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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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Friday, October 27
 

7:00pm

Young Authors' Reading and Reception
Young authors who attended the Oregon Writing Project's summer 2017 young writers camps will read from the 2017 anthology Wordscapes, for an audience of family, friends, community members, and fellow young authors. Spaces are limited for this event; to attend, please RSVP using this brief online form.

Moderators
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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 w... Read More →
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Molly Tinsley

Publisher, FUZE Press
Having taught creative writing for thirty years and published the textbook, The Creative Process, Molly Best Tinsley has led countless workshops in various aspects of narrative technique.  Eight years ago, she co-founded an independent press, Fuze, and has been the chief editor... Read More →

Friday October 27, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Meese Room Hannon Library Third Floor
 
Saturday, October 28
 

10:00am

Welcome Reading from Senator Merkley
Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 10:30am
Rotunda Hannon Library First Floor

10:00am

Fighting Fires in Extreme Settings: Yes, I Jumped Out of Planes Into Fires

SmokeJumpers parachute out of planes into wilderness areas to fight fires that are hard to reach with ground equipment. The SmokeJump Base - also known as The Gobi -  in Cave Junction, Oregon was established to fight fires caused by Japanese incendiary bombs that hit the west coast during WWII and was active through the late 1980s. Meet Gary Buck, who jumped out of Gobi Base beginning in the 1960s and hear about the courage and strength and fellowship that make up this unique profession.

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

Speakers
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Gary Buck

Siskiyou Smokjumper Base Museum

Sponsors


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

10:00am

Reboot-a-Rama
Students show their film versions of one classic film scene, to be judged, with the winner shown later, in the Meese Auditorium, from 3 to 4 pm.

Moderators
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Andrew Gay

Assistant Professor of Communication, Southern Oregon University

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 3:00pm
Digital Media Center 1525 Webster St (RVTV Bldg)

10:00am

10:00am

Get Your Type On!: Typewriter Exhibit
Hemingway used one. Harper Lee used one. And Cormac McCarthy still uses one. 
We’re talking about typewriters, and you’ll have a chance to see a few of these original wireless devices, up close and personal. Two manual Royal typewriters will be available in the Hannon rotunda for those who want to do some old-school typing. Typewriter enthusiast John Yunker will also display additional typewriters from his collection and will be available for questions and reminiscing about the good old days of carbon copies and Wite-Out.

Exhibitors
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John Yunker

Author, Co-Founder, Ashland Creek Press
John Yunker writes plays, short stories, and novels focused on human/animal relationships. He is a co-founder of Ashland Creek Press, author of the novel The Tourist Trail, and editor of two fiction anthologies, Among Animals and Among Animals 2. His plays have been staged at... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Rotunda Hannon Library First Floor

10:00am

Story of an Oregon Dig (The Jim Rock Tin Can Collection)

Chelsea Rose of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) will be on site showcasing the Jim Rock Historic Can Collection. The collection is housed at SOULA, and was made available in a digital format through a collaboration with Hannon Library. The historic can collection was created by archaeologist Jim Rock, who literally wrote the book on the origin and history of tin cans. In addition to being important artifacts at archaeological sites, cans played a significant role in the emerging world of disposable consumerism. Cans themselves became canvases for early advertisers, and as such, they are a material remnant of choice, preference, and the ongoing dialog between consumers and the changing global marketplace.

Chelsea will be at the festival all day, but if you want to hear her speak about the exhibit, she'll be doing that three times: at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm.


Speakers
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Chelsea Rose

Archaeologist, Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology
Chelsea Rose is an historical archaeologist and research faculty at Southern Oregon University and is interested in the early settlement and development of the American West. She graduated with honors from the University of Oregon and received her graduate degree in Cultural Resources... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Rotunda Hannon Library First Floor

10:00am

Cool Corner Mask Making with Medford Librarian Rebekah DiBianco
Craftmaking with librarian Rebekah Dibianco: make a superhero mask, armbands, and a shield, and then proceed to Cosplay Karaoke to try them out!

Moderators
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Rebekah Dibianco

Children's Librarian, Medford Public Library
Rebekah DiBianco is the new Children’s Librarian at the Medford Children’s Library. Originally from Arizona, Rebekah moved to the beautiful state of Oregon four years ago and has loved it ever since. She has a BA in Theatre and Performance Art from Arizona State University and... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Media Playback Area Hannon Library First Floor

10:15am

Sounds of Shakespeare
Speakers
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Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden taught in universities in Africa, Europe, and North America before retiring from the University of Winchester in 2008 and moving to Ashland. Since then, he has continued to teach, to write and to be involved with theatre and music. Last year, you may have seen him dressed... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:15am - 10:30am
Alcove 3 Hannon Library Third Floor

10:30am

Author Reading with Debby Dodds
Speakers
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Debby Dodds

Author
Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call (Blue Moon, 2017.) She has stories in many anthologies such as My Little Red Book (Hachette) and The Things That You Would Have Said (Penguin) and magazines (The Sun, Salon.com, xoJane, The Living Dead Magazine, Portland... Read More →

