Writers-in-Residence and Other Visiting Writers
Long-Term Ecological Reflections
The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts two Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest; each occurs twice a year. Creative writers whose work reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for the Andrews Forest Writers Residencies. The Blue River Fellowships are offered to well-established writers by invitation. The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are asked to visit several Long-Term Ecological Reflection plots, long-term research plots or other places of ecological interest, and to contribute their written reflections to the Forest Log.
Click here for descriptions of the Long-Term Ecological Reflection plots.
Click here for information about applying for Andrews Forest Writers Residencies.
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The Forest Log
An on-line journal of poems, essays, articles and other creative reflections on the Forest
Writers-in-Residence Other Visiting Writers Visiting Scholars
(* Blue River Fellows, others were Andrews Forest Residents)
- Click on a title to read the selection.
- Click on an author for biographical information.
- Bill Yake (Fall 2013)
- Forest Breakfast
- Half the Forest is Night
- To Fungi & Their Hosts - the Intimates
- Encounters with Forest People
- Small Mammal Survey Notes
- Science Mind, Literary Mind
- Forests and People: a meandering Long-Term Ecological Reflection on changing relationships between forests and human culture
- Confronting tenacious forests on steep slopes, while considering Taxus and Taxol
- Michael G. Smith (Spring 2013)
- Raw Data From H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest; March 24 - April 7, 2013
- Jeff Fearnside (Spring 2013)
Jessica Hahn (Fall 2011) -- Chop Wood, Carry Water
Kathleen Heideman (Spring 2010) -- Andrews Forest residency documented in multiple blog postings
John Campbell (Spring 2010) -- SCOPE: An Andrews Forest Residency
Gary Paul Nabhan* (Fall 2009) -- Light Gaps/Dark Gaps//Andrews Forest/Tumamoc Hills; Field Notes/End Notes to a Prose Poem
Jim Dodge (Spring 2009) - (works in progress)
John Elder* (Spring 2008) -- Purity and Change: Reflections in an Old-Growth Forest
Kathie Durbin (Spring 2007) -- Reflections on change, natural or otherwise: a forest journal
- Robert Michael Pyle* (Spring 2004)
- Our very first Writer-in-Resident at the Andrews Experimental Forest
- The Long Haul
- Reflections: Field Notes, Journal Entries, Essay, Poems, and Comments
Other Visiting Writers:
(works of writers based on their visits to the Forest in Blue River Gathering, dissertation research, and other contexts)
- Tom Leskiw (Winter 2012)
- Pre-Relevance; Writer Leskiw picked up the "pre-relevant" phrase at in a Long-Term Ecological Reflections pesentation at the 2005 meeting of the Association for Study of Literature and Environment and riffs off it in this essay.
- Bill Yake (Spring 2011)
- Slough, Decay, and the Odor of Soil
- Allison Adelle Hedge Coke (Spring 2010)
- Came to the forest as part of Dragonfly Eyes field symposium and stayed a few days longer.
- Rob Hoshaw (2009)
- Clearcut Ironies; written during a visit while working on his MS thesis at University of Oregon.
- The Contribution of Reflective Writing to Ecological Awareness, which is a study of the Reflections program (2009 thesis).
Anita Sullivan -- Old Growth Forest; based on visit during Blue River Writers Gathering 2008.
Terre Ryan -- Timber culture: scenic Oregon and the aesthetics of clearcuts; a chapter from her PhD. Univ. of Nevada-Reno, which is now a chapter in her book "This Ecstatic Nation: The American Landscape and the Aesthetics of Patriotism" 2011 from Univ. of Massachusetts Press.
David Oates -- Field Notes from the Andrews Experimental Forest; based on visit during Blue River Writers Gathering 2006.
Chris Norment (Fall 2010) -- On Coming Out of the Desert, and Into the Rain
- Elizabeth Farnsworth (Fall 2010)
- In the very large, the very small
- Thoughts on a triptych for the Andrews Research Station
- A triptych for the Andrews Research Station
- Aaron Ellison (Fall 2010)
- Decomposition and Memory
- The Suffocating Embrace of Landscape and the Picturesque Conditioning of Ecology Landscape Journal 2013