|Diana Fu is a playwright, essayist, and Pushcart-nominated poet. She has just self-published her first chapbook, "In All Spaces Liminal", and has been published in Spark: A Creative Anthology, Yemassee, and Sky Island Journal, and more. She has written, produced, and co-directed her original play about gentrification in Oakland, California’s Chinatown: Tears at the Margins. She has been the recipient of many notable scholarships and fellowships for her writing, including the 2020 Superhero Clubhouse Eco-Playwriting Fellowship, Leonard A. Slade, Jr. Poetry Fellowship for Writers of Color, the L. Feder enrichment grant, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship for her attendance at Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference. Diana is also a passionate advocate for environmental justice and equitable access to the arts. She is currently an M.S. candidate in the Coastal Science & Policy program at UC Santa Cruz.
|Mok Zining is obsessed with random things: orchids, arabesques, sand. The Orchid Folios is her first book. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Cincinnati Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Rumpus, among others. She is working towards an MFA in creative writing at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches writing. Currently, she is working on a book about sand.
Ecological Writing: a Conversation with Diana Fu and Mok Zining will be an artistic and intellectual discussion about the creation of "environmental" writing. We will walk through the creative process for both writers, incorporating questions of place, geographies and presence in the physical world. We will also talk about the philosophies that underlie and have come to define what is "natural" or deemed "the environment", and work through shifting, fading, or abolishing the separation of that which is deemed object (oftentimes the environment) and the self.