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 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Finding Your Voice at a Poetry Workshop

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“Finding Your Voice at a Poetry Workshop” will include a panel of four poets who will discuss workshops they’ve attended with well-known poets and how they influenced their poetry. Panelists includes Amy MacLennan, Paul Suter, Michael Jenkins, and Kim Hamilton. Moderator: Patty Wixon.


Patty Wixon

Poet and Writer
Patty Wixon will host a panel of four poets for the session “Finding Your Voice at a Poetry Workshop.” Patty’s last published book is Dear Spoon, poems with a food theme and recipes from five generations in her family. Her previous collections are Side Effects and Airing the... Read More →


Kim Hamilton

Poet, Writer, Teacher, Editor
Kim Hamilton is a poet, writer, teacher, and editor. She has published in Spillway, Switched-On Gutenberg, DMQ Review, Raven Chronicles, Seattle Arts, and in the Marin Poetry Center Anthology. Her poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. She completed... Read More →

Michael Jenkins

Poet and Psychometric Technician
Michael Jenkins resigned his position teaching English to become a full-time homemaker. Now that his children are grown, he works as a psychometric technician administering intelligence tests to school children, and as a performance reader creating oral interpretations of picture... Read More →

Amy MacLennan

Author, Director of Poetry Programming
Amy MacLennan’s first full-length collection, The Body, A Tree, was published by MoonPath Press (Tillamook, OR) in 2016 and was the runner-up for the Poetry Society of Virginia Book award. Her work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Connotation Press, Folio, Hayden's... Read More →

Paul Suter

Paul Suter spent many years teaching American literature, poetry, and composition in community colleges in Denver and in Salem, OR. He developed an environmental literature course which became the favorite of his career. Since retiring he’s been involved with nature and environmental... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT
Room 329 Hannon Library Third Floor