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Join Ellen Waterston and Sitka

Register to join an event with award winning literary artist Ellen Waterston where she will read live and participate in a question and answer session hosted by the Sitka Center. Please note the event is free and spaces are limited. The event will be hosted via Zoom.

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About the event:

High desert writer Ellen Waterston will read from her most recent title, Walking the High Desert: Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail, University of Washington Press, 2020 which she describes as a blend of travelogue, memoir, meditation, history, current events, philosophy, science, and commonplace book. Another Sitka Center alum, Robert Michael Pyle, says of Waterston’s book “Woven out of her own remarkable stories, her trek becomes an insightful search for how we might all get along, here and elsewhere, in a perilously shifting world.”

She has published four poetry and three nonfiction titles and adapted her verse novel, Vía Láctea, to a libretto that premiered in 2016 as a full-length opera. She is twice a WILLA Award Winner in Poetry and the winner of the Obsidian Prize in Poetry. Prose titles also include Where the Crooked River Rises, a collection of Waterston’s award-winning essays, and a memoir, Then There Was No Mountain.

As a literary arts advocate, Waterston is the founder of the Writing Ranch, which offers workshops and retreats for writers, and the Waterston Desert Writing Prize, annually recognizing a nonfiction book proposal that examines the role of deserts in the human narrative. She previously founded and, for over a decade, directed The Nature of Words, a literary arts nonprofit featuring an annual literary festival in Bend, Oregon, where she lives, as well as creative writing workshops in regional schools, social welfare programs, and at the literary arts center’s Storefront Project. Visit and

Walking the High Desert, Encounters with Rural America Along the Oregon Desert Trail be purchased on her website as well as Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble and Indiebound.

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