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


Identity Politics and Postmodern Aesthetics

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


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.


John Baxter

Jefferson Public Radio

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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 →

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 →


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


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.

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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 →

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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 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room 206 Hannon Library, Second Floor