Sponsors
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Willamette Writers

Willamette Writers
Willamette Writers is the largest writers organization in the Pacific NorthWest. Writers of all genres and at all stages of their careers come to our meetings, annual conference, and workshops to connect with their community, hone their craft, and advance their careers. Across the... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Alcove 3 Hannon Library Third Floor

10:30am

Poetry Reading with Sam Roxas-Chua
Speakers
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Sam Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao) is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been described as a man who can seemingly take any kind of physical materials and transform them into art, his writings have been called tidal and full of magical realism. Poet Dorianne... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Special Collections Reading Room Hannon Library Second Floor

10:30am

Poetry Reading with Vince Wixon & Gary Lark
Speakers
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Vince Wixon

Poet
Vince Wixon will read from his just-published book of poems, Laying By, from Flowstone Press. His previous collections of poetry are Blue Moon: Poems from Chinese Lines, The Square Grove, and Seed. His poem “Tornado Weather” appears in Garrison Keillor’s anthology, Good... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:15am
Alcove 2 Hannon Library Second Floor

10:30am

Grandma Aggie
Agnes Emma Baker Pilgrim is a Native American spiritual elder and author of "Grandma Says: Wake Up World" (Blackstone).  She is the oldest member of her tribe, the Takelma. Grandma Aggie was elected chairperson of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers at its found in 2004. She has been honored as a "Living Treasure" by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz, and as a "Living Cultural Legend" by the Oregon Council of the Arts." She lives in Grants Pass.

At ALAF she will read from her book and speak from the heart.--

Moderators
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Rick Bleiweiss

Blackstone Audio

Speakers
Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Children's Collection Hannon Library Second Floor

10:30am

Greening of Literature - Environmental Writing to Enlighten and Inspire
This panel gathers together writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as those who teach and publish environmental writing, to discuss this emerging genre and the ways in which it is transforming literature and publishing. 

Moderators
avatar for Ed Battistella

Ed Battistella

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Ed Battistella teaches linguistics and writing at Southern Oregon University. His latest book is Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Speakers
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Melissa Matthewson

Author, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Oregon University
Melissa Matthewson is an essayist, teacher, and farmer residing in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica... Read More →
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Virginia Morell

Author
Virginia Morell is the author of the New York Times' Bestseller, Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel. She also wrote Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings (a New York Times' "Notable Book of the Year" in 1995), Blue Nile (a San... Read More →
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Midge Raymond

Author and Co-Founder, Ashland Creek Press
Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short-story collection Forgetting English. Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine... Read More →
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Pepper Trail

Author, Naturalist, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pepper Trail is a naturalist, photographer, writer, and world traveler who has lived in Ashland since 1994. He works as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in his spare time leads natural history trips to every corner of the world, including Jackson County. Pepper... Read More →

Sponsors
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Northwest Nature Shop

The Northwest Nature Shop--http://www.northwestnatureshop.com -- is a family business located in the same historic home in beautiful Ashland Oregon where the shop was originally opened in 1985 by Mike and Kathy Uhtoff. We’ve created a shop to encourage people to turn their backyards... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Meese Room Hannon Library Third Floor

10:30am

High & Low: Writers & Pop Culture
Movies, TV shows, comic books and pop music are often viewed as the “low" arts, and are dismissed as being disposable byproducts of our culture. But if this is the case, why do some writers analyze these mediums on an intellectual level? And how do these seemingly trivial creations develop such cult-like followings, eventually becoming elevated to modern mythology? We’ll discuss why pop culture is actually important, and how it not only reflects our society but also helps to shape it.

Speakers
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Paula Block

Author
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation, and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Liz Eckhart

Adjunct Faculty in Theatre Arts and Communication, Southern Oregon University
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Terry J. Erdmann

Author
Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Laura Kimberly

Manager, Medford Public Library
Laura Kimberly was born and raised in Reno, Nevada before relocating to beautiful Southern Oregon. She's worked in libraries for over 10 years getting her start as an elementary school librarian before attaining her Master's of Library and Information Science degree from the University... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Stephanie Raffelock

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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Atrium Hannon Library First Floor

10:30am

Identity Politics and Postmodern Aesthetics
Speakers
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Alma Alvarez

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University. Her specialties include Modernism and U.S. Ethnic Literature. Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Racial Equity Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry.


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 206 Hannon Library, Second Floor

10:30am

Poetry's Healing Magic

Experience the ability of poetry to bring healing, inspiration and community connection through this brief workshop. Some writing time included. No poetry experience necessary!


Speakers
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Linda Barnes

Teacher, Theraputic Writing Institute
Linda Barnes, M.S., has been writing since childhood, focusing on poetry for the last 4 decades. She has professional certifications in both poetry and journal writing facilitation. A retired counselor and educator, Barnes teaches with the Therapeutic Writing Institute and is past... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Room 329 Hannon Library Third Floor

10:30am

Timberline Review: Cinema Poetica
Cinema Poetica, the announcement of what short films about poetry have won the CP prize, with viewings of the films. “CINEMA POETICA is an emerging short-film genre. CINEMA POETICA is a film festival celebrating the cinema of poetry.” 

