Wednesday, February 28, 2018

De opmars van SF en 'cli-fi': wat als science fiction akelig dichtbij komt? -- by Catherine Ongenae and Oscar van Gelderen

De opmars van SF en 'cli-fi': 

wat als science fiction 

akelig dichtbij komt?

'Dystopische' fictie doet mensen 
steeds meer nadenken 
over de gevolgen van vooruitgang
 Catherine Ongenae
see also The Cli-Fi Report at

The advance of SF and cli-fi':
what if science fiction
fiendishly close?
'Dystopische' fiction,and more....

more people to think

about the consequences of Progress

27-02-18, 17.0 6u - Catherine Ongenae
see also The Cli-Fi Report at

in the film world are science fiction and fantasy the most popular genres, but who among those stamp, a book publishes
literary suicide. 
Time for a re-branding?
Mr. Oscar van Gelderen, 
publisher at Lebowski, 
believes that it is.
'The reader is ripe for visionary literature.'
"I was not a fan of the SF-genre", says Oscar van
Gelderen. "Aliens, space ships,
the struggle between good and evil: it seemed to
me to be INFANTILE and clichéd. The covers of the
books are also so extremely ugly.
But a few years ago I visited in New York
Andrew Wylie, the literary agent of Dave Eggers,
Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk. 'You should do Philip K. Dick kind
publishing," he said.
 'I don't think so," I replied. 'I think those are terrible books.'

In de filmwereld zijn sciencefiction en fantasy de populairste genres, maar wie onder die stempel een boek publiceert, 
pleegt literaire zelfmoord. Tijd voor een re-branding? 
Oscar van Gelderen, uitgever bij Lebowski, meent van wel. 
‘De lezer is rijp voor visionaire literatuur.’
“Ik was zelf ook geen fan van het sf-genre”, bekent Oscar van 
Gelderen. “Marsmannetjes, ruimteschepen, 
de strijd tussen goed en kwaad: het leek 
me infantiel en clichématig. De covers van die 
boeken zijn ook zo extreem lelijk. 
Maar een paar jaar geleden bezocht ik in New York 
Andrew Wylie, de literair agent van Dave Eggers,
 Salman Rushdie en Orhan Pamuk. ‘Jij gaat Philip K. Dick 
uitgeven’, zei hij. ‘Ik dacht het niet’, antwoordde ik. ‘Ik vind dat verschrikkelijke boeken.’

We Need Cli-Fi Videogames That Are as Intelligent and Smart as ''Annihilation'' the novel and the movie!

A blogger somewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy writes:
[edited for amplification]
When I left the theater after watching the movie Annihilation, I was thinking about what good storytelling  does. Anyone who has read the first book of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy, which the film was loosely adapted from, will tell you that the film is drastically different from the novel. Despite the film’s commitment to some pretty heady concepts, the book’s range is even wider, and any given reader-then-watcher would probably tell you that the choices that the film makes to pare the book down into something more filmlike was a work of necessity (whether they like that paring down or not). In thinking about the big ideas of climate fiction, I started thinking about videogames. And I wondered why videogames don’t have their cli-fi versions of Annihilation. They should. I hope in the future we will see them.
The best cli-fi stories work constantly troubles what we think we know. By extrapolating our current society into the future or by introducing a new, unknown thing that changes human life, climate fiction often makes us strange to ourselves. It can function as a kind of bizarre mirror that makes us see our actions in relief, contextualized, and we can use that reflection as a way of getting a handle on what we’re doing.
Without spoiling anything, I feel confident in saying that Annihilation asks us to interrogate what makes us us, and more importantly, if we can deal with any significant alterations to our identities and subjectivities. Politically, we are living during a time when a number of major democracies are swinging rightward and implementing nationalist, far-right policies of social control. Global warming is getting worse faster than we had anticipated, threatening drought, rising sea levels, and the destruction of inhabited land all over the planet. Racist policies of social and economic exclusion continue to exist and be enforced in even the most “enlightened” countries. Shit is bad, and getting worse, and the way that we live our lives is going to fundamentally change in the coming years. We’re living in the middle of it now, and it’s slow, but it’s happening.
And Annihilation stages this as a kind of metaphysical, pseudo-scientific set of questions about what makes me me or you you or a plant itself. It puts these question into the familiar format of CGI special effects and horror film violence and close-up shots of intriguing dialogue being spoken to the camera as much as to the other characters. But it’s hard to walk away from the film and not understand that it was less about what you saw onscreen and more about the ideas that you’re taking away from the argument that those images are making. No one speaks the moral of the story, but when the film closes out, it’s been communicated to an almost-excruciating degree.
I don’t know where this is in our videogames. I’ve heard so much about the storytelling power of games to change the world, but I haven’t played many things that have made me feel changed. Climate fiction videogames seem to still be largely stuck in nowheresville.

