Halcyon Journey: Searching for Kingfishers

Kingfishers are birds more often heard than seen. Walk next to Bear Creek here in the Rogue Valley and you will probably hear them, though seeing them is not so easy. Fortunately, we have a new book about the kingfisher by Marina Richie to shed light on this fascinating bird. Marina takes us along with …

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Book Review: Groundglass by Kathryn Savage

book cover for Kathryn Savage's Groundglass, the words around broken fragments

Kathryn Savage’s gorgeous lyric essay Groundglass is a poetic reckoning with environmental pollution and its unavoidable connection to human bodies. In the book, available August 2nd from Coffee House Press, Savage blends tough questions about external systems with nuanced reflections on internal harm. Savage chooses the lyric essay, a hybrid form combining poetry and essay, as the conduit …

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Green Stories short story competition

Here’s a short story contest worth looking into (and free to submit)… Often when promoting waste reduction and reduction of high-energy activities, such as running hot water, we come up against health and safety issues. Some of these are valid, but many are misinformed. This is a targeted competition aimed at using an engaging fictional …

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Book Review: THE HIGH HOUSE by Jessie Greengrass

While Jessie Greengrass’s remarkable novel The High House is set primarily in a grim future, this is not purely dystopian fiction—in fact, it feels far more contemporary, like a novel of our imminent reality. The High House doesn’t depict a world completely transformed by climate change as much as it reveals our world—a world slowly and inevitably ravaged as …

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Understories Writers’ Workshop is now taking applications

Before you read further, please note that this opportunity is intended for scholars and educators in Environmental Humanities. I’m not but, reading this, I wish I was… The University of Oregon Center for Environmental Futures is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the fourth annual Understories Writers’ Workshop in the Environmental …

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Ecofiction on Reddit

Our good friend Mary Woodbury has created a subreddit devoted to Ecofiction: A place to find meaningful fictional stories about our natural world and humanity’s connection with it. The subreddit explores the wild, crazy, and breathtaking literary trail of ecofiction. Our motto is “blowing your mind with wild words and worlds.” We hope to raise …

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79 million U.S. households are now buying plant-based products

Animal agriculture is one of the most environmentally damaging industries on our planet — not to mention unfathomably cruel. And though there are times when I wonder if we as a society will ever move beyond eating animals, I was heartened to see this recent announcement from the Plant Based Foods Association. They report that …

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