Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Environmental Studies. Noah Ross seeks to investigate a culture of media/news and its commodification of real-life tragedy, particularly as a vehicle for whiteness to maintain colonial control vis-à-vis the production of spectacle. According to its author, SWELL is "Writing itself out of recent hurricanes, this text juxtaposes coverage of Harvey in Texas with that of Irma/Maria in Puerto Rico and engages in a dialogue on the man-made nature of 'natural' disasters to wrestle with the epicenter of cultural storms like racism, colonialism, anthropocentrism, and tyranny. Composed of a mixture of news clips and interviews, statistics and updates, stories and conversations, SWELL attempts to subvert conventional narratives of disaster in the hopes of presenting blueprints for a more critical perspective on the language of hurricanes, climate change, and relief.
Noah Ross is a bookseller, editor, and poet based in Berkeley, CA. The author of SWELL (Otis Books / Seismicity Editions, 2019) TYPES (Nion Editions, 2021), and Active Reception (Nightboat Books, 2021), Noah edits Baest: a journal of queer forms & affects and, with Lindsay Choi, Mo0on/IO.Author City: BERKELEY, CA USA