When I watched Annihilation, I was thinking about how wonderfully cinema was being used to communicate how small, how strange, and how contingent our lives are as a species. It made me consider me. And here I am, supposedly living in the middle of a ludic century where games are going to take hold of creativity and possibility, and the best I can do in the realm of future thinking is the occasional cyberpunk tactical game or mind-bending roguelike. Give me our cli-fi Annihilation game. I’m ready for it.

​​Odabrani najbolji radovi za zbirku ''Homo Climaticum'' - FROM SERBIA cli-fi community


Odabrani najbolji radovi za zbirku Homo Climaticum

Energetski Portal-12 小時前
Zadruga Zelena akcija odabrala je 24 rada koji će ući u ovogodišnju zbirku Homo climaticum. Među njima odabrano je i pet radova koji će dobiti popratnu ilustraciju u knjizi i koji ulaze u konkurenciju za glavnu nagradu. Kako je saopšteno, 16. marta 2018. godine biće predstavljena knjiga Homo Climaticum ...

Selected best works for the Homo Climaticum collection

Energy Portal

The Green Action Cooperative has selected 24 papers to be included in this year's Homo Climaticum collection. Among them were selected five works that will get an accompanying illustration in the book and enter into the competition for the main prize. As announced on March 16, 2018, Homo Climaticum will be presented.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

La MaMa is Presenting ''EXTREME WHETHER'' this month of March 2018

La MaMa is Presenting  ''EXTREME WHETHER'' this month of March 

March 1-18

REVIEWS  FORTHCOMING.....from the NYTimes Drama Desk, Amy Brady, Michael Svoboda, etc

A Cli-Fi Play By Karen Malpede

La MaMa Presents EXTREME WHETHER, A Cli-Fi Play By Karen MalpedeFrom March 1 to 18, La MaMa is presenting Theater Three Collaborative in a new production of "Extreme Whether," a "Cli-Fi" play written and directed by Karen Malpede. The piece juxtaposes psychological and magical realism in a tale of a courageous climate researcher who is defamed by special interests, including his own family. Obie-winner Rocco Sisto heads a cast of six.

Set during the record-hot summers of 2004 and 2012, the play pits a scientist named John Bjornson (Rocco Sisto) against his twin sister, Jeanne (Dee Pelletier), in a no-holds barred struggle over land ownership and the future use of their family's wilderness estate. The sister is an energy spokeswoman and is married to a climate-skeptic lobbyist (Khris Lewin), who helps strategize her actions. The siblings' dispute reveals the fault lines in America today over land usage, global warming and climate denial. Supporting John's struggle for the land are three people. One is the caretaker of the estate, an oracular, Thoreau-like man named Uncle (Obie-winnerGeorge Bartenieff). The others are John's precocious 13-year old intersex daughter (Emma Rose Kraus) and a young ice scientist with an important new theory (Clea Straus Rivera).

"Extreme Whether" was developed by Theater Three Collaborative, in a series of readings and workshops at The Cherry Lane Theater, Columbia University, the NY Horticulture Society and Theater for New City in 2013-14 and was subsequently performed in Paris, as a part of ARTCOP, the series of arts events surrounding the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). There were three presentations in Paris that year, one in the French translation of the play, and two in English, organized jointly by Theater Three Collaborative and Cie De Facto, a rising French-Swiss theater company with the support of the Rockefeller Bros and Prospect Hill Foundations, and in conjunction with Le Pave d'Orsay and Les Fondation des Etats-Unis. The artists of "Extreme Whether" were in the company of hundreds of arts and activist groups from many nations and continents, including indigenous peoples and representatives from island nations. All were there to publicly appeal for holding global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as opposed to the original proposal of 2 degrees. When the climate accord, signed by 198 nations, ultimately ratified the more ambitious goal, it was enormously encouraging to these citizen-and-artist-activists. The play's growing reputation led to readings in India and Denmark as well as U.S. readings in Tennessee and Oklahoma. The Oklahoma reading led to the casting of Emma Rose Kraus, a Tulsa actress, for the La MaMa production as John's precocious 13-year old daughter, who raises a frog which has been mutated by exposure to the herbicide Atrazine.

The producers feel that, as opposed to 2014, when climate change was more "theoretically" foreseen, "Extreme Whether" is now a play whose time has come. "The play is no longer bringing the news," says playwright Malpede, "it is only reflecting it."

