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Tuesday, October 1
 

3:30pm

Little Word Writers Showcase
Bring your young reader to meet picture book authors Barbara Kerley, author of The World is Waiting for You, and Liz Rusch, author of Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World and Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, plus middle-grade graphic novelist Barry Deutsch, author of Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite.

Writers
avatar for Barry Deutsch

Barry Deutsch

Bio: | Barry Deutsch lives in Portland, Oregon, in a bright blue house with pink trim, which is filled with housemates, children, and cats. | | A longtime comic book reader, Barry spent a year at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he studied under comics legend Will Eisner. He then moved to Portland, Oregon, where he attended Portland State University, majoring in women's studies and economics. | | At PSU, Barry... Read More →
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Barbara Kerley

Bio: | Barbara Kerley is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for kids. Her titles include THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS, a Caldecott Honor Book, WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Boston-Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM, an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book. Her most recent title, THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU, was called an "exuberant celebration of the boundless possibilities life holds for... Read More →
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Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch has published more than a hundred magazine articles for children and adults and ten award-winning books for young readers, including the picturebooks A Day With No Crayons, Volcano Rising, The Planet Hunter and For the Love of Music; the middle-grade titles Eruption, The Mighty Mars Rovers, and Electical Wizard and the graphic novel Muddy Max. Her work has been honored by the Junior Library Guild, ALA, School Library Journal... Read More →


Tuesday October 1, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Central Library, US Bank Room 810 SW 10th Ave
 
Wednesday, October 2
 

6:00pm

Wordstock Writers Showcase
Join three local literary luminaries including Cari Luna and Shannon Wheeler for readings from their most recent releases and a conversation about being "Portland and published."

Writers
avatar for Becky Lerner

Becky Lerner

Author, Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
Bio: Becky is the author of the book "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness," published March 2013 by Globe Pequot Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a speaker, teacher, and shamanic healer, and shares her botanical knowledge with a variety of clients: individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums, private companies, even Hollywood producers. | | On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 10 pm, she'll make her national TV... Read More →
avatar for Cari Luna

Cari Luna

Bio:Cari Luna received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in failbetter, Avery Anthology, PANK, and Novembre Magazine. New York-born, she now lives in Portland, OR. Find her online and on Twitter.The Revolution of Every DayOn May 30, 1995, the NYPD rolled an armored tank down East 13th Street, evicting squatters from two buildings. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler

Cartoonist, the New Yorker, Dark Horse, Top Shelf, BOOM!, Fantagraphics
I like drawing cartoons.


Wednesday October 2, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Central Library, US Bank Room 810 SW 10th Ave

7:00pm

LitHop PDX
The debut of Portland's new literary bar-hopping party, LitHop PDX, will be on Wednesday, October 2, when several bars and venues on SE Hawthorne between 42nd and 50th are taken over by some of the most exciting publishers and reading series in town. The three-hour happening will be so action-packed you'll be given a map and schedule of over fifty readers to choose from in three thirsty hours. Participating hosts include Bad Blood, Tin House, If Not For Kidnap, Sister Spit, YesYes Books and Now's Ours. Created by Kevin Sampsell and Jeff Alessandrelli, LitHop PDX will happen twice a year with new hosts and venues each time. Venues, schedule and more information available at lithoppdx.com.

Wednesday October 2, 2013 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Hawthorne District 42nd to 50th, Porltand OR
 
Thursday, October 3
 

7:30pm

Fest Opener! Oprah's 2.0 Book Club Vanguards: A Conversation with Ayana Mathis & Cheryl Strayed
Festival Bundle: $25 advance, $30 Door
A 21+ EVENT

Meeting for the first time on our stages: Oprah's only 2.0 Book Club-selected authors. Two strong women with two very strong voices. Add McMenamin's ambiance, a pair of microphones and a free-flowing agenda and an inspired conversation between New York Times bestsellers Ayana Mathis and Cheryl Strayed is guaranteed! Hosted by the beloved Courtenay Hameister of Live Wire fame.

PRICE OF ADMISSION INCLUDES AN AUTHOR-SIGNED COPY OF OPRAH'S 2.0 BOOK CLUB-SELECTED TWELVE TRIBES OF HATTIE AND WILD. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT CASCADETICKETS.COM OR THE MISSION THEATER BOX OFFICE.  

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

HEAD WRITER/PRODUCER/ESSAYIST, LiveWire
Courtenay was Live Wire’s host for nine years, and as lucky as she was to have that job, she’s enjoying her new role much more: sitting at the producers’ table and silently judging Luke. You’ll see her on stage periodically, reading an essay or portraying Peg Tut, the scrappy owner of a Snake Emporium/Personal Injury Law Firm. Her writing has appeared inMcSweeney’s, Oregon Humanities... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis

Bio: | Ayana Mathis was born in Philadelphia to a long line of formidable women. As an only child, a quirky and overactive imagination was inevitable, and at the age of eight she penned her first collection of short stories about a girl named Blue who came to a bad end in a tree house. | | Many years passed before she rediscovered that focus and dedication - in the meantime Ayana worked as a waitress, a freelance researcher, a... Read More →
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Cheryl Strayed

Bio: | Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. WILD was selected as the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Indie Choice Award, an Oregon Book Award, a... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2013 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St.
 
Friday, October 4
 

6:00pm

Entertainment for People
Tickets $8
A 21+ event

With Derrick Brown and B. Frayn Masters as your hosts/performers along with Beth Lisick, Alissa Nutting, beatbox mastermind FOGATRON, videos by Masters & Rouse and more!

Writers
DB

Derrick Brown

DERRICK c. BROWN is an American poet from Austin TX. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is an actress, comedian, and author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself, the story collection This Too Can Be Yours, and the performance poetry/story collection Monkey Girl. In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a... Read More →
avatar for Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting

Bio: | Alissa Nutting's debut novel, Tampa, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Blue Monk 3341 SE Belmont St.

7:00pm

8th Annual IPRC TEXT BALL
Tickets: $15 - $20

Brought to you by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC), in conjunction with Wordstock, the TEXT BALL is Portland's most unique literary event, where attendees are encouraged to come dressed with text as part of their evening attire. The theme for this year's BALL is "Lieterary Devices." Hosted by A.C. Dickson. Costumes encouraged, not required.

Friday October 4, 2013 7:00pm - 11:00pm
IPRC 1001 SE Division St., Suite 2

8:30pm

Wordstock Rocks Songcraft
Gen Admission: $15 advance, $20 door
21+ event

Wordstock kicks off its festival inclusion of songwriting as a literary craft with four nationally celebrated contemporary songwriters presenting a casual evening of passionate storytelling and harmonizing. Local treasure Larry Crane of Jackpot Studio and Tape Op Magazine will emcee the festivities.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT CASCADETICKETS.COM OR AT THE MISSION THEATER BOX OFFICE. 

Songwriters
avatar for Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

Bio: | Excavating the roots of gospel, blues, jazz, and regional styles of American music, Texas-born song writer Jolie Holland has carved out a niche for herself in contemporary indie rock. The self-taught musician spent her teenage years singing and performing violin, viola, and guitar on the streets of New Orleans, Austin, San Francisco, and Vancouver–a past that speaks to her vast range of influences. In the early 2000s... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst

Bio: | Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent... Read More →
avatar for Rick Moody

Rick Moody

Bio:Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia universities. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown & Co. Foreign editions have been published in twenty countries. (A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997.) A collection of... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Donnelly

Tanya Donnelly

Bio: | Tanya Donelly is a Boston-based singer songwriter and guitarist, and founding member of Throwing Muses and The Breeders.  She was also the singer and songwriter in the twice Grammy-nominated band Belly in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, she became a solo artist and has released five albums under her name.  She is set to launch on online series of songs in July of 2013, collaboratively written with several author... Read More →


Friday October 4, 2013 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Mission Theater 1624 NW Glisan St.
 
Saturday, October 5
 

9:00am

Banking Emotional Currency
Writers
avatar for Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford

Bio: | Jamie Ford’s first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has been hailed as “an impressive debut” by Lisa See and “mesmerizing and evocative” by Sara Gruen. A story about the friendship between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl in Seattle at the time of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, it has been chosen by numerous One Book and Freshman Year Experience programs. The... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

9:00am

Lady in the House: Female Character Creation
Writers
avatar for Rosebud Ben-Oni

Rosebud Ben-Oni

Co-Editor, HER KIND, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate... Read More →
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Holly Burdorff

Bio: | Holly Burdorff is Managing Editor for HERKIND: A Literary Community Powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. She’s an MFA candidate in creative writing at The Universityof Alabama, and she earned her BA in English from Denison University, where she servedas co-editor-in-chief of the literary journal, Exile. Her work has appeared in Falling Star Magazine, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal and Interdisciplinary Humanities. 


Saturday October 5, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

10:00am

Poetry Book Publishers
Writers
JB

Joseph Bednarik

Copper Canyon Press
Bio: | Joseph Bednarik has worked in nonprofit literary publishing since 1992. He is the editor of two literary anthologies, The Sumac Reader (Michigan State) and One-Man Boat: The George Hitchcock Reader (Story Line Press), and his articles, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, including Conversations with Jim Harrison; Poets & Writers; Five Points; Northwest Review; and The... Read More →
avatar for Cecilia Hagen

Cecilia Hagen

Airlie Press
Bio: | Cecelia Hagen's work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Prairie Schooner, Poet & Critic, Northwest Review, Christian Science Monitor, Blood Orange Review, Caffeine Destiny, Web del Sol, the Oregonian, and Seattle Review.  | More information about Cecelia Hagen can be found at the Airlie Press website.
avatar for Sid Miller

Sid Miller

Burnside Review
Bio: | Sid Miller is the founding editor of Burnside Review.  How Can I Love You (If You Won't Lie Down, his third full length collection of poems, will appear this winter. | | | Burnside Review is an independent journal or poetry and fiction from Portland, Oregon.
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Zach Schomburg

Octopus Books
Bio: | Zachary Schomburg was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1977. He is the author of three books of poetry, and a fourth forthcoming book, The Book of Joshua (Black Ocean 2014). | | Octopus Books


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

10:00am

Michael Hearst, Martha Brockenbrough
Writers
avatar for Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough

Bio:Martha Brockenbrough has three books for young readers: the YA novel DEVINE INTERVENTION, FINDING BIGFOOT for slightly nerdier, slightly younger readers, and THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY for little kids still cutting their teeth on books (possibly literally). She's been a journalist, a teacher, a web producer and editor. She founded National Grammar Day and has written game questions for Trivial Pursuit and Cranium.
avatar for Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst

Bio: | Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

10:30am

Songs to Read and Words to Play
Songwriters
avatar for Aaron Nigel Smith

Aaron Nigel Smith

Bio: | Aaron Nigel Smith's “Call To Action” is to get kids moving. In 2002 he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, NewYork, and Boston. His fun, inspired, and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience off their feet. | | In 2005 Aaron's debut CD release Let's Pretend received NAPPA and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

10:30am

Kickstarter: An Author's Guide to Crowdfunding Success
Writers
avatar for Rebekah Tyler

Rebekah Tyler

Bio: | Eight months, six countries, two boys, one mother and loads of baggage are the ingredients of Full Tilt, by New Zealander, Rebekah Tyler. This fearless and spirited memoir about love, loss and belonging is her first book. | Orphaned at four, Rebekah was brought up by her grandmother. Already struggling with raising her two sons as a single mother, she reached breaking point when her grandmother died. When her son Marco begged her... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

11:00am

Beyond Words: Breeding Social Justice Off the Page
Moderators
Writers
avatar for Chenoa and Keith Egawa

