Writers-in-Residence Spring 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Long-Term Ecological Reflections Writers-in-Residence Program will host three writers and one musician who will be in residence at the Andrews Forest for spring 2018. Matthew Battles, a nonfiction writer and associate director of Harvard’s metaLAB, will be visiting from April 16-28. He is the author of "Tree", which explores human relations with trees—not only as sources of shelter, fuel, and food, but as objects of aesthetic interest and metaphor. Derek Sheffield is an award-winning poet from Washington state who will be at the Andrews from May 3-11. Derek's writing and research interests include contemporary poetry, Northwest writing, environmental arts, science, and field ecology. Molly Sturdevant is a fiction writer, essayist, and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She also teaches in the university’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies program. Molly's research and teaching interests bridge biology and philosophy, and she’s interested in the history of natural philosophy and science. She’ll be in residence from May 10-22. Lisa Schonberg, a writer, instructor and drummer from Portland, will be in residence from May 17-30. Lisa uses writing, field recording, and music composition to document specific habitats and ecosystems in order to bring attention to environmental issues. She’s interested in developing music compositions based on the soundscapes at Andrews. Work from the residents will be deposited into the Forest Log, a two-hundred-year collection of writing on the relation of people and forests changing together over time.

Long-Term Ecological Reflections is a collaboration between the Spring Creek Project, the Andrews Forest Long-Term Ecological Research Program, and the Pacific Northwest Research Station with funding from the U.S. Forest Service.