LOUDCANARY is one interconnected journey through everything and nothing, and it’s the online home of writer, editor and photographer Brian Awehali.
My work, most often focused on ecology, economics and the construction of human culture and consciousness, has appeared in or on The Guardian (UK), Z magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, East Bay Express, The Columbia Journalism Review, Britannica.com, Alternet, High Times, Earth Island Journal, Kansan Uutisten Viikkolehti (People’s Weekly News, Finland), and Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), among many other publications.
In 2004 I founded and began editing LiP: Informed Revolt, a North American political quarterly I once described as “a literary fusillade devoted to a Marvelous revolt for the overthrow of mass miserabilism [and] a vehicle for imagining how to get a better world.”
LiP garnered several awards during its run, from SXSW (“Best Content E-Zine”), Utne (“Best Online Cultural Coverage”/”Best New Magazine”), and the East Bay Express (Best Local ‘Zine). During this period, several features I wrote for the magazine, about the “Indian Trust” case and about alternative energy development projects on Native American lands (“Native Energy Futures“) were also recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (WA) and Project Censored.
After folding LiP in late 2007, I edited and designed Tipping the Sacred Cow (AK Press, 2008), an anthology of LiP’s best and most durable material. Contributors included Vandana Shiva, Tim Wise, Winona LaDuke, Lisa Jervis, Mary Roach, Boots Riley, Michael Eric Dyson, Tim Kreider and Christopher Hitchens, among many others. I’m proud to say this book, like the magazine itself, put its production where its politics were, and was printed by a worker-owned 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)
“In an era when most political magazines in the U.S. ranged from the tepid to the tedious there was LiP, fearlessly delving into the essential topics of our times and mapping the way to a revolution you’d actually want to join.”
— Patrick Reinsborough, co-founder of the Center for Story-based Strategy and co-author of Re:Imagining Change (PM Press, 2010)
The curious may download a PDF of LiP’s last, “The Grossly Unexpected Bugs” issue.
In the 1990s, prior to my mostly social justice-oriented media work, I was an alienated corporate payrolee (wage slave) at a series of New York and Chicago companies, including Citibank, Ernst & Young Management Consulting, and Viacom, where I worked for MTV. In the early oughts, I was an editor for Britannica.com, the now-defunct online magazine of Encyclopædia Britannica. I also served as Interim Executive Editor for Sea Kayaker magazine while the full-time Executive Editor was on maternity leave, and was the Web Editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican, one of the last independent daily newspapers in the U.S.
For the past several years, I’ve worked as a freelance writer, photographer, web designer and research assistant, broadening my frames of understanding while traveling to and writing about China, Tibet, Turkey, Taiwan and Mongolia. I will soon be diving regularly into the marine wonders off the coast of California’s Channel Islands, and hope to add Argentina, Nunavut, Indonesia and Oceania to my travelog in the next several years.
I was born in Missouri and am a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, but I mostly roam Pacific Coasts with my wife, a playwright and professor, and our lovely dog-daughter, Delilah, who is half-whippet and can run faster than you.
I am transitioning from writing to focus on “film.” You may contact me here.
Unless otherwise noted text and photos on LOUDCANARY are (c) 2015 Brian Awehali.