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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, 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, where she's been featured and loves using the site as a creative outlet:

With all of the art galleries of the deep artistic talent in Southern Oregon, there are plenty of opportunities to purchase and own what local artists have created. Saturday, March 18, local artist Toreah Foy is auctioning her art at the GoodBean Coffee Company in Jacksonville. All art sold will

“Between the acting of a dreadful thing and the first motion, all the interim is like a phantasm, or a hideous dream,” Brutus says in frustration as he contemplates taking the life of his friend, Julius Caesar. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Shana Cooper at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, confronts the

Imagine foraging through the dirt in the woods, searching for painting materials. Going to the store and buying mass-produced paint is easier, no doubt, but is it as healthy as what the Earth has to offer? Leah Fanning, professional painter and founder of Natural Earth Paint, isn’t afraid to dig

On Friday, March 10, the Queer Resource Center at Southern Oregon University will put on its second Queer Film Festival Friday. The QRC’s mission is “to encourage relationship building and support systems in order to empower every person to have a positive university experience, to grow as a self-aware individual,

The model of the Julius Caesar set shows multiple broken white walls––almost resembling smashed cardboard––reflecting a tiny city in need of repair. It also represents a system with a lost foundation, or a lost purity. Behind them is the statue under construction—never to be finished. With the 2017 season at

From YouTube to the stage to music, everyone starts somewhere before their success. For Tessa Violet, it was Ashland, Oregon. As a famed YouTuber and vocalist, the Pacific Northwest native has fostered her talents and expanded them internationally. What began as video blogs about various topics such as music videos

Adult coloring books have grown rapidly in popularity over the past couple years. Now one can walk into any bookstore––or just about any store, really––and find a shelf filled with books for adults with beautiful designs and detailed pictures waiting to be colored. Chickadee Creative Coloring in Southern Oregon published

Eighties pop rock brought the world an iconic brand of music memorable even to those who may not prefer the genre. For three evenings the Craterian Music Hall will be celebrating 80s pop legends like Cindy Lauper, Whitney Houston, the B-52s, and others in their musical performance titled Girls Just

When a gallery opens multiple exhibits, it presents multiple mediums of thought-provoking talent to the community. Though the exhibits opened Jan. 20, Center for the Visual Arts at Southern Oregon University will host a First Friday event Feb. 3, showcasing new exhibits by students and community members. “Each artist and

What is it about beer and hockey that makes it such a wonderful match? Perhaps it’s enjoying a cold, refreshing beverage while watching a cold, intense game. Southern Oregon Adult Hockey Association understands the perfect combination through the creation of the Brewery Hockey League, which is in its second year.