Ashland Creek Press is dedicated to publishing books with a world view. We're passionate about the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife, and our goal is to publish books that combine these themes with compelling stories.
Our books have received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, among others, and have been recognized by national award juries, including the Chautauqua Institution and the Lambda Literary Foundation.
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"In an atmosphere of increasingly dire predictions for the future of the printed book, Ashland Creek Press, a small publishing house based in Oregon, offers a flag not of surrender but of vigorous synergy and growth…The publishers are not only devoted to their authors, as evidenced by the loving care of editing, cover design, and publicity, but are equally committed to the happiness of their readers, providing great works of stunning diversity…to thrill book readers everywhere." —Huffington Post Books
Midge has more than a fifteen years of experience in writing, editing, and publishing. In addition to being a published fiction writer and journalist, she has worked as an editor and copywriter with such publishing houses as Penguin, St. Martin's Press, Bantam Dell, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
She has held classes in writing and publishing at Boston's Grub Street Writers, San Diego Writers, and Seattle's Richard Hugo House, and for six years she taught communication writing at Boston University, where she earned her master's degree in international communication. An award-winning writer, she has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, North American Review, Ontario Review, and the Los Angeles Times magazine, and has written articles about the art and craft of writing for such publications as Poets & Writers magazine and The Writer. She is author of the short story collection Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Originally published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009, a new, expanded edition was published in April 2011 by Press 53.
Copyeditor & Proofreader
Formerly our editorial and marketing assistant, Melody is now a graduate of Southern Oregon University, with a bachelor's degree in professional writing; she also studied grant writing, advanced grammar, advanced composition, creative writing, literature, and linguistics. As the top female graduate in her senior class, she received the prestigious Dankook Award. The founder of Melody Editing, she is now a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
John has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a master’s degree from Boston University. In addition to being an analyst and consultant in the technology industry, he has worked for several publishing companies and is experienced in publishing books in a variety of e-formats.
He is the author of the full-length plays Sanctuary and Meat the Parents, which was a finalist in the 2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival. His one-act play Little Red House was published in the literary journal Mason's Road and produced by the Studio Players Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. Another one-act play, The Sales Rank Also Rises, will be produced by the Oregon Contemporary Theatre in 2015. His novel The Tourist Trail began as a short story by the same name and won the Phoebe Journal 2010 Fiction Prize.
Editorial & Marketing Assistant
Amanda is a graduating senior at Southern Oregon University working towards a B.A. in Literary Studies. Her next step is into the publishing world with the hope to provide people the same joy she finds in her journeys through fiction. Along with her career aspirations, Amanda also wants to spend her time traveling and exploring life outside of the beautiful, yet tediously small, Southern Oregon that is her home.