Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise — a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth's fullness of life.

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kathleen dean moore

Spring 2020 Update

To my dear readers, are you able to stay safe and sane? Have you found sources of comfort, even in the anxious swirl of tragedy and kindness? What can I do to help you? Here are some of the things I have been writing, in hopes that they can be a source of strength, comfort, or at least perspective.

- Kathleen

First, I would send you again to my Wild Comfort: The Solace of Nature. The essays there may bring strength to you or your grieving friends.

Then, here are some new things:

  • In Earth Island Journal, an online essay, “Years that Ask Questions, Years that Answer Them” (in this year, we have learned beyond a doubt what we never quite believed before - that we are not in charge here). Find it at earthislandjournal.org.
  • Here’s a link to my Earth Day essay in the local newspaper. “The Next Fifty Years Start Now.” (Be careful: this is a rather grim call to action).
  • Here is where Frank Forencich interviews me for his Sapiens video Project.
  • Here is my best advice for finding hope in hard times. Hint: it isn’t anything with feathers.

Watch for these, coming out in the next month. I’ll add links as they come available.

  • In the Forum, “The Blind Eye In My Hand.” (A typology of ignorance).
  • In America, “Living like Birds.” (A gentle reflection on what our new timid, bird-like lives can teach us).
  • In Philosopher’s Magazine, “The Venn Diagram from Hell” (Ethics at the intersection of climate chaos, ecosystem collapse, and corona virus).
  • Next winter, 2021, a new book of my essays from Counterpoint, Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending Nature’s Songs. And in spring 2021, from Oregon State University Press, Axis of Betrayal: How Fracking Violates Human Rights.

What's New?

» Check out Kathleen's Enumeration essay in ORION Magazine.

» Kathleen and her dear writer friend SueEllen Campbell sat down at the beach and asked themselves, "Why do we keep trying so hard on climate change?" Here is their answer.

» LitHub lists Great Tide Rising as one of the six essential climate books written by women, along with The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe.

» Great Tide Rising is listed as one of thirteen climate grief-healing books in the Vox article "See Something, Learn Something, Do Something: A Care Package for Climate Grief".

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Featured Books

PIANO TIDE: A Novel
released December 13, 2016

Filled with music, rainwater, wildlife, and some of the oddest and most affable characters along this far shore, "Piano Tide" weaves together the fecundity of the tides with a fiercely witty and deeply spirited story about the striving of all creatures for an enduring way of life.

"In Piano Tide, Kathleen Dean Moore has given us an action adventure, a lesson in the natural history of Southeast Alaska, and a cast of unforgettable backwoods characters. As Pacific tides rise and fall, almost engulfing the hamlet called Good River Harbor, we witness humans as well as bears, salmon, and the forest itself, fighting to survive amid forces of man-made destruction and nature’s renewal. Piano Tide is a fine rad, sure to join the ranks of Ed Abbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang on the eco-thriller bookshelf."
- Annick Smith


GREAT TIDE RISING: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change
released February 8, 2016

Even as seas rise against the shores, another great tide is beginning to rise – a tide of outrage against the pillage of the planet, a tide of commitment to justice and human rights, a swelling affirmation of moral responsibility to the future and to Earth’s fullness of life.

"In this probing and lyrical book, Moore reminds readers of the inter-relatedness of all living things through time, and she offers a clarion call to summon the moral courage to 'rage against the dying' of the Earth. An impassioned and well-reasoned cry for 'great rising tides of affirmation of justice and human decency and shared thriving.'"
– Kirkus


MORAL GROUND: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril

Edited by Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, Foreword by Desmond Tutu

Although climate destabilization is a scientific and technical issue, it is primarily a moral issue. MORAL GROUND gathers the testimony of one hundred of the world’s moral leaders, all calling us to honor our responsibilities to the future.

"Could there be a more pressing book topic than the fate of humanity?"
– Utne Reader


WILD COMFORT: The Solace of Nature

With stories about kayaking in a snowstorm, wading among salmon in the dark, and cooking breakfast in the desert, Moore offers readers a profound meditation on the healing power of nature.

"In its grounded wisdoms, humility, curiosity, and in the kaleidoscope beauty of its descriptions, Wild Comfort reminds how to see, how to sing; how to welcome, with equal gravity and grace, whatever asks entrance into our lives. It is destined to become a classic."
- Jane Hirshfield