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A Writer's Retreat, Deep In The Woods

Nigel Chadwick, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13865581

Henry David Thoreau was not the only writer to head for solitude in the woods.  Karen Auvinen, an award-winning poet, took a leave from people to immerse herself in her writing. 

The situation changed completely when a fire consumed nearly everything she owned, including much of her writing.  She tells the story in her memoir Rough Beauty: Forty Seasons of Mountain Living.  We welcome Karen Auvinen to The Exchange to share her story. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.