Rainshadow Community

Founding member & writer Ross Anderson worked 30 years for the Seattle Times, writing about Pacific Northwest politics, history and natural resources. He won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer for coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He lives in Port Townsend and is a founding member of the Rainshadow Journal. Email him at ross_inkstainedwretch@hotmail.com
Karen Sullivan is a Port Townsend writer and poet, former ship captain, marine biologist, and spokesperson for a federal agency. She is a member of the Rainshadow Journal collective and is at work on a book. You can see her other work at https://karenlsullivan.com
Writer, Photographer, Founding Member. Prior to 35 years wandering about the industrial construction world, Carl Berger spent five years as publisher, editor, reporter, photographer and janitor for a small weekly newspaper in Wyoming. Retired now, he moved to Port Townsend in 2017 and keeps busy tending to his wooden boat, Sockeye, a 45-foot converted Pacific Northwest fishing troller built in 1944.
Jerry Gorsline is a writer living on the Quimper Peninsula. He is author of "Shadows of Our Ancestors: Readings in the History of Klallam - White Relations"
Writer and founding member Allison Arthur spent 13 years as assistant editor to the Port Townsend Leader. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula. Check out her resume at LinkedIn:
Designer, editor, teacher and spokesperson over the years, Mark Clemens came to Port Townsend in 2010. His stories and poems have appeared in The North American Review, Gray’s Sporting Journal and Mountain Gazette. His first novel, Infinite Tenderness, is now in search of a publisher. Currently, Clemens is working on a screenplay about two young sisters running a small-town newspaper in the depths of the Depression.
Leslie Aickin has lived in the Port Townsend area for over 40 years, enjoying her owner-built home on a meadow surrounded by fine neighbors and trees and deer and coyotes and birds and slugs. She also appreciates the friends, adventures, education, culture, and geology of her home ground.
Photographer & Writer and founding member. Joel Rogers is a photographer and author based in Port Townsend, Washington. Joel is the author and photographer of "The Hidden Coast, Kayak Explorations" from Alaska to Mexico, which won the Washington Writers Award in 1992, "Watertrail, the Hidden Path through Puget Sound, British Columbia: Vancouver and Victoria, and Seattle." Check out more of his work at : https://www.joelrogers.com/
Al Bergstein is an IT professional running Mountainstone Consulting in Port Townsend. In addition to managing Rainshadow Journal’s web site, he creates video productions and plays Brazilian Choro music on mandolin. Al is a long time Port Townsend resident and was also a founding member of The Rainshadow Journal. Check out Al’s work at : https://albergstein.myportfolio.com/
Stephen Grace is the award-winning author of many books, including "Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future" and "Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement." He is a naturalist and shipboard science educator based in Port Townsend and is leading an effort to preserve the Quimper Lost Wilderness, one of the last stands of old-growth rainshadow forest on the Olympic Peninsula. For more on this effort, and to check out his writing and photography, visit https://www.tidesandtrails.org
Kate Dwyer is a Landscape Designer in Port Townsend. She currently runs Kate Dwyer Designs
Dan Chasan is a Vashon Island writer and lawyer who has written about the environment, science, business, history and politics.
Kirk Boxleitner is a film critic living on the Quimper Peninsula.
Best known in the Pacific Northwest as a Peabody Award-winning TV journalist, Barry Mitzman also has been a staff writer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, professor of strategic communications at Seattle University, director of strategic communications at Microsoft Corp., editor of Seattle Weekly, and a widely published freelance writer. A resident of North Beach in Port Townsend, Barry serves also as a board member of the Jefferson Land Trust and the Fort Worden Foundation.. Check out his web site at : http://www.barrymitzman.com
Peggy Myre is founder and president of Exa Data & Mapping, a local company providing marine environmental data management and visualization services to national and international clients.
BRAD MATSEN is the author of Death + Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea; Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King; Titanic’s Last Secrets; Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record, and many other books about the sea and its inhabitants. His articles on marine science and the environment have appeared in Mother Jones, Audubon, and Natural History, among many other publications. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
Wendy Feltham is a photographer and community volunteer. She is co-chair of the Land Trust's Natural History Society and is a citizen scientist with the Port Townsend Marine Science Center.
Jessica Plumb is a filmmaker active on the Olympic Peninsula. She was the co-director, editor, and screenwriter of the film "Return of the River".
Ernie Baird is a shipwright and educator. He has been a foundational member of Port Townsend's unique wooden boat shipwright industry for over 50 years.
Wanda Fuca authors our "Roundabout" column. Hir background is quite diverse. They washed up in Port Townsend in the late 70s, as part of the Wooden Boat Festival. They can be found most sunny days at the Pourhouse, listening and sharing town gossip.