Co-Founder Profiles
 
Terril L. Shorb
 
Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb

Terril L. Shorb is a life-long westerner who grew up on ranches, subsistence farms, and in small rural towns in the northern Rockies. His formal education includes a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education (Prescott College). He holds an M.A.   in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sonoma State University), a B.A. in Communication Studies, including a Certificate in Journalism (Sonoma State University). He has worked as an agricultural journalist, radio advertising copywriter, public affairs director for Goodwill Industries, and media director for a Sonoma County tourism bureau. He founded the nation's first undergraduate degree emphasis in Sustainable Community Development at an accredited college, Prescott College, where he is faculty. His writings and photography have appeared in numerous publications, including Whole Life Magazine, Kudzu House Quarterly, Cargo Literary Magazine, bioStories, The MacGuffin, Qu: A Literary Journal, Writers on the Range (High Country News online), Green Teacher (Green Teacher: Education for Planet Earth), Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming (A project of the Union for Concerned Scientists and Penguin Classics), High Country News, America West Airlines Magazine, Country Woman Magazine, The Albion Monitor, The Denver Post, Christian Living in the Mature Years, Persimmon Hill, Succeed: The Magazine for Continuing Education, and Birds and Blooms. Through Native West Press and his role as a nature and sustainability educator, he invites others to better understand and appreciate the natural world. He holds a particular fondness for Del Rio Springs. He has given interactive, community-based presentations for the Verde Watershed Association, Central Arizona Land Trust and Open Space Alliance, Prescott Audubon Society, Tri-City Leadership Council, Chino Valley Historical Society, Professional Writers of Prescott, Gentle Strength University, Prescott Creeks Preservation Association, Environmental Education: Focus on the Future Conference, sponsored by the North American Association for Environmental Education, the Regional Urban Wildlife Symposium & Expo, the Green to Gold: Sustainable Cities, Healthy Local Economies Conference, and The Role of Higher Education in Creating a Sustainable World, sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. "My life is written in bears and ravens, horned lizards and desert tortoises. Seems only right I share some of those beloved two, four, six, eight, or no-legged stories with my human brethren."

 

 

Yvette A. Schnoeker-Shorb holds an interdisciplinary M.A. (Ecosemantics with an emphasis on Speciesism) from Prescott College. Ecosemantics, in a scholarly context, may be defined as an interdisciplinary perspective of study that focuses on the complex interactions among human cognition, perception, linguistic expression, and sociocultural conditioning in an effort to understand how we derive, categorize, develop, and determine meaning from and about nature. She also holds two B.A. degrees, one (English with an emphasis on Poetry and a minor in Linguistics) from Sonoma State University and a second (Wildlife Studies) from Prescott College. She considers herself to be a structuralist (emphasis on omission of post) who believes that the way we function in the world is dependent on our form, and that our form is defined by and dependent upon our cells continuing to be interwoven into the living memory of the Earth. She has a special interest in the sociobiological aspects and associated values typology of the Wilson/Kellert Biophilia Hypothesis. Her poetry and prose have appeared over the years in such journals as Weber: The Contemporary West, Eastern Iowa Review, Wild Earth, Midwest Quarterly, Jelly Bucket, So to Speak: A Feminist Journal of Language and Art, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Chaffin Journal, New Thought Journal, Puerto del Sol, Comstock Review, Concho River Review, Spectrum, Hawaii Pacific Review, The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press), New Century North American Poets (River King Poetry Press), Science Poetry (Neil Harding McAlister and Zara McAlister), Talking Back and Looking Forward: An Educational Revolution in Poetry and Prose (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group), and many other publications, as well as in online journals, including the Jungian journal Depth Insights, Watershed Review, Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments, The Conium Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Pedestal Magazine, Entelechy: Mind & Culture, Dark Matter: A Journal of Speculative Writing, Red River Review, Poydras Review, Foliate Oak, The Broken Plate, Wild Violet, Wilderness House Literary Review, The Voices Project, Kudzu House Quarterly, and Apeiron Review, among others. In addition to past Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominations, her work recently received Honorable Mentions from both Port Yonder Press and Erbacce Press.Within her writings she attempts to emphasize that the hardest part of being human is our immense self-consciousness because with it comes enormous responsibility to the "others" who extend biologically beyond the reach of our anthropocentrism.