Moderators
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Timberline Review

Timberline Review
The Timberline Review is a publication of Willamette Writers, the largest writing organization in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1965, Willamette Writers celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The literary journal took hold as a way to celebrate that legacy, and we’re still... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room 117 Hannon Library First Floor

11:00am

Moonlight on the Ganga
Moonlight on the Ganga is an India travel memoir telling tales of Claire Krulikowski's experiences along the sacred Ganges River and the wisdoms learned at her side.


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Stacks Hannon Library Third Floor

11:00am

Over the Edge
Danger and desire swirl about ex-reporter Pepper Kane as she rushes to solve three crimes she suspects are related. A girl disappears. A rider is shoved off Oregon's Table Rock. When she travels to Texas with her barn buddies for a horse show, she stumbles over a body, making her the top suspect. Her partner, Lakota tribal cop Sonny Chief, rushes to help. But is he too late? Along the way Pepper battles doubt, betrayal and heart-pounding action that can change her life -- or end it!

Speakers
avatar for Carole T. Beers

Carole T. Beers

Monday Mayhem Writers Group
Carole T. Beers, a Northwest native, worked as a reporter, columnist and critic for The Seattle Times for more than 30 years before returning to Southern Oregon to write fiction. Her collaborative novel, Naked Came the Rogue, was published in 2011 by the Jackson County Library Services... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Humanitarians Alcove Hannon Library First Floor

11:00am

That Was Then, This is Now
That Was Then, This Is Now is a personal and clinical exploration of issues and situations confronting those seeking help to understand themselves and others. In addition, the author offers her personal experiences in addressing life changing events.

Speakers
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Rosemary Dunn Dalton

Owner, Rosemary Dunn Dalton, LCSW
I am a clinical social worker and I have a website that identifies my work and also my books - self-exploration and mysteries. I enjoy displaying my books at the Hannon Library Authors Fair.


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 216 Hannon Library Second Floor

11:00am

Veda
Coming of age during the great depression, the only thing Veda has going for her are her common sense, resilience, and a sense of humor. Veda's story is like that of many women of her generation whose choices were dictated by poverty, patriarchy, and the necessities of just getting by. 

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Room 352 Hannon Library Third Floor

11:00am

Literary Citizenship: Building Literary Community at the Local Level

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.


Moderators
PB

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 →

Speakers
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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 →
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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 w... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Raffelock

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 →
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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 →

Sponsors

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

11:00am

Take a Selfie with Shakespeare
After Shakespeare gives his welcome speech in the Rotunda (in Elizabethan English!), you can "Take a Selfie with Shakespeare," aka Geoff Ridden in the Special Collections Room, from 11 to 12, and then again from 2 to 3. Selfies with him and his Third Folio! And then, he'll be wandering. He'll be singing a sonnet and/or reciting on the Third Floor at 10:15 and 12:30. But don't miss Shakespeare kicking off the Superhero Cosplay Karaoke, in the Atrium, at 1. Shakespeare does a mean karaoke. He's threatening his version of "Don't Fear the Reaper."

Speakers
GR

Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden taught in universities in Africa, Europe, and North America before retiring from the University of Winchester in 2008 and moving to Ashland. Since then, he has continued to teach, to write and to be involved with theatre and music. Last year, you may have seen him dressed... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Special Collections Hannon Library Second Floor

11:00am

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

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

Speakers
Sponsors


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

11:30am

Maryanna Hoggatt reads "Tolly"

Tolly is a battle raccoon who will travel far and wide to protect our dreams. One day, when a Dream is born, Tolly must deliver it to the top of Heart Mountain. He must be the bravest of the brave to defend the Dream from its scariest foes, Fear and Doubt. Along the way, Tolly also discovers he needs more than courage to help the Dream survive ― he needs someone to believe in him.


Speakers
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Maryanna Hoggatt

Author, Overcup Press
Maryanna Hoggatt is a Filipino-American artist and author. Her Animal Battle work has shown in galleries in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Crafted with incredible attention to detail, Animal Battle is a series of paintings and sculptures that appeals to adults and children alike. Tolly is... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm
Media Playback Area Hannon Library First Floor

11:30am

Poetry Reading with C.S. Kraszewski
Speakers
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C.S. Kraszewski

Poet
Charles S. Kraszewski is a poet and translator of poetry and plays from the Polish and the Czech. He has published three volumes of original poetry to date: Beast (Alexandria, VA, 2012), Diet of Nails (Boston, 2013) and Chanameed (Atlanta, 2013).  His work has appeared in various... Read More →

Sponsors
EA

Exterminating Angel Press

Exterminating Angel Press believes… …it’s time to take a new approach. Time to take our own lives back from the intermediary ‘experts.’ Time to change the old, tired stories for new, living ones. Time to look at our world in a different way. Whether they’re about cooking... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
Special Collections Reading Room Hannon Library Second Floor

11:30am

Poetry Reading with Matthew Minicucci
Speakers
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Matthew Minicucci

Lecturer, Pacific University & University of Portland
Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:15pm
Alcove 2 Hannon Library Second Floor

11:30am

SOU Student Short Story Reading
Saturday October 28, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Alcove 3 Hannon Library Third Floor

12:00pm

CANCELLED: Belagana-Belazana - An Outsider's Quest in the Navajo Nation
Winetsky’s fourth novel, Belagana-Belazana (Book IV in the Series) was published in January of 2017. It takes place in the Navajo Nation, where the author taught almost fifty years ago. The novel is a vivid treatment of cultural conflict, bureaucratic dysfunction, and the beauty of the Navajo Nation. The story is structured around a desperate search for a runaway boy in a blizzard.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 352 Hannon Library Third Floor

12:00pm

Ebbe Finds His Heart
Ebbe,  a young troll, learns through his adventures the importance of friendships and believing in yourself.


