Introducing Spring 2020

Cover artist: Micaela Lattanzio

Spring 2020 arrives into homes and stores everywhere this week. In addition to ten feature articles, this special issue celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day with ten short dispatches on hope, despair, and endurance by E.O. Wilson, Pico Iyer, Amy Tan, Lauren Groff, J. Drew Lanham, David Treuer, Samantha Hunt, Elizabeth Kolbert, Elizabeth Rush, and Krista Tippett.

Features in this Issue:

  • Tim DeChristopher and Wendell Berry discuss how to live and love with a dying world
  • In “This is Rebellion,” former Orion columnist Jay Griffiths returns to raise the alarm against extinction with truth, action, and reckless beauty
  • Emily Sekine writes about impermanence, unpredictability, and disaster preparedness in Japan
  • The very first Earth Day, according to Gary Paul Nabhan
  • “Termination” is an excerpt from Louise Erdrich’s forthcoming book The Night Watchman
  • In “Flight of the Red Knot,” Deborah Cramer and Janet Essley trace a bird that transcends cultures and also brings them together
  • Photographer Chris Rainier reveals how masks connect us with something deeper
  • Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing and Nils Bubandt swim with crocodiles
  • Lulu Miller explores life after humans
  • Orion Reviews Editor Kerri Arsenault interviews writer Jonathan Lethem about storytelling in a changing world



Lay of the Land: a portrait of an alleyway, pupfish, mansplaining on tractors, native bee conservation, and a world without us.

Poetry by: Paige Quiñones, José Olivarez, Luisa A. Igloria, David Baker, and John Freeman.

Book ReviewsOne Long River of Song by Brian Doyle; Exposure by Robert Bilott; Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People by Kari Marie Norgaard; and Heaven’s Breath by Lyall Watson.

Enumeration: “7 Stages of Grief for the Anthropocene,” by Miranda Perrone.

Broadside: Illustration by Allen Crawford, poetry by Brenda Hillman.



Forthcoming: Summer 2020

The Summer 2020 issue will focus largely on water: as a source of growth, material, commodity, and measure by which the end of humanity is gauged. We’ll follow the drip of melting permafrost and encounter otherworldly sea creatures in stories by Scott Russell Sanders and Stuart Dybek, and find art in diatoms and ocean waste. Subscribe today

This is a collection of Orion Staff contributions.