Category: Eco-literature


Art & Animals

By Midge Raymond,

One of the reasons we founded Ashland Creek Press is to use art (for us, that would be literature) as a way to draw awareness to issues surrounding animals. As one example, The Dragon Keeper is an amazing story (suspense, a love triangle, family drama, and everything else you could ask for in a novel) that’s also a subtly embedded history of the Komodo dragon. Mindy Mejia‘s research is so expertly woven into this novel you hardly realize how much you’re learning about this incredible species, endangered soon after it was discovered. And our new fiction anthology, Among Animals (forthcoming in February) takes a look at all the ways in which animals are a part of our lives.

As someone who can’t draw a straight line, I’ve always admired visual artists — especially those who use their art to do good for animals and the planet. No one does it better than Ashland’s Dana Feagin.

I just visited the Ashland Art Center to see Dana’s current exhibit, New Animals of Sanctuary One.

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Like all of Dana’s animal paintings, these rescued animals are presented in all their adorable glory.

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What I love about Dana’s work is how she captures these lovely animals at the best time of their lives — after they’ve found peace at Sanctuary One, a nonprofit care farm in Jacksonville, Oregon.

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Best of all: These portraits are all for sale, and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to Sanctuary One.

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If you’re not in the Ashland area, visit Dana’s website to see all of her animal portraits, many of which are of rescued animals and shelter animals (she also does commissions!). And Dana donates a portion of all sales to local animal shelters.

She’s even done a portrait of our General Manager, Theo, a former rescue kitty. We especially love seeing his face on greeting cards, though when it comes to Theo, the cards are probably only appropriate for Halloween…

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Get your Eco-Fiction Sampler

By John Yunker,

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What is eco-fiction?

This is a question we field frequently these days. The short answer is that eco-fiction is simply fiction that deals with environmental themes. Yet these issues show up in novels and stories in so many different forms, from mysteries to thrillers to literary works.

And so we thought it would be helpful to provide free excerpts of the works we’ve published that qualify as eco-fiction.

The PDF is free to download and share. And please do. We’d love to raise awareness of the very important field of literature.

 

Announcing AMONG ANIMALS, a fiction anthology

By Midge Raymond,

We are thrilled to announce the forthcoming publication of our first fiction anthology, Among Animals: The Lives of  Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction.

amonganimalsThe anthology, scheduled for publication in February of 2014, features stories from among the best voices in contemporary fiction (you can see a list of contributors here). We received more than 300 story submissions, and it was quite a feat to choose only fifteen…but we think you’ll be as pleased with these stories as we are. The settings and animals featured in this collection range from the wilderness to our backyards, from bears to dolphins to emus.

To be notified when this book is available, please click here and scroll down to join the mailing list. And if you’re a book reviewer, please feel free to contact us for a review copy.

Call for Submissions – Doug Fir Fiction Award

By Midge Raymond,

Ashland Creek Press is delighted to be a sponsor of the 2013-14 Bear Deluxe Magazine Doug Fir Fiction Award!

Please see below for complete guidelines, and you can also click here for details and more info.

The Bear Deluxe Magazine welcomes submissions of previously unpublished short stories up to 5,000 words, relating to a sense of place or the natural world, interpreted as broadly or narrowly as the author defines.

Entry Fee: $15

Word limit: 5,000

Deadline: September 3, 2013

Grand Prize: $1,000, writer’s residency at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, national publication, and manuscript review

Finalists: Manuscript review, recognition, publication consideration

Award Judge: Lidia Yuknavitch’s most recent books include Dora: A Headcase, a novel, and The Chronology of Water: A Memoir. She is also the author of three works of short fiction (Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel) and as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.

Co-sponsor: Sitka Center for Art & Ecology

Associate sponsors: Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books (Ashland Creek Press and Hawthorne Books will provide manuscript review for one story of the author’s choice from award winner and finalists.)

For complete guidelines, visit www.orlo.org or email bear@orlo.org (website is under redesign).

Online payments can be made at www.orlo.org/donate (please indicate “Doug Fir submission 2013-14″ in the notes with your payment). Once payment is made, submissions can be emailed to bear@orlo.org with subject line “2013 Doug Fir Award.”

The Tourist Trail is the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Animal Book Club pick for May

By Midge Raymond,

I am thrilled to announce that John’s novel, The Tourist Trail, has been chosen by the Animal Legal Defense Fund‘s Animal Book Club as its May book club pick!

The ALDF is an amazing organization that has been fighting since 1979 to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system — and in addition to all its great work, the ALDF is encouraging readers to engage with these important issues through literature.

In its review, the Animal Book Club calls The Tourist Trail a “brave novel” that “demonstrates the importance of fighting for justice for animals within the bounds of the law in a moving show of compassion for all those who advocate for animals.”

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Click here to read more — and don’t miss this Q&A with John in which he discusses penguins, activism, veganism, and animal advocacy in literature. You’ll also learn about the inspiration for the penguin character Diesel, whose identity has long been fiercely protected. (Kidding: Turbo actually has his own Facebook page.)

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The Animal Book Club is also giving away three copies of The Tourist Trail to lucky readers — and you can qualify to win in two easy steps: visit the website and leave a comment, and join ALDF’s Animal Book Club by signing up here (it’s free, of course!). If you love animals, it’s well worth joining — the book club will features fiction, nonfiction, short stories, and films, not to mention author interviews and fantastic giveaways.

Happy reading!