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Stacks Hannon Library Third Floor

12:00pm

Tracing the Desire Line: Essays
Melissa Matthewson will briefly talk about crafting an essay collection and then read a selection from her own memoir-in-essays, Tracing the Desire Line, which intimately examines threads of identity, desire, marriage, and home.

Speakers
MM

Melissa Matthewson

Author, Adjunct Faculty, Southern Oregon University
Melissa Matthewson is an essayist, teacher, and farmer residing in the Applegate Valley of southwestern Oregon. She holds degrees from the University of California, Santa Cruz (BA), University of Montana (MS), and Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA). Her essays have appeared in Guernica... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Room 216 Hannon Library Second Floor

12:00pm

Cemetery Wine
Sharon Dean will introduce her three Susan Warner mysteries, speak briefly about moving from academic writing to fiction writing, read a passage and field questions.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Humanitarians Alcove Hannon Library First Floor

12:00pm

Finding Your Voice at a Poetry Workshop
“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.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

Sponsors

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

12:00pm

Cooking with What You’ve Got
Tod Davies, author of the Jam Today cookbook/memoir series, and Sarah Lemon, food writer for the Medford Mail Tribune, team up for one of their favorite sports: cooking with what they’ve got. A mystery bag of ingredients will be presented from which Sarah and Tod will conjure up a dish. Hilarity will ensue. But also: support for cooks everywhere in making delicious meals from what we have, and what we like.

Moderators
JB

John Baxter

Jefferson Public Radio

Speakers
avatar for Tod Davies

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 →
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Sarah Lemon

Food Writer, Medford Mail Tribune
Sarah Lemon gathers inspiration from cooking, gardening and exploring all things epicurean in her native Oregon. She frequently contributes articles to the Mail Tribune newspaper, which hosts her blog, "The Whole Dish." She has served as an ambassador for Travel Oregon and as a judge... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meese Room/Terrace Hannon Library Third Floor

12:00pm

Stardust to Darwinstuff
Danbert Nobacon plays from his latest album: Stardust To Darwinstuff by Danbert Nobacon & The Axis of Dissent, “against governance for the billionaires, by the billionaires… against the war on science, against the war on art, against the war on the people… and for life on Earth”

Speakers
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Danbert Nobacon

Author/Musician, Exterminating Angel Press
Danbert Nobacon, "freak music legend,” and a founding member of the English punk rock band Chumbawamba, now lives and works in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where he continues to write and perform music, hosts a local community radio show and teaches theatre at his local... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Atrium Hannon Library First Floor

12:00pm

History of the American Superheroine
Wonder Woman may be the most famous comic book heroine, but she wasn’t the first. Mike Madrid will look at evolution of female heroism in comic books, from trailblazers like Sheena and Fantomah to the women of today like She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. From the earliest comics of the 1930s to the big screen movie blockbusters of today, how have world wars, censorship, feminism and fashion shaped the fantastic female heroes of comic books? Find out in this informative and entertaining presentation.
 

Speakers
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Mike Madrid

Creative Director/Author, Exterminating Angel Press
Mike Madrid is the author of The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines, the Golden Age comics collections Divas, Dames & Daredevils and Vixens, Vamps & Vipers, as well as being creative director of Exterminating Angel Press. He has contributed... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Stephanie Raffelock

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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 206 Hannon Library, Second Floor

12:00pm

Behind the Green Door:  Pioneering Environmentalist with a Carpenter’s Union Card

The Applegate was a heated battleground in the late 1990s as environmentalists, loggers and the Forest Service all tried to exert their influence. It took people like Chris Bratt, a card carrying carpenter's union member to help folks talk through the issues, find new ways of solving problems and find consensus. Chris Bratt was a big part of the Applegate Partnership.

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

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Sponsors


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

12:30pm

Sounds of Shakespeare
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Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden taught in universities in Africa, Europe, and North America before retiring from the University of Winchester in 2008 and moving to Ashland. Since then, he has continued to teach, to write and to be involved with theatre and music. Last year, you may have seen him dressed... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Alcove 3 Hannon Library Third Floor

12:30pm

Poetry Reading with Elizabeth Woody
A reading by Oregon Poet Laureate Elizabeth Woody. With an introduction by former Oregon Poet Laureate, Lawson Inada.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Woody

Oregon Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist.  Her first collection of poetry, Hand Into Stone received a 1990 American Book Award.  Her second and third collections of writing were published in 1994, Luminaries... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Special Collections Reading Room Hannon Library Second Floor

12:30pm

Timber Curtain

Timber Curtain: In which a Victorian House is torn down and a poem goes up in its place; in which we read from a new book and screen clips from a new documentary film that goes with the book; in which poetry is depicted as a flimsy architecture subject to renovation and exploration.

