Karin Gastreich

This is the first time I've been asked – formally – to study the forest from a writer's perspective, and I've found that my approach in the first moments of the encounter is the same: I stop. And then I listen. With all my senses.

Karin Gastreich, Andrews Forest Writing Resident, 2011

Karin Gastreich writes tales of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. The worlds she creates are a strange amalgamation of medieval Europe and colonial Costa Rica, with misty forests, vast savannas, and steamy jungles. They are populated by brave heroines, noble heroes, and twisted villains. Karin’s novels blend elements of epic fantasy, historical fiction, and romance. Grounded in traditional fantasy and real history, she crafts a diverse array of compelling male and female characters, weaving the natural world into all her stories.

Forest Log Work:

Samantha Hatfield

Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, from the Tututni Band, and is also Cherokee. She earned a Doctorate from Oregon State University in Environmental Sciences focusing on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of Siletz Tribal Members, from Oregon State University. Dr. Chisholm Hatfield’s specializations include: Indigenous TEK, tribal adaptations due to climate change, and Native culture issues. She’s worked with Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the Northwest Climate Science Center.

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Nancy Lord

Nancy Lord is passionate about place, history, and the natural environment. From her many years of commercial salmon fishing and, later, work as a naturalist and historian on adventure cruise ships, she’s explored in both fiction and nonfiction the myths and realities of life in the north.

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Courtney Carlson

Courtney Carlson is a writer and Assistant Professor at the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. She has studied at both Boston College and Mansfield College, and currently resides in Laramie, Wyoming.

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Anne Haven McDonnell

Anne Haven McDonnell is a poet and assistant faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She lives in Santa Fe with her partner and her old dog, and has published poems in The Georgia Review, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Whitefish Review, Fourth River, Crab Creek Review, and Terrain.org. She holds an Interdisciplinary MA degree in Environmental Humanities from Prescott College and has been the recipient of the American Indian College Fund Master’s fellowship with the Mellon Foundation.

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Ellen Waterston

Ellen Waterston is a poet, author and literary arts advocate. She is the author of Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, Where the Crooked River Rises, and a memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, which was rated one of the top ten books of 2003 by the Oregonian and a WILLA finalist. After eleven years as founder/director of The Nature of Words, a literary arts nonprofit, she passed the baton in 2012 to focus on the Writing Ranch, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize and her writing. Founded by Waterston in 2000, the Writing Ranch offers writing workshops and retreats.

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John S. Farnsworth

John S. Farnsworth studies literary natural history and Anglo-American nature writing. He also dabbles in historical ecology, environmental rhetoric, and the history of environmental thought. He teaches Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University, and consults on education for sustainability, especially concerning sustainability-across-the-curriculum programs at the university level.

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Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is the author of many books including the recently released Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her work chronicles communities being irrevocably changed by late capitalist industrialization, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Orion, The New Republic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al Jazeera, Witness, the Huffington Post, Frieze, Nowhere, Asian Geographic, The Dark Mountain Project and others.

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Josh Krute

I often explore outside of city limits, being immersed in diverse natural settings along the coast or cascade mountain ranges. I am inspired when finding the remains of tree forms – whether I come across a tree clearing, and slash and burn pile, or an abandoned structure, these forms and environments exist because of the alterations made by our human kind. I understand it is my responsibility to convey and preserve a wooden object’s character, ecological history, and the relationship between the natural world and man’s adaptation of it, including my own.

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