Walking America – writers in conversation

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2024-02-28 21:00
21:00 UTC
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Practitioners and teachers of writings on walking, the  guest editors of Traversals: A Folio on Walking for The Hopkins ReviewAnna Maria Hong and Christine Hume “wanted to reinvigorate walk literature as a forum not only for mental meandering but also as a form for talking about how we move through locales, rural and urban, while navigating the extremities of the 21st century.”  

The editors actively sought contributions from women, BIPOC writers, queer writers, writers with disabilities, and trans and non-binary writers to counter, they write, “the tradition of the literary walk as meditative inquiry … mostly … practiced by cisgender men and straight, white writers without disabilities … .”

The result is a dynamic and edgy assembly of essays, stories, and poetry that confronts the fears, psychic dangers, and physical risks all too familiar to pedestrians without racial, gender, or economic privilege. As they enact walking’s pleasures and reclaim public space as their own, each writer reveals a capacity “to ignite new models of belonging and transience as they go.” 

We are delighted that Christine Hume and contributors Nabil Kashyap (“Western Avenue”) and Willa Zhang (“Young, Asian, Female, Alone”) will be joining Ann de Forest in conversation for Walking America this February. 


Walking America is a quarterly series of conversations that brings together American writers whose books share common themes. Ann de Forest, writer and editor of the anthology Ways of Walking (New Door Books, 2022), hosts and moderates the lively exchange, which touches on, among other topics, walking as a mode of research, walking as creative act, the challenges of writing about walking, as well as of walking to write. Audience questions and participation are encouraged!

Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest

Ann de Forest's writing, as well as her practice as a walking artist, often centers on the resonance of place. Her short stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in Cleaver Magazine, Found Poetry Review, The Journal, Hotel Amerika, Timber Creek Review, Op...

Christine Hume

Christine Hume

Christine Hume’s fifth book is a collection of essays, Everything I Never Wanted to Know (Ohio State University Press, 2023), which includes two fictionalized nonfiction walking tours. With Anna Maria Hong, she co-edited Traversals: A Folio on Walking fo...

Willa Zhang

Willa Zhang

Willa Zhang is a writer from the suburbs of Los Angeles who lives in Missoula, Montana. Her writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Hopkins Review, The Masters Review, and elsewhere. She is currently completing her MFA in nonfiction from the U...

Nabil Kashyap

Nabil Kashyap

Nabil Kashyap is the author of the essay collection The Obvious Earth and the chapbook Home Like. His work has appeared in Actually People, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Full Stop, The Hopkins Review, and elsewhere. He works in museum technology and lives in L...

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