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Ocean’s Laughter

Ocean’s Laughter (Poems)

By Tricia Knoll. Aldrich Press: Hemet, California, 2016.

Ocean’s Laughter combines lyric and eco-poetry to look at change over time in a small town on the northern Oregon coast. The poems pay homage to the raw beauty of the Pacific Ocean — and also record Knoll’s 25-year history of witnessing to dwindling shorebird populations and loss of habitat, increasing “non-wilderness” uses of the six-mile beachfront in Manzanita including driving on the beach and burning driftwood that stabilizes dunes for bonfires. Each Fourth ...

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture

Peak Oil: Apocalyptic Environmentalism and Libertarian Political Culture

By Matthew Schneider-Mayerson. University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL, 2015.

In the last decade, the concept of “peak oil”—the moment when global oil production peaks and a train of economic, social, and political catastrophes accompany its subsequent decline—has captured the imagination of a surprisingly large number of Americans, ordinary citizens as well as scholars, and created a quiet, yet intense underground movement. In Peak Oil, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson takes readers deep inside the world of “peakists,” showing how their ...

Howl: of Woman and Wolf

Howl: of Woman and Wolf

By Susan Imhoff Bird. Torrey House Press: Salt Lake City, UT, 2015.

Commemorating twenty years since the wolf’s return to the American West, Howl explores passions and controversies surrounding nature’s most fascinating predator. At a crossroads in her own life, Bird travels the West uncovering both a common love for the land and conflicting beliefs about wildlife among people who work with, for, or near wolves. Unleashed herself, she learns to howl.

Susan Imhoff Bird finds inspiration in Utah’s stunning canyons, ...

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies

Edited by Dewey W. Hall – Foreword by James C. McKusick. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD, 2016.

Romantic Ecocriticism: Origins and Legacies is a collection of essays which develop transnational and transhistorical approaches to the proto-ecological early environmental aspects in British and American Romanticism. The edition’s transnational approach is demonstrated through transatlantic connections and comparisons among writers such as: William Wordsworth, William Howitt, and Henry D. Thoreau; John Clare and Aldo Leopold; Charles Darwin and Ralph W. Emerson; William Wordsworth and ...

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood

By Kathryn Aalto. Timber Press: Portland, OR, 2015.

The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh explores the magical landscapes where Pooh, Christopher Robin, and their friends live and play. The Hundred Acre Wood—the setting for Winnie-the-Pooh’s adventures—was inspired by Ashdown Forest, a wildlife haven that spans more than 6,000 acres in southeast England. It functions as nature writing, well-informed biography, travelogue and a field guide to a literary landscape rolled into ...

Cold Blood Hot Sea

Cold Blood Hot Sea

By Charlene D’Avanzo. Torrey House Press: Salt Lake City, UT, May, 2016.

A thrilling contribution to the new wave of cli-fi novels, Cold Blood Hot Sea pits climate change scientists against big energy conspirators. When a colleague is killed aboard the research vessel Intrepid, oceanographer Mara Tusconi believes it’s no accident. As she investigates, Mara becomes entangled in a scheme involving powerful energy executives with much to lose if her department colleagues continue their climate change research. Mara’s career—and life—is on ...

Earth and Eros: A Celebration in Words and Photographs

Earth and Eros: A Celebration in Words and Photographs

Compiled by Lorraine Anderson, with photographs by Bruce Hodge and foreword by Robert Michael Pyle. White Cloud Press: Ashland, OR, 2015.

Our bodies and the earth are intimately connected. But because so many of us live more online than on the land, it’s easy to forget this connection. 

Earth and Eros brings together prose and poetry by nearly seventy writers—including Terry Tempest Williams, Gary Snyder, Pablo Neruda, Diane Ackerman, Sherman Alexie, Zora Neale Hurston, D. H. Lawrence, Louise ...

Winterkill

Winterkill

By Todd Davis. Michigan State University Press: East Lansing, MI, 2016.

Todd Davis’s new book of poetry, Winterkill, has just been published by Michigan State University Press. Winterkill is Davis’s fifth book of poems and is praised by Stephen Dunn, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, as having “just the right balance of reverence, precision, and quiet indictment . . .which means it does not shy away from death, or the predatory, or the speaker’s involvement in nature’s processes.” According to Gray’s Sporting ...

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Knocking on Heaven’s Door 

By Sharman Apt Russell. Yucca/Skyhorse Publishing: New York, 2016.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door is an eco science fiction set in a Paleoterrific future.

In the 23rd century, humans live in utopia, hunting and gathering in tribal bands, reunited with old (cloned) friends like the mammoth and saber-toothed cat, connected by solar-powered laptops, buoyed by the belief in a panpsychic universe in which consciousness pervades matter. A 150 years after the supervirus that killed off most of humanity, our return to a Paleoterrific lifestyle ...

Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists

Other Country: Barry Lopez and the Community of Artists

By James Perrin Warren. University of Arizona Press: Tuscon, AZ, 2015.

The award-winning American environmental writer Barry Lopez has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world. Lopez’s fiction and nonfiction focus on the relationship between the physical landscape and human culture, posing abiding questions about ethics, intimacy, and place.

Other Country presents a full-scale treatment of Lopez’s work. James Perrin Warren examines the relationship between Lopez’s writing and the work of several contemporary artists, composers, ...