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Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry (Paperback)
A field guide that's not a field guide, but an ode to Cascadia through poetry, art, and 'creature stories.' Having heard some of the editors and contributors speak here in Tacoma earlier this year, I can attest to how much love and care went into crafting this collection. This is a special book full of wonder and admiration for our region. [Adrienne]— From Cascadia Field Guide
2024 PNBA Award Winner 2023 Banff Mountain Book Award finalist in Mountain Fiction & Poetry
Have you ever been so filled up with the wonder of a place that it wants to spill out as a song? Well, here is the songbook. I imagine walking through a forest and pausing to read these illuminating pages aloud to a listening cedar or a dipper. There are field guides that help us to see, and to name, and to know; Cascadia Field Guide does all of that and more. This is a guide to relationship, a gift in reciprocity for the gifts of the land. - Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass Cascadia stretches from Southeast Alaska to Northern California and from the Pacific Ocean to the Continental Divide. Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry blends art and science to celebrate this diverse yet interconnected region through natural and cultural histories, poetry, and illustrations. Organized into 13 bioregions, the guide includes entries for everything from cryptobiotic soil and the western thatching ant to the giant Pacific octopus and Sitka spruce, as well as the likes of common raven, hoary marmot, Idaho giant salamander, snowberry, and 120 more
Both well-established and new writers are included, representing a diverse spectrum of voices, with poems that range from comic to serious, colloquial to scientific, urban to off-the-grid, narrative to postmodern. Likewise, the artists span styles and mediums, using classic natural history drawing, form line design, graffiti, sketch, and more. All writers and artists have deep ties to the region.
This project was supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.