Congratulations to Jocelyn Edelstein on the selection of her essay, “Keep Calling My Name: Frogs, circles and climate change,” for the 2016 Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize. “Keep Calling My Name: Frogs, circles and climate change,” will be published in Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston.
“Keep Calling My Name: Frogs, circles and climate change” looks for ways in which some things in the world might still be made right, and finds models in dance, physics, children and frogs. All these are wreathed together through the essay, deftly enacting the kinds of connection and flexibility that just might save us. —Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge
We asked Jocelyn to talk about her piece and to tell us what publication means to her. She replied:
My piece is about the ways movement teaches us how to survive and build strong, vibrant communities. It’s about the innate brilliance of children and the wisdom found in different cultures.
Publication has always given me the chance to view my work from a different lens. It helps me remember that my writing evolves as I do and serves as a reflection for a certain moment in time.
Jocelyn Edelstein’s work has appeared in three Best Women’s Travel Writing anthologies, The Other Otter, 3Elements Review, Conscious Dancer Magazine and Commonline Journal. When she’s not teaching dance, she’s writing about the great outdoors or making films about movement and community. Her feature length documentary, Believe The Beat, is currently in post production. More information can be found at urbanbodyproject.com.