The Team

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 We are a small team of professionals with a wide range of writing, photography and art backgrounds.

Ross Anderson

Founding member & writer

Ross Anderson worked 30 years for the Seattle Times, writing about  politics, environmental issues, fisheries and Northwest history.  He won a number of awards, including a 1990 Pulitzer for coverage of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill.  He lives near Port Townsend and is a founding member of the Rainshadow Journal collective.




Barry Mitzman

Writer and founding member.

Best known in the Pacific Northwest as a Peabody Award-winning TV journalist, Barry Mitzman also has been a staff writer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, professor of strategic communications at Seattle University, director of strategic communications at Microsoft Corp., editor of Seattle Weekly, and a widely published freelance writer. A resident of North Beach in Port Townsend, Barry serves also as a board member of the Jefferson Land Trust and the Fort Worden Foundation.

Check out his website at: Barry



Joel Rogers

Photographer & Writer and founding member.

Joel Rogers is a photographer and author based in Port Townsend, Washington. He has spent 40 plus years photographing and writing on adventure travel, international rowing, sea kayaking, environmental issues, the Pacific Northwest, Seattle and Alaska. Joel is the author and photographer of The Hidden Coast, Kayak Explorations from Alaska to Mexico, which won the Washington Writers Award in 1992, Watertrail, the Hidden Path through Puget Sound, British Columbia: Vancouver and Victoria, and Seattle. Of particular relevance to Port Townsend, Joel was one of the founders of the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium. For the next 23 of 25 years, he attended the symposium making Port Townsend a most familiar destination. In August of 2012 he made the leap and moved to Port Townsend full time.

Check out more of his work at : Joel



Al Bergstein

Writer, Photographer,Videographer & Web Designer

Al Bergstein is an IT professional running Mountainstone Consulting in Port Townsend. In addition to managing Rainshadow Journal’s web site, he creates video productions and plays Brazilian Choro music on mandolin. Al has lived in Port Townsend since 1999. Al was also a founding member of Rainshadow Journal.

Check out Al’s work at :



Allison Arthur

Writer and founding member

Allison Arthur spent 13 years as assistant editor to the Port Townsend Leader. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula.

View her background on LinkedIn



Carl Berger

Writer, Photographer, Founding Member

Prior to 35 years wandering about the industrial construction world, Carl Berger spent five years as publisher, editor, reporter, photographer and janitor for a small weekly newspaper in Wyoming. Retired now, he moved to Port Townsend in 2017 and keeps busy tending to his wooden boat, Sockeye, a 45-foot converted Pacific Northwest fishing troller built in 1944.


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Brad Matsen

Writer, Founding Member

BRAD MATSEN is the author of Death + Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea; Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King; Titanic’s Last Secrets; Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record, and many other books about the sea and its inhabitants.

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Karen Sullivan is a Port Townsend writer and poet, former ship captain, marine biologist, and spokesperson for a federal agency. She is a member of the Rainshadow Journal collective and is at work on a book.

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Writer, Photographer

Stephen Grace is the award-winning author of many books, including Dam Nation: How Water Shaped the West and Will Determine Its Future and Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement. His photography has been widely published, and he has worked on two award-winning films. He is a naturalist and shipboard science educator based in Port Townsend and is leading an effort to preserve the Quimper Lost Wilderness, one of the last stands of old-growth rainshadow forest on the Olympic Peninsula.

Check out his writing and photography at Tides and Trails.

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Jessica Plumb

Writer, Filmmaker

is an award-winning filmmaker and writer known for exploring the relationship between people and place. She is the writer, producer and co-director of Return of the River, a feature documentary about the restoration of the Elwha River, which won a dozen festival awards.  Her video production company creates educational and promotional films for clients. Her freelance writing has been published in the Seattle Times, Mountaineers Magazine, and Boston Globe. Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, she worked in Boston and Beijing. 

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Wanda Fuca


writes our prestigious Roundabout items column.  Wanda is a  literary descendant of Juan, but firmly denies any artistic or genetic link to Mutha Fuca, which we understand is a Hong Kong hip-hop group.  For one thing, Wanda’s last name is spelled with a loooong “u.” Wanda prefers the pronoun neutral “hir” in describing hirself.