LOUDCANARY is one interconnected journey through everything and nothing, and it’s also the online home of Brian Awehali. My work, most often focused on ecology, economics and social justice, has appeared in or on dozens of print and online publications, including The Guardian, Z magazine, The Progressive, The Brooklyn Rail, East Bay Express, The Columbia Journalism Review, Britannica.com, High Times, Alternet, Earth Island Journal, Counterpunch, Kansan Uutisten Viikkolehti (People’s Weekly News, Finland), Ger (Denmark), Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), Terrain, and the 2006 and 2007 volumes of Censored: The Top 25 Censored Stories (Seven Stories Press).
In 2004 I founded LiP: Informed Revolt, a North American quarterly magazine devoted to politics, culture, sex and humor, which I edited until late 2007. LiP garnered awards from several local and national organizations and publications, including SXSW, Utne, and The East Bay Express. During this period, several features I wrote, about the Cobell v. Norton “Indian Trust” case and about alternative energy development projects on Native American lands (“Native Energy Futures“) were recognized with awards from Project Censored and the Society of Professional Journalists (Washington State chapter).
I also edited and designed Tipping the Sacred Cow (AK Press, 2007), an anthology of LiP’s best material. Contributors included Vandana Shiva, Tim Wise, Winona LaDuke, Lisa Jervis, Bruce Levine, Mary Roach, Boots Riley, Jeff Chang, Michael Eric Dyson, Timothy Kreider and Christopher Hitchens, among many others. I’m proud to say this book put its production where its politics were, and was printed at union print shop, using only 100% recycled paper and vegetable-based inks. [Full PDF of Tipping the Sacred Cow now available – free.]
“Funny, refreshing, intelligent and outrageous!”
— Historian and activist Howard Zinn (1922-2010)
“LiP is one of the finest political publications in the country, and I recommend it for your mental and political self-defense.“
— Van Jones, environmental advocate, president of Rebuild the Dream, and author of The Green Collar Economy (2008)
Prior to founding and running LiP, I was the Books (and later, Technology) Editor for Britannica.com, the online magazine of Encyclopædia Britannica. In 2002, I served as Interim Executive Editor for Sea Kayaker magazine while the full-time Executive Editor was on maternity leave. In 2003 and 2004, I was the Web Editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican, one of the last independent daily newspapers in the U.S.
Between paying work, I also contributed editorial and design expertise to the Chicago-based Charles H. Kerr Publishing Co., the world’s oldest continuously operating radical labor press, the Western Prison Project, and The Great Books Foundation. I am also proud to have volunteered for the Nader/LaDuke Green Party candidacies of 1996 and 2000 (and find the heated criticisms of Democratic Party apologists about this to be ill-informed and surprisingly dumb.) I also spent some time canvassing and doing media production for several Pacific Northwest-based non-profit environmental organizations.
I was born in Missouri and am a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, though my forebears are also Irish and Scottish. I mostly roam Pacific coasts with my lovely partner and our dog-daughter, but have also spent significant time in China, Mongolia, Taiwan and Turkey in recent years.
You may contact me by email here. I am available for journalism and photography assignments.
Unless otherwise noted, text and photos on LOUDCANARY are (c) 2014 Brian Awehali.