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 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Literary Citizenship: Building Literary Community at the Local Level

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A rollicking round table discussion that will look at ways to create literature at the grassroots level. Culture is not a top down process! And the most important voices are not necessarily the "lone geniuses" vetted by the literary class. Those voices start in the community.


Phil Busse

Founder, Rogue Valley Messenger
Phil Busse likes to start things. He is the founder for the Rogue Valley Messenger, and the founding Managing Editor for the Portland Mercury. He also started the Media Institute for Social Change, an Oregon-based educational non-profit that teaches anyone interested how to pr... Read More →


Diana Coogle

Author and Chair of the Board, Applegater
A Georgia native, Diana Coogle moved to Oregon in the "sweep West" of the late '60s after graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University, studying in France and at Harvard University, earning her MA at Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and teaching... Read More →

Margaret Perrow

Director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU, Southern Oregon University
Dr. Margaret Perrow teaches English and education at Southern Oregon University, and is director of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU. The Oregon Writing Project is dedicated to supporting teachers across grade levels and subject areas, to help students their students grow as wri... Read More →
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Stephanie Raffelock

Author and Director of Youth Programming, Willamette Writers
Stephanie Raffelock is an overly caffeinated, type-A personality, and novelist on the verge.  A graduate of Naropa University’s program in Creative Writing and Poetics, Stephanie worked an internship at The Boulder Daily Camera and has penned articles for The Aspen Times, Quilters... 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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room 113 Hannon Library First Floor

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