Review: The Yield by Tara June Winch

I didn’t plan to read the nonfiction book Dark Emu shortly before reading the novel The Yield by Tara June Winch. But I couldn’t think of a better pairing. While Dark Emu deconstructs colonial myths about Australian Aboriginal civilizations, The Yield illustrates how these myths were used to justify tearing apart families and cultures. In …

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New and Upcoming Environmental Books

Here is a small selection of new and forthcoming environmental books that have come across our inboxes… Persephone in the Late Anthropocene This ecopoetic collection interweaves the voices of Persephone, Demeter, and a human chorus with a range of texts, including speculative cryptostudies that shed light on the culture of the “Late Anthropocene.” More Monster …

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Upcoming event: Evolving Beyond Animal Ag

Imagine that you’re an nth-generation farmer and you’ve been raised to continue business as usual in animal agriculture. But you can’t help but notice that the world is changing around you. People are eating less meat, consuming less dairy. Animals activists (such as myself) are saying cows and sheep and pigs and chickens deserve peaceful …

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Apply now for the Aldo and Estella Leopold Residency

What a wonderful opportunity for writers. Each year, two writers become residents for up to a month between May and October. Each resident receives a $750 stipend and, in exchange, commits to offering a public presentation of their work in nearby Taos (public health conditions permitting). The Leopold Writing Program (LWP) is an Albuquerque, NM-based …

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New writing contest: Imagine 2200

How about a new writing contest to kick off 2021? This one is sponsored by Grist and looks very interesting (and timely): Welcome to Imagine 2200 — a new climate-fiction contest by Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. What we’re seeking: short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What we’re offering: $8,700 …

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Become a resident artist of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a protected area of more than 100,000 acres not far from us in Ashland, Oregon. It covers the area where the Siskiyou Mountains meet the Cascade Range. And now there is an opportunity for a resident artist: The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Artist in Residence Program is committed to supporting artistic …

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The best environmental books we’ve read in 2020

Not surprisingly, we’ve been doing quite a bit of reading this year. Here are some of our favorite books. And not all of them were new in 2020. We reviewed Braiding Sweetgrass back in 2019, and it’s comforting to see that book rise to the top of our collective consciousness (a seven-year old overnight success …

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Dark Emu: Rethinking Australian history (and our own)

Who were the first humans to bake bread? If you had asked me a few months ago, I would have probably guessed the Egyptians. But what if it was the Aboriginal Australians? And not by any small margin. There is evidence to suggest that Australians were cultivating grains and baking bread more than 30,000 years …

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Join Rewilding Our Stories

Our friends Mary Woodbury of Dragonfly.eco and Lovis Geir from Ecofictology have partnered to create a virtual community of writers and readers passionate about environmental literature. The network is hosted on Discord and you are invited to join. Here’s more about Rewilding Our Stories: Rewilding Our Stories is a safe place for readers, writers, publishers…basically …

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