Issue #51, Spring 2014
Creative Nonfiction #51, our "Human Face of Sustainability" issue, features true stories about moms, scientists, farmers, and others who are trying to change the world. Plus, guest editor Donna Seaman talks with environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert about climate change, her adventures with scientists, and why her books don't have happy endings.
And, of course, there's a fantastic new "Pushing the Boundaries" piece and a slew of sustainability-related micro-essays. All intricately illustrated by Marcy Miranda Janes.
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What's the Story by Lee Gutkind
From the Editor
Turning out the lights just isn't going to do it
An interview with environmental writer Elizabeth Kolbert
Facing Facts by Donna Seaman
Why individual stories offer our best collective chance for overcoming the global challenges threatening our well-being and survival.
All Images are Limited to Light and Dark
An interview with the issue's illustrator, Marcy Miranda Janes
Acts of Courage Mary Heather Noble
Trapped Sarah Gilbert
Depredation Matthew Ferrence
Regeneration Nicole Walker
Iyabo is Yoruba for "The Mother Has Returned" Amy Hassinger
No Thirst Michelle Lanzoni
Seep Mieke Eerkens
What Happened in Humbug Valley Ana Maria Spagna
Food and Worker Safety Across the Globe Wendy Rawlings
Mieke Eerkens is a Dutch American writer, who grew up divided between the foothills of California and the canals of the Netherlands. She is... read more
Matthew Ferrence teaches creative writing and literature at Allegheny College in northwestern Pennsylvania. His essays have appeared widely... read more
Sarah Gilbert’s writing has been published in Oregon Humanities, Water~Stone Review, and others, and has been named ‘Notable... read more
Amy Hassinger is the author of two novels, Nina: Adolescence and The Priest’s Madonna. She is a faculty mentor with the University of... read more
Oregon native Marcy Miranda Janes began working in cut paper techniques and book carving in 2010, transistioning from poetry writing and... read more
Michelle Lanzoni is a writer and scientist who studies rain pulse events in dryland regions. She has worked on water projects in the... read more
Mary Heather Noble’s writing is influenced by environmental issues and informed by her former career as an environmental regulator.... read more
Wendy Rawlings is the author of a novel, The Agnostics, and a collection of short stories, Come Back Irish. Her work has appeared recently... read more
A senior editor for Booklist, Donna Seaman is a recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award. She created the anthology In Our... read more
Ana Maria Spagna lives in the North Cascades, where she writes about nature, work, civil rights, and community. This essay is excerpted... read more