Ampersand

Why the name Ampersand? It’s Forterra’s nod that all things are inherently interdependent. Whether it’s eco and social systems, natural and working lands, or community and conservation, we’ve come to depend on the ampersand to tell our story. The ampersand binds the two reasons Forterra exists—people & place. Both the magazine and Ampersand Live in Seattle are conversation starters and salutes to the place we love.

Ampersand the magazine

Ampersand is a collection of stories, essays, journalistic reports and art about our natural and built environments and some of the people in them. It’s published twice a year. Receive a print copy when it’s hot off the press (in your real mailbox) by making a donation of $45 or more to Forterra. Or you can read the magazine online.

Either way, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do. We invite your comments, suggestions and ideas. You can email them to fdavila@forterra.org.

I receive magazines from outdoor recreation and environmental nonprofits all over the country. Forterra’s Ampersand is truly one of the best. It is a must read for those interested in creating great communities and conserving great lands.
Kristen Ragain, REI Community Affairs Program Manager

Ampersand Live

Ampersand Live | Nov 12, 2015

Ampersand magazine goes from page to stage at Town Hall Seattle for a fast-moving, unrehearsed, live and 100% locally sourced event that celebrates people & place.

Public radio’s Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Live Wire!), hosts this somewhat edgy, somewhat nerdy, always engaging evening.  More than a dozen photographers, writers, artists, journalists, a forager, a wildlife tracker, a chocolatier—and a dog—connect us to this place we love. The list keeps growing but confirmed contributors to date include:

The Confluence Project | Public Art Installation
Langdon Cook | Author and forager
Johnpaul Jones | Architect
Chris Jordan | Photographer
Gino Lucchetti | Scientist and Musician
Claudia Castro Luna | Seattle’s Civic Poet
Autumn Martin | Chocolatier|
Nikki McClure | Artist
Janie Miller | Poet
David Moskowitz | Photographer and Wildlife Tracker
Glenn Nelson | Photographer
John Richards | KEXP Morning Host
Sampson the Dog | Scat Detective
Katrina Spade | Designer
Alia Swersky  | Dancer
Ruth True | Eco-Entrepreneur

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Check out pictures from the event or read our blog post about last year’s event.

It was an interesting potpourri of speakers—and very inspirational. Despite the recent rain, it made me fall in love with the Northwest again and so proud to be a Seattleite.
Ampersand 2014 guest

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