What are science love letters?
Science is a love letter with very specific languages, like how every set of lovers creates their own language for their transcendent world they inhabit. So being a scientist is like writing a love letter in daily life. This website is a way of writing letters to the science we already love and falling in love with the science we newly encounter.
Who are we?
E.A. Farro is a scientist and writer working on a first novel and a collection of essays. Farro makes books from found objects, sometimes sewing maps and crocheted handkerchiefs together. These books are used for public art projects to solicit strangers to stop on the street and write poetry.
Farro’s publications include The Common, The Seneca Review, Water~Stone Review, Eckleburg Review, Rumpus, and forthcoming in The Normal School and The Kenyon Review.
Farro’s science love languages are the repetitive prayer of muscle memory, the Latin naming system of plants, the attempt to capture entropy by drawing it on a page, and numbers that attempt to represent great complexity in two dimensions.
Natalie Vestin is a writer, artist, and researcher from Saint Paul. She currently works as a news reporter and freelance writer and researcher, primarily interested in science communication, infectious disease tracking, virus evolution, and public health infrastructure.
Her nonfiction work on anatomy, contemporary dance, and the Midwest has been published in The Normal School, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere, and her essays have won the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Award, the Prairie Schooner Creative Nonfiction Award, and the Sonora Review Essay Award. She is the author of two chapbooks: Shine a light, the light won’t pass published by MIEL Books and Gomorrah, Baby forthcoming from Anchor & Plume.
Vestin’s love languages are the ways that we carry infectious disease data in our bodies, the names of insect body structures, and the membranous structures of the body.