Archive of Northwest Voices presentations.
Peter Rock was born and raised in Salt Lake City. He is the author of the novels SPELLS, Klickitat, The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment, The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, Carnival Wolves and This Is the Place, and a story collection, The Unsettling. Rock attended Deep Springs College, received a BA in English from Yale University, and held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is a Professor in the English Dept. of Reed College. The film adaptation of My Abandonment, directed by Debra Granik, premiered at Sundance and Cannes and was released in June of 2018. Rock’s tenth work of fiction, The Night Swimmers, will be published in early 2019.
Claudia Castro Luna is the Washington State Poet Laureate. She served as Seattle’s Civic Poet from 2015-2017 and is the author of the Pushcart-nominated Killing Marías and This City. Born in El Salvador, she came to the United States in 1981. She has an MA in Urban Planning, a teaching certificate, and an MFA in poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, La Bloga, Dialogo and Psychological Perspectives among others. Her non-fiction work can be found in several anthologies, among them This is the Place: Women Writing About Home. Claudia is currently working on a memoir, Like Water to Drink, about her experience escaping the civil war in El Salvador.
Robert Michael Pyle grew up and learned his butterflies in Colorado, where he fell in love with the Magdalena Alpine and its high-country habitat. He took his Ph.D. in butterfly ecology at Yale University, worked as a conservation biologist in Papua New Guinea, Oregon, and Cambridge, and has written full-time for many years. His twenty-two books include Wintergreen (John Burroughs Medal), Where Bigfoot Walks (Guggenheim Fellowship), and Sky Time in Gray's River (National Outdoor Book Award). He lives in rural southwest Washington State and still studies butterflies.
Jon Gosch was raised in Longview, WA and studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Washington. His second novel, Deep Fire Rise, concerns the Mount St. Helens eruption and has been praised by some of the Northwest's most revered authors, including Washington State Book Award winner Robert Michael Pyle and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist William Dietrich. Jon has also been active as a book editor, investigative journalist, travel writer and radio guest.
Alex Vigue is a poet and storyteller from Ridgefield, Washington. He has a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Washington University. His work has been published in Vinyl, Maudlin House, Lockjaw Magazine, and Drunken Monkeys. He works with Clark County Poets in The Schools to bring poetry into the classroom and make sure that students learn about poetry from poets. His debut chapbook “The Myth of Man” was a finalist for the Floating Bridge Press chapbook competition and was published in October 2017.
Donald Levering was born in Kansas City and grew up there and in Oceanside, New York. In addition to being awarded a NEA Fellowship, he won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric, the 2017 Tor House Foundation Prize and was Runner-Up for the Ruth Stone Prize in 2016. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Joseph Green retired from teaching in 2010, his twenty-fifth year at Lower Columbia College. His poems have appeared in many publications such as The Bellingham Review, Cooweescoowee, Crab Creek Review, 5 AM, Free Lunch, Hubbub, etc. Together with his wife, Marquita, he produces letterpress-printed poetry broadsides through The Peasandcues Press.
Michael Schmeltzer was born in Japan and eventually moved to the US. He is the co-author of A Single Throat Opens, an epistolary memoir which explores addiction, childhood, and family, as well as two books of poetry: Blood Song, which was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards, and Elegy/Elk River, winner of the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. His writing can be found in numerous journals such as Black Warrior Review, Mid-American Review, The Shallow Ends, and PANK, among others. He currently lives in Seattle but is most often procrastinating on Twitter at @mschmeltzer01.
Devery S. Anderson is an editor and marketing manager at Signature Books in Salt Lake City, and is currently working on a master’s degree in publishing at the George Washington University. He is the editor or co-editor of several books on Mormon History, and in 2015 the University Press of Mississippi published his book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. It will be the basis of a Hollywood miniseries produced by JayZ, Will Smith, Casey Affleck, and Aaron Kaplan. He has spoken on Emmett Till at colleges, universities, and elsewhere in the United States and the UK. His research into Emmett Till resulted in over a dozen trips to Mississippi and Chicago, where he interviewed key players in the case, and conducted extensive archival research. He is currently working on a book on Clyde Kennard, another book on Mississippi civil rights.
