Check out our Animal Literature Sampler

Back in 2011, we founded Ashland Creek Press to promote environmental awareness through literature — as well as to advocate for awareness, understanding, and protection of animals. We have learned that the more we study animas, the smarter they get. And yet we humans still have a complex relationship with animals. We open our homes …

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An interview with AMONG ANIMALS 3 contributor Elisabeth Benjamin

This interview was conducted and edited by Ashland Creek Press intern Rachel Harris.  Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: For five years I worked on a farm where we raised and slaughtered birds for meat. I am fairly comfortable handling living animals and dead animals, but I can’t get myself to kill an …

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An interview with AMONG ANIMALS 3 contributor Kipp Wessel 

This interview was conducted and edited by Ashland Creek Press intern Rachel Harris. Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: After I completed my MFA, and I was starting my writing career, I wanted to remain connected with animals and animal life. One of the ways I did that was by volunteering several summers …

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An interview with AMONG ANIMALS 3 contributor Janay Brun

This interview was conducted and edited by Ashland Creek Press intern Rachel Harris. Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: The reports of jaguars being poached to make jaguar “gum/paste” for bogus medicinal purposes in Chinese medicine coupled with children being kidnapped by the U.S. government as they came to the border with their …

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An interview with AMONG ANIMALS 3 contributor Gwen C. Katz 

This interview was conducted and edited by Ashland Creek Press intern Rachel Harris. Q: What inspired you to write this story? A: I was actually listening to the totally fabulous herpetology podcast SquaMates by Mark D. Scherz, Gabriel Ugueto, Hiral Naik, and Ethan Kocak, and in one of their early episodes they mentioned that axolotls can actually metamorphose …

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