Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
Generation Z is set to inherit a rapidly changing as those responsible for the state of our world insist on doing nothing meaningful to prevent the consequences of Climate Change. Here, existentialist dread means the deep-seated background terror we experience from knowing the damage from the Anthropocene that is being done to our home and that it is almost certainly going to extremify catastrophically in our lifetimes, to knowing that our lives and livelihoods are at stake as the climate crisis worsens annually unless radical measures are taken yesterday. While the works of our predecessors are vital to the conversation about humanity’s relationship with nature and awareness of the Anthropocene, in our modern era there is an intellectual gap from the newest generation of adults and our unique burden in the face of Climate Change. My anthology is helping to fill the absence of perspective from Generation Z in Environmental literature through short stories and poems. I’m utilizing creative non-fiction to establish senses of place, time, culture that are being lost; speculative fiction to address the abstract and the future; both to emphasis the existential dread of someone set to inherit our dying Earth.