Coexisting into the Great Unknown
WilderUtopia is dedicated to the question of Earth sustainability, finding society-level solutions to environmental, community, economic, transportation and energy needs. Our frame is Wilderness and its wildlife. Our endgame is Utopia: stabilizing ecologic relations through urban planning and design. We celebrate world culture and literary expression, and our inspiration sources from indigenous myth and storytelling, as well as the rituals and traditions of the many peoples on the planet.
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Jack Eidt (jack dot eidt at wilderutopia dot com), Founder and Publisher of WilderUtopia, is an award-winning novelist, urban planner, and environmental advocate. In addition to writing regular articles for WilderUtopia, he has published opinion/editorials in various periodicals, including the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, EcoWatch, CommonDreams, Voice of OC, LA Progressive, CityWatch LA, Win:Win Journal, and CounterPunch, and has been featured on Pacifica Radio, NPR, and public television.
In 2004, along with Jerry Collamer he also co-founded Wild Heritage Planners, an organization dedicated to sustainable environmental planning advocacy, proposing solutions to fight urban sprawl and save precious wild habitat.
Jack is the author of the literary novel Nowhere Beckons, which won the 2017 Fiction Award at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. His adventure novel-in-progress, Monkey Charm, is based on his time living with the Miskitu of the Northeast Caribbean Coast of Honduras. The piece won Best Fiction awards at the Santa Barbara and Southern California Writers Conferences, as well as support from the Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony, and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Jack also won Best Fiction 2015 for his novel excerpt “Under the Waterfall” in Santa Barbara as well.
Jack earned a Master’s Degree from UCLA in Urban and Regional Development and a Bachelor’s from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. He has worked as an urban planning and environmental consultant on national and international development projects. As well, he spent three years planning theme park resorts for The Walt Disney Company.
In 2014, he won both a Lannan Foundation Award and “Environmental Activist of the Year” from the Orange County League of Conservation Voters.
Jack is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) and contributes as a Community Editorial Board Member to the Voice of OC. He serves as a Board Member to the Biodiesel Cooperative of Los Angeles, as well as to Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and management of wilderness and parkland in Southern California. He is a co-founding member of Tar Sands Action SoCal and So Cal 350 Climate Action. He has lived and worked in Massachusetts, Ohio, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Montana, and Haiti.