Chenoa and Keith Egawa

Bio: | Keith T. A. Egawa is a published novelist; a graduate of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing program; and an enrolled member of the Lummi Indian Nation. As with his first novel, Madchild Running (Red Crane Books), Egawa’s predominant subject matter is contemporary urban Native America. Egawa’s stories mirror the impact of historical events, illustrating how both history and the unique experiences... Read More →
avatar for Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley.  After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible... Read More →
avatar for Corina Vacco

Corina Vacco

Bio: | Corina Vacco felt compelled to write about toxic towns after reading an article alleging that hundreds of thousands of children and teens | throughout the United States attend schools built on or near dangerously polluted sites. She found the inspiration for this book while living in Western New York, where she heard teachers speak out against a landfill adjacent to an elementary school. A city girl, world traveler, and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

11:00am

Writer as Teacher--Those Who Can, Teach?
Can writing be taught? How to encourage creative development in others while finding time for one’s own work? Four writers discuss the interplay of teaching and writing in their lives.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Bio: | Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His eight books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism (2004), and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011).  He is a 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Holbert

Bruce Holbert

Mt. Spokane High School
Bio: | Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, where he assisted in editing the Iowa Review and held a teaching writing fellowship.  His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, other voices, the Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, the Spokesman Review, the West Wind Review, Cairn, Riverlit and has one annual awards from the Tampa Tribune quarterly and the Inlander.  His non-fiction has... Read More →
avatar for Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge

Bio: | Acclaimed author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been translated into several languages and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. An avid volunteer, she is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. A... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

11:00am

Is This Thing On?
From character playlists to actual mixtapes in books, music is all over YA. Probably because music means everything, especially when you're young. So does being a musician affect how you write? What role does music play YA books? Join 5 YA authors, some of whom are also musicians, as they talk about that, their new books, which include music, and possibly a surprise!

Moderators
avatar for Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough

Bio:Martha Brockenbrough has three books for young readers: the YA novel DEVINE INTERVENTION, FINDING BIGFOOT for slightly nerdier, slightly younger readers, and THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY for little kids still cutting their teeth on books (possibly literally). She's been a journalist, a teacher, a web producer and editor. She founded National Grammar Day and has written game questions for Trivial Pursuit and Cranium.

Writers
avatar for Sean Beaudoin

Sean Beaudoin

Bio: | Sean Beaudoin is the author of five novels, including the old school noir mystery You Killed Wesley Payne, the rude zombie opus The Infects, and the punk band diary Wise Young Fool. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Onion, Salon, Glimmer Train, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit-- the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He is also a founding editor of the arts and culture... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Emerson

Kevin Emerson

Bio: | Kevin is the author of eleven middle grade and YA novels, including THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He is also a guitarist/singer/drummer, and his current project is THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Kevin is a former K-8 science teacher, and currently teaches with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in... Read More →
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Tara Kelly

Bio:Tara Kelly is a YA author and one-girl-band. She wrote the award-winning HARMONIC FEEDBACK (Oregon Spirit Book Award, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Best) and AMPLIFIED (Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor). She loves writing about social misfits who have an obsession with music. Tara is a Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to art, a multi-instrumentalist and producer, a graphic web designer, and a... Read More →
avatar for Kari Luna

Kari Luna

Bio: | Kari Luna has seen the world from behind a Hammond organ, through the lens of a commercial camera, and from the top of a Swiss Chalet. Her debut YA novel, The Theory of Everything, was described by MTV.com as "a world we would like to drop everything and start living in right this minute." She's currently working on other stories not featuring shaman pandas, but promises they'll be just as surprising. Kari lives in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Emma Trevayne

Emma Trevayne

Bio:Emma Trevayne is the author of several sci-fi and fantasy novels for young adults and children. Her first novel, Coda, was released by Running Press Kids in May 2013, and will be followed by a companion novel, Chorus, in Spring 2014. Her middle-grade debut, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, is also debuting in Spring 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of scary... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

11:00am

Andrea Beaty and Bruce Hale
Writers
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Andrea Beaty

Bio: | Andrea is fascinated by innovation. Curiosity, creativity, passion and persistence are recurring themes in her humorous picture books and novels. Her characters range from architecture-obsessed Iggy (IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT) to the inventive Rosie Revere to the irrepressible magician in training, Robbie Darko (DORKO THE MAGNIFICENT). Her characters are smart, funny, and unapologetic in their passion. They are doers. | | Andrea... Read More →
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Bruce Hale

Bio: | Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, Bruce Hale worked as a surveyor, actor, DJ, English teacher (in Japan), and corporate lackey, before turning to a career in writing.  Bruce has written and illustrated nearly 30 seriously funny books for young readers, including his award-winning series, The Chet Gecko Mysteries, School for S.P.I.E.S., and the Underwhere graphic novels.   | | His book, The Malted... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

11:00am

Mountain Writers Showcase
Writers
avatar for Henry Carlile

Henry Carlile

Bio: | Henry Carlile | Was born in San Francisco, California. He holds a B.A. and M.A. University of Washington where he studied with Theodore Roethke, David Wagoner, Henry Reed & Elizabeth Bishop. He has worked as a millworker, cannery worker, salmon troller deckhand, army bandsman, shipfitter, clerk, production control coordinator; Professor of English, Portland State University (emphasis in poetry writing & contemporary... Read More →
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Vern Rutsala

Bio: | Vern Rutsala taught at Lewis & Clark College for over forty years. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry, including The Window, Laments, The Journey Begins, and Little-Known Sports. Among the awards for his work are a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA grants, the Juniper Prize, an Oregon Book Award, two Carolyn Kizer Poetry Prizes, the Duncan Lawrie Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Akron Poetry Prize, the Northwest... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

11:00am

Chelsea Martin, and Mike Young
Writers
avatar for Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Universal Error
Bio: | Chelsea is a writer and illustrator living in Oakland, CA. Visit her website. | | Even Though I Don't Miss You | | Even Though I Don’t Miss You captures the essence of being part of a species that is prone to spending nights alone looking up photos of Heath Ledger’s daughter and contemplating making pasta. Its seemingly arbitrary obsession with human evolution and many allusions to self-contempt make this book not only... Read More →
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Mike Young

Mike Young is the author of Look! Look! Feathers (Word Riot 2010), a book of stories, and two books of poems: We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (Publishing Genius 2010) and Sprezzatura (Publishing Genius 2014). He edits NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and lives in Northampton, MA. Visit him online. | | Look! Look! Feathers: A tuba player surfs the web from a cyst on his hand. A town of spilled peaches fields its own game... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

11:00am

Langdon Cook and Rebecca Lerner
Writers
avatar for Langdon Cook

Langdon Cook

Bio: | Langdon Cook writes about the intersection of food, nature, and outdoor adventure. His books include "The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America" (Ballantine, 2013) and "Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager" (Mountaineers, 2009), which The Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic." Cook has been profiled in Bon Appetit, Salon.com, WSJ magazine, and Whole Living, and his writing... Read More →
avatar for Becky Lerner

Becky Lerner

Author, Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
Bio: Becky is the author of the book "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness," published March 2013 by Globe Pequot Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a speaker, teacher, and shamanic healer, and shares her botanical knowledge with a variety of clients: individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums, private companies, even Hollywood producers. | | On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 10 pm, she'll make her national TV... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

11:00am

Whitney Otto
Writers
avatar for Whitney Otto

Whitney Otto

| Eight Girls Taking Pictures | | A profoundly moving portrayal of the lives of women, imagining the thoughts and events that produced eight famous female photographers of the twentieth century. Inspired by the work of Imogen Cunningham, Madame Yevonde, Tina Modotti, Grete Stern, Lee Miller, Ruth Orkin, and others, author Whitney Otto weaves together eight stories, crisscrossing the world and a century to portray the tensions that defined the... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

11:00am

Francesca Lia Block and Ruth Tenzer Feldman
Writers
avatar for Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block

Bio: | Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales and Secrets, and the adult novel The Elementals. Her work has been translated and published around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children. Her most recent book is the... Read More →
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Ruth Tenzer Feldman

Bio: | I grew up in Long Branch, New Jersey, about the same time that poet Robert Pinsky and cartoonist and author Mark Alan Stamaty did. One summer when I was little and had whooping cough (that was before the vaccine), my mother let me play for hours on an isolated beach. I thought that the ocean made me well, and I still sit by the ocean every chance I get. | | I earned my first money as a writer when I was a Long Branch High... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

12:00pm

A Songwriter, a Novelist, and Some Poets Walk into a Bar...
An engaging exploration of the intersections of lyrics and literature, song and stanza moderated by memoirist, Cheryl Strayed with novelist, Nicholson Baker, poet, Dara Wier, musician and lyricist, Nick Jaina and World Champion Slam Poet, Buddy Wakefield.

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed

Bio: | Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller WILD, the New York Times bestseller TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, and the novel TORCH. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 and optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Pacific Standard. WILD was selected as the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Indie Choice Award, an Oregon Book Award, a... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker

Bio: | Nicholson Baker was born in New York City in 1957 and grew up in Rochester, New York, where he attended public schools. He played bassoon in high school and spent a year at the Eastman School of Music. “I bought a white bowtie and a set of tails and played briefly as fourth bassoon in the Rochester Philharmonic,” he says.  “I tried and failed to become a composer.”  He transferred to Haverford... Read More →
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Buddy Wakefield

Bio: | Buddy Wakefield of Kingston, WA is a Vipassana meditator, a three-time international spoken word champion, novice triathlete, author of three books of vulnerability for growth junkies, and one book about healthy backyard chicken-keeping practices, called HENHOUSE (based on Penthouse, but for chickens, and their lovers). In the spring of 2001 he left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA... Read More →
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Dara Wier

Bio: | Dara Wier is from New Orleans, Louisiana; she's lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missisippi, Alabama, Georgia, Montana, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. | Now she's in Amherst, Massachusetts at Flying Object and at the University of Massachusetts | Facebook | | | You Good Thing | | Dara Wier's loose sonnets insist on a living language in the face of death, cycling and vibrant as the water that runs through them... Read More →

Songwriters
avatar for Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina

Bio: | Nick Jaina is a musician and writer from Portland, Oregon. He has released five albums on Hush Records, while also composing ballets, film and play soundtracks. His recent album, Primary Perception, was released in April on Fluff and Gravy Records. | | He has composed five ballets with the Satellite Ballet and Collective in New York City, featuring dancers from the New York City Ballet. Their premiere performance was in... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00am
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

12:00pm

The Dark Side: Creating Suspense
Sinister settings, intense and disturbing relationships, conspiracies and memorable characters abound. These authors are adept at getting under our skin: surprising, amusing, and terrifying us. How do they build suspense?

Moderators
BT

Barbara Tom

Bio: | Barbara Tom was the co-owner of Murder by the Book, a Portland mystery bookstore. It closed in April 2013 after 30 years in the business.  Barbara continues to write for MBTB's Mystery Book Blog at http://mbtb-books.blogspot.com. 

