Dragonfly.eco is a place to find meaningful stories about our natural world and humanity’s connection with it. The site explores the wild, crazy, and breathtaking literary trail of eco-fiction, with a large book database, spotlights, interviews, and more. Our motto is “blowing your mind with wild words and worlds.” This site raises awareness of the impact of, 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 explore the wild in literature. Contact us if you want to get involved. The only donations we accept are your stories.
To cite works found here, the author is Mary Woodbury unless otherwise indicated. Note that the Goodreads or Booknet.ca information found on book pages is copyright by those entities. The GoodReviews and BiblioShare plugins are used with accordance to each organization’s terms, pulling in book information and helping to keep it up to date. Because we are moving away from Amazon/Goodreads, starting in August 2021, new books will pull in neutral book data from Booknet.ca’s BiblioShare plugin, using data from LibraryThing, WorldCat, and BookFinder. This transition is still in progress, and likely it would take a long time to fit this plugin into all book posts retroactively, so thanks for your patience.
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Background & History
Author: Mary Woodbury (pen, Clara Hume) has written the Wild Mountain Series: Back to the Garden (Moon Willow Press, 2018) and, upcoming, The Stolen Child (Dragonfly Publishing, 2022) as well as The Adventures of Finn Wilder’s children’s series, Finn’s Tree Alphabet (Dragonfly Publishing, 2021), with more to come, and Bird Song: A Novella (Dragonfly Publishing, 2020). Mary contributed to the book Tales from the River (Stormbird Press, 2018) and edited the anthology Winds of Change: Short Stories About the Climate. She is a graduate of Purdue University, with degrees in English and anthropology, and lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and two cats. They maintain a 2-acre property with beehives, over 50 newly planted trees, and much more. You can read more about her at her blog.
Affiliation: Note that as of July 2021, new book posts will link to neutral book data (rather than to Amazon/Goodreads) as we try to move forward to supporting ethical and local businesses that sell and redistribute books. Until this change, we are and have been affiliates of Amazon and GoodReads and, for many books not introduced by their authors, we use a shortcode plugin, which will continue being used for older books–we have over 900 books in the database, so do not have the time to go back and change all the information. We use this shortcode in accordance with GoodReads’ and Amazon’s standards. Our curator is also a GoodReads librarian. On occasion, we work collaboratively with a few other organizations.
Memberships and Guest Authorship: Mary Woodbury is a technical writer by day and a fiction writer by night. She has been a member of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment and is an ongoing member of Nova Scotia Extinction Rebellion, Climate Fiction Writers League (under pen name Clara Hume), International League of Nature Writers, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia’s Ecology Action Centre. She’s also a core writer at Artists and Climate Change (and AACC’s affiliate The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts). She has also written for Chicago Review of Books, SFFWorld.com, Fjords Review, Ecology Action Centre, and ClimateCultures.net. Her article “A History of Eco-fiction” was translated at Chinese Science Writers Association. Her three-part series on ecological weird fiction, originally published at SFFWorld.com, was translated at Zest Letteratura Sostenibile (part I, part 2, part 3). Mary is also a social media outreach volunteer for the Climate Fiction Writer’s League.
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