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  • The Rogue Valley is home to more than its fair share of writers. Some were born here, but many were drawn to the region by its inspiring landscape, mild climate and support for the arts.
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  • The Rogue Valley is home to more than its fair share of writers. Some were born here, but many were drawn to the region by its inspiring landscape, mild climate and support for the arts.
    "I would say this is one of the top 10 places in the world for writers," says mystery author Robert Arellano, who lives in Talent. "There's the natural beauty, of course, but there is also a lot of support."
    An Edgar Award nominee for his noir novel "Havana Lunar," Arellano says local residents celebrate reading and writing.
    "I feel like as soon as I came here I was embraced by readers as well as other writers," he says.
    With strong community participation in writing groups, open-mic poetry readings and organizations such as the Chautauqua Poets and Writers, which brings acclaimed writers to the valley for readings and workshops, it's no wonder that literary types flock to the region.
    Lawson Inada, Oregon's former poet laureate, has lived in the valley since 1966 and currently makes his home in Medford.
    The winner of the American Book Award for his collection "Legends From Camp," Inada says the region is a wonderful place to be a writer.
    "There are great bookstores, Shakespeare and people who love poetry all over the Rogue Valley," he says. "It's a fine place to write and to enjoy the works of other writers."
    Many of the writers who have made the Rogue Valley their home over the years are themselves examples of the extreme variety that enriches the valley.
    Here are just a few notable literary talents, past and present.
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