ABOUT

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Kite-bird flying over People’s Park in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, China, 2010*

LOUDCANARY is one interconnected journey through everything and nothing, and it’s the online home of Brian Awehali.

ChengduGirlInAlleyMy writing and photography have appeared in or on The Guardian (UK),  Z magazineThe Progressive, Brooklyn Rail, East Bay Express, Columbia Journalism Review,  American Theatre, Britannica.com, High Times, Bitch, Counterpunch, Earth Island Journal, Kansan Uutisten Viikkolehti (People’s Weekly News, Finland), Third World Resurgence (Malaysia), Ger (Denmark), Tikkun, Alternet, Asheville Global Report, The Santa Fe New Mexican, and the Santa Fe International Folk Art Museum’s 2015/16 exhibit, “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico.”

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Bird life over Istanbul, 2014 *

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In 1996, I started a radical political zine in Chicago called LiP: Informed Revolt that evolved into a full-fledged North American magazine published from 2004 to 2007.

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“Funny, refreshing, intelligent and outrageous!”

— Historian and activist Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

LiP, always printed on 100% recycled paper, with vegetable-based inks, and with worker-owned or union printers, was devoted to politicized intellectual honesty, and challenged dogma from points across the political continuum.

The magazine garnered several awards during its run, from SXSW, Utne and the East Bay Express. During this period, several features I contributed, about the Individual Indian Monies (IIM) or “Cobell v. Salazar” 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 and Project Censored (twice).

Tipping the Sacred Cow - The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt (AK Press, 2008)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. [Full PDF of Tipping the Sacred Cow now available – free.]

“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)

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“Demolition can be attractive.” – Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 2010 *

In the 1990s, prior to my social justice-oriented media work, I was an alienated corporate payrolee at a series of New York and Chicago companies, including Citibank, Ernst & Young, and Viacom, where I worked for MTV and Showtime. In the early oughts, I was Books Editor for Britannica.com, the now-defunct online magazine of Encyclopædia Britannica. I also worked a six-month stint as Interim Executive Editor for Sea Kayaker magazine while the full-time Executive Editor was on maternity leave.

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Paddling the the San Juan Islands. *

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For the past several years, I’ve worked as a freelance reporter, photographer, web designer and research assistant, broadening my frames of understanding while traveling to and writing about TibetTurkeyTaiwanMongolia and China, where I interviewed the dissident Chinese poet, author and musician Liao Yiwu (廖亦武) shortly before he fled the country for political reasons.

Liao Yiwu ( 廖亦武 ) in Wenjiang, Chengdu, July 2010, released under CC-by-2.0 with permission of the photographer Brian Awehali

Author Liao Yiwu ( 廖亦武 ) in Wenjiang, Chengdu, July 2010, released under CC-by-2.0 with permission of the photographer Brian Awehali

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I grew up in Oklahoma and the Netherlands and am a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, but I mostly roam Pacific coasts with my partner, a playwright and professor, and our dog-daughter, who is half-whippet and runs faster than you.

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You may contact me here.

* Unless otherwise noted text and photos on LOUDCANARY are (c) 2016 Brian Awehali.