Writers
avatar for Chelsea Cain

Chelsea Cain

Bio: | Chelsea Cain is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan thriller series, including HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART, THE NIGHT SEASON, KILL YOU TWICE, and LET ME GO.  The series has been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle.”  Stephen King included two of her... Read More →
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AM Homes

Bio: | AM Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels May We Be Forgiven (Winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013), This Book Will Change Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know and the travel book Los Angeles:  People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill... Read More →
avatar for Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into 40 languages and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, which has been taught at more than eighty schools.  His most recent novel, Rage is Back, was Amazon.com’s January 2013 Book of... Read More →
avatar for Mark Sullivan

Mark Sullivan

Bio: | Mark grew up outside of Boston and says the best job he’s ever had was selling souvenirs at Fenway Park during his high school summers. He attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1980 with a BA in English. Two weeks later, he boarded a plane bound for Niger, West Africa, where he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Agades, an oasis and trading center on the ancient caravan route between Tripoli and Timbuctu. Mark rode... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

12:00pm

Crossing the (Genre) Line
A discussion with three authors who run the gamut from sci-fi to contemporary to thriller to supernatural. These authors will discuss how to combine and bend genres effectively, maintain consistency while writing across a variety of genres, and reach readers looking for a little of this mixed with a little of that. 

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Francesca Lia Block

Francesca Lia Block

Bio: | Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books, Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales and Secrets, and the adult novel The Elementals. Her work has been translated and published around the world. She lives in Los Angeles with her two children. Her most recent book is the... Read More →
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Jennifer Irene Bosworth

Bio:Jennifer Bosworth lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning rarely strikes, but when it does she takes cover. When she's not writing, she can be found watching horror movies, playing the guitar badly, or conspiring with her husband and their savage miniature pinscher to take over the world. Call her J-Bos. Everyone else does. Visit her on the web.StruckMia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody

Bio: | Jessica Brody is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and the recently released, Unremembered, the first in a sci-fi/suspense/romance trilogy. Her books have been translated and published in over 15 countries and several have been optioned for film and TV. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all her favorite books for the first time. She splits her time... Read More →
avatar for JR Johansson

JR Johansson

Bio: | J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. Her debut, INSOMNIA debuted June 2013. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

12:00pm

Tad Hills and Trudy Ludwig
Writers
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Tad Hills

Bio: | Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read, Rocket Writes a Story, Duck & Goose, and Duck, Duck, Goose. His board books include the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book What's Up, Duck?; Duck & Goose: It's Time for Christmas; and, most recently, Duck & Goose: Goose Needs a Hug. Tad lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two... Read More →
avatar for Trudy Ludwig

Trudy Ludwig

Bio: | Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and an award-winning author who specializes in writing children's books that help kids cope with and thrive in their social world. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and cyberbullying issues. | | Trudy presents at schools and conferences around the country and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

12:00pm

Peter Sears, Tom Meschery, and Alexandra Oliver
Writers
avatar for Tom Meschery

Tom Meschery

Bio: | Tom Meschery was raised in San Francisco, the son of Russian immigrants. He graduated from ST. Mary's College in 1961 and was named to the All-American team in basketball. After a ten year career in the National Basketball Association, with the Golden State Warriors and Seattle Sonics, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1974 from the University of Iowa. Before retiring, he taught English and creative writing for 25... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Oliver

Alexandra Oliver

Bio: | Alexandra Oliver was born in Vancouver, Canada. She holds an MA in Drama/Cinema Studies from The University of Toronto and an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Southern Maine. | |  Since emerging onto the Vancouver poetry scene in 1992 and being named the following year as one of the Top Ten Young Artists of the year by The Vancouver Sun, Oliver has performed her poems at venues including Lollapalooza... Read More →
avatar for Peter H Sears

Peter H Sears

Bio: | Peter Sears teaches in the Pacific University Writing Program. His new and selected poems, "Small Talk," will be published by Lynx House Press in 2014. | | | Small Talk: New and Selected Poems


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

12:00pm

Jamie Ford
Writers
avatar for Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford

Bio: | Jamie Ford’s first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has been hailed as “an impressive debut” by Lisa See and “mesmerizing and evocative” by Sara Gruen. A story about the friendship between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl in Seattle at the time of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, it has been chosen by numerous One Book and Freshman Year Experience programs. The... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

12:00pm

Kevin Barry
Writers
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Kevin Barry

Bio: | Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections 'Dark Lies The Island' and 'There Are Little Kingdoms' and the novel 'City Of Bohane'. He has won the Impac Dublin City Literature Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and  the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. He has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Frank... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

12:00pm

Laurie Blauner and Cari Luna
Writers
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Laurie Blauner

Bio: | Laurie Blauner is the author of three novels, most recently "The Bohemians" from Black Heron Press, a novella, and six books of poetry. She has received many grants and awards including an N.E.A, Seattle Arts Commission, 4Culture, and King County grant.  Her work has appeared in "The Nation," "The New Republic," "Mississippi Review," "The Georgia Review," "Superstition Review," and many other magazines.  She lives... Read More →
avatar for Cari Luna

Cari Luna

Bio:Cari Luna received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in failbetter, Avery Anthology, PANK, and Novembre Magazine. New York-born, she now lives in Portland, OR. Find her online and on Twitter.The Revolution of Every DayOn May 30, 1995, the NYPD rolled an armored tank down East 13th Street, evicting squatters from two buildings. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

12:00pm

Scott Farris
Writers
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Scott Farris

Bio: | Scott Farris is the author of "Almost President: The Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation" (Lyons Press, 2011), a study of those men who ran for president and lost, but who still profoundly changed our nation's politics.  Among those featured in the book are Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan, Al Smith, Thomas Dewey, Adlai Stevenson, Barry Goldwater, George McGovern, and Ross Perot.  There... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

12:00pm

12:00pm

How to Write the Weird: The Hows, Whys and Ways of Valuable Estrangements
Writers
avatar for Matt Schumacher

Matt Schumacher

Bio: | Matt Schumacher serves as poetry editor for Phantom Drift and has published two collections of poetry, Spilling the Moon and The Fire Diaries. He lives in Portland. | | | Phantom Drift | | PHANTOM DRIFT is a perfectbound literary journal dedicated to building an understanding of and appreciation for New Fabulism and a Literature of the Fantastic. Issue One features work by Aaron Anstett, Jonathan Ball, Michael Chocholak, Brian... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

1:00pm

Publicity and Publishing Secrets No Author Can Afford to Live Without (and Some Gossip, too!)
Writers
avatar for Kim Dower

Kim Dower

Bio:Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list. The book was described by The Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative. . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” The... Read More →
avatar for Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo

Bio: | Karen Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is Julia Child Rules. How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, published in 2011, was hailed by Vanity Fair as "simply a revelation." The Gospel According to Coco Chanel appeared in 2009, and went on to become an international bestseller. | | Karen's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

1:00pm

The Business and Art of Magazine writing
An art form, a paycheck, a way to reach new audiences, or all-of-the-above? Four authors who have published in nationally circulated magazines discuss the benefits and challenges of freelance writing.

Moderators
avatar for Adam Davis

Adam Davis

Bio: | Adam joined Oregon Humanities in August 2013 as the organization’s fifth executive director. He previously served as director of the Center for Civic Reflection and prior to that was the organization’s director of training and publications. He is the editor of Taking Action (2012) andHearing the Call across Traditions (2009), and coeditor of Talking Service (2008) and The Civically Engaged... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author, (semi) fearless immersion reporter and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement, from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the hidden world of Alzheimer’s sufferers. She is the author of nine works of... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam

Editor, New America Media
Bio:Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America. | | His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Tomsky

Jacob Tomsky

Bio: | Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

1:00pm

So Much for Normal
Three authors discuss how family, abilities and life struggles create a dynamic read that you can’t put down. Characters who find themselves in situations that require more substance than the average teen.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for SA Bodeen

SA Bodeen

Bio: | S.A. Bodeen was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. After receiving a B.S. in Secondary Ed. from UW-River Falls, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, where she got the inspiration for her Elizabeti’s Doll picture book series, written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Her first YA novel The Compound was a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, a 2009 YALSA Quick Pick, and has been on over a dozen state lists, winning the... Read More →
avatar for Anne Osterlund

Anne Osterlund

Bio: | Anne Osterlund is the author of four young adult novels—Salvation, Academy 7, Aurelia, and Exile—all published by Penguin Books. She won the Spirit of Oregon Book Award and was an Oregon Book Award finalist. Her books have also earned positive reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, VOYA, and School Library Journal. In addition to writing, she presents school author visits and works... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

1:00pm

Chenoa & Keith Egawa and Victoria Jamieson
Writers
avatar for Chenoa and Keith Egawa

Chenoa and Keith Egawa

Bio: | Keith T. A. Egawa is a published novelist; a graduate of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing program; and an enrolled member of the Lummi Indian Nation. As with his first novel, Madchild Running (Red Crane Books), Egawa’s predominant subject matter is contemporary urban Native America. Egawa’s stories mirror the impact of historical events, illustrating how both history and the unique experiences... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Jamieson

Victoria Jamieson

Bio: | Victoria Jamieson is a children's book author and illustrator. She studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, and went on to receive her MA in Museum Studies at the University of Syndey. After living in Rome, Montreal, and Australia, she moved back to the United States, where she began working as a designer with a children's book publisher in New York City. She is now the author of several books for children... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

1:00pm

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler
Writers
avatar for Mark Russell

Mark Russell

I am the author of God Is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now (Top Shelf Productions/IDW) I wrote the comic Prez and am currently writing The Flintstones for DC Comics. Feel free to talk to me about any of these things, as well as spaghetti westerns, fried chicken, and the impending collapse of civilization.
avatar for Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler

Cartoonist, the New Yorker, Dark Horse, Top Shelf, BOOM!, Fantagraphics
I like drawing cartoons.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

1:00pm

Red Hen Showcase
Writers
KC

Katharine Coles

Bio: | Katharine Coles is a poet and prose writer best known for her lyric meditations on science, art, history, and perception.  She is the author of two novels and five collections of poems, including The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen Press, 2013), written under the auspices of the NSF’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; The One Right Touch; A History of the Garden; The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension; and... Read More →
avatar for Ron Koertge

Ron Koertge

Bio: | Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois, April 22, 1940.  Attended high school in Collinsville, Illinois, graduated University of Illinois in 1962 (B.A.), University of Arizona in 1965 (M.A.).  After teaching for thirty-seven years at the city college in Pasadena, he retired and now teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. | | A prolific writer, he published... Read More →
avatar for Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor

TESS TAYLOR’s chapbook, The Misremembered World, was selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship. The San Francisco Chronicle called her first book, The Forage House, “stunning” and it was a finalist for the Believer Poetry Award. Her second book is Work & Days, which Stephen Burt called “our moment’s Georgic.” Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

1:00pm

Ian Doescher, Tim Zahn, and Cloud City Garrison
Writers
avatar for Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher

Bio: | Ian Doescher, born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released, was born and raised in Portland and moved back to Portland with his family in 2008.  He has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade, and attributes his understanding of iambic pentameter to good teachers at Grant High School.  He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Bio: | Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over thirty years. In that time he has published forty-four novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

1:00pm

Robin Sloan
Writers
avatar for Robin Sloan

Robin Sloan

Writer, Self
Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet.


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

1:00pm

Stevan Allred and Eliot Treichel
Writers
avatar for Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred

Bio: | Stevan Allred has survived circumcision, a tonsillectomy, a religious upbringing, the 60's, the War on Poverty, the break-up of The Beatles, any number of bad haircuts, years of psychotherapy, the Reagan Revolution, the War on Drugs, the Roaring 90's, plantar fasciitus, the Lewinsky Affair, the internet bubble, the Florida recount of 2000, the Bush oughts, the War on Terror, teen-aged children, a divorce, hay fever, the real... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Treichel

Eliot Treichel

Bio: | Eliot is a native of Wisconsin who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His debut story collection, Close Is Fine, published by Portland's Ooligan Press, showcases life’s private reflections through plights of family, fidelity, and friendship. Peter Rock (The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment) said of the stories, "[They] could not be so funny if they weren’t also so sad, and their energy is always tempered by a narration of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

1:30pm

An Agitation of Memory: Mixing Essay and Dream into Memoir
Writers
avatar for Jay R Ponteri

Jay R Ponteri

Bio: | Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His memoir, Wedlocked, is published by Hawthorne Books, April 2013. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, is being published by... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

2:00pm

Creepy Tales from the Cabinet of Curiosities
Join creepy collaborators and co-curators of The Cabinet of Curiosities (EnterTheCabinet.com) for a spine tingling story time certain to put you in the right mood for Halloween--if you dare. Most appropriate for ages 8+.

