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Memorial Day 9 AM | Life and loss, high in the mountains

Our Memorial Day trip down memory lane continues at 9: 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.

Karen Auvinen came to The Exchange to share her story in 2019.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the senior producer, Nash Bennett is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.