Two and a half years ago, news broke that the Pacific Northwest building boom would claim the old Victorian that housed a beloved literary center—Richard Hugo House. In response, Hugo House co-founder Frances McCue launched the documentary Where the House Was, the narration for which became the poetry collection Timber Curtain (Chin Music Press, 2017). Join McCue for selections from the forthcoming film, speculations about ghosts, and renditions of “facademies,” the practice of inserting a new building into the facade of an old one. McCue reproduces this in poetic form and will show visuals to accompany her reading.


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Frances McCue

Poet, Essayist, Chin Music Press
Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. In 2011, McCue became the first writer to win the Washington State Book Award for one book (The Bled, a poetry collection from Factory Hollow... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Room 117 Hannon Library First Floor

12:30pm

Human Faces of Global Warming: Stories from the Frontlines
Terms like “climate change” and “global warming” can make this issue seem both huge and remote.  We won’t really grasp the enormity of the climate crisis until we begin to “story” it. We need to encounter real people in the world for whom climate change is not happening in some distant future, but is happening now. In this interactive workshop, we will “meet” individuals from around the world who are affected by climate change, and look especially at the connection between climate and social justice. 

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Bill Bigelow

Author, Editor, Publisher, Rethinking Schools
Bill Bigelow is curriculum editor of Rethinking Schools magazine and co-director of the Zinn Education Project. He is author or co-editor of numerous books, including A People's Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis; Rethinking Columbus; The... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room 113 Hannon Library First Floor

1:00pm

Amish Guys Don't Call
A synopsis of Debby Dodd's debut novel Amish Guys Don't Call (June 13,2017).

What's more awkward than finding out you're dating a vampire or a werewolf or a zombie? Finding out you're dating an Amish guy.

Samantha is already facing scrutiny and anxiety at the start of her junior year, as she's finally been accepted into the popular girls' clique called "The Sherpas." But when she realizes that her new boyfriend Zach was raised Amish, Sam must tackle a whole new set of challenges. Zach has chosen not to end his Rumspringa, instigating a potential shunning from his family. 

Sam has never really come to terms with her parents' divorce, so when her world crashes down on her in the form of cyberbullying and Zach's apparent return to the Amish community. She reverts to her furtive compulsive habits. Does Sam even want friends like these? And, will her cross-cultural love with Zach find a way? In the end, Sam discovers everyone has secrets.

Speakers
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Debby Dodds

Author
Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call (Blue Moon, 2017.) She has stories in many anthologies such as My Little Red Book (Hachette) and The Things That You Would Have Said (Penguin) and magazines (The Sun, Salon.com, xoJane, The Living Dead Magazine, Portland... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 352 Hannon Library Third Floor

1:00pm

Girl On Fire
Ana Ramana's autobiographical novel is an unusual tale, chronicling a childhood in 1960's Ireland; a freak accident and Near Death Experience; recovered memories of childhood abuse and violence; and seven years of deep internal investigation and meditation, to eventually finding love for all characters involved, including the perpetrators.

"Every twelve minutes in the USA, someone is being violated; it is a massive issue in our culture and to my knowledge, I've not seen another book that looks at both sides of the equation - victim and perpetrator - and unearths not just compassion, not just forgiveness, but real love for everyone involved - including myself, perhaps the hardest journey of all." Ana Ramana

Speakers
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Ana Ramana

I am a native of Ireland, now living in northern California. I earned an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. I have published three books of poems and a novel. Selected awards include the Academy of American Poets Award, the William Stafford Poetry Fellowship... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Room 216 Hannon Library Second Floor

1:00pm

My Last Continent
A reading from My Last Continent will include a travel-writing session with writing prompts, creating a mini-workshop for readers, writers, and travelers.

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Midge Raymond

Author and Co-Founder, Ashland Creek Press
Midge Raymond is the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short-story collection Forgetting English. Her fiction, articles, and essays have appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Humanitarians Alcove Hannon Library First Floor

1:00pm

Wisdom of the Heart
Wisdom of the Heart is a series of one-page personal essays, each written in response to a painting by Barbara Kostal. The common thread of the book is a metaphysical journey through life by those whose hearts are in tune with nature. Diana Coogle will read a selection of essays and have on display the paintings paired with those essays.

Dr. James Earl, English professor at UO, said about the book, "Overall what knocks me out is the consistent tone, a high discourse of ideas, leavened with wide reading and study, combined miraculously with a personal at-home tone that connects directly with the reader's heart."

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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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Stacks Hannon Library Third Floor

1:00pm

Pounds of Gold: I Mined Sterling Creek

Pounds and pounds of gold came out of Sterling Creek Mine in the late 1990s, nuggets as big as your fist. Glenn Wadstein conceived of a sand and gravel operation that was efficient, productive and profitable, and restored the land after extraction. You'll see the equipment that Wadstein designed, the fruits of his labors, and hear some remarkable stories about what might seem unimaginable today.

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.


Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

Speakers
Sponsors


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

1:00pm

Timberline Review Author Readings
Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Alcove 3 Hannon Library Third Floor

1:00pm

Superhero Costume Cosplay Karaoke
And now for something completely bonkers. Laura Kimberly, of the Medford Public Library, will lead all costumed Superheroes and Superheroines in Karaoke, which will bring ALAF to heights of hilarity unknown before in the annals of literary festivals. 