Moderators
avatar for Heidi Schulz

Heidi Schulz

Children's Specialist, Wordstock

Writers
avatar for Stefan Bachmann

Stefan Bachmann

Bio: | Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. He began writing The Peculiar in 2010, when he was sixteen years old. Stefan was homeschooled for most of primary school; he graduated from high school in 2010. He started classes at the Zurich Conservatory in 2004, became a junior student in 2008, and was admitted into the young talent program in... Read More →
avatar for Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand

Bio: | Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first book, a horror novel for middle grade readers from Simon & Schuster, is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND... Read More →
avatar for Emma Trevayne

Emma Trevayne

Bio:Emma Trevayne is the author of several sci-fi and fantasy novels for young adults and children. Her first novel, Coda, was released by Running Press Kids in May 2013, and will be followed by a companion novel, Chorus, in Spring 2014. Her middle-grade debut, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, is also debuting in Spring 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of scary... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

2:00pm

Captivated by Contemporary
What about that feeling of falling head-over-heels in love for the first time? And sex, at promises, and at what it means to take ownership of your own body and decisions about it. 

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Perkins

Stephanie Perkins

Bio: | Stephanie Perkins has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow. | Visit her online! | | Anna and the French Kiss | | Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Gayle Forman

Gayle Forman

Bio: | Gayle Forman is an award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author and journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, The Nation, and The New York Times Magazine. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers If I Stay and Where She Went, as well as Sisters in Sanity. She lives with her family in Brooklyn. | | | Just One Year | | A breathtaking journey toward... Read More →
avatar for Corey Haydu

Corey Haydu

Bio:Corey Ann Haydu is a young adult novelist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her first novel, OCD LOVE STORY, is coming out July 2013 from Simon Pulse. Her second novel, LIFE BY COMMITTEE will be out in Summer 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books at Harper Collins. Corey grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts where she learned a deep love for books, cheese, cobblestone streets, cold weather and The Gilmore Girls. She has been living... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Kenneally

Miranda Kenneally

Bio: | Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead, she writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. She is the author of the young adult novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker and Things I Can't Forget; she is also the co-creator of the website... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

2:00pm

David Biespiel and Samiya Bashir
Writers
avatar for Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir

Bio: | Samiya Bashir’s second book of poems, Gospel, was a finalist for both the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and along with her first collection, Where the Apple Falls, the Lambda Literary Award. You can find her poetry nor and soon in POETRY, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Rumpus, Hubbub, and Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K, and Vol. 3... Read More →
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David Biespiel

Bio: | David Biespiel is the author of five books of poetry, including Charming Gardeners. | | | Charming Gardeners | | The formally nuanced and wise epistolary poems in David Biespiel's new collection are grounded in friendship, camaraderie, and the vulnerability and boldness that defines America. Roving from the old Confederacy of Biespiel's native South to Portland, Oregon, "Charming Gardeners" explores the wildness of the Northwest... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

2:00pm

Star Wars Signing and Photos
Writers
avatar for Ian Doescher

Ian Doescher

Bio: | Ian Doescher, born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released, was born and raised in Portland and moved back to Portland with his family in 2008.  He has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade, and attributes his understanding of iambic pentameter to good teachers at Grant High School.  He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union... Read More →
avatar for Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn

Bio: | Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over thirty years. In that time he has published forty-four novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

2:00pm

Ayana Mathis
Writers
avatar for Ayana Mathis

Ayana Mathis

Bio: | Ayana Mathis was born in Philadelphia to a long line of formidable women. As an only child, a quirky and overactive imagination was inevitable, and at the age of eight she penned her first collection of short stories about a girl named Blue who came to a bad end in a tree house. | | Many years passed before she rediscovered that focus and dedication - in the meantime Ayana worked as a waitress, a freelance researcher, a... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

2:00pm

BH James and Don Waters
Writers
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BH James

Bio: | James is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska's Low Residency MFA program and teaches high school English.  Parnucklian for Chocolate (2013, Red Hen Press) is his first novel.  He lives in Northern California with his wife and baby boy and their two cats: Rooster and Mike Tyson. | | | Parnucklian for Chocolate | | As a small child, Josiah believed that his father’s absence could be explained by the... Read More →
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Don Waters

Bio: | Don Waters is the author of the story collection, Desert Gothic, and the novel, Sunland. His fiction has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, Best of the West, and New Stories from the Southwest. | | A frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s also written for the New York Times Book Review, Outside, The Believer, and Slate, among other magazines. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers&rsquo... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

2:00pm

Chelsea Cain and Chris Keil
Writers
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Chelsea Cain

Bio: | Chelsea Cain is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan thriller series, including HEARTSICK, SWEETHEART, EVIL AT HEART, THE NIGHT SEASON, KILL YOU TWICE, and LET ME GO.  The series has been published in over 30 languages, recommended on “The Today Show,” appeared in episodes of HBO’s “True Blood” and ABC’s “Castle.”  Stephen King included two of her... Read More →
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Chris Keil

Bio: | Chris Keil is a novelist and occasional university lecturer. | He has worked as a sheep-farmer, a journalist, and a tour-guide | in a number of European cities. In academic life he has published and lectured widely on traumatic memory and representations of the | Holocaust, and currently lectures at the University of Wales. He has held literary residencies, workshops and masterclasses in Europe and the United States. He is... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

2:00pm

Nichole Bernier and Jennie Shortridge
Writers
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Nichole Bernier

Bio: | Nichole Bernier is author of the novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. (Crown/Random House, 2012), which spent eight weeks on the Boston Globe bestseller list and was a finalist for the New England Independent Booksellers fiction award. A Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler magazine for 14 years, she has also written for publications including Psychology Today, Elle, Health, Self, Salon, The Huffington Post, and... Read More →
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Jennie Shortridge

Bio: | Acclaimed author of five bestselling novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew. Her books have been translated into several languages and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. An avid volunteer, she is the co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy. A... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

2:00pm

Ray Robertson
Writers
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Ray Robertson

Bio: | Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, and David, as well as two collections of non-fiction, Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.  He lives in Toronto, Canada.  For more information, including reviews and contact information, please visit his website. | | David | | Born a slave in 1847, but... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

3:00pm

Literature online: Publishing new fiction on the web
How has the internet changed our reading/writing experience? How do online literary journals compare to print in form and status? Four authors discuss the risks and rewards of publishing fiction online.

Moderators
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Paul Martone

Bio: | Paul Martone is a fiction writer and the director of Late Night Library, a literary arts organization dedicated to sustaining book culture and promoting talented writers early in their careers. Paul's writing has appeared in such magazines and journals as The Saranac Review, Water~Stone Review, Tin House’s Open Bar, Propeller Magazine, The Fiddlehead, The Skanner, and Reed... Read More →

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Stevan Allred

Bio: | Stevan Allred has survived circumcision, a tonsillectomy, a religious upbringing, the 60's, the War on Poverty, the break-up of The Beatles, any number of bad haircuts, years of psychotherapy, the Reagan Revolution, the War on Drugs, the Roaring 90's, plantar fasciitus, the Lewinsky Affair, the internet bubble, the Florida recount of 2000, the Bush oughts, the War on Terror, teen-aged children, a divorce, hay fever, the real... Read More →
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Jamie Iredell

Bio:The author of Prose. Poems. a Novel., The Book of Freaks, and the forthcoming books, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, and The Lake, Iredell's writing also appears in many literary magazines, including The Rumpus, The Literary Review, Gigantic, and Copper Nickel. He is fiction editor of Atticus Review. He lives in Atlanta, and blogs here. I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac: After two full-length collections of... Read More →
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Robin Sloan

Writer, Self
Robin Sloan grew up near Detroit and now splits his time between San Francisco and the internet.
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Mike Young

Mike Young is the author of Look! Look! Feathers (Word Riot 2010), a book of stories, and two books of poems: We Are All Good If They Try Hard Enough (Publishing Genius 2010) and Sprezzatura (Publishing Genius 2014). He edits NOÖ Journal, runs Magic Helicopter Press, and lives in Northampton, MA. Visit him online. | | Look! Look! Feathers: A tuba player surfs the web from a cyst on his hand. A town of spilled peaches fields its own game... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

3:00pm

The Power of Print-on-Demand
Moderators
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Kevin Sampsell

Bio: | Kevin Sampsell is a portland bookseller, events coordinator, small press publisher and author. His work has appeared widely in journals and magazines and is included in Best American Essays 2013. He is the author and editor of many books including the upcoming novel, This Is Between Us (Tin House Books). 

Writers
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Jeremy Robert Johnson

Bio: | Jeremy Robert Johnson is the Wonderland Award Winning author of WE LIVE INSIDE YOU, the cult hit ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE,  and the end-of-the-world freak-out EXTINCTION JOURNALS. His fiction has been acclaimed by authors like Chuck Palahniuk and Jack Ketchum and has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. In 2008 he worked with The Mars Volta to tell the story behind their Grammy Winning album The Bedlam in... Read More →
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Jarret Middleton

Bio: | Jarret Middleton is the author of An Dantomine Eerly and other fiction. He is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Dark Coast Press. His fiction, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Collagist, Smalldoggies, Big Other, HTMLGIANT, Smoke Long Quarterly, Slingshot and In Heaven, Everything Is Fine: A Fiction Anthology Inspired by David Lynch (Lazy Fascist, 2013). He lives in Seattle, WA.  | | | Darkansas
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Cameron Pierce

Bio: | Cameron Pierce lives in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of | eight books, including the Wonderland Book Award-winning collection | Lost in Cat Brain Land and Die You Doughnut Bastards. His fully illustrated novel | Fantastic Earth Destroyer Ultra Plus (w/ Jim Agpalza) is forthcoming in | hardcover in November 2013. He has edited three anthologies, most recently In Heaven, Everything is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch... Read More →
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Laura Stanfill

Bio: | Laura Stanfill, a novelist and freelance manuscript editor, is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, a Portland-based regional press with national reach. She edited the homegrown anthology Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, which was named a Powell’s Books Top Five Pick for 2012. Forest Avenue Press’ September release, Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World, a... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

3:00pm

Songwriting as Storytelling
Songwriting covers such a wide spectrum of styles and purpose, but many of them share the intention of storytelling.  This panel draws from three very different song traditions.

