Arno Kopecky

Arno Kopecky is an environmental journalist and travel writer whose dispatches have appeared in Foreign Policy, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, The Tyee, and other publications. His reportage has roved from Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation and Burmese cyclones to Mexico’s drug war and Iceland’s attempt at becoming the first oil-free country on earth. Kopecky is also the author of two books of literary non-fiction: The Devil’s Curve (Douglas & McIntyre, 2012), recounts a year-long investigation of resource extraction in the Amazon; The Oil Man and the Sea (Douglas & McIntyre, 2013), describes his sailing expedition through British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, where Kopecky —a certified landlubber—struggled with the ropes while coastal First Nations fought to keep oil tankers out of their territory. The Oil Man and the Sea won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He lives in Squamish, BC. His website is