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Jordan Marie Martinez

Jordan Marie Martinez

Since graduating from Eastern Nazarene College in the Boston area with a B.A. in Journalism and Writing, Jordan Martinez has been writing and copy editing for a few different publications, including the Rogue Valley Messenger. She loved living on the other side of the country for three brief years, but Southern Oregon is truly where she belongs. She also writes for BayArea.com, Showcase Magazine, and is the Copy Editor for Southern Oregon Magazine and Las Vegas Golf & Leisure Magazine. When she isn't writing articles, she's either working on her next book, reading, drawing, watching “There Will Be Blood,” or pulling shots at GoodBean in Jacksonville. You can check out her artwork at hitrecord.org, where she's been featured and loves using the site as a creative outlet: https://www.hitrecord.org/users/J.M.%20Black/records

Spring and summer are about shedding off winter coats and getting back outdoors. Warmer seasons are also about cold brew coffee. Brewed at room temperature or cold water for several hours, typically overnight, cold brew ranges from nutty to earthy flavors depending on the roast. In other words, cold brew

Since TV shows like “The Office” and movies like Best in Show, mockumentaries have become an overwhelmingly popular genre in comedy. YouTube web series created and directed by Mig Windows and Sean Marc Nipper, How to Marry a Vampire is a mockumentary reminiscent of “The Bachelorette.” In fact, the show

Open to interpretation and simply worthy of the public’s admiration, George Shively’s art displayed at Cafe 116 is experimental and telling of his lifelong maturation process in art. Until the end of this month, Shively’s colorful and abstract artwork, titled “Of Creation,” will hang on the walls of the quaint

A group of people gather together amongst pastries and tea. The mood may be somber and there may even be some tension. The topics about to be covered might not start off easy to talk about, but that’s the goal of Ashland Death Cafe. “By beginning to explore death and

John Beeson isn’t a household name. He doesn’t have mountain peaks in southern Oregon named for him. An English emigrant, Beeson settled in Illinois in the 1830s, and his farm served as a waystation for the underground railroad, before walking with his wife and son as far west as Talent.

After suffering a particularly bleak winter in the Rogue Valley, it’s no wonder people are ready to embrace the brightness and colors of Spring. Art & Soul Gallery’s newest exhibit featuring Alx Fox’s acrylic paintings is dubbing her latest installment “A Celebration of Color.” “After a long wet winter in

While second-hand experiences (you know, Facebook, Instagramaphone, etc.) are on the rise, there’s one place still dedicated to the first-hand experience: Inner Guide Expeditions is entering its sixth season of summer trips, taking kids and teens on outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest and even Europe. “It’s really about working

As simple as a sending a birthday card and as complex as journeying through a disturbing psyche, the work of Southern Oregon University’s film students is entertaining, compelling and thoughtful. And coming to the big screen. The Southern Oregon University Student Film Festival will premier several films anywhere from a

One of the greatest beauties of art is learning from it. While it’s a business and an art form, Juniperous also teaches the public about creating clothes sustainably and naturally. Starting her business in Montana and making her way to Jacksonville, Mattie Morton has been studying and practicing using natural

Photographers, painters, jewelers, and horticulturists display their hard work under the warming sun in downtown Medford, proving that spring is in the air. May 13 and 14, Art in Bloom will celebrate its 17th year with over 95 local artisans showcasing their talents and work and making themselves available to