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!
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Saturday, October 28 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Reality of Fantasy: When Story Beats Fact

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Fantasy, fairy tales, legends, and myths are the basis of our culture. Why, then, are they looked down upon as ‘merely’ fantasy? This panel will explore the reasons, and discuss the important part fantasy plays in forming new ways of seeing, by imagining new ways of being rather than simply reporting the old.

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Alena Ruggerio

Professor of Communication, Southern Oregon University
Alena Ruggerio is a professor of communication at Southern Oregon University. For her work teaching courses such as Advanced Public Speaking and Women Transforming Language, she was a recipient of SOU’s 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award. The editor of Media Depictions of Brides... Read More →

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Tod Davies

Publisher, Exterminating Angel Press
Tod Davies, editorial director of indie Exterminating Angel Press, is the author of  the Jam Today cooking memoir series, Jam Today: A Diary of Cooking With What You've Got and Jam Today Too: The Revolution Will Not Be Catered, as well as The History of Arcadia fairy tales for adults... Read More →

J.L. Powers

Publisher, Catalyst Press
J.L. Powers is the award-winning author of three young adult novels, The Confessional, This Thing Called the Future, and Amina. She is also the editor of two collections of essays and author of a picture book, Colors of the Wind. She works as an editor/publicist for Cinco Puntos... Read More →

Laura Stanfill

Publisher, Forest Avenue Press
Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She is a 2017 Publishers Weekly Star Watch honoree, and she serves on the PubWest Board of Directors. Forest Avenue, based in Portland and celebrating its fifth anniversary... Read More →

Jamie Yourdon

Author/Musician, Forest Avenue Press
Jamie Yourdon, a freelance editor and technical expert, received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. His short fiction has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Underneath the Juniper Tree, and Chicago Literati, and he has contributed essays and interviews... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Meese Room Hannon Library Third Floor

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