The challenge of the Spring Creek Project is to bring together the practical wisdom of the environmental sciences, the clarity of philosophical analysis, and the creative, expressive power of the written word, to find new ways to understand and re-imagine our relation to the natural world.


The Spring Creek Project offers residencies at two locations in Oregon—the Shotpouch Cabin in the Oregon Coast Range and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the western Cascade Range. We also host campus and community events and programs in Corvallis. 


Shotpouch Cabin Residencies

  • The Collaborative Retreat at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek is a two-week-long retreat for two participants who wish to pursue a collaborative project, or two participants who each have individual projects and who anticipate a synergistic benefit from each other's presence.
  • The Trillium Project is a residency program that takes place during the spring wildflower season and focuses on the Cabin and the Shotpouch land.  We welcome proposals from people of a variety of backgrounds—artists, writers, philosophers, scientists, composers, etc.—to visit for a day or a few nights and engage thoughtfully with the land by writing, studying, listening, and creating.
  • The Graduate Student Research and Writing Retreat is offered to Oregon State University graduate student(s) who are engaged in a place-based writing and/or research project, such as a thesis or dissertation project, independent study, or internship in the humanities or environmental sciences. The one-week retreat is offered during Summer, Spring, and Winter Breaks. Faculty members are invited to nominate graduate students in the humanities or environmental sciences. 

H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest Residencies

  • The Long-Term Ecological Reflections program hosts Fall and Spring Writers-in-Residence Programs at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. The resident writers live at the Andrews Forest for one to two weeks, interact with the scientists, explore the forest, and write. Writers are asked to visit several Long-Term Ecological Reflections plots, long-term research plots or other places of ecological interest, and to contribute their written reflections to The Forest Log.

Our open submissions are listed below. 

Ends on September 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to submit to the ARTscend Marys Peak Reading! Please adhere to the following guidelines when uploading your submission:

-An individual writer may submit up to one piece per genre across as many genres as they would like (i.e. three in poetry, one in fiction, and one in creative nonfiction). 

-If you choose to submit in two or more genres, please use separate submission forms. Kindly, do not submit them all in one file. 

-Please upload a separate third person bio. If you don't have one readily available some things that are typically included in a bio are your name, where you went to school, any publications you might have, hobbies related to your submission (birding, hiking, etc.), or any other fun tidbit you want your readers to know about you. The bio should only be about 2-4 sentences. 


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