Lisa M. Hamilton, National Fellow, spent her fellowship year writing a narrative nonfiction book centered on the world’s most important food: rice. Set in Fresno, California and the mountains of Laos, the story raises questions about identity, migration, and adaptation. It will be published by Little, Brown & Company in 2021.
Hamilton is a writer and photographer who has focused on agriculture and rural communities for more than two decades. She is the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness, and her magazine features have been published in Harper’s, California Sunday, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.