Literary Nonfiction. This book finds wildness and grace breaking out in unexpected places—offering a crucial balance to this searching personal account of what it has been like to be a "citizen of the regime" during eight years of unprecedented propaganda, torture, waste, and war. The antidote to anger and despair: "Our job is to work on what we love. Daily. With precision and determination."
David Oates writes about nature and urban life from Portland, Oregon. He is author of four books of nonfiction, including WHAT WE LOVE WILL SAVE US and Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature. Recent work is appearing in Georgia Review and has won first-place nonfiction awards (Northern Colorado Writers; Tiferet) as well as two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a nonfiction award from Seven Hills Review. A long essay was finalist for the Iron Horse nonfiction Trifecta. His prose is featured in the German literary journal Wortschau. THE HERON PLACE won the 2015 Poetry Award from Swan Scythe Press (San Francisco). Peace in Exile: Poems was published in 1992. He won the Dovid Heersche Badonnah award from Bitterroot Poetry (NY) and was a finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod and the Gravendyk Prize from Inlandia.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA