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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hope of Harvesting The Progressive | December 2018 At the epicenter for climate injustice, Nicaraguans plant solutions.
Letter to America | Terrain.org | November 23, 2017 A timely profile of an undocumented Wisconsin dairy worker.
What Nicaragua Teaches Us about Climate Disasters NACA | September 2017 From increasingly frequent storms to food insecurity, Nicaragua has been hard-hit by the impacts of climate change. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we can learn from their response.
Letter from Nicaragua | Orion Blog | November 14, 2014
A follow-up to “Mango, Mango!” about Dayani in Managua’s Mercado Oriental.
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.
What Fearlessness Looks Like The Progressive | October 2018 An analysis of Nicaragua's 2018 uprising and its causes and consequences.
El Rosario Road: The Spell of Ordinary Spectacle Broad Street | August 17, 2017 El Rosario Road isn’t paved. You won’t find it in a travel guide, though it connects nowheres everywhere. It’s the road every traveler seeks.
Does Vacation Make You Stupid? | Punctuate | July 1, 2016 A tongue-in-cheek portrait of Europe's Mediterranean vacationland, Mallorca.
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.
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.
Tackling Zika Requires Tackling Inequality Huffpost | March 4, 2016 Like dengue fever and chikungunya, Zika needs to be properly framed as a disease worsened by expanding cities and urban inequality.
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.
Watching Scott Walker’s Wisconsin and Nicaragua Converge
Huffpost | September 16, 2015
Comparing Wisconsin and Nicaragua reveals that distinguishing between developed and developing countries is becoming less useful. As poverty grows in places like Wisconsin, poor communities around the world gain more in common with each other than they do with wealthy communities in their own countries, and vice versa.