Playwright Karen Malpede is known for fearlessly addressing urgent issues in every play, from genetic engineering (in "Better People") to the U.S. torture program (in "Another Life"). She views Global Warming and its facilitator, Climate Denial, as paramount issues and admires the courage of scientists to speak out and guide us. To bring these issues to the stage, she adopted the Ibsenist paradigm (seen in "An Enemy of the People" and "Rosmerholm") of setting struggles of the public interest as conflicts within a family. She considers that in many ways, the play is a psychological drama of a dichotomy among American people. On one side are those who believe that the science of climate change should drive public policy. On the other side, we see those who believe that fossil fuel extraction should continue to drive the economy and are viciously defensive. In their view, if climate change is taken seriously, free market economics will be threatened. Both positions resonate in the psychological reality of the characters.

The characters and plot of "Extreme Whether" are informed by the books, lives and research of several contemporary scientists. The character of John Bjornson is largely based on Dr. James Hansen, the NASA scientist who testified to congress in 1988 that global warming had begun. Other influences are the life and work of Dr. Michael Mann, author of "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars"; Dr. Jennifer Francis, a researcher on the rapidly melting Arctic ice and its effect on the elongation of the Jet Stream; and Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a researcher on the effects of the herbicide Atrazine. For further information on these sources, please see these author's notes by Karen

In the play such extreme weather as we are new experiencing, such as this January's long cold snap, is explained. Because of the melting of the Arctic, the Jet Stream becomes weakened, elongated and stuck, so extreme heat, cold, rains and drought tend to hover longer than usual. This is the theory of John's protégé, the young ice scientist named Rebecca. Her idea is so threatening that her academic integrity is impugned and she is blackmailed and sexually shamed by John's sister and her husband. Her theory was originally advanced by Jennifer Francis, one of the scientists whose research contributed to the play.

This production of "Extreme Whether" reflects La MaMa's commitment to artists who address issues of climate and sustainability. Addressing a symposium on Theater & Resistance at CUNY's Segal Center on January 12, 2018 La MaMa's Artistic Director, Mia Yoo, affirmed affirmed the theater's intention to create public discourse on these issues and to provide a platform for artists to express their social bravery. She also emphasized La MaMa's pioneering efforts to connect artists here and abroad on related issues through its Culture Hub project. In 2014, La MaMa designated its entire season "La MaMa Earth."

Set Design is by Gian Marco Lo Forte. Lighting Design is by Tony Giovannetti. Costume Design is by Sally Ann Parsons and Carisa Kelly. Music and Sound Design are by Arthur Rosen.

Karen Malpede (playwright, director) is author/director of 19 plays including, most recently "Dinner During Yemen," a playlet written for Kathleen Chalfant for an Evening for the People of Yemen at the Brooklyn Commons in January, and a futuristic drama for the Anthropocene "Other than We", which received its first public reading at the Segal Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, in December, during a day-long celebration of twenty-two years of Malpede's Theater Three Collaborative and publication of her new book. Other plays include: "Sappho & Aphrodite" (Arts at St. Ann's, Perry St. Theater, Oval House, London; Cleveland Public Theater); "Us," (Theater for the New City, Lusty Juveniles, UK; ShowWorld, Here), "Iraq: Speaking of War," a docu-drama (Prozansky Theatre, Culture Project), "Another Life" (National Theatre of Kosovo, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, Irondale, Theater for the New City, RADA Festival, London), "The Beekeeper's Daughter" (Dionysia Festival, Italy, Theater Row Theater, TNC), "Prophecy" (NY Theatre Workshop, New End Theatre, London). "Extreme Whether" has just been published, with a foreword by Marvin Carlson and afterwords by Alexander M. Schultz and Cindy Rosenthal, in her new four-play volume, "Plays in Time: The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, Extreme Whether" (Intellect, 2017). She is author of "A Monster Has Stolen the Sun and Other Plays," editor of "Acts of War: Iraq & Afghanistan in Seven Plays," "Women in Theater: Compassion & Hope" and "Three Works by the Open Theater." She has published drama, essays and short fiction in The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, Confrontation, Healing Muse, Dark Matter and elsewhere. Her writings on theater have appeared in The New York Times, TDR, Torture Magazine, New Theatre Quarterly, Howelround, and elsewhere. A McKnight National Playwrights' and NYFA fellow, she co-founded Theater Three Collaborative in 1995. She has taught at Smith College, New York University and the CUNY-Graduate Center's Continuing Education program. Currently, she is on the theater and environmental justice faculties at John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY. Her MFA is from Columbia University.

