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
Green Side Up: How the Takilma Commune Reforested the Pacific Northwest

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Green Side Up was a reforestation crew that planted the Pacific Northwest after the 1970s and 1980s clear cuts. Green Side Up brought cash into the Takilma Commune that otherwise existed by barter. It was a remarkable time when hippies hit the hills with hoedads and axes. Robert Hirning negotiated the contracts for Green Side Up and was front and center.

Stories of mills, mines, forests, and fields: Southern Oregon’s landscape, economy, and demographics have changed significantly since the donation land claims of the mid-1800s. Thanks to grants from the Oregon Heritage Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Southern Oregon University has been collecting the oral histories and photographs of heritage families and publishing these to the Southern Oregon Digital Archives.

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Maureen Flanagan Battistella

Assistant Professor Affiliate and Research Anthropologist, Southern Oregon University
Battistella’s research involves food culture, heritage agriculture and the wines of Southern Oregon. She is one of the architects of the Stories of Southern Oregon project, a collection made available through SOU Hannon Library's Southern Oregon Digital Archives portal. The Stories... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor