The best environmental books we’ve read in 2019

Looking back on the year, I’m happy to see that a novel that made our best books list in 2018 won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize: The Overstory by Richard Powers (and deservedly so). Looking ahead, I believe more and more readers are going to be seeking out the stories and insights that can only be …

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Writing Opportunity: The 2020 Calibre Essay Prize

The Australian Book Review has announced its annual $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize. And while the contest may be located in Australia, it is open to writers everywhere. The list of judges is impressive: J.M. Coetzee, Lisa Gorton, and Peter Rose. Entries are currently open for the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize, worth a total of AU$7,500. The …

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Become a volunteer narrative editor at The Trumpeter

The deep ecology journal The Trumpeter, based out of Canada’s Athabasca University, has openings for volunteer narrative editors, a great opportunity to develop hands-on environmental humanities experience. Applicants for Narrative Editor should have a strong interest in the interdisciplinary environmental humanities (in line with the journal’s mandate), preferably with an affinity for the deep ecological …

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Nominate your favorite writers for an Emerging Writer Fellowship at the Aspen Summer Words conference

Aspen Words is offering 10 Emerging Writer Fellowships to its annual summer writing conference in, where else, Aspen, Colorado. Not a bad place to a little writing and reading! Here are the details on how to nominate up to three writers in your network: Fellowships are available in fiction, memoir, personal essay, poetry and a new workshop this year, middle grade …

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Book Review: Defending Giants: The Redwood Wars and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics

A decade ago, not long after moving to Oregon, I traveled to Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park where I entered an old-growth coast redwood forest for the first time. To say it was a moving experience is an understatement. The photographs I took were also an understatement; no picture can capture the enormity of these …

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Writing Opportunity: Poetry and essays on plant poetics

Here’s an opportunity for contributions to a special issue on plant poetics. Submissions are open from November 1st to December 27th.  Poems and scholarly essays are invited in response to the following prompt from guest editor John Ryan: A novel area of science called plant cognition is showing us that plants are more than photosynthetic androids or …

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What I’m reading in the New York Times

A few articles that I bookmarked in the Times over the past two weeks… How Do the New Plant-Based Burgers Stack Up? We Taste-Tested Them I agree that Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meat rank highest, though I’ve also been a long-time fan of Field Roast. But I always find it odd when taste tests include …

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Writing Opportunity: The Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities

Wallace Stegner Prize

Here is an excellent opportunity presented by the University of Utah Press: The Wallace Stegner Prize will be awarded to the best monograph submitted to the Press in the broad field of environmental humanities. To compete for this award, manuscripts must emphasize interdisciplinary investigations of the natural and human environments and their fundamental interconnectedness, research …

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Book Review: Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice

When you hear the word “garden” do you picture something like this: Or do you picture something more like this: The fact that these are both “gardens” illustrates just how loaded the word has become over the years. And the fact a garden can be so many things made me curious as to how we …

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