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Jordan Marie McCaw

Jordan Marie McCaw

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:

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

Through a jellyfish-like structure illuminated by colorful lights Vanessa Renwick’s art installation “Medusa Smack” encapsulates a peaceful easy feeling. The installation will open at Schneider Museum of Art on Wednesday, April 5, and that Saturday, April 8, Renwick’s installation will be accompanied by musician Tara Jane O’Neil. “It’s a dome

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