Non-Fiction Writer Elizabeth Rush on Seeing Herself and Her Work Dramatized

Writer Elizabeth Rush returns with good news. Her book Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore has garnered awards. It was also chosen as the Read Across Rhode Island pick. At the kick-off event, Elizabeth watched an excerpt of a play based on her book.

Seeing herself portrayed on stage gave her a chance to realize something about her own grief process she had not noticed before. She talks about what she learned and reads selections from her book.

Hailed as “deeply felt” (New York Times), “a revelation” (Pacific Standard), and “the book on climate change and sea levels that was missing” (Chicago Tribune), Rising is both a highly original work of lyric reportage and a haunting meditation on how to let go of the places we love.

Coming up next month,  Nigerian podcaster Olivia Oquadinma shares how storytelling has become central to her environmental and community building work.

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Elizabeth Rush was previously featured on The Art House in April 2019.

This article is part of The Art House series.


As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson reissues The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @

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