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The Greening of Literature

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Last week at the AWP conference in Seattle, I participated in a panel called The Greening of Literature: Eco-Fiction and Poetry to Enlighten and Inspire. The discussion was led by John Yunker of Ashland Creek, an environmentally conscious press in Oregon, (and publisher of Float). I was joined by poet Gretchen Primack, and fiction writers […]

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Winter Burial

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Two days before Christmas, Mr. Black Goat, of ancient years, had a stroke which left him unable to walk. I fed, watered, and cleaned his bedding three times a day, each day expecting it to be his last. His brother, Mr. White Goat, had died of a quick series of strokes the year before, and […]

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Stung!

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  I read an entire book on jellyfish, and it was worth every gelatinous minute. Here is my review, originally published on ecolitbooks.com.   Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, by Lisa-ann Gershwin (The University of Chicago Press, 2013)   They’re here, and we’ve not just cleared out the guest room for […]

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New Fiction from Terrain

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This story was recently published in Terrain, A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments. I wrote it based on a real estate ad, so it leans very much towards the built environment, and was a finalist for their Elemental contest. Rare Offering. Paneled library, garden room, Sensational  distant views, historical landscape. Gated community. Great room with […]

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Hothouse Magazine Interview

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This interview with Karin Davidson was originally published in Hothouse Magazine on Oct. 13, 2013. Boston area folks, I’ll be reading from Float at the Boston Book Festival tomorrow, Saturday October 19th, at 3:30 pm at the Trinity Forum. And next Thursday, Oct. 14th, I’ll be part of the Concord Festival of Authors, on a […]

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A Debatable Future

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    There are too few Monarch butterflies in my garden this fall. We are a regular stopping point on their migration to Mexico, so we often have hundreds, but this month I’ve seen a scattered handful. Normally this would just be a disappointment, as weather sometimes blows them on a different route, but this […]

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New England Beach Babies

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“What now?” I muttered as my trowel hit an obstruction. “A plastic something.” In the depths of a major garden excavation for my son’s wedding, I kept coming across indestructible bits of our family’s life. Bare tennis balls, bottle caps, keys to cars we no longer owned. This time, though, as I cut away the […]

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The Perfect Protein

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Be still my beating heart. A book that embraces the aquatic ape theory of evolution, and includes a recipe for jellyfish. My novel Float does too, but I was writing in the playing fields of fiction, and they are dead serious. “They” are Oceana, an international organization whose goal is to protect the world’s oceans, and in effect, feed the world. […]

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The Beautiful Fiction

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    The Bible is the best selling book in the world — more people have read it than any other text.  It is, from a publishing standpoint, a miracle, more spectacular than if they could turn water into wine, and even more profitable.  It’s been printed in every language, in every country, and can […]

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The Earth Goddess and Fiction

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  With the Summer Solistice still in the air, it’s a good time to revisit the Earth Goddess and her literary legacy. In sync with the first Earth Day in 1970, when I was an impressionable 14 year-old, women were throwing off the shackles of patriarchy in the streets and in their homes, even in […]

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