Welcome to Dragonfly.eco (formerly eco-fiction.com), a news site that covers environmental fiction authors’ works via book posts, interviews, reader-submitted reviews, book database, guest posts, and author spotlights. This site raises awareness of the impact and diversity in storytelling around the world that explores climate change and related ecological themes. This is a volunteer project, done with passion and commitment, in order to raise awareness of the wild within fiction. Contact us if you want to get involved. The only donations we accept are your stories.
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Background & History
Dragonfly.eco is a continuation of work I’ve been doing for years. From the time I could read, I was engrossed in fiction, but the stories that were close to nature were my favorites. Later, I double-majored in English and cultural anthropology at Purdue University, graduating in the mid-1990s; there I extended my studies in environmental prose and literature and in world mythology. In the late 1990s, I had a project on the web covering the nature writings of beat and SF Renaissance authors. In the early 2000s, I became the chief editor at Jack Magazine (now archived at Stanford University), which provided an arc from mid-century to modern day literature. During the ten years of the project, co-founded by Michael Rothenberg, we republished poetry, prose, and art by Gregory Corso, Michael McClure, Peter Coyote, Angus MacLise, Ira Cohen, and others. We looked at the nature writings and teachings of authors like Jack Collom, Philip Whalen, and Joanne Snyder. In 2010, I began Moon Willow Press, which originally published debut novels and prose chapbooks by some of Jack‘s authors. I have also opened the imprint Dragonfly Publishing for my own novels. The niche press focuses on environmental writings and donates a portion of sales to plant trees in economically and ecologically depressed areas–with over 1,580 trees planted; the press does not allow for waste and uses only fiber that is recycled or comes from sustainably managed forests.
In 2008, when I began writing my novel Back to the Garden, it was after a decade or so when I was wondering how climate change could be explored in fiction. And I began researching novels that seemed to focus on it somehow. Later I discovered Jim Dwyer’s Where the Wild Books Are: A Field Guide to Ecofiction (University of Nevada Press, 2010). The guide recognized the concept of climate change within fiction and described such stories as cautionary or disaster fiction. I began this website in August 2013–surely one of my last big literary projects in life, outside of publishing and writing. I am excited by the evolution of eco-fiction, by how authors and other artists are dealing with it in our modern era.
Storytelling breaks the concept of global warming and other eco-themes out of packaged ideas and scientific facts and into readers’ hearts by relating the human condition with a crisis that is unique for our time. The diversity of environmental fiction is something I am very interested in. While some argue that this fiction cannot be speculative and must be realistic, most scholars seem to agree that eco-fiction doesn’t have to contain traditional or contemporary realism, that post-naturalism or new nature writing is one idea, and that speculative fiction such as science fiction and fantasy are valid approaches for this literature. I think also that most scholars do not include climate denialism within the scope of the reasoning behind this literature–that working off the basis of real science is important, no matter how far into the realm of allegory the story goes.
This site remains the first and largest library on the web that explores novels about climate change and related environmental issues. Due to its scope, I welcome guest reviews and articles.
-Mary Woodbury, Curator
A more personal blog is at Dragonfly Pub.
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Memberships and Guest Authorship: Mary Woodbury is a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and International League of Nature Writers. She is also a guest author at SFFWorld.com, Artists and Climate Change, Fjords Review, and ClimateCultures.net.
Media: Because this project is a hobby, we are often surprised to get press. You can find more about Dragonfly.eco or the novel Back to the Garden at Wired, The Guardian, GOOD Magazine, Dissent Magazine, Amazing Stories, SFF World: Climate Fiction Panel, SFF World: Solarpunk Panel, Winnipeg Free Press, VOYA Magazine, EcoLit Books, Writing Forums, and more.
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