Given the urgency of the climate crisis and need for climate mitigation and adaptation in the built environment, we must consider multiple ways of communicating climate change to engage everyone. Discover how to give narrative shape to the climate crisis to reach decision-makers of the built environment, consumers of cli-fi (climate fiction) novels and films, and podcast listeners of climate adaptation stories. Learn how these climate crisis narratives meet and differ, how to navigate hope versus despair through storytelling, and effective climate communication techniques for climate action that will shape the built environment of the future.
Dr. Amy Brady is the Deputy Publisher of Guernica magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books, where she also writes a monthly column called “Burning Worlds.” It explores how contemporary fiction addresses issues of climate change. Her writing has also appeared in O, the Oprah magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, the Dallas Morning News, Pacific Standard, the New Republic, McSweeney’s, Literary Hub, Slate, and other places. She received her PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has won awards from the National Science Foundation, the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference, the Center for Research Libraries, and various academic organizations. She is also a recipient of a CLIR/Mellon Library of Congress Research Fellowship. She has lectured on climate fiction at New York University, Pace University, and the New York Society Library.
Dr. Brady is committed to the Chicago Review of Books’ mission to make the literary conversation more inclusive by covering diverse genres, presses, voices, and mediums, in Chicago and beyond. She has worked to ensure an open platform to authors of diverse backgrounds from across the globe, of various identities and economic backgrounds to join the conversation. When writing and speaking about climate fiction, she takes whenever possible a global perspective on the genre.