Moderators
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Lewi Longmire

Bio: | Lewi Longmire has built a reputation as Portland's multi-instrumentalist "go to guy." In the years since relocating to Portland from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he's been included on shows and recordings by many of the Northwest's finest bands and songwriters. He's played with national acts Michael Hurley, Victoria Williams, Blue Giant/Viva Voce/The Robinsons, Dolorean, the Minus 5, Breathe Owl Breathe and Tara Jane O'Neill as well as... Read More →

Songwriters
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Casey Neill

Bio: | Casey Neill's career has always walked the line between lyrical song craft and ferocious live shows. He is a songwriter and bandleader from Portland, Oregon with a sound that explores haunting ballads, high-octane folk punk, and Scots/Irish melody. Neill's latest record with his band the Norway Rats is titled 'All You Pretty Vandals' was produced by Chris Funk of the Decemberists. The Norway Rats include an all-star cast of... Read More →
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Kevin Emerson

Bio: | Kevin is the author of eleven middle grade and YA novels, including THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He is also a guitarist/singer/drummer, and his current project is THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Kevin is a former K-8 science teacher, and currently teaches with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in... Read More →
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Mark LaPierre

Bio: | Off Broadway: reading of Heart Beatings at the York Theatre.  Off-Off Broadway: Zombie Strippers, Bitterella, Grimm Late Night, and Pinokenstein.  Los Angeles: Out of Hand.  His children's works have toured the United States for over 14 years.  His commissioned two-woman Cinderella (Tears of Joy) has toured since its creation, recently going to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.  He has written... Read More →
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Mic Crenshaw

Bio: | Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Mic Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet now emerging on the national - and international stage. | | As a youth, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were dominating local parks and venues around the growing hardcore music scene of the mid to late... Read More →
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Tanya Donnelly

Bio: | Tanya Donelly is a Boston-based singer songwriter and guitarist, and founding member of Throwing Muses and The Breeders.  She was also the singer and songwriter in the twice Grammy-nominated band Belly in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, she became a solo artist and has released five albums under her name.  She is set to launch on online series of songs in July of 2013, collaboratively written with several author... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

3:00pm

Craig Thompson and Gene Luen Yang
Writers
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Craig Thompson

Bio: | Craig Thompson was born in Traverse City, Michigan, in 1975, and raised in rural Wisconsin. His graphic novels - Good-bye, Chunky Rice (1999), Blankets (2003), Carnet De Voyage (2004), and Habibi (2011) - have garnered numerous awards and been published in nearly twenty languages. He is currently working on an all-ages graphic novel for Scholastic. He lives in Portland, Oregon.  | Find him on the web and Facebook... Read More →
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Gene Luen Yang

Bio: | Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese's critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

3:00pm

Dan Krokos and Obert Skye
Writers
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Dan Krokos

Bio: | For nine years, Dan Krokos spent his days pumping gas and thinking about his first novel. After crafting every detail in his head for fifteen hours a day, five days a week, he dedicated every free minute he had to writing. Four months later, Krokos’ debut novel sold at auction and he signed a three-book deal to Disney-Hyperion—only a week after it went out on submission. He launched FALSE MEMORY in 2012 and the... Read More →
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Obert Skye

Bio: | Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of the two books in The Creature from My Closet series—Wonkenstein and Potterwookiee. He has also written the bestselling children’s fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and Pillage.  | website, Facebook, Twitter | | | Pinocula | | For Rob Burnside, things are going pretty well. His friends are behaving, school isn’t too bad, his family’s getting along, and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

3:00pm

Emily Pettit and Dara Wier
Writers
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Emily Pettit

Bio: | Emily Pettit the author of Goat in the Snow (Birds LLC, 2012) and three chapbooks: Because You Can Have This Idea About Being Afraid Of Something (Dikembe Press), How (Octopus Books), and What Happened to Limbo (Pilot Books). She is an editor for notnostrums and Factory Hollow Press, as well as the publisher of jubilat. She teaches poetry at Flying Object. | | | Goat In the Snow | | Emily Pettit has included a number of 'how... Read More →
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Dara Wier

Bio: | Dara Wier is from New Orleans, Louisiana; she's lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missisippi, Alabama, Georgia, Montana, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. | Now she's in Amherst, Massachusetts at Flying Object and at the University of Massachusetts | Facebook | | | You Good Thing | | Dara Wier's loose sonnets insist on a living language in the face of death, cycling and vibrant as the water that runs through them... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

3:00pm

Nicholson Baker
Writers
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Nicholson Baker

Bio: | Nicholson Baker was born in New York City in 1957 and grew up in Rochester, New York, where he attended public schools. He played bassoon in high school and spent a year at the Eastman School of Music. “I bought a white bowtie and a set of tails and played briefly as fourth bassoon in the Rochester Philharmonic,” he says.  “I tried and failed to become a composer.”  He transferred to Haverford... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

3:00pm

Los Portenos
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Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas

Bio:Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas was born in Oaxaca, Mexico. A graduate of Oregon State University, Merecias also holds an MA in Contemporary Hispanic Studies from The School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University. As a trilingual Mixtec poet, socio-linguist, researcher, filmmaker and community educator. Merecias has provided mentoring and guidance to youth and families in Mexico and the United States. His poetry has... Read More →
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Ivonne Saed

Bio: | Graphic designer, photographer, writer and translator, Ivonne Saed has extensively explored the crossroads between the visual arts and the written word, both in her own professional creation as well as in teaching. She published the novel Triple crónica de un nombre (Triple Chronicle of a Name)—Juan Rulfo National Award for First Novel in Mexico, and the non-fiction book Sobre Paul Auster: Autoría... Read More →
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Kildem Soto

Kildem Soto was born in Huánuco, Peru. He was raised in partly in Lima, Peru and in New Jersey. His first collection of poetry "Poems and Images from an Insane Asylum for the Masses" was written during the time he worked in a psychiatric ward as a behavioral technician. Published in 2004, in Salt Lake City Utah by Push!Pubications, this collection is in both in Spanish and English, translated by the author. He is a self taught musician... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

3:00pm

Saru Jayaraman and Jacob Tomsky
Writers
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Saru Jayaraman

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley.  After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC in New York, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible... Read More →
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Jacob Tomsky

Bio: | Jacob Tomsky is a dedicated veteran of the hospitality business. Well-spoken, uncannily quick on his feet, and no more honest than he needs to be, he also is the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays, a weekly, email based short story club. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, The Daily Beast, and other venues. Born in Oakland, California, to a military family, Tomsky now... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

3:00pm

Liz Fichera and Keary Taylor
Writers
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Liz Fichera

Bio: | Liz Fichera relocated from Chicago to Phoenix. She writes stories inspired by teenagers who do extraordinary things.  Most of her stories are set in the American Southwest and finds the desert to be an intriguing and mythic place.  With over 20 native tribes in Arizona, the influence of Native American cultures is present in her novels. From Hohokam petroglyphs and ancient canals, the ancient world resonates in... Read More →
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Keary Taylor

Bio: | Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

3:00pm

Research and Empathy: Writing Across Cultures
Writers
avatar for Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry

Bio:Rosanne lives in Portland where she and her husband are raising four children, three chickens and five kinds of fruit. She works in a tree house in her back yard. She is the author of the award winning novels Heart of a Shepherd and Second Fiddle, and is a frequent visiting author in local schools. Her  most recent book Written in Stone is set among the Quinault and Makah tribes on the Olympic Peninsula where Rosanne had her first... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

3:00pm

Tiny But Mighty: Flash Nonfiction
Writers
avatar for Nancy Linnon

Nancy Linnon

Bio: | Nancy Linnon is a writer, teacher, and editor whose essays have appeared in Brevity, Creative Nonfiction, Los Angeles Review, Yoga International, Mothering and the anthologies What Wildness Is This, Rage & Reconciliation, and VoiceCatcher. Nancy started her career as a journalist for U.S. News & World Report and has taught writing for over 20 years. She has been awarded writing... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

4:00pm

GRIMM
GRIMM is a popular NBC drama series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales, filmed right here in Portland. Today, Wordstock is thrilled to be joined by cast members, Silas Weir Mitchell and Bitsie Tulloch as they share some original Brother’s Grimm fairy tales with us.

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Silas Weir Mitchell

Bio: | Silas Weir Mitchell stars in NBC's acclaimed drama series "Grimm" as Monroe, a reformed Blutbad who is Nick's reluctant informant. Mitchell has worked steadily during his time in Los Angeles, making over 100 television guest appearances on series, including "My Name Is Earl," "The Mentalist," "Numb3rs," "Burn Notice" and "Prison Break." He has also appeared in many feature films. One of Mitchell's enduring passions is the theatre... Read More →
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Bitsie Tulloch

Bio: | Bitsie Tulloch stars in NBC's acclaimed drama series "Grimm" as Juliette Silverton, Nick's (David Giuntoli) loyal girlfriend, who is wary of his recent forays into the Grimm world. Tulloch previously starred as Dylan on Ed Zwick's NBC drama series "quarterlife." First made as an Internet series, "quarterlife" explored the lives of six creative 20-somethings trying to find their way in the world. Tulloch led the cast as a journalist who... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

4:00pm

Stefan Bachmann and Claire Legrand
Writers
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Stefan Bachmann

Bio: | Stefan Bachmann was born in Colorado and now lives with his family in Zurich, Switzerland, where he attends the Zurich Conservatory. He began writing The Peculiar in 2010, when he was sixteen years old. Stefan was homeschooled for most of primary school; he graduated from high school in 2010. He started classes at the Zurich Conservatory in 2004, became a junior student in 2008, and was admitted into the young talent program in... Read More →
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Claire Legrand

Bio: | Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now a writer, Ms. Legrand can often be found typing with purpose at her keyboard, losing herself in the stacks at her local library, or embarking upon spontaneous adventures to lands unknown. Her first book, a horror novel for middle grade readers from Simon & Schuster, is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

4:00pm

Burnside Review Showcase
Writers
avatar for Jeff Alessandrelli

Jeff Alessandrelli

Bio: | Jeff Alessandrelli lives in Portland, Oregon, with his dog Beckett Long Snout. Work by him has appeared or will appear in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, Redivider, Salt Hill, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast and Boston Review.  He is the author of three chapbooks, including Don’t Let Me Forget To Feed the Sharks (Poor Claudia), as well as the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press... Read More →
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Emily Kendal Frey

Bio: | EMILY KENDAL FREY is the author of The Grief Performance (Cleveland | State University Poetry Center 2011) as well as the chapbook | collections Airport (Blue Hour 2009), Frances (Poor Claudia 2010), The | New Planet (Mindmade Books 2010) and Baguette (Cash Machine 2013). She | lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hosts The New Privacy reading series. | | | The Grief Performance | | Emily Kendal Frey’s The Grief... Read More →
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Andrew Michael Roberts

Bio: | Andrew Michael Roberts grew up on a small farm in Elma Washington, home of the Slug Festival, in the shadow of a bankrupt nuclear power plant. He spent his formative years searching the woods for sasquatch and running long distance. He now lives with his wife Sarah in Portland, Oregon, where he spends his time as an emergency nurse, a cyclist, a library regular, and a poet. Andrew is the author of one previous book of poems... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

4:00pm

Buddy Wakefield, Derrick C Brown, and Bloody Write slam poets
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Derrick Brown

DERRICK c. BROWN is an American poet from Austin TX. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of... Read More →
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Buddy Wakefield

Bio: | Buddy Wakefield of Kingston, WA is a Vipassana meditator, a three-time international spoken word champion, novice triathlete, author of three books of vulnerability for growth junkies, and one book about healthy backyard chicken-keeping practices, called HENHOUSE (based on Penthouse, but for chickens, and their lovers). In the spring of 2001 he left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

4:00pm

Michael Heald and Jamie Iredell
Writers
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Michael Heald

Bio:Michael Heald is the publisher of Perfect Day Publishing. His debut essay collection, Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, was one of the Willamette Week's Best Books of 2012. His work has appeared in Runner’s World, the LA Review of Books, Propeller Quarterly, Silk Road Review, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online.Goodbye To The Nervous ApprehensionAcross eleven essays, Michael... Read More →
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Jamie Iredell

