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Apricot Anderson Irving is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Granta, This American Life, MORE Magazine, Oregon Humanities and the anthology Best Women’s Travel Writing.

She is the founder and director of the renowned oral history project, Boise Voices, a collaboration between youth and elders in North Portland to record the stories of a neighborhood in the midst of change, but she has also dug trees in the rain, waited tables, and taught writing in Indonesia, Oregon, Ireland and the UK.

The Gospel of Trees is her first book.

Photo credit: Tyler Merkel