Join me in Greenville, South Carolina for a free staged reading of Meat the Parents

I’ll be headed to Greenville, South Carolina in a week to participate in the Centre Stage New Plays Festival. It’s an honor to be included and I’m particularly excited to see what people think of my full-length play Meat the Parents. Here’s a brief description: Bonnie, a high school senior and carnivore trapped within a family of…

An Open Letter to Ashland Area Restaurants

Below is a letter I wrote to encourage Ashland, Oregon restaurants to serve veg-friendly meals. Some already do (and we’re regulars there) but most restaurants do not. This letter was published in the Ashland Sneak Preview in June 2014. An Open Letter to Ashland Area Restaurants Whenever a new restaurant opens in town, I’m eager to check it out….


The Siskiyou Prize: A new award for a new wave of environmental writing

As readers of this blog know well, I’m a passionate believer in the power of “eco-fiction” to change hearts and minds. So Midge and I have announced a new book award, The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. The 2014 prize will be judged by New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler, whose most recent book is We Are All Completely…


Japan must halt whaling, court says

This is great news: An international court has ordered Japan to revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and stop granting new ones. The country’s government had argued that hunting whales was part of a research program, but the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan hasn’t generated enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds…

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Among Animals — A collection of stories that everyone should read

I’m biased, of course. I’m the editor. But I’m also a reader and I’ve consistently been frustrated over the years by the lack of novels and short stories that truly “get” the complex (and often violent) relationships between humans and animals. I’m immensely proud of this book. If you’re a member of the media or…