Campfire Stories Vol. II ~ A discussion with editors David & Ilyssa Kyu

Campfire Stories Vol. II ~ A discussion with editors David & Ilyssa Kyu

On Thursday May 18th, 2023, at 5PM Central Time the Joy Trip Reading Project hosted an online discussion with Dave and Ilyssa Kyu, editors of “Campfire Stories Vol. II. Inspired by America’s beloved national parks, Campfire Stories Volume II is a collection of modern prose, poetry, and folklore, featuring commissioned, new, and existing works from a diverse group of writers who share a deep appreciation of the natural world. While the original Campfire Stories captured many historic tales reflecting the first 100 years of the National Park Service, this completely new collection depicts the parks as we know and experience them today, featuring stories from Grand Canyon, Everglades, Olympic, Glacier, and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Appalachian and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trails.


Contributors to this anthology of stories represent a wide range of voices with different backgrounds, perspectives, and life experiences, including from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. Award winners such as Lauret Savoy, Rae DelBianco, and Terry Tempest Williams; newer voices including Derick Lugo, Rosette Royale, and Ed Bok Lee; and even a poet laureate, Rena Priest—all share their unique perspectives on our national parks and trails. The first volume of Campfire Stories swept the nation, and Campfire Stories Volume II builds on this foundation of community and place-based outdoor storytelling with an emphasis on diverse voices and contemporary tales perfect to share around the fire.

Ilyssa Kyu is a design researcher focused on inclusion at Frog Design, a global creative consultancy, and the founder of Amble, a sabbatical program for creative professionals to take time away with purpose in support of nature conservancies.

Dave Kyu is a socially engaged artist, writer, and arts administrator. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the United States, he explores the creative tensions of identity, community, and public space in his work. They live with their two daughters outside of Philadelphia and are always seeking adventure and connection in the outdoors.

The Joy Trip Reading Project is made possible thanks to the support of the

University of Wisconsin Madison Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies

With financial support from the Schlecht Family Foundation

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