Welcome to the 6th Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival! This year’s event focuses on independent story and thought throughout the entire Cascadia region, celebrating not only books, but all forms of expression: literature, poetry, journalism, art, lyrics, comics, film, and documentary. We invite you to come on in, explore the festival schedule, and find the stories that speak to you!
Saturday, October 28 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Greening of Literature - Environmental Writing to Enlighten and Inspire

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This panel gathers together writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as those who teach and publish environmental writing, to discuss this emerging genre and the ways in which it is transforming literature and publishing. 

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Ed Battistella

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Ed Battistella teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University. His latest book is Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology (Oxford University Press, 2014).


Melissa Matthewson

Author, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Oregon University
Melissa Matthewson is an essayist, teacher, and farmer residing in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica... Read More →

Virginia Morell

Virginia Morell is the author of the New York Times' Bestseller, Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel. She also wrote Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings (a New York Times' "Notable Book of the Year" in 1995), Blue Nile (a San... Read More →
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Midge Raymond

Author and Co-Founder, Ashland Creek Press
Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short-story collection Forgetting English. Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, the Chicago... Read More →

Pepper Trail

Author, Naturalist, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pepper Trail is a naturalist, photographer, writer, and world traveler who has lived in Ashland since 1994. He works as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in his spare time leads natural history trips to every corner of the world, including Jackson County. Pepper... Read More →


Northwest Nature Shop

The Northwest Nature Shop--http://www.northwestnatureshop.com -- is a family business located in the same historic home in beautiful Ashland Oregon where the shop was originally opened in 1985 by Mike and Kathy Uhtoff. We’ve created a shop to encourage people to turn their backyards... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Meese Room Hannon Library Third Floor

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