author of Arctic Dreams and Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape
Writer Barry Lopez is often compared to Henry David Thoreau for his ability to immerse himself in his surroundings and deftly integrate environmental and humanitarian concerns. His lectures touch on a wide range of topics: nature, culture, ethics, landscape and identity.
Marion NestleAcclaimed Professor of Nutrition and Public Health, Author of Food Politics and What to Eat
Marion Nestle is a consumer activist, nutritionist, award-winning author, and academic who specializes in the politics of food and dietary choice. Her books explore issues like the effects of food production on our environment, the way pricing works, and additives and their effect on nutrition.
Michael PollanAward-winning Journalist and Bestselling Writer, Author of An Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food
Michael Pollan’s book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto is a New York Times bestseller. Pollan’s is a crucial voice in the growing discussion about our current way of eating. He is also a narrator of the feature documentary Food, Inc., which highlights the increase of genetically-modified foods and unsavory practices in the modern food industry.
Roz Savage is a British ocean rower, environmental campaigner, and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. After 11 years working in London as a management consultant, she embarked on a new life direction – in a rowboat. In 2006 she completed a solo row across the Atlantic, and in 2010 became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific. She has rowed over 11,000 miles, taken 3.5 million oar strokes, and has spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. Her inspirational book, Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, was published by Simon & Schuster. The eponymous documentary has been screened around the world. Her newest book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, was released in October 2013.
In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, and in 2012 she was chosen to be a World Fellow at Yale. In 2013 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Eric SchlosserBestselling Author and Journalist, Author of Command and Control and Fast Food Nation
Eric Schlosser’s first book Fast Food Nation helped start a revolution in how Americans think about what they eat. With a background as an investigative reporter, Schlosser offers an incisive history of the development of American fast food and indicts the industry for some shocking crimes against humanity, including systematically destroying the American diet and landscape, and undermining our values and our economy.
Terry Tempest WilliamsConservationist, Advocate for Free Speech,
Author of Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family & Place
and Finding Beauty in a Broken World
A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, Terry Tempest Williams has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams presents an urgent voice for ecological consciousness and social change.