Ashland Creek Press is a vegan-owned boutique publisher dedicated to publishing books with a world view. We're passionate about the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife, and our goal is to publish books that combine these themes with compelling stories.
Our books have received critical acclaim from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus Reviews, among others, and have been recognized by national award juries, including the Chautauqua Institution and the Lambda Literary Foundation.
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"In an atmosphere of increasingly dire predictions for the future of the printed book, Ashland Creek Press, a small publishing house based in Oregon, offers a flag not of surrender but of vigorous synergy and growth…The publishers are not only devoted to their authors, as evidenced by the loving care of editing, cover design, and publicity, but are equally committed to the happiness of their readers, providing great works of stunning diversity…to thrill book readers everywhere."
Midge has more than twenty years of experience in writing, editing, and publishing. In addition to being a published fiction writer and journalist, she has worked as an editor and copywriter with several New York publishing houses, including Penguin and St. Martin's.
She has held classes in writing and publishing at Boston's Grub Street Writers, San Diego Writers, and Seattle's Richard Hugo House, and for six years she taught communication writing at Boston University, where she earned her master's degree in international communication. An award-winning writer, she has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines, including Bellevue Literary Review, TriQuarterly, Indiana Review, North American Review, Ontario Review, and the Los Angeles Times magazine, and has written articles about the art and craft of writing for such publications as Poets & Writers magazine and The Writer.
In addition to two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing, Midge is also the author of the novel My Last Continent and the award-winning short story collection Forgetting English.
Copyeditor & Proofreader
Formerly our editorial and marketing assistant, Melody is now a graduate of Southern Oregon University, with a bachelor's degree in professional writing; she also studied grant writing, advanced grammar, advanced composition, creative writing, literature, and linguistics. As the top female graduate in her senior class, she received the prestigious Dankook Award. The founder of Melody Editing, she is now a freelance copyeditor and proofreader.
John has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a master’s degree from Boston University. In addition to being an analyst and consultant in the technology industry, he has worked for several publishing companies and is experienced in publishing books in a variety of e-formats.
He is the author of the full-length plays Sanctuary, Paleo, Species of Least Concern, and Meat the Parents, which was a finalist in the 2014 Centre Stage New Play Festival. His one-act play Little Red House was published in the literary journal Mason's Road and produced by the Studio Players Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky. Another one-act play, The Sales Rank Also Rises, was produced by the Washington DC Source Festival (2015) and the Oregon Contemporary Theatre (2015), and was featured in a staged reading the Ashland Contemporary Theatre. His novel The Tourist Trail began as a short story by the same name and won the Phoebe Journal 2010 Fiction Prize. He has also published fiction in Flyway and nonfiction in Antennae.