Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology Out Now

I’m pleased that my story about P.T. Barnum’s failed attempts to display beluga whales in captivity, “The Northern Whales,” is out now as part of Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology, the first-ever print anthology from Zoomorphic, a U.K.-based online journal “dedicated to writing that deepens our connection with wildlife and the more-than-human world.”


This thing is so attractive. A beautiful, substantial book. It comes with two lovely art cards by James Roberts, as shown. Do you love it? I love it.

From the anthology’s website:

“A Zoomorphic anthology of poetry, prose and images dedicated to marine wildlife. With an international list of contributors. Featuring stories and poems about a host of marine species.

Our decision to focus on marine species in this, our first print anthology, was motivated by the urge to celebrate the exhilarating variety of ocean wildlife – from iconic mammals like the sperm whale to circumnavigating seabirds like the albatross to the smallest benthic organisms – while also bearing witness to the shattering reality of their plunging numbers.

From the hundreds of submissions that we were privileged to read from poets and prose writers from all over the world, we have curated an anthology that we hope reflects Zoomorphic’s core principle: to defend non-human species, we must reconnect our imaginations to them.

Through story and poetry you can witness Alaskan orcas or the traditional whale hunt of the Faroe Islands; dive into the underwater realms of octopuses, turtles and manta rays; visit the seal colonies of St Cuthbert’s Isle and Pembrokeshire; discover ancient stromatolites . . . and much more.”

I love being part of this project. It’s also my first international publication.


Driftfish: A Zoomorphic Anthology is available for purchase here.

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