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The 2014 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature Awarded

From siskiyouprize.com: 2014 Siskiyou Prize Winner: Mary Heather Noble Ashland Creek Press is pleased to announce that New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler has chosen Mary Heather Noble’s …

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Pushcart Prize Nomination

I am so pleased to announce that the editors of Creative Nonfiction Magazine have included my essay, “Acts of Courage,” among their nominees for this year’s Pushcart Prize!  Congrats to my …

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Writing From the Outside In: On Activism

I have been thinking a lot about activism this week, in part because so much has been going on: the anti-rape marches at UVA, the racial protests in Ferguson and …

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When Did Cancer Become a Judy Blume Novel?

It’s the last week of pink.  Soon our store aisles will return to their regular kaleidoscope of colors, and our autumn décor will resume its traditional tones of red, yellow, …

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On the (Ab)use of Doubt

I haven’t told many people this story, but the persistence of doubt in the political arena of global climate change has my hackles raised (see Steven E. Koonin’s essay, “Climate …

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Making Essay Cool: The Power of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams

There’s a seldom-spoken understanding among creative nonfiction writers (at least there was in my MFA program), that if you find yourself in front of an agent pitching your latest work, …

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We Hold These Truths

The Landfill on the Road to Women’s Rights: On the Hobby Lobby Decision

I was visiting family in Seneca Falls, New York when they announced the decision.  By which I mean the (divided) Supreme Court decision that grants for-profit businesses (owned by a …

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Art is a Basic Need

So.  The Nature of Words, the organization to which I’ve given a significant amount of my time and attention — especially over the past eighteen months — is closing its …

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Every Mother’s Day, after I’ve eaten the girls’ homemade scones and opened their cards with certificates for extra love and quiet writing time, after I’ve expressed my love and admiration …

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On Progression of the Species: Some Earth Day Notes

It’s the Saturday before Earth Day in downtown Bend, and it looks like I’ve missed the Procession of the Species parade.  The butterfly-winged woman and the horse-headed man have long …

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