Rocco Sisto (John Bjornson), an Obie-winner for sustained excellence, was last seen Off-Broadway in "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Other credits include Playwrights Horizons: "Demonology" at Playwrights Horizons and Broadway's "The King and I," "To Be or Not to Be," "Amadeus" and "Seminar." His Off-Broadway credits include "Old Fashioned Prostitutes," "The Bacchae," "The Winter's Tale" (Obie Award), "Macbeth" (The Public),"Quills" (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination), "Kaos" (NYTW), "Tis Pity She's a Whore," "Loot," "Volpone" (Red Bull Theater), "Measure For Measure," "Souls of Naples" (TFANA), "Iphinigia 2.0," "Harlequin Studies" (Signature). His films include "Donnie Brasco," "Frequency," "Eraser" and "Carlito's Way." On TV, he has been seen in "Bluebloods," "Law & Order(s)," "The Sopranos," "CSI," "Star Trek T.N.G." and more.

George Bartenieff (Uncle) began his theater career at the age of 14 in "The Whole World Over," directed by Harold Clurman. He has acted on Broadway ("Merchant of Venice," "Fiddler on the Roof"), Off and Off-off, at the NYSF, and regional theaters in hundreds of new and classic plays. He was co-founder of Theater for the New City and co-founder of the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. He and Karen Malpede adapted for the stage the diaries of Victor Klemperer, "I Will Bear Witness," as a one-person play that played to acclaim in New York, London, Berlin, Washington DC and toured Europe and the U.S. for three years. He is winner of four Village Voice Obie awards, including Sustained Achievement and acting awards for his performances in Malpede's "Us" and "I Will Bear Witness," a Drama Desk award for the ensemble acting in David Hare's "Stuff Happens" and a Philly as Best Actor for "Tuesday's With Morrie" at the Wilmington Repertory Co. In 1995, he, Malpede and the late Lee Nagrin co-founded Theater Three Collaborative.

Dee Pelletier (Jeanne, John's sister) appeared on Broadway in "August, Osage County." She has appeared Off-Broadway in "Women Without Men," "The Soap Myth," Bug," "Speaking in Tongues," "The Erotica Project," "The Seven Deadly Sins" (dir. Anne Bogart), "Stonewall Jackson;s House" and "The Broken Jug." She has appeared regionally at Geva Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of D.C., Delaware Theatre Co., Yale Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Rep, Merrimack Rep and Trinity Rep, among others. She is also active in film and TV.

Khris Lewin (Frank, John's brother-in-law) just closed "Personnel Best" by Pete Holmberg at the Secret Theatre (Roust Theatre Company). Other NYC: Horatio in "Boris Akunin's Hamlet, A Version" (Red Lab/Roust) and "Private Life of the Master Race" (Roust); "Gorilla" (SATC), "Oliver!" (Harbor Lights), "Richard II" (Fight or Flight/Sonnet Rep), "Fêtes de la Nuit" (Ohio Theatre). Regional: "My One And Only," "Something's Afoot" (Goodspeed), "The Music Man" (Ogunquit Playhouse), "Knock! Knock!" (Vineyard Playhouse), "A Steady Rain," title role in "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" (Marin Theatre Company), title roles in "Cyrano de Bergerac," "Hamlet," "Antonio's Revenge" (TheatreWorks), title role in "Macbeth" (Nebraska Shakespeare). He has also appeared on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and "Bloomsday on Broadway" at Symphony Space. He is a professor at Baruch College.

Clea Rivera (Rebecca, the ice scientist) premiered two solo shows, "Food Of Life" and "No Vacancy," at La MaMa as part of its Poetry Electric series. She has performed extensively in regional theater including roles in "Blood Wedding" (Missouri Rep), "Cloud Tectonics" (Merrimack Rep), "Anna In The Tropics" (Capital Rep), and "Romeo And Juliet" (Denver Center Theatre and Shakespeare and Company). New York City credits include theWomen's Project world premiere of Maria Irene Fornes' "The Summer In Gossensass," several seasons with Ralph Lee's Mettawee River Theatre Company, and Jaded Eyes Arts Collective's production of "The Fox," which she also co-produced. She played the title role in the independent short film, "Charlie," which was an official selection of the New Orleans Film Festival.

Emma Rose Kraus (Annie, John's daughter) was born in Tulsa, OK and began acting at age nine with the roles of Woodstock in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" and Lucy in "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." As a child, Kraus always loved nature and spent many holidays playing outside with the animals on her grandparents' farm in Kansas and, when she was older, learning to ride horses from her uncle. She now hopes to use her position as an actor to continue to advocate for the environment through performance. She is currently enrolled as a student at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, OK and will graduate this spring with a degree in theater arts and emphases in cultural studies and performance styles. Notable past roles include the Red Head in "The Love Talker", Ginny in "Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche", and Cassandra in "Hecuba." This is her New York debut.
An integral part of New York City's cultural landscape, La MaMa has a worldwide reputation for producing daring work in theater, dance, performance art, and music that defies form and transcends boundaries of language, race, and culture. Founded in 1961 by theater pioneer and legend Ellen Stewart, La MaMa is a global organization with creative partners and dedicated audiences around the world. La MaMa presents an average of 60-70 productions annually, most of which are world premieres. To date, over 3,500 productions have been presented at La MaMa with artists from more than 70 nations.

