The Willowherb Review aims to provide an initial platform to celebrate and bolster nature writing by emerging and established writers of colour.
Why 'Willowherb'? Chamaenerion angustifolium, commonly known as rosebay willowherb or fireweed, is a plant that thrives on disturbed ground. Its seeds do well when transported to new and difficult terrain, so some—not us—may call it a weed.
The Willowherb Review is:
Jessica J. Lee is a British-Canadian-Taiwanese author and environmental historian, and winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Author Award. Her first book, Turning, was published by Virago Books in 2017 and named among the best books of the year by both Canadian newspaper The National Post and German newspaper Die Zeit. It was named a Notable Book by the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Awards in the USA and longlisted for the Frank Hegyi Award for Emerging Authors in Canada. Jessica has written for BBC Radio 4's Short Cuts, The TLS, and Munchies, among others, and continues to publish academically in the environmental humanities. She has a PhD in Environmental History and Aesthetics and was Writer-in-Residence at the Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology in Berlin from 2017–2018. Her second book, Two Trees Make a Forest: A story of memory, migration, and Taiwan will be published in 2019 by Virago.
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