Monica Drake has an MFA from the University of Arizona and teaches at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her debut novel, Clown Girl, was published by the amazing indie press, Hawthorne Books, and has won an Eric Hoffer Award as well as an IPPY. It's been translated into Italian, and recently optioned for film by Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids). Her other books include, The Stud Book and her most recent The Folly of Loving Life: Stories. She currently lives in Portland.
Tod Marshall is a Kansas native and Gonzaga University professor, is the 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate, 2015 Washington state Book Award winner, and author of Bugle, and The Tangled Line. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible, and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices.
James R. Wells is the author of the science fiction novel The Great Symmetry, grand prize winner of the 2015 Cygnus Award for speculative fiction. The second installment in the series, named The Eternal Moment, will be published in 2017. His stories combine adventure with an exploration of themes around the freedom of ideas and information. A life-long caver and outdoor explorer, he has mapped new passages in many of North America's great caves. When not writing or with family, James can be found in a cave, on a mountain, under the sea, or anywhere else outside. James is the great-grandson of pioneering science fiction author H.G. Wells.
Lilly Robbins Brock recently retired from her interior design business in Olympia and she and her husband have settled in the Cathlamet area on the Columbia River. She has written and published a recipe book, Food Gift Recipes from Nature's Bounty, based on organic gardening which received a Readers' Review award. She has written a historical novel, Intrepid Journey, about a family in the 1850s traveling on a paddle wheel steamship from New York crossing the Atlantic Ocean via the South America route to their final destination, the rugged Pacific Northwest. This project was interrupted when she came across two letters written by her now deceased father when he was on the battlefront in World War II. The letters inspired her to find a World War II veteran who is still living and to tell his story. She found her veteran and wrote Wooden Boats & Iron Men which is the life account of one of our own World War II veterans who settled in Longview, Washington with his bride after the war. He chose the Navy when he enlisted and became a PT sailor. His love for the motor torpedo boat lasted over seventy years, and he became an active participant in the rescue and restoration of PT-658—the only fully operational World War II motor torpedo boat remaining in the world.
Lyndsay Faye is the internationally bestselling author of five novels including her latest, Jane Steele, a reimagining of Jane Eyre as a heroic vigilante murderess. The first book in her Timothy Wilde trilogy, The Gods of Gotham, was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel and translated into fourteen languages. She writes Sherlock Holmes pastiches regularly for the Strand Magazine, and these plus several others will be gathered into a collection for her forthcoming The Whole Art of Detection: Lost Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes. Faye grew up in Longview, Washington, where she attended Robert. A. Long High School and took advanced English classes from Northwest author Jim LeMonds. She lives in Queens with her husband and fellow RAL graduate Gabriel Lehner.
Kate Dyer-Seeley writes the Pacific Northwest Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing, featuring a young journalist, Meg Reed, who bills herself as an intrepid adventurer in order to land a gig writing for Northwest Extreme. Only Meg's idea of sport is climbing onto the couch without spilling her latte. She also writes the Bakeshop Mystery Series as Ellie Alexander for St. Martin's Press set in the charming Shakespearean town of Ashland, Oregon where pastry chef Juliet Montague Capshaw has returned home to heal her broken heart and run the family bakeshop. Recipes included! Kate lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and son, where you can find her hitting the trail, at an artisan coffee shop, or at her favorite pub. Better yet—at all three.
For thirty-two years, Robert Pyle has been an independent, full-time biologist, writer, teacher, and speaker. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, papers, stories, and poems, and eighteen books. They include Wintergreen, The Thunder Tree, Where Bigfoot Walks, Chasing Monarchs, Walking the High Ridge, Sky Time in Gray's River, and Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year; as well as The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies, The Butterflies of Cascadia, and several other standard works on butterflies. His latest book is Evolution of the Genus Iris: Poems. A Guggenheim Fellow, Pyle has won the John Burroughs Medal, three Governor's Writer's Awards, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Award, the Harry Nehls Award for Nature Writing, and the National Outdoor Book Award for natural history literature.
Courtney Shah has been teaching history at Lower Columbia College for eight years. She received her Ph.D. from University of Houston. She specializes in the history of gender, sexuality, medicine, and race. Her work has been published in academic journals and encyclopedias. Sex Ed, Segregated is her first book and the product of 12 years of effort. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading.
Dave Tucker lives in Bellingham, Washington. He has a Masters degree in geology and is a research associate in the geology department at Western Washington University. He leads public field trips and gives presentations about the geology of northwest Washington, and is author of a popular blog, Northwest Geology Field Trips: nwgeology.wordpress.com. Geology Underfoot in Western Washington is his first book. Dave is a director of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that raises funds to support research at the active volcano and educate the public about volcanic hazards of Mount Baker. Learn more about MBVRC at mbvrc.wordpress.com. Tucker has been mapping Mount Baker's geology since the mid-1990s, in particular the distribution of volcanic ash deposits. He has also done geologic studies throughout the Cascades, Alaska, and in Chile.
Following his Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in 1969, Nutting spent two years trying to find himself, resulting from what is now known as PTSD. Being a natural storyteller, Nutting was able to compose this book with eloquence seldom displayed by most writers. His book, The Court Martial of Corporal Nutting, was published in October 2014.
Elizabeth Austen is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16. Her collection Every Dress a Decision was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She's also the author of two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone and Where Currents Meet.
Joseph Green retired from teaching in 2010, his twenty-fifth year at Lower Columbia College. His poems have been appearing in magazines and journals since 1975, and many have been collected in five chapbooks, most recently That Thread Still Connecting Us.
Doyle is the author of 14 books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction (The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard, and The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”), and the sprawling novels Mink River and The Plover (April 2014).
Joshua Howe is Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Reed College. His new book, Behind the Curve: Science and the Politics of Global Warming, explores the political history of climate change since the 1950s, and he continues to work on historical questions about sustainability and the global environment that bridge environmental history, the history of science, and the history of American foreign policy.
Josh earned his Ph.D. in History from Stanford in 2010, and subsequently worked as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Science Foundation's John Tyndall Correspondence Project at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana until he moved to Portland to take up his position at Reed in the fall of 2012.
Josh writes for a variety of outlets, including Mountain Outlaw Magazine, the Big Sky Weekly, a popular cycling website called Velominati, and has appeared in Climatic Change and Historical Studies of the Natural Sciences.
Before his thrillers landed him on the New York Times Bestseller list, Kevin O'Brien was a railroad inspector. He quit his job in 1997, when his novel, Only Son, was picked up by Readers Digest and also optioned for film, thanks to interest from Tom Hanks. He has been writing full time ever since. The author of 15 internationally-published thrillers, he won the Spotted Owl Award for Best Pacific Northwest Mystery (The Last Victim). He is a core member of Seattle 7 Writers. In May, look for Kevin's new thriller, Tell Me You're Sorry.
A writer since the age of ten, Terry Brooks published his first novel, The Sword of Shannara, in 1977. It became the first work of fiction ever to appear on the New York Times Trade Paperback Bestseller List, where it remained for over five months. He has written thirty bestselling novels, movie adaptations of Hook and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and a memoir on his writing life titled Sometimes the Magic Works. He has sold millions of copies of his books domestically and is published worldwide. His Magic Kingdom series is currently under option at Warner Brothers. The Elfstones of Shannara is scheduled to be adapted as a television series on MTV. His next novel, The High Druid's Blade, will be published in August 2014.
Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene.
Previous books include A Change of Maps, and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award. In 2005 she returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.
The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books, 2013).
