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.
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.
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.