Ampersand Magazine is a project of Forterra, a Washington-based land trust. Ampersand is the art, imagination, and analysis to accompany Forterra’s land conservation, community, and stewardship activities. 

Ampersand exists because expression, both critical and creative, is how we examine our intentions, challenge our assumptions, and celebrate the beautifully complex relationships between people and places.

Forterra supports sustainability and resiliency across the state by working for our region’s communities and ecosystems. We love this place, its land and its people. Through our work, we build productive partnerships, develop innovative policies, and support responsible rural and urban development. Over three decades,  we’ve helped conserve more than 250,000 acres of Pacific Northwest lands. 

Contributors

Alan Chong Lau

Alan Chong Lau is the arts editor for the International Examiner and coordinates the Asian review of books Pacific Reader. The ArtXchange Gallery based in Seattle represents his visual work.

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Ana Maria Spagna

Ana Maria Spagna is the author of several books including Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going and Reclaimers, stories of elder women reclaiming sacred land and water. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists, Nautilus Book Awards, and as a four-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She teaches in the low-residency MFA programs at Antioch University, Los Angeles and Western Colorado University and lives in the North Cascades.

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Colleen Stinchcombe

Colleen Stinchcombe writes about the environment, health, and outdoor recreation from her home in Edmonds, Washington.

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David Moskowitz

David Moskowitz works in the fields of photography, wildlife biology, and education. He is the photographer and author of three books: Caribou Rainforest, Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest and Wolves in the Land of Salmon.

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Dr. David Ragland

Dr. David Ragland is co-founder and former co-director of the Truth Telling Project of Ferguson and visiting professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in community, liberation, indigenous, and eco-psychologies.

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Dr. J. Drew Lanham

Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a writer, poet, and wildlife biologist. As a wildlife professor, his focus is on songbird ecology and the role of African-Americans in natural resource conservation.

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Dr. Mindy Fullilove

Dr. Mindy Fullilove is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban policy and health. She is the author of three books we love, including “Root Shock,” “Urban Alchemy,” and a new book, “Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All.”

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Drew Christie

Drew Christie is an animator and an illustrator who lives and works in Seattle. He create stories through handmade images. His work has been featured on The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Drawn, Cartoon Brew, and Boooooooom!

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