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 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground: Writing the Dervish Essay

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This workshop will explore an exciting new form called the dervish essay, which is often driven by anaphora in headlong gallops of language. Inspired by a number of trips to Turkey and the works of Rumi, the dervish essay builds off of and plays with whirlwinds of language toward creating new prose and poetical forms that rely less on rational thought and meaning than the chemical urgencies of poetical language. This form seeks nothing less than to unlock the deep mysteries of joy hidden inside every human heart


Robert Vivian

Author, Timberline Review
Robert Vivian is the author of The Tall Grass Trilogy: The Mover Of Bones, Lamb Bright Saviors, and Another Burning Kingdom, in addition to the novel Water And Abandon. His newest collection of dervish essays is Mystery My Country from Anchor Plume Press (April 2016). He’s... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 329 Hannon Library Third Floor

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