Emily Raboteau

Emily Raboteau, photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Emily Raboteau, photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Emily Raboteau writes at the intersection of social and environmental justice, race, climate change, and parenthood. Her books include Lessons for Survival; Searching for Zion, winner of an American Book Award and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and the critically acclaimed novel, The Professor’s Daughter.

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 writing has recently appeared and been anthologized in the New Yorker, the New York Times, New York Magazine, the Nation, The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The 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 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.


selected bibliography

Lessons for Survival by Emily Raboteau
Lessons for Survival: Mothering Against “the Apocalypse” (2024)
Searching for Zion by Emily Raboteau
Searching for Zion (2013)
The Professor's Daughter by Emily Raboteau
The Professor’s Daughter (2005)

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online resources

Emily Raboteau’s website

Video: Raboteau on writing the climate crisis