La MaMa's 56th season highlights artists of different generations, gender identities, and cultural backgrounds, who question social mores and confront stereotypes, corruption, bigotry, racism, and xenophobia in their work. Its stages embrace diversity in every form and present artists that persevere with bold self-expression despite social, economic, and political struggle and the 56th season reflects the urgency of reaffirming human interconnectedness.
Photo Credit: Jonathan Slaff

Cli-Fi Reference Page

To add your resource, please emaiil with a link and brief description, or introduce your work.. The topics in this list cover climate fiction, cli-fi, nature writing and the arts.
Cli-Fi Reference
THE Cli-Fi REPORT with 10 translation buttons:  As the 20th century began to morph into the 21st century in the late 1990s, the global landscape of cultural production started to teem with a cornucopia of fictional ''cli-fi'' texts in print and on cinema and TV screens, engaging with the local and global impact of man-made global warming. In academia as well as in popular culture, this rapidly growing body of texts is now commonly referred to by the catchy linguistic portmanteau ''cli-fi.'' And already cli-fi has transitioned from a sub-cultural colloquialism circulating informally around the blogosphere into both a cultural buzzword and a staple academic term as well. For an extensive bibliography, see "Cli-Fi in American Studies: A Research Bibliography'' by Susanne Leikam and Julia Leyda

ALECC: The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is an organization for the creation, appreciation, discussion, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge about the work of nature writers, environmental writers and journalists, eco-artists of all disciplines, ecocritics, and ecotheorists in Canada.
ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment): A dynamic community of teachers, writers, students, artists and environmentalists interested in the natural world and its meanings and representations in language and culture.
EASLCE (European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and the Environment): Part of a worldwide network of affiliated organizations that brings together scholars, artists, and activists with an interest in the study of the interrelationship between nature and human cultures, aiming to foster the dialogue on environmental issues across cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

