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:

Fungus on a Fallen Alder at Lookout Creek

Florid, fluted, flowery petal, flounce
of a girl’s dress, ruffled fan,
striped in what seems to my simple eye
an excess of extravagance,
intricately ribboned like a secret
code, a colorist’s vision of DNA.

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Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass is the author of Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University and lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Disturbance Theory

I stumble through the tangle of old growth. I stumble through a clear cut’s slash. I hike: Lobaria a verb above the mossy trail.

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Travel That Takes You Home

Like an old growth forest, reflection is slow, takes time, and rewards patience, but is increasingly rare.  Our sense of time and our attention spans and our ability to sense the world, have been radically altered by technology.

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Tom Montgomery Fate

Tom Montgomery Fate is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Beyond the White Noise, a collection of essays, Steady and Trembling, a spiritual memoir, and Cabin Fever, a nature memoir. His essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe,The Baltimore Sun, Orion, Iowa Review, Fourth Genre, Riverteeth, Sojourners, Christian Century, and many other journals and anthologies; and they regularly air on National Public Radio and Chicago Public Radio.

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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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