2019 Siskiyou Prize Winner

Athena E. Copenhaver

Athena E. Copenhaver is a writer, editor, science communicator, and certified climate interpreter currently earning her keep in the nonprofit sector. She has ghostwritten book chapters about cities plagued by factory farming, air pollution, and automobile traffic, and she has written about migrating white sharks, threatened sea otters, and depleted Pacific bluefin tuna. In recent years, she’s been exploring how best to contribute to the global transition toward compassion and justice for all people, animals, and the living world. She holds degrees in English and environmental studies from Santa Clara University, and in 2009, she earned her master of art degree in culture and modernity from the University of East Anglia in England. Born in Bellevue, Washington, Athena has lived in Carmel, California, for most of her life.


  • Her Name Was Friday: A novel by Nadja Lubiw-Hazard
  • Quiet Man: A novel by Angela Kaufma


  • Waiting for the Night Song: A novel by Julie Dalton
  • Amanda the Teen Activist by Catherine Kelaher
  • Morality and the Environmental Crisis by Roger Gottlieb