Eco-Fiction Reference
Eco-Fiction by Lebanese Students: Greenline publication that helps promote environmental awareness and document environmental threats.
EcoLit Books is an independent blog devoted to books—fiction and nonfiction—with environmental themes.
Eko Stories: I was thrilled to meet Isaac Yuen recently at a panel on climate change and storytelling at the West Vancouver Memorial Library. We had already followed each other on Twitter, so it was nice to put a face to a Twitter name. Eko Stories contains Isaac’s essays connecting nature, culture, and self.
Environmental Book Club: Blog by author Gail Gauthier, focusing on writing and children’s books.
Environmental Themes in Ecofiction: Scholarly study that interprets the human/nature relationships in two recently published novels: Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver and In the Center of the Nation by Dan O ‘Brien.
International League of Conservation Writers: Forum to bring writers together from around the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, or using other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals, and plants of our planet.
Jeff VanderMeer: Called “The Weird Thoreau” by the New Yorker, this is Jeff’s blog with interesting ideas on ecological writing, climate change, weird fiction, and reading.
Jessica Groenendijk’s Words from the WildJessica is a Dutch biologist turned conservationist and aspiring novelist. She was born in Colombia, and has lived in Burkina Faso, Holland, Tanzania and England, among other places. By writing stories of land- and seascapes and of their people and wildlife, she hopes to help re-build our connection with, and empathy for, nature.
Tanja Rohini Bisgaard: Writer of short fiction about a future world where the climate and environment have been changed as a result of pollution and extensive resource use. She is also putting together a climate stories anthology.
The 19th Century Greens: From BBC Radio, Professor James Woudhuysen ponders what 19th-century Romantic poets like Wordsworth would make of modern Greens. From July 2008.
Where the Wild Books Are: A guide to eco-fiction by Jim Dwyer: offers an overview of nearly 2,000 works of nature-oriented fiction. The author includes a discussion of the precursors and history of the genre, and of its expansion since the 1970s.
Artists and Climate Change on Facebook: For artists who engage with climate change and for the artist lovers who support them. Blog: Ecologically oriented writers workshoplibrary, and resources for authors in a changing world: is a place for writing and reading meaningful stories about our natural world, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and prose.
Ecocriticism and Narrative Theory: This Facebook group serves as a platform for those interested in the connections between ecocriticism and narrative theory, and should be a useful place to post questions, share ideas, distribute relevant CFPs, and recommend reading. Please feel free to join, recommend this group to others, and get the conversation started.
Ecology in Literature and the Arts–Facebook: Covers climate change and other ecological themes in literature and the arts.
Ecology in Literature and the Arts–Google: A Google newsgroup for discussing ecological themes in literature and the arts, based off this site (
Environmental Humanities (Stanford): The Environmental Humanities Project provides a forum for an interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues. It foregrounds recent work of humanities scholars in disciplines such as cultural studies, history, literary studies, philosophy and anthropology that has engaged with environmental problems, and explores how this research contributes to current discussions about ecological crisis.
Global Media and the Environment: This is a open discussion group originally hosted by the Society of Environmental Journalists. It is now an independent public group moderated by volunteers in order to further a global dialogue on media and the environment. Spam and off-topic posts will be deleted.
Science Fiction and Fantasy World: All things science fiction and fantasy. Speculative fiction fathered current eco/climate themes in fiction.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: This Facebook page informs, supports, promotes, defends and advocates for its member writers. They are always interested in industry news, but only dues-paying SFWA members may post self-promotional material.
Writers for a Sustainable Future (Ecofiction) on Facebook: Encouraging, collecting, and promoting ecofiction (online global groups) and local communities envisioning change through fiction. Full templates in files.
Writers for the Sea is a newly formed Facebook group of the non-profit Ocean Awareness Project, Inc. (DBA Blue Frontier). Its purpose is to support and promote authors and their books that are written about the greater part of our blue planet that is ocean.
Writers for a Sustainable Future (Ecofiction) on Facebook: Encouraging, collecting, and promoting ecofiction (online global groups) and local communities envisioning change through fiction. Full templates in files.
Interesting Projects
Artists Against Extinction: A non-profit making venture designed to draw attention to the beauty of nature and the incredible creatures that share this planet with us.  It will try and show how  the world’s fauna and flora are under threat as a result of man’s greed and ignorance.  They hope that any sales generated from this site will help with much needed funds for the preservation of those species.
APE: Artists Project Earth: UK NGO that has funded over 350 projects and awareness-raising initiatives around the world that combat climate change and develop local resilience to environmental threats.
ClimateCultures: Creative cultural responses to environmental and climate change.
The Dark Mountain Project: The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. They produce and seek out writing, art and culture rooted in place, time and nature.
FutureCoast: FutureCoast is a storytelling project about possible climate-changed futures. Anyone can express their ideas of possible futures by recording it as a voicemail on FC’s phone line. FutureCoast is thus a way to listen to diverse ideas about climate-changed futures and to be open to crowdsourced wisdom about them. Learn more about the collaborative storytelling game at, read their national press, and watchtheir post-game video.
Future Library: Scottish artist Katie Paterson has launched a 100-year artwork, Future Library, Framtidsbiblioteket, for the city of Oslo in Norway. The prizewinning author, poet, essayist and literary critic Margaret Atwood has been named as the first writer to contribute to the project. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.
Hieroglyph: Inspiration is a small but essential part of innovation, and science fiction stories have been a seminal source of inspiration for innovators over many decades. In his article entitled “Innovation Starvation,” Neal Stephenson calls for a return to inspiration in contemporary science fiction. That call resonated with so many and so deeply that Project Hieroglyph was born shortly thereafter.
Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative (Arizona State University): The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative will explore how imagination – or lack thereof – shapes humanity’s response to climate change and how imagination merged with science can create solutions to climate challenges.
