Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel

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The Writer's Eye

Observation & Inspiration for Creative Writers

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The Hands-On Life

How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World

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Amy E. Weldon

Writer. Teacher. Environmentalist. Seeker.

Amy Weldon, an Alabama native, is professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World (Cascade Books, 2018), The Writer’s Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019).

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I describe my own goals with two interrelated Teaching Verbs: destabilize and rebuild. They aren’t what I do to students—they are what I help students do with their own assumptions, ideas, and skills.

The Cheapskate Intellectual

A journey through matters of spirit, sustainability, and self-reliance

  • June 22, 2021

    ASLE virtual conference presentation: OUR MALADY by Timothy Snyder

    Timothy Snyder‘s Our Malady: Lessons In Liberty from a Hospital Diary proved an excellent choice for my Medicine in Literature course at Luther this spring semester. Here, in a presentation for the virtual conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), I explain why.

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  • May 14, 2021

    “Craft, Violence, and the Art of Storytelling”

    For the Greensboro (NC) Bound Literary Festival – happening now! – my good friend Bryan Giemza and I are pleased to be in conversation with writers Dennis McCarthy, Rod Davis, and John Hart about violence, storytelling, the South, and the ins and outs of thrillers and literary fiction. Check out the event online here: https://greensborobound.com/events/davis-hart-mccarthy/ […]

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  • April 29, 2021

    Video of panel presentation: “Wings in the Abyss: Reading Keats in the Pandemic”

    Pleased to share the video of my paper “Wings in the Abyss: Reading Keats in the Pandemic,” presented on the panel “A Possession For All Time” at the virtual Association of Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) Conference, April 14, 2021.  

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