A Sámi woman studying Alaska fish populations sees our past and future through their present signs of stress and her ancestral knowledge. A teenager faces a permanent drought in Australia and her own sexual desire. An unemployed man in Wisconsin marvels as a motley parade of animals makes his trailer their portal to a world untrammeled by humans. Featuring short fiction from authors around the globe, FIRE & WATER: STORIES FROM THE ANTHROPOCENE takes readers on a rare journey through the physical and emotional landscape of the climate crisis—not in the future, but today. By turns frightening, confusing, and even amusing, these stories remind us how complex, and beautiful, it is to be human in these unprecedented times.
Contributors include Tomas Baiza, J. D. Evans, Mary Fifield, Bishop Garrison, JoeAnn Hart, Anthony S. James, Stefan Kiesbye, Jack Kirne, Carlos Labbé, Shaun Levin, Jessica Meeker, Jennifer Morales, Etan Nechin, Vivian Faith Prescott, Kristin Thiel, Jan Underwood, and Tara Williams.
Mary Fifield's writing has appeared in Midway Journal, Cargo Literary Magazine, The Write Launch, and others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her short story collection, Last of the Species and Other Stories, was a finalist for the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize. Mary lives in Portland, Oregon, with her partner, travels regularly to Latin America, and is working on a novel about the climate crisis.Kristin Thiel started writing before she knew how to spell, dictating stories to her mom. She now makes her living writing and editing. Her short stories and essays have appeared in other anthologies (Dzanc Books, Seal Press), for which she received the honor of reading at Powell's Books. Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA