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Ursula K. Le Guin

21 October 1929–22 January 2018

Updated 13 August 2018

The Literary Arts Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin


Dear readers and friends,

We are deeply honored by the outpouring of affection and admiration for Ursula and her life’s work.

Many have asked whether we are planning a public event to commemorate and honor Ursula; others have asked where one could direct donations in her name.

In collaboration with Literary Arts, a tribute was held Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 7:30 p.m., at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The video (see above) is online.

As many know from her writings, Ursula often visited, and passionately loved, Malheur County in southeast Oregon. Donations to organizations supporting and protecting this region may be made in her honor.

With gratitude,

Ursula’s family


Donations may be made in Ursula’s name to:

Audubon Society of Portland
Please specify that the donation is for Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Harney County

Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Malheur Field Station


Memorial Events


Online Tributes

Dragon writer's tracks, by Hermester Barrington.

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by April Baer. Oregon Public Broadcasting.

“How you bear it is up to you.” — UKL

Wineaux: In search of the perfect wine for Ursula, by Susana Leonardi. Davis Enterprise.

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin: Eric Molinsky interviews Arwen Curry. Imaginary Worlds Podcast

A Postcard from Ursula, by John Crowley. bostonreview.net

Women to Admire: Ursula K. Le Guin, by Sarah Crocker. culturess.com

The Universe Is Basically a Hippie’s Pipe Dream, by Vandana Singh. wired.com

The Word for World is Ursula, by Tony Wolk. propellermag.com

What else can I do but go on dreaming? Professor Tony Wolk remembers colleague and dear friend Ursula K. Le Guin, by Molly MacGilbert. Portland State Vanguard

...The Dispossessed, which had a big impact on my thinking about society..., by @PaulKrugman. Twitter

Appreciations, by Eileen Gunn, Karen Joy Fowler, Robert Silverberg, Nancy Kress, Harlan Ellison®, Kim Stanley Robinson, Ginger Clark, Gregory Benford, Peter S. Beagle, John Kessel, George R.R. Martin, and Tom Whitmore. Locus Magazine, 3/2018

Ron Wyden calls author Ursula K. Le Guin ‘one of Oregon's finest’, by Amy Wang. The Oregonian

Farewell Ursula Le Guin – the One who walked away from Omelas, by Christopher Benjamin Menadue. James Cook University

‘A Berkeley Woman’: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Anna Ho. dailycal.org

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin. Gollancz

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Arwen Curry. Audio. KALW

Feminist Sci-fi and Other Stories, by Ylva Biri. hercampus.com

She has left a tremendous legacy, by Helen Lowe. Helen Lowe blog

Remembering Her Radiance: A Lifelong Friendship, by Stephanie A. Smith. UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Podcast: Remembering the life and work of Ursula K. Le Guin: Naomi Novik and Gerald Jonas. The New York Times

Cooking with Ursula K. Le Guin , by Valerie Stivers. The Paris Review

Mi maestra, by Rosa Montero. El País

A Hero’s Journey, by Kim Falconer. The Supernatural Underground

Alas, There Are No Recipes, by Chuck Wendig. terribleminds.com

True Journey is Return, by Rich Horton. Strange at Ecbatan

Remembering, English department, Colorado State University.

Always Coming Home, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Books Around The Table

On the death of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Cynthia Ward.

A Woman of Her Word, by Robin Morgan. robinmorgan.net

Podcast: Celebration of the life and work (#235, 2/4/2018), hosted by Robin Morgan. Women’s Media Center

Remembering and celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin. winteriscoming.net

I was very saddened to hear..., by George R.R. Martin. LJ

While we read a novel, we are insane, by Nayantara Mazumder. The Telegraph

Look Far: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Jim Kennedy, SJ. Jesuit Post

We are incredibly saddened. Literary Arts [October 2000 podcast]

What Ursula K. Le Guin Meant to Me: Four Writers Remember, by Adrian McKinty, Gabrielle Bellot, Jon Michaud, Maria Dahvana Headley.

In her science fiction and fantasy, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote so much about reality, by Philip Walsh, Northridge. Los Angeles Tiimes

Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea taught Pagan path to many, by Rick de Yampert.

How reading Ursula K Le Guin changed my expectations from science-fiction (and dragons), by Arnab Chakraborty. Dhaka Tribune

This is a loss beyond words. SFWA

5 Canadian fantasy, sci-fi writers share their favourite Ursula K. Le Guin books Hiromi Goto, Guy Gavriel Kay, Robert Sawyer, Jo Walton, Daniel Heath Justice. CBC Books

A Strange Horizons tribute, by Eli Lee. Strange Horizons

10 Powerful Quotes by Ursula K. Le Guin, by Frannie Jackson. Paste Magazine

Ursula K. Le Guin changed my life, by Robin Furth. Paste Magazine

The Word for Empathy is Sci-Fi: On Le Guin, Kress, and Kindness, by Jaime Green. Unbound Worlds

Tending the Roots of Change, by Laurie Toby Edison and Debbie Notkin. Body Impolitic

What the world would look like if we taught girls to rage, by Mona Eltahawy. Thought Experiment: NBC News

Ursula K. Le Guin, by Chris Scott. Top 6: Planet S

Her work was that of a complete person of letters and an important public intellectual, by Kim Stanley Robinson. Observations: Scientific American

Remembering Ursula Le Guin, by Aaron Scott & Carlye Meisburger. Conversations with April Baer, Elisabeth Le Guin, Molly Gloss. State of Wonder: Oregon Public Broadcasting

For Ursula K. Le Guin, the Future Was Always About Today, by Jacob Brogan. Future Tense: Slate

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy. Duke University Libraries

Free Library Staff Remember Ursula K. Le Guin. Free Library of Philadelphia

Tolfink Was Here: On Ursula K. Le Guin and Me, by Luis Alberto Urrea.

Ursula Le Guin: an appreciation, by Adrian McKinty. The Irish Times

A magic of true speaking, by Neil Gaiman. Library of America

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018). Locus

Ursula K. Le Guin inspired countless readers to believe in the power of women, by Michael Berry. San Francisco Chronicle

Ursula K. Le Guin Dies at 88, by John Maher. Publishers Weekly

American novelist Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88, by Nicole Karlis. Salon

Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Nicola Griffith. Seattle Review of Books

Author Nisi Shawl remembers a literary hero: Ursula K. Le Guin, by Nisi Shawl. The Seattle Times

Ursula K. Le Guin, famed science fiction and fantasy writer, by Chris Boyette. CNN

Scifi and Fantasy Creators Share Memories of Ursula K. Le Guin, the Woman Who Changed the Literary World, by Beth Elderkin. io9

Pioneering Fantasy Author Ursula K. Le Guin, by Cheryl Eddy. io9

In Celebration of Ursula Le Guin’s Fantastic Legacy, by Carol Cooper. The Village Voice

Imagining a better world, by Christopher Zimmerly-Beck. socialistworker.org

A few thoughts about Ursula K. Le Guin, by Jeet Heer on Twitter

final letter to Ursula le Guin (sent the day after your departure), by Adrienne Maree Brown.

Climate Visionary Ursula K. Le Guin, by Michael Berry. Sierra Club

Honoring Ursula K. Le Guin: 1.30.18. Vice Podcast

The Wise Words of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Cassandra Neace. Bookriot

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), by Timmi Duchamp. Aqueduct Press

In Memoriam, Ursula K. LeGuin, by Peter S. Beagle.

Why Ursula Le Guin Matters, by Michael Dirda. The Weekly Standard

One of the literary greats of the 20th century, by Margaret Atwood. The Guardian

We lost Ursula Le Guin When We Needed Her Most, by Margaret Atwood. The Washington Post

Ursula K Le Guin: The ‘fearless’ author who showed us a different world, by Ian Youngs. BBC News

Acclaimed sci-fi author Ursula Le Guin died this week at the age of 88, described a writer's duty. With Isabel Fraser and Bill Whiteford. Good Morning Scotland

Last Word, by Matthew Bannister. [5:50-11:40] BBC Radio

Rest in Power, Ursula K. Le Guin, by Erin Yanke. Includes archival interviews. KBOO

Ursula K. Le Guin on Art, Storytelling, and the Power of Language to Transform and Redeem, by Maria Popova. Brain Pickings

How can SA be reignited?, by Justice Malala. Herald Live

Why Le Guin’s science fiction surpasses mere thought experiments, by Adam Roberts. [Requires subscription] New Scientist

Ursula Le Guin’s Eternal Search for Freedom, by Julie Phillips. The Village Voice

Le Guin’s Legacy. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield talk with UKL biographer Julie Phillips. On the Media

Rediscover: Ursula K. Le Guin. Shelf Awareness, by Tobias Mutter

Ursula K. Le Guin’s family and agents share memories of the legendary writer, by Carol Pinchefsky. SyFyWire

“I am the writer I am in large part because of her.” — Kate Elliott on Twitter

Stop Calling Ursula K. Le Guin a Grand Old Dame, by Maria Dahvana Headley. The Daily Beast

Ursula K. Le Guin, Whose Novels Plucked Truth From High Fantasy, by Colin Dwyer. NPR

Cowboy Zen Grandmother: Remembering the First Time I Met Ursula K. Le Guin, by Joe Monti. offtheshelf.com

Ursula K. Le Guin, the spiritual mother of generations of writers, by John Scalzi. Los Angeles Times

Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning science fiction writer, has died at 88, by Carolyn Kellogg. Los Angeles Times

R.I.P. Ursula K. Le Guin, Author of One of the Greatest Novels About Freedom Ever Written, by Victoria Varga. Reason.com

Sci-Fi Titan Le Guin Wanted To ‘Stand Up And Be Counted’ As A Writer With Kids, by Terry Gross. Includes 1989 interview. Fresh Air, NPR

In Memoriam: The Radical Imagination of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Edward Wolcher. The Stranger

The Subversive Imagination of Ursula K. Le Guin, by Julie Phillips. [May require login] The New Yorker

Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929-2018, by Roz Kaveny. Times Literary Supplement

Ursula K. Le Guin and the Three Obstacles, by Laura Miller. Slate

Ursula K Le Guin, by David Mitchell. The Guardian

Fellow writers remember Ursula K. Le Guin, 1929–2018, by Brian Attebery, Harold Augenbraum, Harold Bloom, Michael Chabon, Karen Joy Fowler, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Lethem, China Miéville, Joyce Carol Oates, Ada Palmer, Julie Phillips, Elaine Showalter, Zadie Smith, Jo Walton, Gary K. Wolfe. Library of America

Never Tell Them Your True Name: Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin, by Monica Uszerowicz. Bomb Magazine

Ten Things I Learned from Ursula K. Le Guin, by Karen Joy Fowler. The Paris Review

Ursula Le Guin, master of speculative fiction, by Amy Wang. The Oregonian

Ursula K Le Guin, by John Clute. The Guardian

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed for Her Fantasy Fiction, by Gerald Jonas. The New York Times

Ursula and Iris, by William Alexander

Tributes at Book View Café

Ursula K. Le Guin, grande dame of science fiction, by Harrison Smith. The Washington Post

For Ursula, by Naomi Novik. The New York Times

The Category-Defying Genius of Ursula K. Le Guin, by John Wray. The New York Times


Swedish links:

Thanks to Andreas Skyman

Visionär vind (A visionary wind), by Jesper Weithz. Flamman (Swedish)

En Le Guinsk utopi (A Le Guinnian utopia), by Malin Nauwerck. Flamman (Swedish)

Hej då Ursula (Goodbye Ursula), by Chanda Björk. Arbetaren (Swedish)

Där världen kallas Le Guin (The word for world is Le Guin), by Martin Halldin. ETC (Swedish)

I Ursula K Le Guins värld har människan oändliga möjligheter (In Ursula K Le Guin’s world, man has infinite possibilites), by Lotta Olsson. DN (Swedish)

Ursula K Le Guin trotsade alla konventioner (Ursula K Le Guin broke all the norms), by Jerry Määttä. SvD (Swedish) (Behind Pay-wall)

Le Guin förstod språkets makt över tanken (Le Guin understood the power that language has over thought), by Petter Lindgren. Aftonbladet (Swedish) (Behind Pay-wall)

Prisbelönta fantasyförfattaren Ursula K Le Guin är död (Award-winning fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin has died), by Mathias Gerdfeldter. Sveriges Television (Swedish)

P1 Kultur minns författaren Ursula K Le Guin (1929-2018) (P1 Kultur remembers Ursula K Le Guin). Sveriges radio (Swedish)

Ursula K Le Guin vred science fiction-genren bort från maskulin teknikfixering (Ursula K. Le Guin twisted the science fiction genre away from masculine technology obsession), by Petter Larsson. Sydsvenskan (Swedish) (Behind Pay-wall)

Författaren Ursula K le Guin är död – hyllas som litterär ikon: "En av våra största" (Author Ursula K. Le Guin has died: celebrated as a litterary icon:“One of our biggest”). Nerikes allehanda (Swedish)


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