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

LOUDCANARY is one interconnected journey through everything and nothing. It’s also the online home of independent journalist and photographer Brian Awehali, whose work is generally focused on ecology, economics and cognition. He founded and edited LiP: Informed Revolt, an award-winning North American magazine (2004-2007). He was also the Books editor for Britannica.com, and his writing has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists and Project Censored (twice).


Bird life in stages, Istanbul, 2014 *

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LiP: Informed Revolt 1-7

“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.

Tipping the Sacred Cow - The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt (AK Press, 2008)After ending LiP, I edited and designed Tipping the Sacred Cow (AK Press, 2008), an anthology of the magazine’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 *

Prior to my justice-oriented media work, my self-taught computer skills landed me work 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. For six months in 2002, I also filled in as Interim Executive Editor for Sea Kayaker magazine in Seattle while the usual Executive Editor was out making a person.


Paddling the unparalleled San Juan Islands. *

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Since 2009, I’ve worked as a freelance reporter, photographer, web designer, research assistant and film production student while traveling to and publishing pieces about TibetTurkeyTaiwanMongolia and China.

I’m Cherokee and Irish, grew up between Oklahoma and the Netherlands, and am a tribal member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, though I mostly roam Pacific coasts.

You may contact me here. 

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

Author, poet and people’s historian Liao Yiwu ( 廖亦武 ), being interviewed in Wenjiang, Chengdu, July 2010 (released under CC-by-2.0 with permission of the photographer, Brian Awehali)

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