Edge of Awe
Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country
This compelling anthology gathers together personal impressions of the Malheur-Steens country of southeastern Oregon, known for its birding opportunities, its natural beauty and remoteness, and, more recently, for the 2016 armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Contributors of poetry and narrative nonfiction include biologists, students, tourists, birders, and local residents, thus reflecting the perspectives of both visitors and residents.
The Captured Flame
Notes on Books, Music and the Creative Force
Thirty essays and reviews on the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, John Ashbery, Ernest G. Moll, Ned Rorem, Samuel R. Delany, Alan Hovhaness, Quinton Hallett, Andrew Marvell, Pepper Trail, Reginald Shepherd, John Jay Chapman and others.
In the Time of the Queen
32 new poems by one of the Northwest's most eclectic poets. There are poems here about the AIDS epidemic and related loves and losses, as well as unique visions of Ursula Le Guin (and her cat), Leonard Cohen, the natural world and other subjects.
Poems of Crater Lake National Park
Poetry and sketch art based on experiences at Crater Lake National Park. Originally published in 1935, this new edition features an introduction written by Alan L. Contreras.
The White Zeppelin
The White Zeppelin is a unique short story about how a group of women attempt to persuade troops to stop fighting in WW1. It first appeared as one of several stories in a collection entitled Called to the Colors and Other Stories, Caroline Mason, editor, issued in 1915 by the Christian Women’s Peace Movement in Boston, Massachusetts.
And Other Notes On The Human Endeavor
Essays on the idea of excellence as applied to government, higher education, the fine arts and other arenas. Also includes Bluster’s Last Stand: the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Some Thoughts on Modern Libertarian Theory, The Rabble Revisited: a Current View of the Masses, Let the South Go, the short play Milo in Hell and other essays and short notes.
State Authorization of Colleges and Universities:
A Handbook for Institutions and Agencies
A manual for university and college staff who need to understand the legal basis of degree-granting authority, issues in operating across state lines and the powers of state and federal agencies. Helpful to lawyers who need an introduction to the law of degree validity and authority.
Notes for a High School Graduate
A retired educator shares his advice and the thoughts of dozens of other writers about issues likely to face a high school graduate, especially one heading to college. Thoughts from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, C.E.S. Wood, Susan Jacoby, Albert Camus, Paul Valéry and many others are included. Written in over 80 short topical segments, this is an easily digested and often humorous "prep book" for life after high school.
David and Jonathan
Four poems about love among men: Antinous (two versions by Fernando Pessoa), David and Jonathan (three related poems by Byron Herbert Reece). Antinous has rarely appeared in print in the U.S.
Pursuit of Happiness:
An Introduction to the Libertarian Ethos
of Charles Erskine Scott Wood
Charles Erskine Scott Wood was an Oregon military officer, translator of Chief Joseph's surrender speech, lawyer, Portland civic leader and supporter of libertarian and anarchist causes. This book provides an introduction to his libertarian philosophy, including reprints of hard-to-find writings.
Concerto in Q:
Essays, Reviews and Travels 1982-2013
This collection of essays and reviews includes sections on society, music, nature travel, learning, poetry, science and one simply called "pleasures." The author is a well-known nature writer and also a nationally-known expert on higher education policy.
New and selected poems
Poetry by the acclaimed nature writer Alan Contreras of Oregon.
College and State:
Resources and Philosophies
College and State discusses the ways that governments, particularly states, authorize colleges to operate and oversee colleges. Chapters include college licensure, diploma mills, religious exemptions, financial aid, the role of accreditors and the federal government and questions of quality and access. Includes extensive citations to court cases covering college authorization, religious colleges and diploma mills.
Song After All:
The Letters of Reginald Shepherd and Alan Contreras
The late poet Reginald Shepherd corresponded for two years before his death with nature writer Alan Contreras. Song After All offers a new window into Shepherd’s thoughts on writing, music, love and, ultimately, dealing with cancer. Wry, funny, painful, illuminating and glorious, this unique compilation of 120 personal messages is a moving and entertaining memorial. Also contains essays by Shepherd's partner Robert Philen and by Evan Eisenberg. All royalties from sales of this book benefit the Creative Writing program at the University of Oregon, where Shepherd was scheduled to speak shortly before he died.
The Mind On Edge:
An Introduction to John Jay Chapman's Philosophy of Higher Education
John Jay Chapman (1862-1933) was one of America's greatest essayists. He wrote a number of essays about what colleges ought to be and what they should not be. This book includes five of those essays, including two not available in the Collected Works of Chapman. Alan Contreras, a noted expert on U.S. colleges, provides an introduction to Chapman's philosophy of higher education.
Handbook of Oregon Birds:
A Field Companion to Birds of Oregon
A condensation of the status and distribution material from Birds of Oregon: A General Reference, the definitive source for Oregon ornithology, the book provides a quick but detailed field reference for birders who want to know a bird’s status, seasonal patterns of occurrence, basic habitat information, and movements. Also includes comprehensive new breeding and winter maps, as well as the most up-to-date status of vagrants, displaying their seasonality and geographic occurrence in graphs and maps. A specially commissioned set of paintings and a selection of color photographs provide identification aids that are an improvement on standard field guides.