Meet the Sequoia: Ashland Tree of the Year 1994

By John Yunker,


If you happen to find yourself at the SOU Hannon Library (a beautiful library, by the way) you might have noticed the massive sequoia overlooking the building.

Little did I know that this is an Ashland tree of the year.

Visit this giant sequoia next time you’re on the Southern Oregon University campus; until then, you can read more about it here.

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John Wood speaks at Chautauqua about The Names of Things

By John Yunker,

Author and anthropologist John Colman Wood’s novel, The Names of Things, was a finalist for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize, and John was later invited to present at the Chautauqua Institution‘s annual summer author series.

Fortunately for those of us who couldn’t be there, one of John’s presentations was recorded. Enjoy!

For more about The Names of Things, click here.

State of the Press: August 2014

By John Yunker,

We send out periodic updates to our authors about what’s new at Ashland Creek Press, and because we have a lot going on this year, I wanted to share some of this news from our State of the Press Address.


First of all, I want to share a few highlights from the past six months:

  • JoeAnn Hart’s novel Float won second prize in the International Rubery Book Award, and first place in fiction.
  • John Colman Wood, whose novel The Names of Things was a Chautauqua award finalist, will be speaking at Chautauqua on August 14.
  • Jean Ryan’s collection Survival Skills was a Lambda Literary Award finalist (general fiction category).
  • Olivia Chadha’s novel Balance of Fragile Things has been adopted as part of the University of California San Diego Muir College Writing Program.

Congratulations to all!

We, along with our authors, continue to promote books long after their publication dates, and these achievements show that book marketing is a marathon, not a sprint, and that it’s never too late for new readers to discover a book, no matter when it was published.

The Publishing Landscape and the ACP Store
It’s hard to be a writer or a reader and not know about the Hachette/Amazon dispute and how it’s affecting publishers large and small. We’ve been keeping a close eye on the situation, as are all publishers.

In order to make our books as accessible as they can possibly be, we now offer direct sales of both print and eBooks from our website (you can order directly from any book page on the site). For print books, we offer free US shipping for orders over $50, and our eBooks are available for immediate download and are free of DRM restrictions. Please feel free to let readers know that they have this option to buy online and to support small presses!

Looking Ahead
We launched the Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Writing this year. There are two months left before the deadline and we’re excited to have Karen Joy Fowler as our final judge. Her novel We are Completely Beside Ourselves won the PEN Faulkner award and has just been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Feel free to share the award information; the deadline is coming up on September 30.


As always, we’re glad to be doing the work we do as a small press in a rapidly changing landscape, where far more doors are opening than closing for today’s authors (and readers). Stay tuned for our next State of the Press Address, in which we’ll announce what’s coming up in early 2015!


Project Passenger Pigeon

By John Yunker,

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

This year marks 100 years since the extinction of the passenger pigeon. This uniquely North American bird was estimated to number in the billions at one point in time — only to go extinct in a period of roughly four decades.

The bird was hunted to extinction. Its breeding grounds destroyed.

And the last known passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, died alone in a zoo in Ohio.

Author Ray Keifetz told us that the story of the passenger pigeon inspired his haunting story “Miriam’s Lantern,” which you can find in Among Animals.

I encourage you to visit Project Passenger Pigeon — a year-long effort to raise awareness of this tragedy (and other species tragedies) so that we can work to prevent history from repeating with other species.



Head to Chautauqua this August to meet author John Colman Wood

By John Yunker,

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The Names of Things by John Colman Wood was a Chautauqua Award finalist in 2013.

Each summer, the Chautauqua Institution selects nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to participate in its summer author series. John Colman Wood will be speaking there on August 14. Here are the details.

If you can plan a trip to this beautiful part of New York, we recommend it!