Matter – Medium: Fictional and nonfiction authors talk about climate change. Also see theirsolarpunk section.
Our Near Future: This blog posts articles on four topics around the theme of climate change and our near future. The blog posts stories, scenarios, and novels about climate change.
Postcards from the Edge: Born after Hurricane Sandy, this project is collecting stories from across the country, and then pairing those storytellers up with local filmmakers who will then turn the story into an inspirational short film about climate change.
Project Sky+ (Thinking Like a Cloud): A research project focused on developing a scheme to spark a (potentially radical) expansion of the human mind, allowing us to make more sustainable decisions. We collect cloud samples in the troposphere with the Cloud Collector launched on a weather balloon. The samples are ingested by experimental subjects, and the microbes found in the samples are examined for their role in ecosystems and their influence on human behavior.
Solarpunks: A new theme is emerging in science fiction literature and art: solarpunk. It imagines the future as bright, green and sustainable. See also ABC Net.
Solarpunk: Notes toward a manifesto: Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.
The Culture Library: A BTD-supported initiative to create a participatory archive of current history in the region in the context of European integration.
Weather Stations is an international project that places literature and storytelling at the heart of discussions about climate change.
What is A digital “memorial” to biodiversity loss and decline.
Writer Katie Welch: Blog about what it’s like living in a world going through climate change.
Upper Rubbert Boot’s Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Eco-Speculation: A new kickstarter,Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation will reach outside Western and Anglophone traditions of speculative fiction, showcasing the way environment and environmental issues are talked about and perceived in all parts of the world. This upcoming anthology of speculative fiction, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland, will be published by Upper Rubber Boot Books in spring 2017. Sunvault will be open to submissions following the funding of this Kickstarter project.
Journals and Magazines
About Place is a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society.
Anthropocene Magazine is a digital, print, and live magazine in which the world’s most creative writers, designers, scientists, and entrepreneurs explore how we can create a sustainable human age we actually want to live in.
Avocet is a journal of nature poems.
BCnature Magazine is published quarterly by BC Nature. If offers a wide range of nature related topics including conservation news, club news, camp reports, book reviews and much, much more! Look for articles on botany, birding, biological, mammals, projects and many other educational topics.
Bear Deluxe Magazine: The Bear Deluxe Magazine is the flagship project of Orlo and is published semi-annually from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon. The magazine aims to enrich the cultural dialogue about the environment through creative nonfiction, interviews, reportage, essays, reviews, poetry, fiction and visual art published in the soy-based inky, recycled pages of the magazine and online.
Camas: The Nature of the West aims to cultivate novel ideas and perspectives while remaining rooted in the inherited traditions of art and literature of the American West. Founded by Environmental Studies graduate students at the University of Montana in 1992,Camas is a biannual environmental literary magazine that continues to be produced by students in the Environmental Studies program.
Canary is a literary journal that explores one’s engagement with the natural world. It is based on the premise that the literary arts can provide an understanding that humans are part of an integrated system.
CatamaranBased in the new Tannery Arts and Digital Media Center Studios, in Santa Cruz, CA., our mission is to capture the vibrant creative spirit of The West Coast in writing and art from around the world. Catamaran Literary Reader published its sixth issue in May 2014.Catamaran features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and the visual arts.
Dark Matter: Women Witnessing is a response to the unprecedented changes humans are facing in an age of massive species loss and ecological disaster. As most of the world goes on with business as usual, others are asking: “How shall we live in these times?” Dark Matter is a home for the voices of these others; we welcome writing in all forms and genres, and artwork in all mediums, responding to the urgencies of this time.
Ecotone: Founded in 2005 and published at UNC Wilmington, Ecotone is a semiannual journal that seeks to reimagine place. Each issue brings together the literary and the scientific, the personal and the biological, the urban and the rural. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground.
Ecozon@: is a journal devoted to the relatively new field of literary and cultural criticism called ecocriticism. Ecocriticism can be broadly defined as the study of the representations of nature in cultural texts, and of the relationship between humans with other earth beings and their environment as seen in cultural manifestations. Ecozon@ is one of the very few academic journals specifically devoted to ecocriticism, an exponentially growing field, akin to the more recently developing area of environmental humanities, and the only one to accept submissions in several languages.
Earthlines is a thrice-yearly magazine for writing that explores our complex relationship with the natural world. We have a strong focus on place and on the culture and lore of place. Publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual arts.
Elementum: A journal of nature and story. Published three times a year, this journal gives artist and writer responses to scientific issues.
Flyway is an online journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art that explores the many complicated facets of the word environment – at once rural, urban, and suburban – and its social and political implications.
The Fourth River is a journal of nature and place-based writing published by Chatham University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program.
The Goose is the literary journal affiliated with the Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada. Publishes poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography.
High Country News covers the important issues and stories that define the American West. Its mission is to inform and inspire people – through in-depth journalism – to act on behalf of the West’s diverse natural and human communities. Publishes creative nonfiction (essays) along with journalistic nonfiction.
The Hopper: A lively environmental literary magazine from Green Writers Press. The poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, ecocriticism, and interviews that we publish are all paths towards an invigorated understanding of nature’s place in human life and are part of a new phase in nature writing and art that seeks to include a modern consciousness in narratives of place.
ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE). The journal also publishes poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction pertinent to its thematic focus.
