Earthfire Institute, a nonprofit wildlife sanctuary and retreat center, welcomes two acclaimed authors and thought leaders to its Advisory Circle. Dahr Jamail is an award-winning journalist who has reported from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan. In addition, he has reported extensively on US foreign policy and is now focusing on anthropogenic climate disruption and the environment. His book The End of Ice is one of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10 Best Science Books of 2019 and was a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award in 2020. Dahr’s most recent publication is We Are the Middle of Forever. It received a rare starred review from Kirkus Reviews, and was released April 2022 by The New Press. The book’s co-editor, Stan Rushworth, has also joined the Earthfire Advisory Circle.
Rushworth is Faculty Emeritus at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, having taught Native American Literature for thirty years, including similar work at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a lecturer. He also worked for eighteen years at Cabrillo’s Watsonville Center, teaching basic skills and critical thinking surrounding Indigenous peoples’ issues, including six years as Co-Director/Instructor of the Puente Program, an educational project focused in the Chicano community. He currently writes and speaks about issues concerning Indigenous peoples, both local to his area and beyond. He authored Sam Woods: American Healing (Station Hill Press, New York) in 1992, Going to Water: The Journal of Beginning Rain (Talking Leaves Press, Freedom, CA) in 2014, and Diaspora’s Children (Hand to Hand Publishing, Los Angeles) in 2020.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to form a deepening relationship over the years with both of these remarkable men. They’re actively supportive of Earthfire’s work, lending their time and expertise through many conversations and shared interviews,” said Susan Eirich, Executive Director and Founder of Earthfire.
Dahr and Stan join a robust membership that includes Wendy Francis, former Senior Advisor for Y2Y Conservation Initiative; Jeff Hogan, wildlife cinematographer; Anne London, internationally recognized wildlife artist; and Susan Marsh, award-winning author and wildlife advocate.