LOUDCANARY is one interconnected journey through everything and nothing, and it’s 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/ZNet, 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 radical 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 “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, Mary Roach, Boots Riley, Michael Eric Dyson, Timothy 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)
“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)
I eventually grew tired of the economic strain and intellectual limitations of publishing an expressly radical political magazine, and the “Grossly Unexpected” Bugs Issue, LiP’s last, tried to address the constructive aspects of this reality. You can download a PDF copy of that issue if you like.
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 2003-04, I was 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 spent significant time in China and Turkey in recent years.
You may contact me here. I am available for journalism, photography and videography assignments.
Unless otherwise noted, text and photos on LOUDCANARY are (c) 2014 Brian Awehali.