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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

Comic Con wouldn’t exist without the countless iconic books and films preceding it. With the first modern comic book published in 1933, millions more have been published since then, as well as movies based on those stories. Writing team Paula M. Block and Terry Erdmann (who will be present at

Try thinking of a place with more lore, more fanatics, and more knowledge about fiction than Comic Con. The worldwide convention has become a time to argue, geek out, and love on anyone’s favorite comic books, TV shows, and movies. Two experts who will be at Medford Comic Con have

With all the big name super hero movies and TV shows, there are just as many independent comic book and graphic novel series in print form and on the web. Southern Oregon local Maddie Cull is one example of someone pursuing originality in this creative art form. “I think what

The sunrise wakes you up with piercing rays and an orange sky, the refreshing air kissing your face. You sit up and arch your tired back, your spine popping. Before you is the Pacific Crest Trail, waiting for your sore feet to traverse it. Alex Detweiler woke up every morning

Ashland’s First Friday Art Walk brings in the spring and also new, stunning art. It’s a day to explore artwork that’s new or old, as well as support local galleries. The Art Walk on Friday, April 7, welcomed a new art gallery with old and new pieces, called American Trails.

A couple acres of land can either be daunting or exciting. Foraging the land, planting new crops, building a barn––the possibilities are endless. Saturday, April 22, Living on Your Land–Tree School Rogue will educate and answer all the questions about what one can do with his land. From “Revegetation with

“There’s a difference between fear—that unpleasant emotion associated with the belief that someone or something is a threat—and being scared,” Susan Conrad writes in her book Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. Conrad is having a number of book signings in the Rogue Valley in promotion of her

Directed by Lionel Braverman and written-directed by Matias Piñeiro, Hermia & Helena follows Camila (Augustina Muñoz), a young woman from Argentina who’s participating in a fellowship in New York to translate Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” the Shakespeare rom-com that also, not coincidentally, lends itself as the flight pattern for the

A women’s rugby team fights together on the field, garnering fresh bruises and cuts. An audience listens to the curious story of a man’s death. A woman survives on the run by seeking help from an unlikely stranger. These stories, all by local filmmakers, are being presented at the Ashland

A young man forages through garbage for food, not caring about the smell or rotting fruit touching his skin. Grease coats his hair and a smile broadens on his face. He seems free. I Am Another You is an eye-opening documentary about homelessness, mental illness, and how one person’s actions