Christine Schonewald, PhD

- Christine Green -

Present and Past
Sojourne is a fiction short story of a growing snail that relies on tongue twisters, dreams, and preponderance of "s" sounds in the text to describe the snail's experience of growing up.  The context is real: the plants, animals and the snail itself are true species characteristic of the Pacific Nortwest mountains. The Pacific sideband snail is the centerpiece. This all emerged over a number of years from the silly tongue twister poem in the last chapter of One Stranger's Songs. I never outgrew enjoying being silly and laidback. Life's been good to me, and I now have that chance. The publisher is iUniverse once again. The illustrations, all but the logo on the QRs, are the work of a local student, H.

Schonewald, Christine. One Stranger's Songs. iUniverse, Inc. New York, Bloomington © 2009; 472pp. (the preface: autobiography, as related to poetry; first half themes without order, second half by theme: a collection of ~400 poems written 1960- 2009.)


One Stranger's Songs (2009) is a collection of poems, spanning time, from high school to the early 2000's. I began writing when I was in fourth grade, at which time the teacher unsucccessfully suggested poetry was nonsense. The cover photo was taken when I was obviously younger, looking at my inspirational redwood forest. The posture and bandaid reflect not only my curiosity but slightly flipant risk and injury predispositions. This poetry was written for myself, and what motivated me was to close a chapter in my life and have the poetry be an old gift for my daughter. Because the poetry here was written for myself, it covers sentimentalities, love of music, selfishness, humor, tradgedy, epilepsy, Lyme disease,religion, love, depression, elation, and shock with a small section resulting from a hospital's dose of morphine. The poetry extends across our globe, the South Pacific to the Sierra Nevada, France, Western Ghats of India, and around bistros in Belize. 

Some of my poetry recieved awards from the San Francisco Writers Conference, 2007 and 2008 (Christine Schonewald, and Christine Green), See: Selected Poems (PP.101-112). In-Building Bridges from Writers to Readers: The San Francisco Writers Conference Anthology, ed. Vickie Weiland; co-founders Elizabeth Pomada and Michael Larsen. iUniverse, Inc., New York, Bloomington © 2009; 134 pp. [Trickle Down for Common Good? (p. 101); Bridge to Daddy's Smile (p. 102); Eyes Know It's Bedtime (p. 103) Glass Is a Thin Lens, Four Cornered (p. 106); Sight (p. 110)]

"click" book image for Blackburn Press
This was a popular book in the early days of "population restoration plans" when we were working to preserve such species as Florida panthers, bison, condors, wolves, bald eagles, and many more species. There needed to be a way to speed knowledge transfer from science to application. All the reading I had done suggested 20+ years were often needed to have new knowledge available and ready for direct application.  The National Park Service, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA particularly in addition to non-profit conservaton of the Nature Conservancy were faced with an overwhelming task to slow extinction. And here we are also, still today. Genetics and Conservation was a collaborative effort. And for once in my career I could move forward and accomplish this once small goal without reprieve.  Boundary work which I cared about even never had that chance. So, this book is one project that had value for its time. And its contributors are model scientists and model contributors to conservation. The second addition (20 year edition is essentially the same, with the exception of my preface and added aknowledgements to the first edition.)
1983 Genetics and Conservation: A Reference for Managing Wild Animal and Plant Populations. Schonewald, C., S. Chambers, B. MacBryde, and L. Thomas (eds.) Addison Wesley/Benjamin Cummings.722pp.
2003 second edition. Blackburn Press. (photo is the Blackburn Press edition.)