Author and beekeeper Heather Swan will read from her book Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field November 5 at 7 p.m. at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute.
Swan is the recipient of the 2017 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA), created in 1991 to honor the literary legacy of Sigurd Olson, by recognizing and encouraging contemporary writers who seek to carry on his tradition of nature writing.
The writing award is presented annually to an author whose book best captures the spirit of the human relationship with the natural world and promotes Olson’s values.
“Swan takes an innovative look at the wonders of honeybees and humanity’s complex relationship with them—weaving together stories from scientists, brewers, gardeners, manufacturers, and beekeepers,” said Northland College student Erin Bergen, who serves on the SONWA selection committee.
Swan received her MFA in poetry and her PhD in Literary and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she now works as a lecturer.