Willamette Writers is Going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival

Willamette Writers is going to the Ashland Literary Arts Festival which will be held on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Hannon Library on the Southern Oregon University campus.

Willamette Writers will have a table on the third floor, so be sure to come up and say hi. We’ll have ChocoLove bars (come early, before we run out), selfie opportunities with Shakespeare (that’s right, we dug him up), members selling their books and chatting about writing, SOU theater arts department members will read stories from the Timberline Review, and more.

If you are a member of Willamette Writers, you should have received an invitation to join us at our table on the third floor. If you can’t find it, please email us.

Join Us for this Panel: Literary Citizenship: Building Literary Community at the Local Level

Willamette Writer favorite, Laura Stanfill of Forest Avenue Press will join Willamette Writers’ Director of Youth Programs, Stephanie Raffelock on a panel: Literary Citizenship: Building Literary Community at the Local Level, at the upcoming Ashland Literary Arts Festival.

Other participants are Phil Busse, founder, publisher and editor of the Rogue Valley Messenger, Diana Coogle, Chairman of the Board, Applegate Valley Community Newsmagazine, and Margaret Perrow of the Oregon Writing Project at SOU.

The conversation will be about creating literary tribe at a 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, but rather voices that begin in the community.

About the Ashland Literary Arts Festival (ALAF)

ALAF is a reboot of the previous Ashland Literary Festival, which for the last six years has been a purely local event, sponsored by Southern Oregon University. ALAF is an expanded version of ALF, with the focus now 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.

Twenty independent publishers from the region, as well as their authors, will attend this year. Highlights include a reading from Elizabeth Woody, our Oregon poet laureate; a Wonder Woman costume contest; and a showing of the film “Walker,” starring Ed Harris, with a talk show featuring Alex Cox, the director of the film, as well as Richard Herskovitz, director of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. But there is much more than that planned for this year’s ALAF.

Our partners for ALAF already include the Ashland Independent Film Festival, the Daily Tidings, the Medford Public Library, Willamette Writers, the Schneider Museum, the Rogue Valley Messenger, the Southern Oregon Literary Alliance, and Cascadia Publishers.
This is the first, we hope, of an annual event that will draw the best of Cascadia thought to share independent vision and independent stories, on the Southern Oregon University campus, in Ashland, Oregon.

For details, please visit litfest.sou.edu.

Stephanie Raffelock

Stephanie Raffelock is a novelist and a blogger. In her Sixty and Me column, she explores writing, living fully and loving well. She is a regular contributor to The Rogue Valley Messenger, and enjoys literary representation by Dystel, Goderich and Bouret in New York. You can find Stephanie at StephanieRaffelock.com or Tweet her @Sraffelock. What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. ~Robert McKee~