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!

Michael Jenkins

Poet and Psychometric Technician

Michael Jenkins resigned his position teaching English to become a full-time homemaker. Now that his children are grown, he works as a psychometric technician administering intelligence tests to school children, and as a performance reader creating oral interpretations of picture books for thousands of elementary students each year.

His poetry has won several Southern Oregon and statewide poetry contests, and he has received fellowships that have made it possible to attend writers conferences on the west coast from Centrum in Washington to Squaw Valley in California.  His poems have appeared in Redivider, Shenandoah, Cave Wall, Salamander, and other publications.