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
(* Blue River Fellows, others were Andrews Forest Residents)
- Click on a title to read the selection.
- Click on an author for biographical information.
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
Tim Fox (Fall 2009) -- The Mountain Lion
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
Other Visiting Writers :
(works of writers based on their visits to the Forest in Blue River Gathering, dissertation research, and other contexts)
Tom Leskiw -- 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. Winter 2012
Bill Yake (Spring 2011) -- Slough, Decay, and the Odor of Soil
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke -- came to the forest as part of Dragonfly Eyes field symposium and stayed a few days longer. Spring 2010
Rob Hoshaw -- Clearcut Ironies; written during a visit while working on his MS thesis at University of Oregon. Also see his 2009 thesis, The Contribution of Reflective Writing to Ecological Awareness, which is a study of the Reflections program .
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.
Visiting Scholars :
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 an essay; Thoughts on a triptych for the Andrews Research Station; A triptych for the Andrews Research Station
Aaron Ellison (Fall 2010) -- Decomposition and Memory an essay