Bio:The author of Prose. Poems. a Novel., The Book of Freaks, and the forthcoming books, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, and The Lake, Iredell's writing also appears in many literary magazines, including The Rumpus, The Literary Review, Gigantic, and Copper Nickel. He is fiction editor of Atticus Review. He lives in Atlanta, and blogs here. I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac: After two full-length collections of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

4:00pm

Peter Ames Carlin and Kent Hartman
Writers
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Peter Ames Carlin

Bio: | Peter Ames Carlin is the author, most recently, of Bruce, the bestselling biography of Bruce Springsteen. Formerly the TV critic for The Oregonian and a senior writer at People, Carlin has also published books about Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson. His work has been published in the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Fast Company, Men's Journal, Health, The Times (UK), The Word (UK) and elsewhere... Read More →
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Kent Hartman

Bio: | Kent Hartman, the winner of the 2013 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction at the Oregon Book Awards, is both a bestselling author (The Wrecking Crew for St. Martin’s Press) and a longtime music industry entrepreneur. His clients have included Elvis Presley Enterprises, America, Lyle Lovett, Hall & Oates, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Kool & the Gang, Three Dog Night, and Kenny Loggins, among dozens of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

4:00pm

Colleen Coover and Martin French
Writers
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Colleen Coover

Bio: | Colleen Coover is an illustrator and comic book artist/writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of the adult comic Small Favors, and artist of the all-ages Banana Sunday and the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, both written by her husband, Paul Tobin. The couple's latest collaboration, Bandette, is published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics; Dark Horse Comics will release its first print volume in hardcover... Read More →
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Martin French

Bio: | Martin French is an illustrator, designer and educator. His distinctive style, an interplay of marks, signs, and symbols spanning a diverse media context—has been recognized internationally for its dynamic visual exploration of life and culture. | | His unique, graphic expressionist images have won awards in juried shows of the leading visual communication organizations across the United States, including Gold... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

4:00pm

Nicole Hardy and Scott M Terry
Writers
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Nicole Hardy

Bio: | Nicole Hardy lives in Seattle where she works as a waitress and a teacher. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was selected as “notable” in 2012’s ‘Best American’ series. Nicole earned her MFA at Bennington College, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry collections include This... Read More →
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Scott M Terry

Bio:In 2007, Scott Terry sent an excerpt from his yet-to-be published book, Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth, to the San Francisco Chronicle. An hour later, he received a freelance contract and a request for more, leading to many stories for the paper and launching his writing career. Scott Terry was raised as a cowboy in a devout Jehovah's Witness family.  He spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come, but by adulthood... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

4:00pm

Stacy Bolt and Lauren Kessler
Writers
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Stacy Bolt

Bio:Stacy Bolt is the author of the new memoir Breeding in Captivity. It's a funny, truthful, and sometimes unbelievable account of her many attempts at becoming a mother. Stacy often reads her essays on Live Wire, a syndicated radio program produced in Portland, Oregon. She also has a blog which is sadly neglected most of the time. Stacy lives in Portland with her husband and (spoiler alert) son.Breeding in Captivity: One Woman's... Read More →
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Lauren Kessler

Lauren Kessler is an award-winning author, (semi) fearless immersion reporter and self-designated guinea pig journalist who combines lively narrative with deep research to explore everything from the seemingly romantic but oh-so-gritty world of ballet to the wild, wild west of the anti-aging movement, from the stormy seas of the mother-daughter relationship to the hidden world of Alzheimer’s sufferers. She is the author of nine works of... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

4:00pm

Ron Koertge and Corina Vacco
Writers
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Ron Koertge

Bio: | Ron Koertge was born in Olney, Illinois, April 22, 1940.  Attended high school in Collinsville, Illinois, graduated University of Illinois in 1962 (B.A.), University of Arizona in 1965 (M.A.).  After teaching for thirty-seven years at the city college in Pasadena, he retired and now teaches at Hamline University in their low-residency MFA program for Children’s Writing. | | A prolific writer, he published... Read More →
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Corina Vacco

Bio: | Corina Vacco felt compelled to write about toxic towns after reading an article alleging that hundreds of thousands of children and teens | throughout the United States attend schools built on or near dangerously polluted sites. She found the inspiration for this book while living in Western New York, where she heard teachers speak out against a landfill adjacent to an elementary school. A city girl, world traveler, and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

4:30pm

Sex and the Serious Novel
Writers
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Chris Keil

Bio: | Chris Keil is a novelist and occasional university lecturer. | He has worked as a sheep-farmer, a journalist, and a tour-guide | in a number of European cities. In academic life he has published and lectured widely on traumatic memory and representations of the | Holocaust, and currently lectures at the University of Wales. He has held literary residencies, workshops and masterclasses in Europe and the United States. He is... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

4:30pm

Writing the Deadly and the Wicked
Writers
avatar for Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting

Bio: | Alissa Nutting's debut novel, Tampa, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

5:00pm

Bringing the Past to Life: Recreating a Place and Time
From Depression-era Seattle to 1870’s Massachusetts, 1890’s Paris, and the Vietnam War, these novelists combine research, personal experience, and imagination to create vivid fictional portraits of a place and time.

Moderators
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Barbara Pope

Bio: | Barbara Corrado Pope fell in love with the art, landscapes and people of Provence while teaching French, women’s and religious history to American students in Avignon. Among the places she took her students was Cézanne’s hometown, Aix-en-Provence, where he had a secret love affair in 1885. The artist’s paintings and his emotional turmoil were two of the inspirations for her first novel, Cézanne’s... Read More →

Writers
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Jamie Ford

Bio: | Jamie Ford’s first novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has been hailed as “an impressive debut” by Lisa See and “mesmerizing and evocative” by Sara Gruen. A story about the friendship between a Chinese boy and a Japanese girl in Seattle at the time of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, it has been chosen by numerous One Book and Freshman Year Experience programs. The... Read More →
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Jerome Gold

Bio: | Jerome Gold is the author of thirteen books, including Sergeant Dickinson, a critically acclaimed Vietnam War novel,the the memoir, Paranoia & Heartbreak: Fifteen Years in a Juvenile Facility, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Russell Banks said about Paranoia & Heartbreak: "I've finished reading Jerome Gold's terrific book cover to cover without a break... It's a... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

5:00pm

Strategies for Reluctant Readers
Four engaging creators of middle grade books come together to discuss ideas on how to turn reluctant readers into enthusiastic readers. Perfect for parents and/or teachers.

Moderators
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Kirby Larson

Bio: | Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, a young adult historical novel she wrote inspired by her great-grandmother, Hattie Inez Brooks Wright, who homesteaded by herself in eastern Montana as a young woman. Just released—due to popular demand by her readers—is Hattie Ever After, the final installment in Hattie’s adventures. Her passion for historical fiction is... Read More →

Writers
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Jeanne Birdsall

Bio: | When JEANNE BIRDSALL was young, she promised herself she'd be a writer someday--so she could write books for children to read and enjoy, just as she did at her local library. She is now the author of the Penderwicks series: The Penderwicks (which won the National Book Award); The Penderwicks on Gardam Street; and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. | | | The Penderwicks at Point... Read More →
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Bruce Hale

Bio: | Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, Bruce Hale worked as a surveyor, actor, DJ, English teacher (in Japan), and corporate lackey, before turning to a career in writing.  Bruce has written and illustrated nearly 30 seriously funny books for young readers, including his award-winning series, The Chet Gecko Mysteries, School for S.P.I.E.S., and the Underwhere graphic novels.   | | His book, The Malted... Read More →
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Matt Holm

Bio: | Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two series of graphic novels for children, the award-winning Babymouse series and the Indiebound-Bestselling Squish series, both from Random House Children’s Books. His latest book is Babymouse: Queen of the World!, a relaunch of the very first book in the series. Prior to working in children's publishing, Matt spent eight years writing about kitchens (among other topics) for Country... Read More →
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Obert Skye

Bio: | Obert Skye is the author and illustrator of the two books in The Creature from My Closet series—Wonkenstein and Potterwookiee. He has also written the bestselling children’s fantasy adventure series Leven Thumps and Pillage.  | website, Facebook, Twitter | | | Pinocula | | For Rob Burnside, things are going pretty well. His friends are behaving, school isn’t too bad, his family’s getting along, and... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

5:00pm

Writing the Great Outdoors
Nature can be viewed as a creative laboratory. Whether diving for fish in Puget Sound, observing Antarctic seascapes, or dining on nettles, these authors discuss the rugged adventures that inspire their work.

Moderators
avatar for Robin Cody

Robin Cody

Bio: | Robin Cody was born at St. Helens and grew up in Estacada, Oregon. A graduate of Yale, he taught at the American School of Paris for a decade and was Dean of Admissions at Reed College in Portland before taking up freelance writing in 1984.  While writing, he has been a baseball umpire, a basketball referee, and special ed school bus driver. | | Cody is the author of Ricochet River, a novel, and Voyage of a Summer... Read More →

Writers
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Katharine Coles

Bio: | Katharine Coles is a poet and prose writer best known for her lyric meditations on science, art, history, and perception.  She is the author of two novels and five collections of poems, including The Earth Is Not Flat (Red Hen Press, 2013), written under the auspices of the NSF’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program; The One Right Touch; A History of the Garden; The Golden Years of the Fourth Dimension; and... Read More →
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Langdon Cook

Bio: | Langdon Cook writes about the intersection of food, nature, and outdoor adventure. His books include "The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America" (Ballantine, 2013) and "Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager" (Mountaineers, 2009), which The Seattle Times called "lyrical, practical and quixotic." Cook has been profiled in Bon Appetit, Salon.com, WSJ magazine, and Whole Living, and his writing... Read More →
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Becky Lerner

Author, Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness
Bio: Becky is the author of the book "Dandelion Hunter: Foraging the Urban Wilderness," published March 2013 by Globe Pequot Press. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a speaker, teacher, and shamanic healer, and shares her botanical knowledge with a variety of clients: individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums, private companies, even Hollywood producers. | | On Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at 10 pm, she'll make her national TV... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

5:00pm

Pacific Northwest Literary Organizations: What, How, and Why
Writers
avatar for Tiel Aisha Ansari

Tiel Aisha Ansari

Oregon Poetry Association
OPA embodies the diversity of Oregon. | | We are young and old. Teachers and students. Nationally-known, award-winning poets with many books and poets new to writing. Although most of us live in Oregon, not all of us do. Those who do are in major cities and large ranches, small towns and coastal villages, expanding suburbs and rural counties, farms large and small, and places easy to get to and places hard to find. | | OPA... Read More →
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Carolyn Martin

VoiceCatcher
Bio: | Carolyn Martin is blissfully retired in Clackamas, OR, where she writes, gardens and plays with communities of creative colleagues. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Naugatuck River Review, Stirring, 5/Quarterly and Drash. A collection, Finding Compass, (Portland, OR: Queen of Wands Press) was published in 2011. | | Currently, she is president of the board of directors of VoiceCatcher, a non-profit community... Read More →
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Ann Whitfield Powers

Executive Director, Fishtrap
Bio: Ann Whitfield Powers is the Executive Director of Fishtrap, a literary arts organization dedicated to promoting clear thinking and good writing in and about the West. Their flagship program is the week-long Summer Fishtrap Gathering of Writers held each July at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. They also run a writing retreat in the remote Imnaha River Canyon outside of Joseph, Oregon. Powers holds an MA in English from Florida State University and... Read More →
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Robyn Steely

