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By John Yunker
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  • 11/07/13--10:47: We are not pirates
  • It’s a shame what the US government is doing on behalf of the Japanese whalers. Paul Watson was forced to testify in Seattle yesterday to, hopefully, avoid criminal prosecution. Link

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  • 01/05/14--17:52: Enlightenment

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    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 […]

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  • 02/03/14--17:00: Penguins vs. climate change
  • We all know or should know by now that polar bears are suffering from reduced ice up north. But few people know about what’s happening to penguins down south. If you have a spare 10 minutes, listen to this interview with Dee Boersma on her recent study about Magellanic Penguins  in Punta Tombo, Argentina. I […]

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    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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    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 […]

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  • 06/04/14--13:56: Rod Coronado speaks
  • I was living in San Diego during the federal trial of Rod Coronado about six years ago. I witnessed part of the trial, and it opened my eyes to the risks Rod and so many others have taken to defend animals. As well as the prices they have paid, and continue to pay. It also opened my […]

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    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. […]

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    Animals in zoos get depressed. Kinda obvious, I know. Still, it’s nice to see The New York Times covering this issue. The article is about a man who helps captive animals cope better with the trauma of being held captive. Drugs are sometimes used. I feel for this man because he is doing his best to ease their […]

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    The Adélie penguin has long been viewed as in rapid decline, largely because of the number of shrinking and abandoned penguin colonies around the Antarctic peninsula. But it appears that the penguin may not be declining so much as changing address. According to this WSJ article, the penguin has actually increased in numbers globally: The […]

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  • 07/18/14--15:57: Little Red House
  • I am very happy that the literary journal Mason’s Road has published my one-act play Little Red House. You can read it here. It’s just ten minutes long. And, yes, it does have an animal rights theme. I hope you like it…

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    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 an brief description: Bonnie, a high school senior and carnivore trapped within a family of […]

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    I want to see “environmental writing” evolve, and quickly. Here’s what I mean.

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    I wanted to share this video of Rod speaking at length about his life as an activist. As many of you know, he inspired part of The Tourist Trail. Rod Coronado Keynote from Burning Hearts Media on Vimeo.

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  • 01/22/15--19:11: Coyotes

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    So we’re in the process of publishing a second edition of the highly regarded anthology Among Animals. We’re about 1/3 of the way to having a full collection, so if you’ve got a short story in you, submit it soon!    

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    We are looking for 4-5 short stories to round out Among Animals. If you happen upon this blog and you think you’ve got a story that might be a fit, please submit here.

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    I’m happy to have a short story published in the journal Flyway — particularly because it’s now online and free the world. You can check out the story here. My notes to go with the story: Our society’s addiction to eating animals is leading our planet, inexorably, to a dark future. “Free Range” explores what […]

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    The Tourist Trail takes place on the site of the world’s largest Magellanic penguin colony and, though the book is fiction, the colony is very much real. It is located on the coast of Punta Tombo, Argentina. And this coastal region has long been heavily fished, which means penguins have for decades been caught up in […]

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    My publisher Ashland Creek Press has put together a nice book bundle that includes The Tourist Trail along with a beautiful new recycled cotton bag, as shown here: . Learn more

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    If you enjoyed The Tourist Trail then I’m sure you will love My Last Continent. It’s about a penguin researcher, a shipwreck, and a romance below the Antarctic Circle. Click here to learn more.

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  • 05/21/17--17:02: City of Strays in Qu
  • I’m happy to have my latest short story City of Strays published in Qu: A contemporary literary magazine from Queens University of Charlotte. And I love the cover, particularly because my story is, at one level, about cats. You can read the full story here. I hope you enjoy it.  

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    For the next two weeks I am participating in a unique promotion, organized by Margi Prideaux, that showcases 20 environmentally themed eBooks on Instafreebie. Yes, these book are free to download. All you have to do is sign up for the author’s email list. To see the full list of books, click here. The promotion goes from today […]

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  • 01/28/18--13:46: My conversation with Jasmin
  • I had a great chat with Jasmin Singer as part of this Our Hen House podcast. Check it out!

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    An interesting article in the New York Times about the rise of corporate intelligence (spying) firms and the lengths they will go to in order to dig up dirt on activists and other ordinary people. I mention this because my next book, coming next year (at long last), is about the role of one such […]