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About the Field Studies Program

The Field Studies in Writing Program on Grand Manan brings students from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona to an island in the Bay of Fundy over the course of five summers (2015-2020).The pilot program, made possible by the appointment of Professor Alison Hawthorne Deming as Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment and Social Justice, brings MFA students from the Sonoran Desert town of Tucson to Grand Manan Island in the Canadian Maritimes for two weeks. On the island students work on research and writing that explores how the arts and literature can contribute to our understanding of climate change. With a population of 2500, Grand Manan has a 200-year history of traditional fisheries, now undergoing profound changes due to decline of fish–and recently a dramatic increase in lobsters—in the North Atlantic. The project engages with island youth and UA students mentor them in telling their stories of coming of age in this place where sustainability of the local culture is deeply tied to the sustainability of marine life.

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The Team

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 9.12.43 AMJOSEPH BRADBURY hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived throughout the American West his entire life. He learned the business end of a shovel at a young age, which propelled him into an early adult life of concrete work, carpentry, framing, drywalling, a year as a farm hand, and just about every other mode of manual labor thinkable. These years of hard work serve as the content for much of his writing, which focuses on labor and land ethics in working class communities. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Arizona and the nonfiction editor at Sonora Review.

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 9.14.58 AMDANIELLE GELLER is just wrapping up her first year in the Creative Writing program at the University of Arizona, where she is concentrating in nonfiction. Before attending UA, she received an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives management. Her research and writing interests include birds and birding; video games and gaming culture; and her Diné (Navajo) heritage.

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Originally from Denver, PEYTON PRATER STARK is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona. She is equal parts writer and teacher. Previous work includes teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts and developing writing workshops for 826 Seattle. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Eleven Eleven and Colorado Review.


University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences University of Arizona College of Science Bowdoin College
Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice University of Arizona Institute of the Environment

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in the Field Studies Grand Manan program! Contact us at info@fieldstudiesgrandmanan.com.