Write Around Portland
Bio: | Robyn Steely has served as the Executive Director of Write Around Portland since 2005. Write Around Portland brings free 10-week creative writing workshops to hospitals, schools, prisons, shelters, senior centers, low income apartments, treatment facilities and other health care and social service settings.  Workshops culminate in published books and community readings to connect readers and writers. The organization also... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

5:00pm

Shelby Bach and Rosanne Parry
Writers
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Shelby Bach

Bio: | Shelby Bach grew up reading every book she could find and writing stories in battered notebooks. She also rarely came home with a clean shirt and had lots of accidents that ended with a hunt for Band-Aids. (Actually, both those things still happen, but sometimes, she pretends she outgrew being so clumsy.) Raised in North Carolina, Shelby first visited Portland to do research for her third novel, and she loved it so much that... Read More →
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Rosanne Parry

Bio:Rosanne lives in Portland where she and her husband are raising four children, three chickens and five kinds of fruit. She works in a tree house in her back yard. She is the author of the award winning novels Heart of a Shepherd and Second Fiddle, and is a frequent visiting author in local schools. Her  most recent book Written in Stone is set among the Quinault and Makah tribes on the Olympic Peninsula where Rosanne had her first... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

5:00pm

AM Homes
Writers
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AM Homes

Bio: | AM Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels May We Be Forgiven (Winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013), This Book Will Change Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know and the travel book Los Angeles:  People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

5:00pm

Cinda Williams Chima, Dan Krokos, and Josin McQuein
Writers
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Cinda Williams Chima

I grew up with talking animals and kick-butt Barbies. I nearly failed first grade because I was always daydreaming instead of listening. By junior high, I was writing novels in class, which were often confiscated. Still,I believe in the magic of books. Books took me from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to college professor to New York Times best-selling author of two teen fantasy series: The Heir Chronicles and The Seven... Read More →
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Dan Krokos

Bio: | For nine years, Dan Krokos spent his days pumping gas and thinking about his first novel. After crafting every detail in his head for fifteen hours a day, five days a week, he dedicated every free minute he had to writing. Four months later, Krokos’ debut novel sold at auction and he signed a three-book deal to Disney-Hyperion—only a week after it went out on submission. He launched FALSE MEMORY in 2012 and the... Read More →
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Josin L McQuein

Bio: | Josin was born and raised in Texas, and has lived in a string of small (and smallish) towns that are only known for the movies which have been filmed in them. | | She firmly believes that the shortest questions are the most powerful, because "What if?" and "Why?" can create entire universes if thoroughly explored. There's never been a book that originated without those sort of simple wonderings. | | PREMEDITATED is her... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

5:00pm

Maggie Stiefvater and Robin Wasserman
Writers
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Maggie Stiefvater

Bio: | Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to more than thirty-six... Read More →
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Robin M Wasserman

Bio: | Robin Wasserman is the author of several books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening trilogy, and the Seven Deadly Sins series, which was adapted into a popular television miniseries. A former children’s book editor, Wasserman has a masters degree in the history of science and teaches in the low-residency MFA writing program at... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

6:30pm

The 9th Live Wire! Radio Wordstock Extravaganza
Gen Admission: $20 advance, $25 day of
Reserved Seating: $35

An annual festival gem (code for sells out early). Be a part of the live studio audience for 2013's Wordstock edition of Live Wire! Radio to witness another mirthful mash-up of Wordstock writers (some who also play instruments and sing) with the razor humor of the regular LiveWire! players. Featuring Wordstock writers: T.C. Boyle, Kevin Barry,  M.K. Asante, A.M. Homes, Ian Doescher and musical guests Tanya Donnelly and Michael Hearst. 

Writers
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MK Asante

Bio: | MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.” | | The author of four celebrated books, Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, Buck: A Memoir, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a LA Times Summer Book pick. Buck will be released on August 20... Read More →
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Kevin Barry

Bio: | Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections 'Dark Lies The Island' and 'There Are Little Kingdoms' and the novel 'City Of Bohane'. He has won the Impac Dublin City Literature Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and  the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. He has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Frank... Read More →
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TC Boyle

Bio: | T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-three books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011) and San Miguel (2012). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his... Read More →
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Ian Doescher

Bio: | Ian Doescher, born 45 days after Star Wars Episode IV was released, was born and raised in Portland and moved back to Portland with his family in 2008.  He has loved Shakespeare since eighth grade, and attributes his understanding of iambic pentameter to good teachers at Grant High School.  He has a B.A. in Music from Yale University, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Union... Read More →
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AM Homes

Bio: | AM Homes is the author of the memoir The Mistress’s Daughter and the novels May We Be Forgiven (Winner of The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2013), This Book Will Change Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers, and Jack, as well as the story collections The Safety of Objects and Things You Should Know and the travel book Los Angeles:  People, Places, and the Castle on the Hill... Read More →

Songwriters
avatar for Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst

Bio: | Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent... Read More →
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Tanya Donnelly

Bio: | Tanya Donelly is a Boston-based singer songwriter and guitarist, and founding member of Throwing Muses and The Breeders.  She was also the singer and songwriter in the twice Grammy-nominated band Belly in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s, she became a solo artist and has released five albums under her name.  She is set to launch on online series of songs in July of 2013, collaboratively written with several author... Read More →


Saturday October 5, 2013 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Alberta Rose Theatre 3000 NE Alberta St.
 
Sunday, October 6
 

9:00am

How to Write Stunning Sentences
Writers
avatar for Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler

Bio: | Nina Schuyler's first novel, The Painting, was nominated for a Northern California Book Award and was a San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of the Year." Booklist in a starred review called her latest novel, The Translator, "evocative, powerful, and well-paced." | | Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in many literary journals, including ZYZZYVA, Fugue, and the Santa Clara Review. She... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 9:00am - 10:15am
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

10:00am

Poetry Chapbooks: Hows and Whys
Writers
avatar for Judith Barrington

Judith Barrington

Bio:Judith Barrington recently won the prestigious Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Prize and gave a reading in Cork (Ireland). She has published three poetry collections, most recently Horses and the Human Soul and two chapbooks: Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea and Lost Lands (winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award). Her memoir, Lifesaving won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Ciccarello

Lisa Ciccarello

Bio: | Lisa Ciccarello is the author of four chapbooks: (the shore in parts) (Greying Ghost Press, 2013), Sometimes there are travails (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013), At night (Scantily Clad Press, 2009), & At night, the dead (Blood Pudding Press, 2009). | | Her poems have appeared in Handsome, Tin House, Denver Quarterly, Leveler, Everyday Genius, & Corduroy Mtn., among others. | | | Poetry Chapbooks
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Susan Denning

Bio: | Susan Denning is the author of the chapbook She Preferred to Read The Knives (Dancing Girl Press). Her poetry has  appeared in Filter, New York Quarterly, Quick Fiction and elsewhere. She edited the online magazine Caffeine Destiny for 13 years, and is one of the editors of the anthology Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest. She was born in Southern California but has spent most of her... Read More →
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Trevino Brings Plenty

Bio: | Trevino L. Brings Plenty, was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation, Eagle Butte, South Dakota, April 4, 1976. A Minneconjou Lakota Indian, he lived on the reservation until age three, then with family moved to Bay Area, CA. At age 16, he moved to Portland Oregon where he now resides. He is 55/64 Lakota; the 9/64 is unknown (probably fur trapper). | | Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and... Read More →
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Ryan Scariano

Ryan Scariano’s chapbook, Smithereens, was published by Imperfect Press. Some of his recent poetry has appeared in Verde Que Te Quiero Verde: Poems After Frederico Garcia Lorca, Lilac City Fairy Tales, Railtown Almanac, Paper Nautilus and Ink Node. New work is upcoming in the Willow Springs Books anthology, Heart of the Rat. He has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and works at Eastern Oregon University. In his spare time, he... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

10:00am

Judy Cox and Aaron Nigel Smith
Writers
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Judy Cox

Bio: | I grew up near San Francisco. As the oldest of five children, I loved to tell | stories to my younger brother and sisters. Learning to read opened up the world of books, and at a young age I decided to become a writer. I started my first book at the age of eleven, but never even finished the first chapter! I continued to write through high school and college, and began amassing an impressive collection of rejection slips. I... Read More →

Songwriters
avatar for Aaron Nigel Smith

Aaron Nigel Smith

Bio: | Aaron Nigel Smith's “Call To Action” is to get kids moving. In 2002 he founded FUNdamentals of Music and Movement, an arts program which is now the program of choice to over 100 early education centers in Los Angeles, San Francisco, NewYork, and Boston. His fun, inspired, and lively show is guaranteed to get the audience off their feet. | | In 2005 Aaron's debut CD release Let's Pretend received NAPPA and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

10:30am

Injecting Your Prose with Poetry: How Assonance, Consonance, Rhythm amd Rhyme Can Make Your Sentence Sing
Writers
avatar for Jamie Iredell

Jamie Iredell

Bio:The author of Prose. Poems. a Novel., The Book of Freaks, and the forthcoming books, I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac, and The Lake, Iredell's writing also appears in many literary magazines, including The Rumpus, The Literary Review, Gigantic, and Copper Nickel. He is fiction editor of Atticus Review. He lives in Atlanta, and blogs here. I Was a Fat Drunk Catholic School Insomniac: After two full-length collections of... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

10:30am

Outlining It Might Not Kill You
Writers
avatar for Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray

Bio: | Claudia Gray began her writing career with the EVERNIGHT series: four YA novels set in an eerie gothic boarding school. The EVERNIGHT books received critical acclaim from national media, earned Claudia the title of New York Times bestseller, and jumpstarted her career. | | Though she has worked as a lawyer, journalist, disc jockey, and extremely poor waitress, she currently writes full time. She resides in New Orleans... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 10:30am - 11:45am
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

11:00am

The Short Story vs, the Novel
Does size matter? What form best serves the story? Five acclaimed authors of novels and story collections compare and discuss the unique challenges and joys of each form.

Moderators
avatar for Dave Weich

Dave Weich

Bio: | Dave Weich is the president of Sheepscot Creative, a marketing agency based in Portland. At Powell’s Books (1998-2009), Dave directed marketing and development efforts as online traffic increased from less than 1,000 unique visitors per day to averages of more than 90,000; he created a newsletter program that distributed 2.25 million opt-in emails per month, turning Powell’s into a national brand and one of Portland’s top... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Tom Barbash

Tom Barbash

Bio: | Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, THE LAST GOOD CHANCE, and the nonfiction book, ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, VQR, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He... Read More →
avatar for Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting

Bio: | Alissa Nutting's debut novel, Tampa, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence... Read More →
avatar for Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR (Open City) and the novel THE LISTENERS (Tin House), which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award.  Her fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Open City, Salt Hill, New Orleans Review, New York Tyrant, Columbia, and other magazines.  She has received fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Lower Manhattan Cultural... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

11:00am

Writing for Children and Teens
Creating memorable recurring characters, inventing fantasy worlds, and exploring weighty cultural issues: writing for children and teens is an art unto itself. Four authors discuss the joys and challenges in their work.