Kudzu House Quarterly is a nonprofit journal of southern ecological thought. The journal’s tagline, “literature of an invasive species,” invites hybrid understandings of place and identity. There is an autumnal scholarly issue and three creative writing issues per year. They also review books on our blog, The Kudzu Vine.
Manoa strives to bring the literature of Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas to English-speaking readers. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Newfound: An Inquiry of Place is a nonprofit publisher based in Austin, Texas, whose work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. The tri-annual journal features fiction, poetry, nonfiction, visual arts, reviews, and more. They also publish poetry chapbooks through their annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize.
Omenana: Are a tri-monthly magazine that is open to submission from speculative fiction writers from across Africa and the African Diaspora.
The Oxford American is a national magazine dedicated to featuring the best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South. Publishes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
Orion Magazine is a focal point in an extraordinarily rich period of nature writing, and it has remained true to that core conviction, though the magazine has evolved into a bimonthly and the range of its interests has broadened to include not only environmental but cultural concerns.
Poecology is a literary journal and online resource for contemporary writing about place, ecology and the environment, with a particular interest in poetry.
Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics.
Reckoning: An annual journal of creative writing on environmental justice.
Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities is a digital, peer-reviewed journal of the Environmental Humanities. It provides a forum for scholars from across humanities disciplines to speak to one another about their shared interest in environmental issues, and to plot out an evolving conversation about what the humanities contributes to living and thinking sustainably in a world of dwindling resources.
Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine offers positive perspectives on a range of engaging topics covering ecology, social justice, philosophy, spirituality, sustainable development and the arts.
SAGE Magazine is a student-run environmental arts and journalism publication of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, Connecticut. They welcome all submissions of environmental art, including long journalistic pieces, poetry, prose, digital art, photography, cartoons, cardboard cut-outs, macaroni collages, and, on occasion, sky-writing.
Saltfront: An arts and literary journal for a radically new type of ecological storytelling. They are searching for the newest and most vibrant eco-lyrical expressions, new ways to tell stories of what it means to be human amidst the monumental ecological transformations taking place on this planet.
Terrain is a journal that searches for the interface–the integration–among the built and natural environments that might be called the soul of place.
The Trumpeter is an environmental humanities journal dedicated to the development of an ecosophy, or wisdom, born of ecological understanding and insight. They publish scholarly articles, narratives, poetry, book reviews, and cartoons.
Watershed: Journal of Environment and Culture is a Brown-RISD publication that explores how we relate to the environment through prose, poetry, art, science, photo essays, journalism, or whatever other creative means are at an artist’s disposal.
Weber: The Contemporary West invites submissions in the genres of personal narrative, critical commentary, fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry that offer insight into the environment and culture (both broadly defined) of the contemporary western United States.
Written River: A Journal of Eco-Poetics is a digital literary journal published bi-annually by Hiraeth Press which focuses on poetry and non-fiction prose exploring nature and our relationship to it. They strive to encourage the discipline of ecopoetics and return the voice of the poet to the body of the Earth.
you are here: the journal of creative geography: Published by graduate students in the School of Geography & Development at the University of Arizona, the journal is an annual publication that seeks to explore the concept of place through articles, fiction, poetry, essays, maps, photographs, and art.
Book Publishers
Ashland Creek Press is a small, independent publisher of books with a world view. Their mission is to publish a range of books that foster an appreciation for worlds outside our own, for nature and the animal kingdom, and for the ways in which we all connect.
Green Writers Press’s goal is to spread a message of environmental activism through the words and images that they will publish.
Harvard Square Editions: Harvard Square Editions (HSE) is a publishing house run by Harvard alumni that grew out of the Harvard Alumni Association group, Harvard Writers and Publishers. HSE is looking for literary fiction with a social or environmental message. Its mission is to publish fiction that transcends national boundaries, especially manuscripts that are international, political, literary, sci-fi, fantasy, utopia and distopia. We appreciate aesthetic value and constructive social or political content, especially manuscripts related to climate change, deforestation, and conservation.
Hiraeth Press publishes a wide range of books that deal with our relationship to the Earth and the revitalization of an ecologically viable spirituality fit for the planetary era.
Little Curlew Press is an independent literary press. They publish big lit–fearless works with a strong ecological undercurrent, including place-based eco-fiction, environmental nonfiction, and environmental journalism.
Moon Willow Press is an independent micro-publisher committed to helping sustain forests while celebrating the written word. They publish eco-fiction and environmental non-fiction. They have planted over 1,100 trees since their first print book in 2011 and print only on forest-certified, recycled, or hemp fibers.
Palewell Press: Based in the UK, Palewell Press aims to support human rights, and to increase understanding of social history and environmental change.
Stormbird Press: A new independent Australian publisher of quality literary fiction, commercial fiction, and nonfiction with an environmental theme (eco-literature).
Umwelt House publishes speculative fiction in beautiful print and digital editions.
Major Events
100,000 Poets for Change: Annual event involving poets, musicians, and artists around the world in a demonstration/celebration to promote peace and sustainability and to call for serious social, environmental and political change.
ARTCOP21: In a multidisciplinary and innovative spirit, COAL mobilizes artists and cultural actors on social and environmental issues and supports the creation of artwork, creating awareness and implements concrete solutions through exhibitions, events, the Coal Art & Environment Prize, and intelligence resources.
Biosphere: The Festival of Nature presents an evening of spoken word performance featuring leading international writers and poets responding to the impact of climate change on people.
Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate and culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, poets, and publishers.