Since 2000, Douglas has been writing for a wide variety of print and online publications including literary journals, popular magazines, and daily newspapers. Throughout his work, he draws attention to people and places on the economic and environmental margins of societies around the world. Here are links to a representative sample of Douglas's essays, articles, editorials, and poems. Pieces that were published online link directly to websites. Pieces that were published only in print link to PDF files.


Essays
 

Mango, Mango! A Family, a Fruit Stand,
and Survival on $4.50 a Day

Orion/Longreads.com
| May/June & July/August 2014
One of the ten most popular Longreads Exclusives of 2014, this essay follows a street vendor named Dayani through a day in the life of Central America’s largest market, Managua’s Mercado Oriental.

Storms Without Names
Boston Review
| February 28, 2012
An on-the-ground view of climate change wreaking havoc for farmers and shantytowns in Central America.

The Lake at the Bottom of the Bottom 
Virginia Quarterly Review
| Summer 2011
The story of “the world’s largest sewage lake” and the international effort to clean it up.

Back Seat, Front Seat | Witness | Summer 2011 
(Co-authored with Alisha Laramee)
A gender-bending visit to Jordan’s Baqa’a Palestinian refugee camp.

Of Monarchs and Men | Flyway | Spring 2011
A trip to see the hibernating monarch butterflies in Michoacán, Mexico that redefines who and what belongs where.

Corn in Twenty-One Countries
Silk Road Review | Summer/Fall 2011 
An Iowa boy’s quest to escape corn turns into fascination with finding it everywhere.

Payments to the Earth | Isotope | Fall/Winter 2009
A climb up Peru’s sacred mountain Cerro Baúl brings the realization that a place is sacred not just for its history but also for what it reminds us of in the present.

Seeing Shadows: Words Against Empire from Winter in the Kingdom | Orion | May 28, 2003
How the land can give us language to rethink politics in wartime.

Images, Gods, and Iowa
North American Review | November/December 2000
First memories, a haunting family secret, and the tragedies of one of the world’s most altered landscapes.

 

Journalism
 

Letter from Nicaragua | Orion Blog | November 14, 2014
A follow-up to “Mango, Mango!” about Dayani in Managua’s Mercado Oriental.

A Peaceful Nicaraguan Election Brings a Mandate for Sandinista Social Programs 
Upside Down World | 
November 10, 2011
An on-the-streets report from Nicaragua on Daniel Ortega’s 2011 presidential victory.

The All-New Seven Wonders of the World 
Orion
| September/October 2008
A first-hand account of the largest global poll on record choosing Jordan’s Petra as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

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Learning to Live with Less On Wisconsin | Winter 2005
A profile of Lynn Haanen, Director of The Mountain School, an innovative non-profit Spanish language school in rural Guatemala. 


Editorials
 

Which Mob Are You In? 
Common Dreams | March 14, 2011

How the 2011 Wisconsin uprising against Governor Scott Walker was about much more than unions.

Border Walls Won’t Stop the Suffering
Concord Monitor | 
September 10, 2006
Why human suffering abroad is the real threat to US security, not immigrants.


Poetry
 

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Corn Moon, Natural Medicine, Bats, Last Word 
Terrain |
October 1, 2012 

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Survey, The Last Day of Deer Season, and Resting Places Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature & Environment |
Winter 2008