It’s our birthday! In this episode, we reflect on the first year of EcoCast, and then hear 25 environmentally-themed Quick Fictions. You can find bios of all the contributors below, in alphabetical order by first name.
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QUICK FICTION AUTHOR BIOS (alphabetical order by first name):
Abi Curtis is Professor of Creative Writing at York St John University where she runs the MA and MFA programmes. She is the author of two poetry collections, Unexpected Weatherand The Glass Delusion, and a speculative flood novel Water & Glass. She is currently completing a novel set on the Kent coast featuring an alien, and writing a co-authored New Critical Idiom book Speculative Fiction. She is on the editorial board for Gold SF, an imprint for feminist science fiction from Goldsmiths Press.
Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at the University of Sussex. His most recent book is John Donne: In the Shadow of Religion (2021).
Ashwarya Samkaria, a Masters in English Literature (University of Delhi) and a Masters in Performance Studies (Ambedkar University Delhi) is currently working as an independent researcher whose publications in journals on Ecocriticism in Indian Fiction and on Body and Performance are forthcoming. She is also trained in the (neo)classical dance form Odissi and has performed extensively in India and abroad. Her areas of interest are performance studies, ecocriticism, postcolonialism, gender studies, and creative writing.
Barbara Krystal is a Marine Biologist and Author. She is writing a dissertation questioning the traits we use to define the human when we come into contact with marine invertebrates.
Basak Almaz is a graduate of English Language and Literature and a grad student of American Culture and Literature at Hacettepe University, Turkey. She is a research assistant at Istanbul Aydin University and writing her MA thesis on the relation between climate change and neoliberalism through sci-fi novels of Kim Stanley Robinson.
Christopher Collier is an educator and ecological advocate, working at the intersection of art and cultural ecology. With a background in academia and community art, he currently teaches at Anglia Ruskin University, and City Lit college in London, England, as well as regularly facilitating workshops in a variety of contexts. He is a volunteer Ranger with the London National Park City organisation.
Erik Lauks is a writer living in Munich. Currently occupied by consciousness.
Huiying Ng works to expand the possibility of agroecological landscapes in Southeast Asia - she is a doctoral researcher at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, and an occasional-editor of Foodscape Pages, a journa-zine dedicated to food, community and inspiration in Southeast Asia. She has performed and created installations in group residencies with soft/WALL/studs (Yogyakarta) and Heroines’ Wave (Bangkok), and will have a speculative fiction piece in print in Antennae’s next issue, Uncontainable Natures. She also writes a Substack on food, commons and ag! Find her on Twitter / Instagram @fuiin.
Jada Ach is a lecturer for the Leadership and Integrative Studies Program at Arizona State University where she teaches classes in interdisciplinary and liberal studies. She is the author of Sand, Water, Salt: Managing the Elements in Literature of the American West, 1880-1925 (Texas Tech UP, in press) and coeditor of Reading Aridity in Western American Literature (Lexington Books, 2020). Her poetry has appeared in New South, The Dalhousie Review, and elsewhere.
James Burt is a writer and computer programmer.