Tuesday, Jan 23, 7 pm
Third Place Books
Seward Park, Seattle
Featuring Martha Silano, Robert Lashley, Laura Da', Claudia Castro Luna, Betsy Aoki, Shankar Narayan, Kathleen Flenniken, Rebecca Hoogs, Sierra Nelson, and Kevin Craft
Details and more
Thursday, Feb 8, 2024, 6 pm Pacific (Virtual)
Pacific Northwest Book Awards
Join us to celebrate the great books published by PNW writers in 2023. We are SO honored to be one of them. Here's a list of the other five winners. To register, follow this link:
October 3 - 5, 2024
Skagit River Poetry Festival
Details to come, but we will be there!
We've been busy! You can see past Cascadia Field Guide events here.
Words from readers
"So different and more inspiring than a typical field guide, and I like field guides! I can only imagine what a labor of love it was to collaborate on a project like this, and am in awe of the finished result." –Sharon Lunz, former Development Director for the Chelan Douglas County Land Trust
"I can’t think of a more handsome and inclusive book than this! It’s just so encouraging to see a collection that reflects, as much as possible, the entirety of our natural and social world. I feel this reflects a new generation and an inclusive vision." – Garrett Hongo, poet and Pulitzer Prize Finalist
"I have to send a river of gratitude to the three of you, and everyone, for bringing forth such a stunning book...not a book exactly, but a kind of ecosystem disguised as a book, a bioregion in book form, a suite of blessings wrapped into a medicine bundle to bring travelers through our times safely into place."– Kim Stafford, former Oregon Poet Laureate
"Staggeringly beautiful. I'm awe-struck." –David Oates, poet, essayist, editor, and publisher at Kelson Books
“Absolutely stunning in all possible ways! The most sexy field guide out there!” –Justin Gibbens, Artist
“A must-own for every PNW resident seeking solace in the outdoors.” –Dudley’s Bookshop Cafe, Bend, OR
“Wow.” –Daniel Mathews, author of Cascadia Revealed and Trees in Trouble
“Cascadia Field Guide was my number one priority of the AWP Conference in Seattle.” –Karen Maeda Allman, former book promoter for The Elliott Bay Book Company
"I was given this book and thought I would just take a peek to see what it was about. Two hours later my morning was thoroughly disrupted in the most delightful way. Every page is a treasure--every poem, every drawing, every description of plant, animal or place. I never thought I would be fascinated by the description of a slug. This book is a necessary companion for all who love the Pacific Northwest." –John Frohnmayer, former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
“What a glorious celebration of our bioregion is this field guide for outdoor explorers, poets, and artists! An unprecedented fusion of art, poetry, and ecological observation, and an effort of many inspired and dedicated hands, Cascadia Field Guide is an object of great beauty, and a pleasure to contemplate in its multitudes of voices and subregions. Within the diversity and complexity of the plants and creatures it contains, you will find not only spot-on identification, but also a rewarding degree of beauty, compassion, keen intuition, and grace.” –John Willson, Poet and Bookseller Emeritus at Eagle Harbor Books
“A stunning celebration of our wild home. This is an incredibly useful book--and a wonderful tribute to the many life forms that share this place with us. So many old friends! Cascadia Field Guide has set a new standard for books that share an intimacy with the souls of other lives.” –Tim McNulty, poet and author of Olympic National Park: A Natural History and Washington's Mount Rainier National Park
"Drawing together some of the Northwest’s most engaging poets, artists, and naturalists, Cascadia Field Guide: Art, Ecology, Poetry (Mountaineers Books, $29.95) creates a new way of understanding place: part scientific treatise, part spiritual meditation, part artistic and literary communion, and all of the parts fitting together like an ecological web as rich and varied as the land it celebrates. The book’s editors — Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, and Derek Sheffield — have crafted a delightfully readable, visually stunning, and heart-stirring volume that becomes an ecosystem of its own, with myriad voices chorusing together to offer a song of praise to the flora and fauna of one of our most ecologically diverse regions. It’s a field guide to the soul, as well as a geographic region." –Big Sky Journal
"Browsing the book is a bit like hiking with a naturalist, when you’re near enough to hear commentary on nature’s secrets studied into memory by someone who has really been paying attention, looking closely, and caring deeply.... Already, my “Cascadia Field Guide” is getting Deer-eared. The cover’s French flaps bulge a bit from being used as bookmarks, the front one pushing the cover open, inviting me to browse. The other day a few pages became stuck together from the tears of a Douglas-Fir that cascaded onto the page when a gust of Wind blew Rain through its branches. And now I find myself capitalizing Wind and Rain."–Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin
"...a love story masquerading as a field guide.....Whether you have a longstanding love affair with Cascadia or are new to its charms, this field guide is a fresh and intimate illumination of the extraordinary place we call home."