Even Shakespeare (aka Geoff Ridden) will be there, starting the karaoke with his performance of "Don't Fear the Reaper." 

Moderators
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Paula Block

Author
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation, and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Terry J. Erdmann

Author
Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Laura Kimberly

Manager, Medford Public Library
Laura Kimberly was born and raised in Reno, Nevada before relocating to beautiful Southern Oregon. She's worked in libraries for over 10 years getting her start as an elementary school librarian before attaining her Master's of Library and Information Science degree from the University... Read More →

Artists
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Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden taught in universities in Africa, Europe, and North America before retiring from the University of Winchester in 2008 and moving to Ashland. Since then, he has continued to teach, to write and to be involved with theatre and music. Last year, you may have seen him dressed... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Stephanie Raffelock

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 →

Volunteers
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Kristin Anderson

Ashland Public Library

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Atrium Hannon Library First Floor

1:30pm

Poetry Reading with Alma Rosa Alvarez
Speakers
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Alma Alvarez

Professor of English, Southern Oregon University
Alma Rosa Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University. Her specialties include Modernism and U.S. Ethnic Literature. Dr. Alvarez is also co-founder of the grassroots organization, the Racial Equity Coalition. In her spare time, she enjoys writing poetry.


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Special Collections Reading Room Hannon Library Second Floor

1:30pm

Poetry Reading with Amy MacLennan
Speakers
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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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Alcove 2 Hannon Library Second Floor

1:30pm

Reality of Fantasy: When Story Beats Fact

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.


Moderators
avatar for Alena Ruggerio

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Tod Davies

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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →

Sponsors

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

1:30pm

Servant of the Script: Bridging Poetry and Visual Arts
Speakers
avatar for Sam Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua

Sam Roxas-Chua 姚 (Yao) is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been described as a man who can seemingly take any kind of physical materials and transform them into art, his writings have been called tidal and full of magical realism. Poet Dorianne... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room 329 Hannon Library Third Floor

2:00pm

Children's Book Reading with Matt Damon
Speakers
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Matt Damon

Author
Matt Damon is an author, storyteller, teacher, librarian, and parent who brings humor and a dynamic presentation style to the telling of tales. Whether he is sharing a traditional folktale from another time and place, or his own award-winning book, The Fall of General Custard, audiences... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Media Playback Area Hannon Library First Floor

2:00pm

Children of the Dust (an Okie family story)
The story of Henshaw's family and their trip to California on Route 66 during the Oklahoma Dust Bowl.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 216 Hannon Library Second Floor

2:00pm

Illicit Trade
A short intro to the phenomenon of the "globalization of crime" followed by a reading from Niemann's novel, Illicit Trade.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room 352 Hannon Library Third Floor

2:00pm

Louisa May Alcott: Living "Little Women"
Louisa May Alcott, author of the well-known novel Little Women, wanted to be an actress - and so, for a time she was, writing and appearing in her own plays and monologues for local theatergoers and her neighbors. Later, the fun and humor morphed into tales - printed under a pseudonym - of fierce passion and dark vengeance, so unlike the self-effacing and, hard-working woman seen by her family and fans. Here Reed offers a humorous and unsettling glimpse of the unknown Louisa May Alcott.

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Reed

Miriam Reed

XEO, Miriam Reed Productions
Strong active women from the 19th Century - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Margaret Sanger, Louisa May Alcott - have been a inspiration in my life, and the importance of understanding history = our history - is what I want to share My work has also led me to. write "Japan 1908," and to... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Stacks Hannon Library Third Floor

2:00pm

The Lightning Stenography Device
The Lightning Stenography Device is an experimental, psychedelic piece of meta-fiction which describes the creation of the world's first marketable thought-to-text device at the hands of two brothers: but when the younger falls asleep with the device on his head, and he awakens to find it produces a story which describes him showing a story produced in his sleep to his brother that very same morning, both his--and his brother's--perception of reality is utterly rocked. This speculative story opens the novel of the same title, slated for a March 19th, 2018 release date.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Humanitarians Alcove Hannon Library First Floor

2:00pm

Take a Selfie with Shakespeare
After Shakespeare gives his welcome speech in the Rotunda (in Elizabethan English!), you can "Take a Selfie with Shakespeare," aka Geoff Ridden in the Special Collections Room, from 11 to 12, and then again from 2 to 3. Selfies with him and his Third Folio! And then, he'll be wandering. He'll be singing a sonnet and/or reciting on the Third Floor at 10:15 and 12:30. But don't miss Shakespeare kicking off the Superhero Cosplay Karaoke, in the Atrium, at 1. Shakespeare does a mean karaoke. He's threatening his version of "Don't Fear the Reaper."

Speakers
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Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden taught in universities in Africa, Europe, and North America before retiring from the University of Winchester in 2008 and moving to Ashland. Since then, he has continued to teach, to write and to be involved with theatre and music. Last year, you may have seen him dressed... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Special Collections Hannon Library Second Floor

2:00pm

My Mother’s Diaries and Stories of the Applegate
Margueritte Watson married John Black in 1932 and they lived on Forest Creek Road in the Applegate, John's family ranch.  Margueritte photographed and kept a diary throughout her adult life and today, her daughter, Annice Olena Black captures the heart and soul of another time by matching her mother's diary to her photographs of farming, logging, mining and living on the lookout tower out in the Applegate.

