An anthology of river tales, including one by me

My essay, "Catfish Bend," about Burlington, Iowa, my growing up place on the Mississippi, is one of 21 "tales" included in Tales of the River: An Anthology of River Literature, edited by Donna Mulvenna and Margi Prideaux. Here's a description of the book from the Stormbird Press website:

"At a time when wild rivers are imperilled, Tales of the River presents a timely collection of river literature from twenty-one authors exploring our vital relationship with rivers and how they shape our lives. Featuring original writing by award-winning authors, and exciting new voices in eco-literature, each writer draws on their wisdom, compassion, and ecological consciousness to create dramatic and timely stories. Grouped by eco-regions, the tales illustrate how connections with rivers also exist across space. Between the pages, there is one desperate question. How do we stop the terrible decline of our wild rivers? The authors gently answer we protect what we love, by standing together on the bank of wild flowing water." The book is available September 1, 2018.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Foreword by Erik Solheim, Executive Secretary UN Environment
Introduction

POLAR FRESHWATER
Memories of Hockley Lake, Ron Melchiore

TEMPERATE UPLAND RIVERS
Growing Up With Rivers, Tim Palmer
Seven Rivers, Rob Carney

TEMPERATE COASTAL RIVERS
The Wild Atnarko River, Mary Woodbury
Let the River Run, Wes Ferguson
Kayaking Chile’s Pascua River, Diana Saverin
Prodigal River, Rebecca Lawton
Paddling the Sewershed, Brice Particelli
When a River is a Person, Gary Wockner
Catfish Bend, Lisa Knopp
Upo Wetlands to Doyo Islet, Louise Duff

TEMPERATE FLOODPLAIN RIVERS
Three Water Stories, Anthony Birch
The Willamette, Kathleen Dean Moore
River of the Past, Conor Mihell
The Loner, James Roberts
Three Rivers, Karen Lloyd
Musical Life, Margi Prideaux

TROPICAL UPLAND RIVERS
Wilder Rivers, Donna Mulvenna

TROPICAL FLOODPLAIN RIVERS
On the Negro River, José Truda Palazzo, Jr.
Deafened by Nature, Jessica Groenendijk
The Mother River of India, Mariellen Ward

 

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