Green WORDS

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Background

Green Words' owner, Anne Champagne, has been copy editing for over 20 years; writing for 30 (concurrent!) years; and researching for 20 years on salary and another seven at university. She's been in the environmental field for more than three decades (including volunteer experience during both university degrees).

Both Anne's undergrad and master's degrees focused on communicating about environmental matters: Honours BA in Environment-Resources Studies and English from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario (1981) and Master's in Environmental Studies from York University in Downsview, Ontario (1989). She trained with the Editors' Association of Canada at George Brown College in Toronto (1991).

It all started with a three-week-long canoe trip through Algonquin Park in the early '70s: falling in love with wilderness, making its protection her life's work. Infatuation with a well-turned phrase is in the blood, through generations of editors and writers in the family. Anne started writing in earnest in the '70s, going on to write for books, nature magazines, newspapers, newsletters and various publications for environmental groups. Her writing appears in several children's books illustrated by internationally renowned nature artist Glen Loates. She wrote a couple of pieces for a coffee-table book, Islands of Hope: Ontario's Park and Wilderness—astonished to find herself tucked between the book covers with Margaret Atwood and internationally respected environmental philosopher John A. Livingston.

Anne’s master’s work was supervised by John, who was her intellectual inspiration in high school with his groundbreaking book, One Cosmic Instant: A Natural History of Human Arrogance. With John's expert guidance, she studied deep ecology, ecofeminism, communication theory, nature writing, social change movements, the psychology of creativity and of "peak experiences" of nature . . . all to learn how language can be used to evoke a profound appreciation for wild nature and so inspire action for its protection.

As a book editor, Anne was Associate Editor of A Nature Guide to Ontario (University of Toronto Press); Co-editor of Clayoquot Mass Trials (New Society); and Editor of the children's book, Forest Mammals, illustrated by Glen Loates (Crabtree). She edited a welcoming guide to the North Slocan Valley; special issues of national environmental magazines (Alternatives Journal, Park News); conference proceedings; the newsletter of the Canadian Environmental Law Association; and co-edited the newsletter of York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies. Anne has copy edited over a dozen books, most for New Society Publishers; a scientific journal (www.cwra.org); an ecosystem guide for the Canadian government; scientific reports; websites; brochures; university papers; etc. She currently copy edits a national travel magazine that's inserted into the Globe and Mail newspaper (DREAMSCAPES), whatever part of The Valley Voice regional newspaper is ready to proof a few hours before press time, and other publications.

Most of her life, Anne has worked for non-profit environmental groups as a campaign assistant: researcher, writer and editor. She's been accused repeatedly of being exceedingly conscientious, ridiculously hard working, zealously attending to detail, and engaging in wordplay the way some people embark on a good meal: with relish and delighted abandon.

She lives in the outrageously beautiful Slocan Valley in southeastern B.C.

Although Anne does most of the work at Green Words, others are drawn in as needed, such as author Art Joyce www.chameleonfire.ca and graphic designer Nikta Boroumand www.bigbrowneyes.ca. A plug for both: In my humble opinion, Art is the equal of Gwendolyn MacEwen and Irving Layton as a poet and George Orwell as an essayist. Nikta is one of the finest graphic designers I've met in over 50 years of living. And they're both right here in the tiny village of New Denver.