Apricot Anderson Irving is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship and has served on the Advisory Committee of the Oregon Book Awards. 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 gentrification, but she has also dug trees in the rain, painted curbs, waited tables and lugged a microphone across three continents to record the stories of heroic, ordinary people.
The Gospel of Trees is her first book.
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