Beyond the Llano (May 15)

Stephen Graham Jones’ Mapping the Interior has been nominated for a 2017 Shirley Jackson award.

Explore writer and anthropologist Loren Eiseley’s Nebraska – a digital representation of Eiseley’s personal experience of the space and place of Nebraska.

Rick Bass writes about painter Russell Chatham for Narrative.

Orion’s Spring 2018 issue is out now, featuring Conscience and Resistance by Scott Russell Sanders and poetry by Keetje Kuipers, Traci Brimhall, David Tomas Martinez, and Sean Hill.

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Beyond the Llano (May 1)

Dr. Rodica Gelca, research faculty member at the Texas Tech Climate Science Center and instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, died unexpectedly on March 27, 2018. To honor her contributions to climate research and to Texas Tech, a memorial fund has been set up. Donate here.

Reducing food waste is the third most effective solution for combating climate change. Paul Hawken talks about the food industry and eco-friendly eating at MindBodyGreen. For a broader discussion of Project Drawdown, check out Hawken’s NY Times interview.

In the Habitations of Specters: The LA Review of Books reviews Stephen Graham Jones’s Mapping the Interior.

Bill McKibben compares the nuclear bomb and climate change at The New Yorker: “Climate change is the one problem that the planet has ever faced that comes with an absolute time limit; past a certain point, it won’t be a problem anymore, because it won’t have a solution.”

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Beyond the Llano (April 17)

The Conference on the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World is April 19-21! Featured speakers include Trevor Herriot, Toni Jensen, and Priscilla Ybarra.

At Medium, Arty Mangan, Director of Restorative Food Systems for Bioneers, interviewed Gary Paul Nabhan. Check out Conversation You Can Taste.

Robert Michael Pyle’s newest field guide Butterflies of the Pacific Northwest is available now from Timber Press books.

Please Stop Peeing in Walden Pond! Thoreau fans are altering the phosphorous content of the famous pond according to a new study published in PLOS ONE.

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Beyond the Llano (April 3)

Robert Michael Pyle is collaborating with musician Krist Novoselic. Listen to Butterfly Launches from Spar Pole at Soundcloud and stay tuned for info on upcoming performances and a not-too-distant album.

“It’s true that the canon of literary nonfiction about the American West includes mostly male authors who write of conquering its rivers and people, and reveling in the harsh landscape and solitude…But it’s well past time to add women to the Western literary canon.” Check out LitHub’s Women Writing the West, featuring the Sowell Collection’s Gretel Ehrlich.

Doug Hare at Explore Big Sky talked to David Quammen about his forthcoming book The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life (August 2018).

“Choose wildlife conservation as a profession and you’re surrounded by loss.” J. Drew Lanham writes about Gone Birds for Orion.

Sandra Scofield is an instructor for the 32nd Iowa Summer Writing Festival. Registration ends April 19.

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Beyond the Llano (March 20)

On April 2, the John Burroughs Association will award Pattiann Rogers a special John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry “in recognition of the power and permanence of Rogers’ entire body of work.”

“The new American narrative isn’t one single story. It is a multitude of stories playing out in diverse and far-flung places,” according to Pacific Standard’s Postcards from America in which writers and public figures reflect on their communities.

In When Twenty-Six Thousand Stinkbugs Invade Your Home, Kathryn Schulz examines the environmental impact of the non-native brown marmorated stinkbug.

Check out Sarah Viren’s Writing with Jack Kerouac, Ghost Father on LitHub. Her essay collection MINE: Essays is available from University of New Mexico Press now.

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Beyond the Llano (March 7)

Check out David Quammen’s First There Were Microbes. Then Life on Earth Got Big in National Geographic.

Annick Smith looks back after 30 years of The Last Best Place.

Buzzfeed profiles Terese Marie Mailhot, Tommy Orange and the new wave of Native American Literature.

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Beyond the Llano (Feb. 20)

Ready your phones and pens: President Trump released his proposed FY 2019 budget. It cuts support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other cultural agencies.

David Quammen writes about the suburban forest that shaped his life and career for Outside.

Twenty-one species, including the snowshoe hare and arctic fox, change their coat color with the season. Scientists are studying how these animals cope with climate change and where conservation work is most needed to save them.

Literary Hub has launched a bi-monthly series curated by Natalie Diaz featuring work by indigenous women.

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