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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 wri... 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

10:30am

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

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

11:30am

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
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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
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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
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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 →


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

12:30pm

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

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
avatar for Ana Ramana

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.

Speakers
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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."

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 →


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

2:00pm

Children's Book Reading with Matt Damon
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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

2:30pm

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
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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