Western Hires New Director for Graduate Nature Writing Program

Western Hires New Director for Graduate Nature Writing Program

May. 6, 2019

Western has hired Julianne Warren, Ph.D., to lead the newly established graduate nature writing program.

“Julianne is one of the most remarkable, visionary thinkers in the field of environmental humanities today,” said Tyson Hausdoerffer, Ph.D., Interim Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing. “To have her come on board as we launch the Nature Writing track positions the program to be the most innovative and exciting of its kind.”

Warren comes to Western with a doctorate in Natural Resource Ecology and Conservation Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. In addition to her academic work, Warren is a widely respected author who experiments with new, hybrid forms of writing.

“By combining methodologies, Julianne has made a career of building bridges between disciplines and of creatively transcending the perceived limits of individual fields.” Hausdeorffer said.

As director of the new Nature Writing emphasis, Warren will help students explore how to write in thoughtful and creative ways about the world we live in.

“I want our students to discover fresh language and ways of telling at the crosswords of present social and environmental emergencies,” Warren said. “That might help people see possible ways forward.”