Lauret Savoy

Lauret Savoy

A teacher, earth scientist, writer, photographer, and pilot, Lauret Savoy is a woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage. The author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape (Counterpoint Press), she writes about the stories we tell of the American land’s origins and the stories we tell of ourselves in this land. Trace won the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. It was also a finalist for the 2016 PEN American Open Book Award and Phillis Wheatley Book Award, as well as shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and Orion Book Award. She is the co-editor of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity and the Natural World (Milkweed Editions); Bedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology (Trinity University Press), and Living with the Changing California Coast (University of California Press). Winner of Mount Holyoke’s Distinguished Teaching Award and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, she has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University. Lauret is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College.

Books by Lauret Savoy

Culture, Identity and the Natural World
Alison Hawthorne Deming and Lauret Savoy

For centuries, the richness of our world’s diverse stories has been widely overlooked by readers of environmental literature. This collection works against this blind spot, exploring the relationship between culture and place, emphasizing the lasting value of cultural heritage, and revealing how this wealth of perspectives is essential to building a livable future.

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