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!

C.S. Kraszewski

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 literary journals, such as the California Quarterly, Chapparal, The New Yorker, and Exterminating Angel Press, the Magazine, in which most of the poems he will read today first appeared. His original poetry in Polish, as well as translations from English and American poets such as T. S. Eliot and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, have appeared in Polish-language journals in the U.K. and Poland, such as Odra. He is a member of the Union of Polish Writers Abroad, London.