Welcome to Dragonfly, a place connecting authors, publishers, readers, academics, and journalists who explore nature and the wild in literature. Dragonfly allows you to find eco-literature resources and offers a platform for promoting your work as well.

Why dragonfly?

In many regions and as a norm of this day, the dragonfly is considered to be an agent of change and presumably symbolic of a sense of self-realization…And change and evolution is all about the dragonfly’s ability to fly and the way it can be comfortable on water, land as well as the air. –Learn About Nature

Eco-writers now recognize themselves in an era of great change–what some call the Anthropocene–where climate change looms around us and we are observing species’ extinction, ocean acidification, and other loss of biodiversity in an exponentially more rapid pace than ever before. Dragonfly is a concept. A transition. A flight with open eyes. Many wings beating together to propel forward. An understanding that what lives in the water and in the air and on the earth makes up a web of ecosystems, which rely on each other–the human being a part of that web. Writers have an important role to play in this reality. Authors document the world around them in stories, creating new myths and building upon old ones. Authors warn and give hope.

This site is derived from the eco-fiction.com project, which originated in 2013. The New York Times reported, when reviewing Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Borne:

This coming-of-age story signals that eco-fiction has come of age as well: wilder, more reckless and more breathtaking than previously thought, a wager and a promise that what emerges from the 21st century will be as good as any from the 20th, or the 19th.

It is with these thoughts–that the literary worlds we build are wilder, more reckless, and more breathtaking than ever before–that we have created the Dragonfly portal. What’s more, we’re expanding beyond fiction, to other creative areas, including nonfiction and prose.

If you have stumbled upon this site, it is still under construction but growing!


Mary Woodbury

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Site banner: (c) Can Stock Photo / manukandesign
Dragonfly art: (c) Can Stock Photo / cteconsulting
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