Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau

Author, “Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against ‘the Apocalypse’”

Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Her previous books are "Searching for Zion" (2013), winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the cult classic novel, "The Professor’s Daughter" (2005). Since the release of the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, she has focused on writing about the climate crisis. 

A contributing editor at Orion Magazine and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, Raboteau’s essays have recently appeared and been anthologized in the New Yorker, the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, Best American Science Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and elsewhere. Her distinctions include an inaugural Climate Narratives Prize from Arizona State University, the Deadline Club Award in Feature Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists’ New York chapter, and grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Robert B. Silvers Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and Yaddo. 

She serves regularly as nonfiction faculty at the Bread Loaf Environmental Writing Conference and is a full professor at the City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem, once known as “the poor man’s Harvard.” She lives in the Bronx with her husband, the novelist Victor LaValle, and their two children.

Headshot of Emily Raboteau © Rachel Eliza Griffiths


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Adulting in Turbulent Times

June 14, 2024
Acting like a responsible adult can be challenging at the best of times. Add dealing with climate chaos to the mix, and keeping it all together...