Elizabeth Rush, Graduate of the Mountainview MFA, to Speak with Local Author Katherine Towler at Event in Portsmouth

Portsmouth NH, July 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Congratulations to Mountainview MFA graduate Elizabeth Rush on her excellent review received on the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)! Her nonfiction book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, has also been excerpted The Guardian. Elizabeth will be featured at an event in New Hampshire on July 26th at the Portsmouth Book and Bar. She will be chatting with author and Mountainview MFA faculty member, Katherine Towler, about her new book. Towler is the author of The Penny Poet of Portsmouth.

See the excellent reviews and excerpt below about Rush’s new book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore


“The author’s largely successful lyrical approach to environmental writing is complemented by the structure of her storytelling. Within chapters and throughout the string that keeps her stories connected, Rush jumps back and forth in time, theme, and tales, deftly creating movement between thoughts that challenge the all-too-common dryness of scientific journalism.” From Rafaela Bassili’s review on LARB.


“Timely and urgent, this report on how climate change is affecting American shorelines provides critical evidence of the devastating changes already faced by some coastal dwellers. Rush, who teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University, masterfully presents firsthand accounts of these changes, acknowledging her own privileged position in comparison to most of her interviewees and the heavy responsibility involved in relaying their experiences to an audience.” From Publisher’s Weekly review. https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-57131-367-6


“Rising lets the people who are experiencing sea-level rise firsthand speak their own truths. They teach us how it feels to know your home is threatened, the future uncertain.  Rising is a thoughtful, fascinating, and often deeply moving look at some of the country’s most vulnerable populations, and one of my favorite books of the year.” From Amy Brady’s review on the Chicago Review of Books. https://chireviewofbooks.com/2018/06/26/rising-elizabeth-rush-interview-climate-change/

“I do not believe in a vengeful God – if God exists at all – so I do not think of the flood as punishment for human sin. What interests me most is what happens to the story when I remove it from its religious framework: Noah’s flood is one of the most fully developed accounts of environmental change in ancient history. It tries to make sense of a cataclysmic earthbound event that happened long ago, before written language, before the domestication of horses, before the first Egyptian mummies and the rise of civilization in Crete. An event for which the teller clearly held humans responsible.” From Rush’s nonfiction book, Rising.



Ben Nugent
Southern New Hampshire University