Hiding the Ball James Zerndt's fiction most recently appeared in Gray 's Sporting Journal and SWINK Magazine, and his poetry occasionally appears in The Oregonian. His first novel, The Cloud Seeders, is based on a short story that originally appeared in The Salal Review. His second novel, The Korean Word For Butterfly, came out in April.
Writing in the Wild Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which the Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic," and forthcoming The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America. Cook has been profiled in Bon Appetit, WSJ magazine, Whole Living, and Salon.com, and his writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Sunset, Gray's Sporting Journal, Outside, The Stranger, and Seattle Magazine. A graduate of Middlebury College (MA) in Vermont and the University of Washington (MFA), he lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. Langdon Cook's website
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author, poet and teacher. Her honors
include an American Book Award, a PEN/Josephine Miles Award, two PEN Syndicated Fiction
awards, and a Distinguished Author Award from the South Asian Literary Association.
Her work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, O. Henry Prize Stories, and a Pushcart Prize anthology. Her sixteen books have been translated into 29 languages.
Two novels, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into films. A frequently sought-after op-ed commentator regarding
South Asian-American culture, Divakaruni is the Betty and Gene McDavid Professor of
Creative Writing at the University of Houston.
Her latest work, Oleander Girl is about seventeen-year-old Korobi Roy, orphaned at birth, the scion of a distinguished Kolkata family who has enjoyed a privileged, sheltered childhood with her adoring grandparents. But she is troubled by the silence that surrounds her parents' death and clings fiercely to her only inheritance from them: the unfinished love note she found hidden in her mother's book of poetry. Korobi dreams of one day finding a love as powerful as her parents’, and it seems her wish has come true when she meets the charming Rajat, the only son of a high-profile business family. On the night of their engagement party, Korobi’s grandfather dies of a sudden heart attack. His death reveals the family's unexpected financial problems as well as a dark secret. This secret will shatter Korobi's sense of self and will thrust her—against the wishes of her fiancé and his family—out of her sheltered Kolkata life into a courageous and troubled search, in the company of an attractive stranger, across post 9/11America, a country that she finds at once dangerous, unwelcoming and alluring. What she discovers at the end will force her to make the most difficult choice of her life.
Author Alice Derry focuses on the works of the late poet William Stafford, participants will be encouraged to explore the thread they "don't ever let go of." Attendees can expect to complete exercises, discuss writing, practice presented techniques, and read and analyze poetry. Alice Derry's books include Tremolo, Strangers to Their Courage, Stages of Twilight, Clearwater, Getting Used to the Body and Not As You Once Imagined. Alice Derry's website.
The Secrets of Mary Bowser award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. Her novel,The Secrets of Mary Bowser is based on the true story of a black woman who became a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War--by pretending to be a slave to the family of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Leveen is a regular contributor to Disunion, the New York Times on-going coverage of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and her poetry, short humour pieces, and scholarly essays have appeared in literary magazines, anthologies, and on National Public Radio. A former university professor, she frequently gives talks on race, writing, history, and literature at universities, museums, libraries, and conferences throughout the country. Lois Leveen'swebsite
Entertainment Briefs: Portland novelist Lois Leveen to read at Longview LibraryThe Daily News | October 24, 2012
Comic Book Writer and Artist Jonathan Case is an artist/writer, and member of Periscope Studio in Portland, Oregon. He is the creator of Dear Creature, and the artist of Green River Killer, and is currently at work on several new projects with Dark Horse comics.
2012-2014 Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken's new collection, Plume, is a meditation on the Hanford Nuclear Site. Her first book, Famous, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, was named a Notable Book by the American Library Association, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.
Library Corner: As poetry month winds down, sample these powerful versesThe Daily News | April 28, 2012
Irene Martin is known for her books and articles on Columbia River regional and fisheries history. Her latest book is The Flight of Bumble Bee, the Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish.
A Machine Made of Words: What Makes the Poem Run? Joseph Green's poems have appeared in literary journals since 1975. Many have been collected in His Inadequate Vocabulary (1986), Deluxe Motel (1991), Greatest Hits 1975-2000 (2001), and The End of Forgiveness (2001). He read mostly from his new book, That Thread Still Connecting Us (2012), available through MoonPath Press.
Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft, and Early Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford. He is the literary executor for the Estate of William Stafford and teaches at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and the Fishtrap Gathering.
Mary Doria Russell began her career as a paleoanthropologist with specialties in bone biology and biomechanics. Her five novels have earned eight awards and been nominated for two more. Mary is the author of The Sparrow, and sequel, Children of God, which explores the drastic consequences of the first contact of well-intentional humans with aliens on their faraway planet; andDoc, based on the historical figure Doc Holliday, four years before the famous shootout at the OK Corral. Mary Doria Russell on Facebook | Mary Doria Russel's website marydoriarussell.net
Award-winning novelist Mary Doria Russell to speak Wednesday in LongviewThe Daily News | October 10, 2011.
Jennifer Blomgren is an award winning author of two children's books and a recent novel. Jennifer also illustrates her own line of greeting cards. Jennifer's works include: Where Do I Sleep?, a tranquil bedtime poem featuring animals in their natural habitat that introduce children to the nature and geography of our region; Where Would I Be in an Evergreen Tree?, the story of an ancient tree's life cycle and the variety of plants and animals it supports; and The Tale of Alice's Quilt, a short novel about a young girl who discovers a stack of appliquéd quilt blocks, her first connection to a distant ancestor.
Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, based on the true story of a 13-year old girl and her father who lived in Forest Park in Portland, Oregon. It explores the themes of homelessness, mental illness and living close to nature. Learn more about Peter Rock: My Abandonment.
Lana Hechtman Ayers led an afternoon writing workshop and read from her poetry. Learn more about Lana Hechtman Ayers.
Entertainment Briefs: Celebrate William Stafford's birthday with poetry workshopThe Daily News | January 26, 2011
Naseem Rakha, author of The Crying Tree, a novel about a mother's grief and how forgiveness can produce unexpected results. Naseem's stories have been heard on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor,and Living on Earth. Prior to journalism Naseem taught Holistic Resource Management to farmers, ranchers and tribes throughout the US and Canada. Learn more about Naseem Rakha.
Author of 'Crying Tree' to speakThe Daily News | October 14, 2010
Ken Scholes is a Writers of the Future contest winner. His first novel, Lamentation, won the RUSA Reading List Award for Best Fantasy of 2009. His short story collection, Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Strange Journeys was a 2008 Endeavor Award finalist. Learn more about Ken Scholes.
Novelist Ken Scholes visits library MondayThe Daily News |April 14, 2010
Ford's Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a New York Times bestseller, is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history. Learn more about Jamie Ford
This event was part of an array of activities for students and their families held during the 2010 Celebration of Literacy week. It was sponsored by local libraries, service organizations and LCC Transitional Studies, ECED and HOFL Programs.
Library Corner: Jamie Ford's book is entertaining, relevant to todayThe Daily News | February 27, 2010
Skloot's fifteen books include seven collections of poetry. His Selected Poems: 1970-2005 won a Pacific NW Booksellers Award and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Silver Award. His most recent collection is The Snow's Music, published in 2008 by LSU Press. Skloot's awards include three Pushcart Prizes, the PEN USA Literary Award, two Oregon Book Awards, and two Pacific NW Booksellers Awards. His work has been included in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Food Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, Best of the Best American Science Writing, the Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and many other anthologies. Learn more about Floyd Skloot.
Portland Poet to lead free workshop Monday in LongviewThe Daily News | January 20, 2010
Nena Baker's recent book The Body Toxic spells out surprising answers every consumer wants to know (but chemical companies would rather you didn't). The Body Toxic is powerful argument for urgent reforms to our nation's notoriously toothless toxics laws, and a clarion for greener, cleaner chemicals in consumer products.
John Daniel has won many literary awards including two Oregon Book Awards in Literary Nonfiction. His latest novel,The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, is a collection of personal essays.
The Hearts of Horses, was this year's Cowlitz Reads choice.