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OUR COAST CONTRIBUTORS ERICK BENGEL Erick Bengel, the features editor at The Daily Astorian, presides over Coast Weekend, Weekend Break, and Our Coast Magazine. He is a former reporter at the Astorian and Cannon Beach Gazette.


Heather Douglas is an educator, writer, and illustrator. She most enjoys hiking under old-growth trees with her husband and 17-year-old dog, Oscar.

Matt Winters has been editor of the Chinook Observer in Long Beach since 1991 and a frequent contributor to The Daily Astorian. His family homesteaded in the western Washington Territory wilderness in 1883, a background that informs his writing about Northwest history, wildlife, economics, and social issues. He and his wife live on Cape Disappointment, where he rejoices in daily walks with his indomitable wheaten terrier, Duncan.

MJ CODY MJ Cody’s travel column “Sleeping Around the Northwest” appeared in the Sunday Oregonian for more than a decade. She is currently working on a forthcoming book, Enduring Spirit: Photographs of Northwest Native Americans 1855 – 1934 (2019, OSU Press).

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RYAN HUME A freelance editor and graphic designer, Ryan Hume is also a frequent contributor to Coast Weekend. His fiction has appeared in Tin House, Juked, The Portland Review, and other publications. He teaches writing at Clatsop Community College and is the faculty advisor of Rain Magazine. He lives in Astoria with his wife and daughter.

Our Coast Magazine 2018  
Our Coast Magazine 2018