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Sharman Apt Russell

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I am pleased to be considered a nature and science writer and excited that my recent Diary of a Citizen Scientist was awarded the WILLA Award in Nonfiction, as well as the 2016 John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing. The John Burroughs Medal was first given in 1926 and recipients include writers like Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Barry Lopez, John McPhee, and many others. To be in such a list!

Essentially I write about whatever interests me and seems important--living in place, archaeology, flowers, butterflies, hunger, Cabeza de Vaca, and pantheism.

My recent fiction is the eco sci-fi Knocking on Heaven's Door (Skyhorse/Yucca Publishing, 2016), which won the Arizona Authors Association Award for Fiction and the New Mexico/Ari
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Ode to Vitamin A
Vitamin A refers to a group of molecules called retinoids, with twenty carbon atoms linked to thirty hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. At the back of the eye, the retina is a layer of nerve cells sensitive to light. In these cells, a form of retinoid binds to a protein, a large molecule made of strings of molecules that fold and twist into complex shapes. This protein, now ca... Read more of this blog post »
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Knocking on Heaven's Door (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Chapter One of an eco-sci-fi set in a Paleoterrific future and based on the thought experiment of panpsychism and a holographic universe. With mammoths and saber-toothed cats.
Teresa of the New World (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Teresa of the New World is a historical fantasy for Young Adults, set in the dreamscape of the American Southwest in the sixteenth century. I have worked on this book for most of my life. Seemingly, this is about the fictional daughter of the real-life Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca and a Capoque mother, about a father’s love and a father’s betrayal, about plague and apocalypse and were-jaguars and a deep connection with the trickster earth. But, really, I think it is my autobiography.
Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging with the World (Outdoors & Nature)
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Description: First chapter of upcoming book on being a citizen science and finding new ways to be transformed--competent and engaged in the natural world.
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“In the second century A.D. the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius may have best defined pantheism when he wrote, “Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy.”
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“In famine, a focus on women and children highlights biology: here is a mother who cannot feed her child, a breakdown in the natural order of life. This focus obscures who and what is to blame for the famine, politically and economically, and can lead to the belief that a biological response, more food, will solve the problem.”
Sharman Apt Russell, Hunger: An Unnatural History

“I feel the need to fall in love with the world, to forge that relationship ever more strongly. But maybe I don’t have to work so hard. I have thought nature indifferent to humans, to one more human, but maybe the reverse is true. Maybe the world is already in love, giving us these gifts all the time—the glimpse of a fox, tracks in the sand, a breeze, a flower--calling out all the time: take this. And this. And this. Don’t turn away.”
Sharman Apt Russell, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

“In the second century A.D. the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius may have best defined pantheism when he wrote, “Everything is interwoven, and the web is holy.”
Sharman Apt Russell

“I feel the need to fall in love with the world, to forge that relationship ever more strongly. But maybe I don’t have to work so hard. I have thought nature indifferent to humans, to one more human, but maybe the reverse is true. Maybe the world is already in love, giving us these gifts all the time—the glimpse of a fox, tracks in the sand, a breeze, a flower--calling out all the time: take this. And this. And this. Don’t turn away.”
Sharman Apt Russell, Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World

“The women in the kitchen sang: Sarampión toca la puerta. Viruela dice: ¿Quién es? Y Escarlatina contesta: ¡Aquí estamos los tres! The cook would sometimes shout a little madly, “Sing it again!” And the women would sing again: Measles knocks at the door. Smallpox asks, Who’s there? And Scarlet Fever replies: All three of us are here!”
Sharman Apt Russell, Teresa of the New World

“Now she could smell what the jaguar could smell, odors deeper and richer than anything she had experienced before, layers of smell she could read like Fray Tomás had read the words in her father’s book: the wet decay of leaves, the death fear of a mouse, the poisonous cloy of datura, water and mud and insects, the wind carrying the smell of other animals, the wind itself, and the girl, of course, always the girl with her juicy flesh. The girl smelled incredibly good. Should the jaguar do this? Should Teresa eat herself?”
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“Cabeza de Vaca had wrapped her in his arms and in his language, whispering about a life she did not understand although understanding seemed to form just beyond the sea and sand, waiting there for her to grow older. Even when the story confused her, she had caught words or phrases, ideas like fish, bold and surprising, tasting of her father’s mind. She had learned quickly to nod and speak because he needed her to do this, because his need surrounded her like the blue sky. She was his bastard, and he had loved her. Yes, he had loved her. That was the memory she couldn’t bear.”
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message 3: by Kazza

Kazza Hello, thanks for the friend request and the book club! I'm not very active on goodreads to be honest, but I'll check in from time to time! Oh, and your works sound very interesting - definitely on my to-read list! :)


message 2: by Millenia (last edited Jan 01, 2015 06:59PM)

Millenia Thanks for 'friending' me and inviting me to the book club! I'm looking forward to some interesting discussions, though I might not be able to participate very often.

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Ceitidh Hi!

Thanks for adding me and for letting me know about the book club!

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