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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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Saturday, October 28
 

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

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
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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 →

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 wri... Read More →
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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 →
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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

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

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 →

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 →
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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 →
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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 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meese Room 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.


Speakers
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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