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Writer and Publisher - Oregon Review Books
Alan L. Contreras
A History of
From Territorial Days to the Rise of Birding
The study of birds was, in its early years, often driven by passionate amateurs in a localized context. A History of Oregon Ornithology takes readers from the Lewis and Clark expedition, through the professionalization of the field, and to the mid-twentieth century, focusing on how birding and related amateur field observation grew outside the realms of academia and conservation agencies.
The Collected Poems of
Ada Hastings Hedges
Although for the most part forgotten today, Ada Hastings Hedges was among Oregon’s foremost mid–twentieth-century poets. Famous in her lifetime, she was best known for her superb poems set in Oregon’s high desert, which offer a fascinating counterpoint to C.E.S. Wood’s seminal The Poet in the Desert.
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.
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.
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.
Forty Years of Birding the American West
From encounters with Oregon’s first Eurasian Dotterel to the inspiring but unsuccessful search for Spruce Grouse, Afield describes the experiences of a birder and the life of an explorer. Contreras records his observations largely from the perspective of a lifelong birder, but the people he encounters—and their perceptions about nature—also inhabit Afield. The reader inspired to visit the locations described in Contreras’ stories will be pleased to find useful information about them. Afield will appeal to birders—and to anyone who loves the outdoors.
Birds of Lane County, Oregon
Birds of Lane County is the essential guide for anyone--backyard birder or serious observer--interested in the birds of western Oregon. Lane County's bird life is rich with variety; over three hundred birds species may be found in the country during the year. This comprehensive guide describes the one hundred best birding sites in the county and provides basic information about each species known to have occurred in Lane County.
Birds of Oregon:
A General Reference
The definitive source for Oregon ornithology, Birds of Oregon is a comprehensive reference to the 486 bird species now known to occur in the state. It combines what is known today about the population status and distribution of each species with current knowledge on their habitats and life histories. Birds of Oregon provides interested citizens with a basic understanding of Oregon’s rich bird life and serves as an invaluable reference for birders and wildlife professionals.
Northwest Birds in Winter
This first guide to birds that winter in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and southern British Columbia offers a summary of winter status and distribution information for nearly 380 regularly occurring species. The book also includes tips on winter birding sites and photographs of unusual winter birds.
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