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    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina



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WAL editorial assistant Aubrey Streit Krug recently published an essay on the Center for Humans and Nature website.
This organization explores and challenges ideas about who we are as humans and how we might better relate to each other and the whole community of life. We do this by posing big-picture questions, and Aubrey’s essay is a response to a recent question series: “What kind of ancestor do you want to be?” 
In her essay, she writes about being grounded through native Bluestem roots and the lessons she learned while studying the Omaha language—namely how keeping the past in front of us can help make a better future.
Congratulations, Aubrey!

Michael Branch, who received both the Manfred Award AND the Willa Pilla Award from the WLA in 2015 and who is the winner of the 2017 Ellen Meloy Desert Writers Award, has two new books available from Roost Books. The latest, RANTS FROM THE HILL, is a collection of reflections on living in the high desert of northwestern Nevada, which Kirkus Reviews calls “lyrical and subversive…a rollicking celebration of living a joyously untamed life” and “an engagingly quirky collection.” Branch’s memoir, RAISING WILD, is now available in paperback and is a finalist for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Creative Writing Award.

Here’s a link to an interview by Orion: 


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