Reed Environmental Writing Award

In the long, proud tradition of southern literature, writers have often drawn on the region's unique natural heritage for inspiration and insight—from the haunting cypress swamps of Georgia, to the tall mountains of western North Carolina, to the rolling fields of the Virginia piedmont. As the South grows and changes, southern writers are increasingly exploring the relationship between nature and man. SELC's Reed Environmental Writing Award honors these storytellers who capture in words our landscapes and traditions in transition.

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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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