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Diana Coogle

Jefferson Journal Contributor

For more than twenty years as a JPR commentator, Diana Coogle wrote about living in the Siskiyou Mountains without electricity. Three years ago she built a new house on the same mountainside and now lives with a washing machine, refrigerator, and other common electrical devices (though she still heats with wood). Convenience, she says, is not such a bad word, after all, and there is still plenty to write about. She recently wrote a Ph.D. dissertation on Old English poetry and is currently working on a paintings-and-essays book with Applegate artist Barbara Kostal. Her first book of collected commentaries (Fire from the Dragon’s Tongue, followed by Living with All My Senses: 25 Years of Life on the Mountain and An Explosion of Stars) was an Oregon Book Award finalist. Her latest book, co-authored with Janeen Sathre, is Favorite Hikes of the Applegate: A Trail Guide with Stories and Histories.