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.

Moderators
avatar for Maureen Flanagan Battistella

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 →

Speakers
Sponsors


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

2:00pm

Teaching Poetry to Build Community and Consciousness

In his famous poem “Like You,” Salvadoran poet Roque Dalton wrote, “I believe the world is beautiful/and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.” This workshop will demonstrate how poetry is for everyone and that through poetry our students’ lives—the “landscape and bread” of their homes, their ancestors, their struggles, and joys—are invited into classrooms as subjects worthy of study. Students’ histories as members of a particular race, class, neighborhood, or even illness become part of our classroom anthology. During this workshop, participants will reclaim any part of our lives that society has degraded, humiliated, or shamed, and raise it up, share it, and sing praises to that “unanimous blood/of those who struggle.”


Speakers
avatar for Linda Christensen

Linda Christensen

Director of the Oregon Writing Project, Lewis & Clark College
Linda Christensen has taught high school Language Arts and worked as Language Arts Curriculum Specialist for almost 40 years. She is currently the Director of the Oregon Writing Project at Lewis & Clark. She is the author of Teaching for Joy & Justice: Re-imagining the Language Arts... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room 206 Hannon Library, Second Floor

2:00pm

Writing with Kids: Fostering Creativity and Tomorrow's Culture
Kids are naturally creative. In this session, we'll discuss ways to honor and nourish their active imaginations, how to encourage the quirky right brain into collaboration with the more methodical left. Author Molly Best Tinsley describes the rewards of crafting a middle-grade novel in collaboration with her grandchildren and maps out three ingredients essential to strong narrative regardless of a writer's age. Kim Neiswanger shares the insights she gleaned from coaching her second-grade students through the phases of making individual books, from writing and illustration to actual publication. We'll have time at the end to experiment with stimulating writing prompts.

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Kim Neiswanger

Teacher, Ruch Community School
Kim Neiswanger is in her 8th year as a primary teacher at Ruch Community School. She is a teacher consultant for the Oregon Writing Project. Her passion is teaching creative writing. As a result of this passion, her students have become published authors.
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Molly Tinsley

Publisher, FUZE Press
Having taught creative writing for thirty years and published the textbook, The Creative Process, Molly Best Tinsley has led countless workshops in various aspects of narrative technique.  Eight years ago, she co-founded an independent press, Fuze, and has been the chief editor... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 117 Hannon Library First Floor

2:30pm

Poetry Reading with David Horowitz
Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Alcove 2 Hannon Library Second Floor

2:30pm

Poetry Reading with Pepper Trail
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Pepper Trail

Author, Naturalist, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pepper Trail is a naturalist, photographer, writer, and world traveler who has lived in Ashland since 1994. He works as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in his spare time leads natural history trips to every corner of the world, including Jackson County. Pepper... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Special Collections Reading Room Hannon Library Second Floor

3:00pm

Dearest Minnie, A Sailor's Story during the Great White Fleet, 1907-1909 through 260 Postcards
Brief history of Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, history of postcards as our sailor sends them home to his sweetheart telling about the cruise, readings from the crossing of the equator and the receiving of 16 bear cubs, one for each ship, in Seattle.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Stacks Hannon Library Third Floor

3:00pm

Velvet on a Tuesday Afternoon
Hollywood actor/PI Eddie Collins is hired by Carla Rizzoli to find her brother. His search leads him to intrigue involving Iraq war veterans and kidnapping.

Speakers

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 352 Hannon Library Third Floor

3:00pm

Aliens Got My Sally
Lee Baldwin is the author of five books which range from mystery and thriller to science fiction. He shares his perspective on plotting, character, and dialog, along with a reading which illustrates some of those elements.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Baldwin

Lee Baldwin

NOVELIST
In this fast-paced segment, Lee Baldwin will reveal his approach to the modern thriller, concentrating on Sacrifice of the Protagonist, Invincibility of the Antagonist, and how the major theme point works to resonate with the Protagonist's Glaring Weakness. He'll read a short selection... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Room 216 Hannon Library Second Floor

3:00pm

Wonder Woman Costume Contest
That says it all, doesn't it? Channel your inner AND your outer Wonder Woman. Come dressed as Wonder Woman, and win a prize: for craziest, for funniest, for most visionary...and, of course, for BEST.  Judged by Mike Madrid, Laura Kimberly, Paula Block, and Terry Erdmann.

Moderators
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Paula Block

Author
Paula M. Block and Terry J. Erdmann have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation, and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Terry J. Erdmann

Author
Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block have jointly written three Star Trek: Deep Space Nine e-book novellas: I, The Constable (available November 2017), Rules of Accusation and Lust’s Latinum Lost (And Found). Their most recent nonfiction work, Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History... Read More →
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Laura Kimberly

Manager, Medford Public Library
Laura Kimberly was born and raised in Reno, Nevada before relocating to beautiful Southern Oregon. She's worked in libraries for over 10 years getting her start as an elementary school librarian before attaining her Master's of Library and Information Science degree from the University... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Stephanie Raffelock

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 →

Volunteers
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Kristin Anderson

Ashland Public Library

Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Atrium Hannon Library First Floor

3:00pm

Words Matter: Art as Advocacy
How stories of all kinds can promote social justice…or stall it. A discussion among a musician/lyricist, a poet, and a children's book writer. Moderated by a journalist.

Moderators
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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 →

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Maryanna Hoggatt

Author, Overcup Press
Maryanna Hoggatt is a Filipino-American artist and author. Her Animal Battle work has shown in galleries in San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Crafted with incredible attention to detail, Animal Battle is a series of paintings and sculptures that appeals to adults and children alike. Tolly is... Read More →
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Danbert Nobacon

Author/Musician, Exterminating Angel Press
Danbert Nobacon, "freak music legend,” and a founding member of the English punk rock band Chumbawamba, now lives and works in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where he continues to write and perform music, hosts a local community radio show and teaches theatre at his local... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Woody

Elizabeth Woody

Oregon Poet Laureate
Elizabeth Woody (Navajo/Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama) has published poetry, short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist.  Her first collection of poetry, Hand Into Stone received a 1990 American Book Award.  Her second and third collections of writing were published in 1994, Luminaries... Read More →

Sponsors

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

3:00pm

Storytelling with Matt Damon
Matt Damon will be spinning yarns in the Cool Corner from 3 pm to 4 pm.

Speakers
MD

Matt Damon

Author
Matt Damon is an author, storyteller, teacher, librarian, and parent who brings humor and a dynamic presentation style to the telling of tales. Whether he is sharing a traditional folktale from another time and place, or his own award-winning book, The Fall of General Custard, audiences... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Media Playback Area Hannon Library First Floor

3:00pm

Stephen Nealon to Peter Sage: A Table Rock Century Farm
Peter Sage grew melons under the Table Rocks, melons that put him through Harvard University. His great great grandfather Stephen Nealon first settled on the property in the 1850s, and on his death deeded a narrow strip of land to each of his 9 children. Each strip, between 100-200 feet wide was bounded by the Rogue River. Peter Sage talks of his family heritage, land use legislation here in Jackson County and growing melons on Table Rock Road.

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.

Moderators
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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 →

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Saturday October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Digital Media Gallery Hannon Library First Floor

3:00pm

Thousand Ways to Kiss the Ground: Writing the Dervish Essay
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

Speakers
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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
Room 329 Hannon Library Third Floor

4:00pm

Alex Cox's Walker

The Ashland Independent Film Festival presents Alex Cox's Walker, from 4 to 6, in the Meese Auditorium, in the Art Building on the SOU campus: with the director, Richard Herskowitz, and Andrew Gay in an informal discussion of the film, focussing on its production, reception, historical context, and legacy.
Walker is a 1987 American-Spanish historical revisionist film directed by Alex Cox and starring Ed Harris, Richard Masur, Rene Auberjonois, Peter Boyle, Miguel Sandoval, and Marlee Matlin. The film is based on the life story of William Walker, the American filibuster who invaded and made himself president of Nicaragua. It was written by Rudy Wurlitzer and scored by Joe Strummer, who has a small role as a member of Walker's army.


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Alex Cox

Filmmaker, Illustrator, Exterminating Angel Press
Alex Cox, internationally known film director, writer, and actor, whose credits include Repo Man (1983), Sid & Nancy (1985), Straight to Hell (1986) Walker (1987), Highway Patrolman (1991), 3 Businessmen (1996), Revengers Tragedy (2002), Bill the Galactic Hero (2014), Tombstone Rashomon... Read More →
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Richard Herskowitz

Ashland Independent Film Festival

Sponsors
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Schneider Museum of Art

Southern Oregon University
The Schneider Museum of Art, part of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, is a vital force in the intellectual life of Southern Oregon University that promotes an understanding of the visual arts within a liberal arts education.  Serving both an academic... Read More →


Saturday October 28, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Meese Auditorium Schnieder Museum

6:00pm

WINELIGHT with Steve Scholl

Wine is a powerful and frequent poetic reference in Sufi poetry. (The Sufis are the mystics of Islam.) Wine, of course, is forbidden by orthodox faith. So why is it such a central theme of the greatest Muslim poets? Rumi (twelfth century) and Hafiz (thirteenth century) are the two most widely read Sufi poets (writing mostly in Persian rather than Arabic). In his WINELIGHT presentation, Steve Scholl shares the poetry and mystical teachings of Rumi and Hafiz by sharing a sampling of their poems with wine and drunkenness as themes. 

Many have argued that the Sufis use wine and drunkenness as symbols for states of divine ecstasy, and that we should not take them literally. Others feel there is more to the imagery.

Scholl will unpack the history and the metaphysics of wine and ecstasy for these great Sufi masters. 


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Steve Scholl

Author and Co-Founder, White Cloud Press
Steven Scholl is an independent scholar of Islam and comparative religion. He has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East after doing his graduate studies in Islamic philosophy and history at McGill University. Steve is the founding publisher of White Cloud Press and is... Read More →

Sponsors
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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 →


Saturday October 28, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Mihama Restaurant 1253 Siskiyou Blvd