Magical Realism in Three New Stories With Deep Connections to Nature

“So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.”  ― Zora Neale Hurston,  Their Eyes Were Watching God --- By good fortune, I’ve gotten to read three new diverse novels which infuse magical realism in the natural world…
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An Interview With Angelou Ezeilo, Change Maker & Author

I’m celebrating my newest shero, Angelou Ezeilo. The environmental advocate and author of a new book will be speaking in Lawrence on February 20, 2020. Everyone concerned about diversity in our environment will want to learn from this experienced change maker. As the Founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, she is creating career pathways…
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Diverse Environmental Leaders Bring Hope For A Paradigm Shift

"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."             -- Audre Lorde --- Greater wildlife and plant biodiversity in the natural world creates stronger and more resilient responses to stresses in an ecosystem. Humans are a part of the natural world; with more diverse people…
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On The Realistically Magical Storytelling & Word-Singing Of Téa Obreht

I’ve recently been reading everything I can find by Téa Obreht. Her stories are vivid and heady with realistic insight into death and grief while simultaneously invoking power from benevolent ghosts. She also writes knowingly of our connections to a place or an animal—especially a tiger in her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife, and a…
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Inspiration From Elizabeth Schultz, Intrepid Advocate & Author

I've written to share my admiration for environmental and social justice leaders before, as well as to celebrate local authors; however, I haven't yet shined the spotlight on Lawrence-based scholar, poet and essayist Elizabeth (Beth) Schultz. Her writing shares connections to the natural world in thoughtful prose and poetry and her influential work to further environmental…
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Wild Hybrid Reality Tales

I am captivated by the storytelling of Jackalope Lamat Kelly, also known as Jack or Jaq. The short stories and flash fiction in Jackalope by Denise Low feature the Indigenous-centered, anthropomorphic and playful excursions of one inter-gender cryptid. These tales are based on the long-lived legend of a hybrid offspring from a jackrabbit mating with…
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