Tim Fox

There is also the feeling that I never left home. In undertaking the journey on foot, the continuity of presence was never broken. Thus, instead of leaving home, I expanded it.

Tim Fox, Andrews Forest Writing Resident, 2009

Tim Fox has followed a seasonal round through his Oregon Cascades homeland; in summer he’s immersed in wildlife, vegetation and archaeological surveys for the U.S. Forest Service; in winter, writing, reading and frequent family walks among the trees fill his days.  His work has been published in the anthologies Forest Under Story and in Dark Mountain Issue 4Dark Mountain Issue 5, Dark Mountain Issues 9 and 11 (available in spring, 2017), a forthcoming Best of Dark Mountain anthology, Orion magazine and on the Yes! magazine website.  And click here to hear a Radio Ecoshock podcast reading of his provocative essay, “Rivershift.”

Forest Log Work:


I Owl Gravel crunches underfoot as I walk with a full backpack down the old logging road deep in the central Oregon Cascades. Ridgeline shadows stretch across the Lookout Creek watershed, washed with the golden light of a late-September evening. The first day of my...

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Barred Owls and Belonging

Evening settles in over my second camp in the autumn old growth. Time again for a fire. I fetch dry twigs, remove two more sheets of newspaper from my backpack and carefully  construct a kindling tee pee. As I’m leaning the last pieces on, a barred owl calls from very...

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Primordial Chords

. . . I suspect that the mind, like the feet, works at about three miles an hour. If this is so, then modern life is moving faster than the speed of thought, or thoughtfulness. Rebecca Solnit  (Wanderlust: A History of Walking) After a long hike following steep,...

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The Mountain Lion

Overture (Excerpt from full-length manuscript) Overture: An act, offer, or proposal that indicates readiness to undertake a course of action or to open a relationship. American Heritage Dictionary Each September 28th for the past eight years, I have embarked on a...

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