–Cascadia Daily News
"There is so much more about birds and bears, slugs and herbs, and fish, lizards, and crabs, all bound together in this ecological masterpiece aiming to meld art and cultural history with science." Five-star Review.
–San Francisco Book Review
"The expansive region might seem too vast and diverse to easily summarize, yet authors Elizabeth Bradfield, CMarie Fuhrman, and Derek Sheffield have managed to seamlessly capture the wildness, wonder, and beauty of the bioregion in this book."
–"A New Field Guide’s Enchanting Look at the Cascadia Region" 425 Magazine, March, 2023
“I really do want everyone to go out and get this field guide because, I can honestly say, I’ve never seen an anthology like it. Its beauty, its plentitude, and its inclusiveness. It’s really startling and wonderful.”
–Paisley Rekdal, in a conversation with Derek Sheffield and Garrett Hongo for High Country News. Listen to the whole conversation here.
“Here is a literary field guide that merges fact with art and verse to impart a sense of the bioregion known as Cascadia. Here text flows around images of its inhabitants: Map Lichen, Sword Fern, Tufted Puffin—all capitalized to acknowledge the intrinsic merits of their respective namebearers. Space is made and held not only for contributors and readers, but also for the entities and the worlds they are bound to, live by. Cascadia thus resounds as an assemblage of voices, offering a rich and vital approach to contemplate the Pacific Northwest, varied, expansive, everchanging.”
–Isaac Yuen, Orion Magazine
"This is a volume that should live in a pack, alongside binoculars, a hand lens and a notebook. Read a poem to a forest, rest your lunch on the pages while you watch foraging birds, enjoy a drawing of skunk cabbage and give it a sniff. And introduce yourself!"
–Meg Olson, Mount Baker Experience
"Have you ever been so filled up with the wonder of a place that it wants to spill out as a song? Well, here is the songbook. I imagine walking through a forest and pausing to read Cascadia aloud to a listening cedar or a dipper. I think they’ll love it. There are field guides that help us to see, and to name and to know. Cascadia does all of that and more. This is a guide to relationship. These illuminating pages are a gift in reciprocity for the gifts of the land."
– Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2022 MacArthur Fellow and author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
“This field guide is a deeply informative and wildly exuberant visual and literary romp through one of the most spectacular regions of the world—a varied chorus of voices and visual talents, all celebrating the animals and plants of the great Pacific Northwest.”
– Ray Troll, artist and co-author of Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline
“This beautiful choral celebration of entanglement ongoing and evermore is amazing, a wonder, a gratitude.”
– Ross Gay, author of Inciting Joy and The Book of Delights
"The rich array of writers and artists in Cascadia Field Guide takes us by verse and image through one of the most diverse eco-regions in North America. The collection, inspired by ecological and cultural inclusion, catalogs beast by beast and habitat by habitat why so many look to the northwest corner of the nation for wild respite. More than a collection, it is an essential compendium to the Pacific Northwest; a "feel guide" to an extraordinary place."
– J. Drew Lanham, 2022 MacArthur Fellow and author of The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature and Sparrow Envy - Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts