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


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.


Andrew Gay

Assistant Professor of Communication, Southern Oregon University


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


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.” 


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


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.


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


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.


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 →

Richard Herskowitz

Ashland Independent Film Festival


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