Step into a world of hauntingly beautiful stories with Nature, Human, a new collection by the award-winning author, JE Solo. Nature, Human transports the reader into near and far-flung futures, and examines the fragile and often dysfunctional connections we have with the natural world. In JE’s direct and energetic style, Nature, Human contemplates the magical in the everyday while delivering unexpected twists and poignant moments that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Exploring complex themes of loneliness, separation, alienation, and despair, these ten unique stories consider how our decisions regarding nature impact the individual. Whether you’re a long-time fan of JE Solo’s work or a newcomer to their writing, this thought-provoking and imaginative collection delivers a richly rewarding reading experience that is sure to captivate and inspire.
Along with the TEXT ONLY paperback, a special ILLUSTRATED edition is also available. Created as a storybook for adults, the special ILLUSTRATED edition of Nature, Human features full-colour digital artwork created by the author.
Heart Murmur – star-crossed lovers share a supernatural connection; Nature – a homemaker becomes unnerved while caring for the family pets; Hysteria – a woman scours the city in search of estrogen patches; Somnambulist – Dad has been going out for walks at night; Nana – a family takes Nana for a Sunday drive; Old Joe – two inhabitants of Tent City face an uncertain future; Last Words – an injured worker has only one hundred words left to speak; Vision – an old person takes a stand to protect the last living things on earth; Second Sight – a mother prepares a magical gift for her daughter; Yolo – a grandmother decides to travel to the edge of the world.
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About the Author
JE Solo is a writer, performance and media artist, and musician best known for their work in East Coast music, and as a trailblazer in machinima, hybrid-reality, and live and networked performance art. JE’s first novel, Phreak (House of Zolo, 2020), was short-listed for the Writer’s Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2017 Fresh Fish Award, and is the Write Project’s 2020 Book of the Year. In 2022 JE released three short stories with Edge; and JE’s ten story collection, Nature, Human was published in February 2023 by House of Zolo. Currently, JE is working on presenting their latest short stories inside of Virtual Reality spaces, and collaborating with Artificial Intelligence to create poetry and artwork.
JE is the recipient of the Media Arts Prize and the Dramatic Script Prize from the NL Arts and Letters Awards; the Linda Joy Award from the Atlantic Film Festival for their screenplay, the machine; a Lifetime Membership Award from MusicNL; and the East Coast Music Association’s Stompin’ Tom Connors Award for their accomplishments in music. Dozens of JE’s stage plays, videos and performance art works have been presented across Canada and around the world including at ISEA, File Electronic Language International Festival, The IOTA Institute, Womxn From the Future, Courts Critiques, Festival of New Dance, Resource Centre for the Arts, and the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. JE has released nine studio albums and EPs as a solo artist and with The Sauce (2013 – present); TrixXxie (2013 – 2017); Lizband (1993 – 2013 ); The Black Bags (2002 – 2015); Live Girls (2,000 – 2002).