creative spark plug

storyteller ×  combiner of art + structure  ×  lover of lattes + long runs



Dance made me a writer. Wha-what? I know. I didn't take the smooth road to journalism or writing or editing, for that matter. In college, I was chosen to perform with Susan Marshall + Company for one show, because at tryouts I was told they “liked how I walked.” I danced modern; it was a thrill. I studied poetry and documentary photography and journalism to create this weird mix of influences. Language has rhythm just as dance, which is to say, I’ve created a strange career out of mixing art and structure and words.

I have worked in publishing for almost 20 years, as a journalist, writer, ghostwriter, visual artist, one-liner wit maverick, book editor, and mentor/coach. I started my own company, Pine Ridge Creative, after leaving the fun post of managing editor at Statehood Media. Now, as the director of creative works and narrative strategies, I pound the pavement for stories, a report from the field, interview lots of interesting people and continue to s-l-o-w-l-y complete a hand-rendered graphic novel (all pencil, all ink!). My love for storytelling (it should be entertaining and informative!) works in concert with my private mantras as mother and wife (be loving and non-naggy!). 

My love for rhythm (in all its forms) has led me back to my physical body. Pointe shoes (they’re on order again!). Running endurance shoes. My toenails are busted, or rather, ugly, really. Contact me; we can talk about weird artsy projects and normal things, too.


Bedford/St. Martin's, Cengage, Bearface Instructional Technologies, Cherbo Publishing, Corwin Press, Creative Teaching Press, Drummond Publishing, Elsevier, Glencoe, Harcourt, International Executive Resources Group, J.D. Powers and Associates, McGraw-Hill, SAGE Publications (London, UK, and Thousand Oaks, Calif.), Routledge Reference/Taylor and Francis Group, Thomson, Trade Press Services, Wadsworth, + Van Brien & Associates


1859 Oregon's MagazineOnTrak Magazine, Bend Design Conference 2016, "The Best of the Web 2009" (Dzanc Books), "Hanging by Threads" (Midwest Literary Magazine/Quiet Press), American Cinematographer MagazineAnthem JournalBark MagazineBrevity: A Journal of Concise Literary NonfictionBound OffBurner Magazine (Toronto, Canada), BURSTCalyx: A Journal of Art and LiteratureCerise Press, CitySearch, Daily PalettedecomP: a literary magazineDesert NewsThe Hairpin Magazine - Ladies FirstJackson Hole ReviewLiterary MamaLos Angeles TimesMarco Polo Arts MagazineMorning CallNewsdayOrion OnlineOrlando SentinelPeaceful Dumpling - The Vegan NetworkPrick of the SpindleSalt Lake MagazineSmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition ReviewRed Fez, Rockaway Artists Alliance, Routledge Reference/Taylor and Francis Group, Tampa ReviewVagabondish.comVestal ReviewWildlfe Art MagazineWord RiotWorking World Magazine, XCP: StreetnotesZyzzyva

Tricia Louvar.  photography by Rob Kerr

Tricia Louvar. 

photography by Rob Kerr



tricia.louvar at gmail dot com


wit (subjective, i know)

creativity (all natural!)

listening (introvert alert.)

optimism (to a fault?)


form + structure




Yvette Van Boven (don't buy food, make it. put love into it!)

Storables (organize, people!)

Long-distance running (nope, not a fast one.)



Pollinator Plight / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

The Everyman's Designer / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Ann Friedman Tickles Your Mind / Bend Design Conference

Linsey Corbin as Uber Iron(wo)man / 1859 Oregon's Magaziner

Social Justice Filmmaking / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

How To Shoot Killer Travel Photography / Vagabondish

Pressing Forward / Orion Magazine


Chained Up on All Fours / Anthem Journal

Bedtime Encyclopedia / Tampa Review

Floodplain: Episodes of ER Delirium / Prick of the Spindle

Hall of the Sky / Superstition Review


Oregon's Americana Retold in Film / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Open Letter to Jenna Lyons / The Hairpin

Brief Transcription of Pantie Chatter / The Hairpin

The Yoga-Juice Continuum / The Hairpin

World Time / The Hairpin

The Extroverts' Cocktail Party / The Hairpin

Created original photography to accompany each creative nonfiction essays in Brevity, issue 31. Had the pleasure of working with Dinty Moore on this project. Highlight of writers in this issue included  Brenda Miller and Sherman Alexie.

Where Pavement Ends / Cerise Press (France/U.S.)  > Selected as featured artist for issue volume 4, issue 12.

The Wallflower, The Poet, Day 124 / Calyx Press


The Colombian Bird Flap Gesture / Mad Hatter's Review

An Expectant Mother's Motion Parallax / Literary Mama

A Birthday in the Making / Literary Mama


Friend Highball at Bastion Square / Word Riot


Bounty / Smokelong Quarterly (Dzanc Books selected my short story as part of the Best of the Web anthology for literary fiction. Here is an interview with me about the story.)

(sample) PORTFOLIO*

*this is not an exhaustive list of my credited work, but only a sample of my range as a journalist, writer, and creative artist. I keep adding to the list ...