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Apricot Irving is the author of The Gospel of Trees, a lyrical meditation on ecology, loss, and the tangled history of missions in Haiti.

Raised a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, she has also waited tables, dug trees in the rain, and taught literature and writing to students in Indonesia, China, the U.S., the U.K., and Ireland. 

She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and Literary Arts Creative Nonfiction Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in GrantaOn BeingTopic Magazine, Tin HouseOregon Humanities, and has been selected for the anthologies Best Women’s Travel Writing and Best American Science & Nature Writing.

Irving reported from Haiti on post-earthquake rebuilding efforts for the radio program This American Life and is the founder and director of the Boise Voices Oral History Project, a collaboration between youth and elders to record the stories of a rapidly changing neighborhood in N/NE Portland, which was honored at City Hall for civic engagement and innovative storytelling. Her debut memoir is a Finalist for the Oregon Book Awards.

Photo credit: Tyler Merkel