Standing room only for SELC Reed Environmental Writing Award presentation

From left are Josh Kurtz, representing the staff of E&E Publishing, winner of the 2015 Reed Environmental Writing Award in the journalism category; Ellen Griffith Spears, winner of the Reed Environmental Writing Award in the nonfiction book category; and guest speaker Bland Simpson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Southern Environmental Law Center drew a packed house Saturday to its Charlottesville headquarters for the presentation of its 2015 Reed Environmental Writing Awards, held in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book. This year's winner in the journalism category was the staff of E&E Publishing for its eBook Turning Carolina Red: Reports from the Front of an Energy Culture War. Ellen Griffith Spears, a faculty member at the University of Alabama, won the Reed Award in the book category for Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town

Also on hand was author and guest speaker Bland Simpson, the Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

For more than 20 years, SELC’s Reed Environmental Writing Award has recognized the most powerful voices speaking on behalf of the southern environment. The award is named for the late Phillip D. Reed, a distinguished attorney, a committed environmental advocate, and a founding trustee of the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Read more about the 2015 Reed Environmental Writing Awards here.   

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