Julie Dunlap & Susan A. Cohen

TUP Coming of Age cover


October 11, 2016
Trinity University Press
260 pages
Paperback, $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59534-780-0
Ebook, $18.95
Non-fiction/Science/Environmental Studies



Julie Dunlap & Susan A. Cohen (DMA: Baltimore, MD)

Editors of Coming of Age at the End of Nature



Elena Meredith | elena@prbythebook.com | 512-481-7096 | Twitter: @elenameredith



Coming of Age at the End of Nature explores a new kind of environmental writing. This powerful anthology gathers the passionate voices of young writers who have grown up in an environmentally damaged and compromised world. Each contributor has come of age since Bill McKibben foretold the doom of humanity’s ancient relationship with a pristine earth in his prescient 1988 warning of climate change, The End of Nature.

Coming of Age at the End of Nature brings together twenty-two views that speak for the environmental leaders of the future. Taken as a whole, the work of these compelling young writers—some well published and others appearing in print for the first time—creates a space where everyone can listen and demand accelerated action for the future.


  • CJ Goulding, an organizer at the Children & Nature Network, writes about what it means to be an African American nature leader and a role model for connecting children with outdoor spaces.
  • Amy Coplen is a doctoral candidate at Portland State University who writes about cultivating an understanding of humans and non-human nature through food through the lens of making a tamale.
  • Amelia Urry, a science and technology editor at Grist.com, uses her piece to sifts through the changing memory and landscape of her grandfather’s seaside home.
  • Emily Schosid works at the Office of Energy and Sustainability at Virginia Tech and muses about how the way you choose to mop your floors can, literally, change the world.
  • Other essayists celebrate place anywhere from a wild Atlantic island to the Arizona desert, from Baltimore to Bangkok; redefine materialism and environmental justice; and assess the risk and promise of technology.


Julie Dunlap is a writer and researcher who teaches and develops environmental science and sustainability courses for the University of Maryland University College. She is a longtime board member of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland and the coeditor of Companions in Wonder: Reflections on Children and Adults Exploring Outdoors Together. She is the author of the children’s books John Muir and StickeenLouisa May and Mr. Thoreau’s Flute, and Parks for the People: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, among others. She lives in Columbia, Maryland.

Susan A. Cohen is a professor of English and coordinator of creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the editor of Shorewords: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings and coeditor of Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental, and Place-Based Writing, and she is a founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. She lives in Arnold, Maryland.

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