writer + visual storyteller

dog lover. coffee drinker.



Tricia Louvar is a creative hybrid who studied journalism, poetry, French aesthetics, and documentary photography in college and beyond. She has spent the last 21 years working in publishing as a writer, editor, and visual artist. Her visual work has earned recognition in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, New York Post, among others. 

She's currently illustrating and writing a field guide.

Her reporting and writing skew to health, environment, and science. Each has an artful matrix of connections and echoes. 

The following luminaries continue to inspire her work: Lynda Barry, Roz Chast, Edward Gorey, Jorie Graham, Elizabeth Bishop, Annie Dilliard, Joan Didion, Wallace Stegner, Pema Chödrön, Mary Ellen Mark, Maya Deren, Chantal Akerman, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, and Thích Nhất Hạnh.


New York Times. Los Angeles Times, Bedford/St. Martin's, Bend Design Conference 2016, Cengage, Bearface Instructional Technologies, CitySearch, 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, Statehood Media, Rockaway Artists Alliance


New York Times,  Los Angeles Times, 1859 Oregon's MagazineOnTrak Magazine (Amtrak), 1889 Washington's Magazine, The Best of the Web 2009 Anthology (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 Literature, Camas MagazineCerise Press, CitySearch, Daily PalettedecomP: a literary magazineDesert NewsThe Hairpin Magazine - Ladies FirstJackson Hole ReviewLiterary MamaMarco Polo Arts MagazineMorning CallNewsdayOrion OnlineOrlando SentinelPeaceful Dumpling - The Vegan NetworkPrick of the SpindleSalt Lake MagazineSmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition ReviewRed Fez, Tampa Review, Up the Stairase Literary JournalVagabondish.comVestal ReviewWildlfe Art MagazineWord RiotWorking World Magazine, XCP: StreetnotesZyzzyva


Follow my creative journey on Instagram. @tricia.louvar

 Tricia Louvar    

Tricia Louvar 


 Doodling day on the river. 2018

Doodling day on the river. 2018



time melts away here.

(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 ... 


The State of Coffee: Why roastmasters are chasing the ghosts / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

The Art of Beef / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Pollinator Plight / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Aquatic Wildlife Rights / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Pressing Forward / Orion Magazine



Positive Vibes in Violent Times / 1889 Washington's Magazine

FERN: Perfecting the Personal Dating Brand / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

The Luminous, Private World of Christopher Burkett / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

 Bibliophile: Put Down the Remote / 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 Magazine

Social Justice Filmmaking / 1859 Oregon's Magazine


The Wild Collective: Exploring Washington's National Wildlife Refuges l 1889 Washington's Magazine

Hiking into the Opal Creek Wilderness / 1859 Oregon's Magazine

Yaletown Mission: Take the City / OnTrak Magazine, Amtrak

How To Shoot Killer Travel Photography / Vagabondish


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


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.)

A Flyover State l Vestal Review

Measurement of Resting Potential / decomp literary magazine


The Colombian Bird Flap Gesture / Mad Hatter's Review

An Expectant Mother's Motion Parallax / Literary Mama

A Birthday in the Making / Literary Mama


NEW! Sketchbook, mini-graphic novel, "Free Dog," a pen-and-ink love affair on global tour wit the Brooklyn Art Library

 Sample page from "Free Dog," a freestyle sketchbook project

Sample page from "Free Dog," a freestyle sketchbook project

My visual art series illustrated the poetry section of Up the Staircase Quarterly, No. 41, 2018. Here's the gallery above.

Photography for Oregon's Americana by Tricia Louvar. Copyright held by Statehood Media. All shot on Holga, Velvia film

Visual Artist for Summer issue, vol. 26, no 2, celebrating the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Camas Magazine

Visual Artist/illustrator for the poetry section of Up the Staircase Quarterly, no. 41., 2018

A Solar Eclipse's Journey Across America / New York Times

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 Wisdom Collection / RedFez

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

Jackson Hole Review/ May 2011

 My photograph on the front page of the  New York Times . Digital version. The image made it in the print version on August 22, 2017

My photograph on the front page of the New York Times. Digital version. The image made it in the print version on August 22, 2017


Friend Highball at Bastion Square / Word Riot

Tricia Louvar created this video to accompany her story "Life Vest." The story first appeared in audio form, in Bound Off #48. An hour-long presentation of Bound Off videos was shown at the Printers' Ball ( ) on July 30, 2010 in Chicago. Bound Off is a free monthly literary audio magazine.