Oregon author and columnist Matt Love will be at the Tillamook County Pioneer Museum at 1pm on June 18 as part of the museumâ€™s Great Speaker series. His topic will be Gimme Refuge: the Education of a Caretaker, the title of his latest book.
In 1998, Love, at age 33, became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, where he served until 2008. In that decade, he helped restore the grounds to fuller ecology, discovered a love for teaching, and reinvented himself as a writer and historian. Gimme Refuge is his passionate account of his teaching career, experience as caretaker, and awakening as an Oregonian.
Love is the author/editor of The Beaver State Trilogy, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregonâ€™s Sesquicentennial Anthology, Super Sunday in Newport: Notes From My First Year in Town and Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker. Heâ€™s a regular contributor to the Oregonian, Oregon Coast Today and writes the â€œOn Oregonâ€ blog for Powells.com. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Artsâ€™ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. He lives in South Beach with his dog and teaches English and journalism at Newport High School.