Category: Essays

A red and black frog on a branch in a Colombian forest. These frogs are threatened by the illegal wildlife trade.

For the Love of Frogs

Poison dart frogs in Colombia face threats from deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade. Heather Swan profiles Ivan Lozano, a conservationist who has dedicated his life to breeding and protecting these frogs.

Two people stand in front of a giant statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Ox.

Paul Bunyan and Settler Nostalgia in the Northwoods

Kasey Keeler and Ryan Hellenbrand think beyond tourism to show how logging and forestry have impacted a tribal nation in Minnesota—and how storytelling and placemaking can be tools of both colonialism and Indigenous resistance.

Three drawings of a volcano erupting, palm tree and woman standing near the volcano

Visualizing the Volcanic Caribbean

Weaving a reflective essay with a virtual gallery, artist Kwynn Johnson draws upon the rich history of volcano-inspired art to creatively reimagine the twenty-first-century Caribbean landscape.

Waterfall and a rocky beach on a misty day

A Map of Point Reyes

In this genre-queer meditation on mapping, Tori McCandless interrogates the colonial ramifications of the map while exploring processes of embodied and intertextual mapping that account for the interwoven histories of California’s coast. They ask: how can we know a place through touch and text?