Jack Davis, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” will be the keynote speaker for the Gulf of Mexico Conference Virtual Preview on April 14th, 2021. Below is an excerpt of our Q&A with Davis to get you in the mood for the upcoming keynote. The complete Q&A is here.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing The Gulf?
Deciding how to organize the Gulf’s history was probably the greatest challenge. I wanted Gulf nature rather than the human story to drive the narrative, although I didn’t want to leave the human experience out. Ultimately, I decided the best approach was to organize the book’s chapters around natural characteristics of the Gulf while maintaining a chronology that is roughly consistent with human history.
What are two words would you use to describe the Gulf of Mexico? Why do those words resonate with you?
Living and giving. I want Americans to understand that the Gulf is a living and giving sea. It will always give generously to us if we allow it to live freely, and if we remember that when we’re walking its shores, fishing its waters, or smiling at its birds and sunsets, then I think we’re apt to discover a spiritual connection with the Gulf.
The Gulf of Mexico Conference (GoMCon) “virtual preview” is less than a month away! GoMCon will be held virtually on April 14, 2021, from 10 am-1 pm CT, and will be a preview to the in-person 2022 event. To view the up-coming virtual preview schedule and register to attend, please visit https://gomcon2021.dryfta.com.