Moderators
avatar for Cidney Swanson

Cidney Swanson

Author
Bio: | Cidney Swanson is a full-time writer of Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy including The Rippler Trilogy and The Saving Mars Series. SAVING MARS was named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012. When she’s not writing, Cidney is distracted by shiny things such as books with raised foil covers, macarons in jars, and stars set against an inky night sky. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, three kids, two cats, a dog, and entirely too... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Tad Hills

Tad Hills

Bio: | Tad Hills is the author and illustrator of the highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read, Rocket Writes a Story, Duck & Goose, and Duck, Duck, Goose. His board books include the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book What's Up, Duck?; Duck & Goose: It's Time for Christmas; and, most recently, Duck & Goose: Goose Needs a Hug. Tad lives in Brooklyn with his wife, their two... Read More →
avatar for Matthew J Kirby

Matthew J Kirby

Bio: | Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, and Icefall, as well as The Lost Kingdom and Book 5 in the Infinity Ring series, both forthcoming in fall 2013. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, an anatomy and history of the novel, with two How-to chapters, as well as a short biography of Charles Dickens... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Thorne

Melanie Thorne

Bio: | Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch, named a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Alex Award nominee, and the top honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival fiction prize. Melanie earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and has been awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

11:00am

Emily Winfield Martin
Writers
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Emily Winfield Martin

Bio: | EMILY WINFIELD MARTIN sketches, paints, and stitches to create imaginary worlds and characters. She is the author/illustrator of The Black Apple's Paper Doll Primer. Her store, The Black Apple, has been featured in national publications and on TV shows, including the New York Times and The Martha Stewart Show. The inspiration for Oddfellow's Orphanage, Emily's first book for children, came from the real I.O.O.F. (Independent... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

11:00am

Attic Showcase
Writers
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David Melville

Bio: | David Melville is a poet who lives in Portland, Oregon.  Recent work is forthcoming in The Oregonian.  When not writing poetry, he is a civil appellate attorney. 
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JoAnna Prahl

Bio: | JoAnna Prahl is an alumni of the Attic Institute's Atheneum class of 2013, and is now pursuing her MFA at Warren Wilson College. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
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Shelley Stearns

Bio:Shelley attempts to enter sensual and collective pulses through sound, moments, and opinion. She lives in Portland and recently completed the Attic Atheneum certificate in poetry. It is important to her creative process that she share her work out loud. She can be reached at shelley.stearns@gmail.com.


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

11:00am

Barbara Corrado Pope and Nina Schuyler
Writers
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Barbara Pope

Bio: | Barbara Corrado Pope fell in love with the art, landscapes and people of Provence while teaching French, women’s and religious history to American students in Avignon. Among the places she took her students was Cézanne’s hometown, Aix-en-Provence, where he had a secret love affair in 1885. The artist’s paintings and his emotional turmoil were two of the inspirations for her first novel, Cézanne’s... Read More →
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Nina Schuyler

Bio: | Nina Schuyler's first novel, The Painting, was nominated for a Northern California Book Award and was a San Francisco Chronicle "Best Book of the Year." Booklist in a starred review called her latest novel, The Translator, "evocative, powerful, and well-paced." | | Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and have appeared in many literary journals, including ZYZZYVA, Fugue, and the Santa Clara Review. She... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

11:00am

Chasity Glass and Rebekah Tyler
Writers
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Chasity Glass

Bio: | Chasity Glass grew up in rural Minnesota, not far from Lake Superior. You'll hear her accent on certain words like bag and home and about, though she tries not to say, "eh," too often in conversation. | | Chasity lived in Los Angeles for twelve years producing movie trailers for Hollywood studios. Before that she worked as a gas station attendant, a maid, a nanny, a model, a clothed hostess at a topless restaurant, a medical... Read More →
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Rebekah Tyler

Bio: | Eight months, six countries, two boys, one mother and loads of baggage are the ingredients of Full Tilt, by New Zealander, Rebekah Tyler. This fearless and spirited memoir about love, loss and belonging is her first book. | Orphaned at four, Rebekah was brought up by her grandmother. Already struggling with raising her two sons as a single mother, she reached breaking point when her grandmother died. When her son Marco begged her... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

11:00am

Susan Choi
Writers
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Susan Choi

Bio: | Susan Choi's latest novel is My Education.  She is the author of three previous novels: The Foreign Student, winner of  the Asian-American Literary Award;  American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize; and A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.  A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. ... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

11:00am

Kendare Blake and SA Bodeen
Writers
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Kendare Blake

Bio: | Kendare Blake is the author of four novels: Sleepwalk Society, Anna Dressed in Blood, Girl of Nightmares, and Antigoddess. She's very fond of food, animals, and moderately strenuous physical activity followed by more food. Also, mythology of all kinds. Find her online at her blog, Facebook,  or Twitter. | | | Antigoddess | | Old Gods never die… | | Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting... Read More →
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SA Bodeen

Bio: | S.A. Bodeen was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. After receiving a B.S. in Secondary Ed. from UW-River Falls, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, where she got the inspiration for her Elizabeti’s Doll picture book series, written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. Her first YA novel The Compound was a Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start, a 2009 YALSA Quick Pick, and has been on over a dozen state lists, winning the... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

12:00pm

Our Robots, Ourselves?
Robot as metaphor or technological inevitability? Where do man and machine intersect? Is there any humanity to robots? Are we all turning into robots? Disturbing or thrilling? Three authors discuss.

Moderators
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Jemiah Jefferson

Bio: | Jemiah Jefferson, a Portland-based writer, Dark Horse Comics editor, and all-purpose geek, is the author of Voice of the Blood, Fiend,ST*RF*CK*NG, and Mixtape for the Apocalypse. Aside from working, she occupies her time watching genre TV, being a massive fangirl, taking kitten pictures, and having incredibly elaborate dreams that all seem to be set in a combination of Reed College and a shopping mall. 

Writers
avatar for Kathryn Davis

Kathryn Davis

Bio:Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, including The Thin Place, Labarador, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Hell, The Walking Tour, Versailles and most recently Duplex, which is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in September 2013. She has received a Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006 she won the Lannan... Read More →
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Daniel H Wilson

Bio: Daniel H. Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse, as well as seven other books. Wilson earned a Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he also received Master's degrees in Robotics and Machine Learning. His non-fiction titles include How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Where's My Jetpack?, and The Mad Scientist's Hall of Fame. His novel Robopocalypse was purchased for film by... Read More →
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Timothy Zahn

Bio: | Timothy Zahn has been writing science fiction for over thirty years. In that time he has published forty-four novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first book of the Cobra... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00am
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

12:00pm

On and Off the Menu: PDX Chefs
Two famed Portland chefs. Two books hot off the cutting board! What does it take to convert the perfect food from restaurant plate to cookbook page? These panelists are shaken not stirred.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Liz Crain

Liz Crain

Bio: | Liz Crain is a food and fiction writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. She is the co-author of Toro Bravo: Stories. Recipes. No Bull. out from McSweeney's in fall 2013. The second edition of book Food Lover's Guide to Portland publishes in spring 2014. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Portland Zagat, The Guardian, Cooking Light, Budget Travel, The Progressive and The Sun magazine. She is also editor... Read More →
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Meredith Erickson

Bio: | Meredith Erickson has written for The New York Times, Elle, enRoute, Monocle, Flare, and Lucky Peach. She has also been Managing Editor (Maisonneuve) Project Editor (Phaidon) and Production Manager (Sid Lee) for various magazines, campaigns and television programs. | In 2011 she wrote The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, which went on to be included in many of the “best of” lists for 2011, as well as a James... Read More →
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John Gorham

Bio: | John Gorham, chef-owner of Portland's Toro Bravo and Tasty n Sons, has worked in top kitchens nationally and internationally, and is a four time James Beard Award nominated chef. | | John began his career with an apprenticeship at ACF in Williamsburg, VA.  During this time, John cooked at the Fort Magurder Inn, Greenbriar Inn, Williamsburg Lodge and the Trelis.  After that he made his way to the west coast via... Read More →
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Gabriel Rucker

Bio: | Gabriel Rucker is the Chef and Co-Owner of Le Pigeon and Little Bird in Portland, Oregon. His edgy, highly original, and recipe-free masterpieces, evocative of French bistro signatures and classic American fare, have gained him both regional and national acclaim, recently earning him a 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. | | Gabriel’s first and favorite experience with food was at a bagel shop in his... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

12:00pm

Beyond Twilight: The Future of YA Paranormal Lit
Devils, magic, seances, and ghosts...three authors of YA fiction discuss the state of paranormal teen lit in our post-Twilight world.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Teri J Brown

Teri J Brown

Bio: | Teri Brown is proud of her two children but coming in a close second is the fact that she parachuted out of a plane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. Her young adult historical about Harry Houdini’s illegitimate daughter came out in June from Balzer+Bray. She also writes adult historicals under TJ Brown. She resides with her husband and way too many pets in the suburbs Portlandia. | | Born of Illusion... Read More →
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April Tucholke

Bio: | April Genevieve Tucholke is a writer who digs classic movies, red-headed villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She lives in Oregon at the edge of the forest. | | | Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea | | You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand… | | Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River... Read More →
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Cat Winters

Bio:Cat Winters's critically acclaimed debut novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, is a nominee for YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults and was named one of Booklist's 2013 Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth. Publishers Weekly called this YA historical ghost story/mystery "a masterful debut novel...deliciously creepy" (starred review), and Booklist described it as "unconventional and unflinching" (starred review). Winters's second novel, THE CURE... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

12:00pm

Chris & Kyle Bolton
Writers
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Chris Bolton

Bio: | Chris A. Bolton  is the writer of the all-ages graphic novel SMASH: TRIAL BY FIRE (Candlewick Press). Over the years he has written comics, short fiction, stage plays, sketch comedy, and screenplays. He wrote and directed several short films and an acclaimed web series and recently completed his first novel. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he still dreams of acquiring superpowers. You can find him online at... Read More →
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Kyle Bolton

SMASH: Trial by Fire | | Whap! Thud! Crash! An action-packed graphic novel simultaneously spoofs and pays tribute to superhero lore while inspiring a new generation of crimefighters. | | Ka-boom! Clobbered by fallout from a blast that kills the local superhero, Defender, Andrew Ryan suddenly has super strength and speed! And he can fly! Now it’s up to him to protect citizens from thieves, thugs, and fearsome villains. He dons a homemade... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

12:00pm

Barbara Kerley and Elizabeth Rusch
Writers
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Barbara Kerley

Bio: | Barbara Kerley is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for kids. Her titles include THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS, a Caldecott Honor Book, WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Boston-Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and THOSE REBELS, JOHN AND TOM, an Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book. Her most recent title, THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR YOU, was called an "exuberant celebration of the boundless possibilities life holds for... Read More →
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Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch has published more than a hundred magazine articles for children and adults and ten award-winning books for young readers, including the picturebooks A Day With No Crayons, Volcano Rising, The Planet Hunter and For the Love of Music; the middle-grade titles Eruption, The Mighty Mars Rovers, and Electical Wizard and the graphic novel Muddy Max. Her work has been honored by the Junior Library Guild, ALA, School Library Journal... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

12:00pm

Kim Dower, Andrea Hollander, and Allan Peterson
Writers
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Kim Dower

Bio:Kim (Freilich) Dower grew up in New York City and received a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, where she also taught creative writing. Her first collection, Air Kissing on Mars was published by Red Hen Press in 2010 and appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Contemporary Best Sellers list. The book was described by The Los Angeles Times as, “sensual and evocative. . . seamlessly combining humor and heartache.” The... Read More →
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Andrea Hollander

Bio: | Born in Berlin, Germany, of American parents, raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey, and educated at Boston University and the University of Colorado, Andrea Hollander is the author of four full-length poetry collections. Her honors include a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship, two poetry fellowships the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, a Pushcart... Read More →
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Allan Peterson

Bio: | His fourth book, Fragile Acts, is the second title in the McSweeney's Poetry Series and a finalist for both the 2013 National Book Critics Circle and Oregon Book Awards. His last book is As Much As from Salmon Press, 2011. Other books are All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize), Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Prize 2001) and six chapbooks, notably Omnivore, winner of the 2009 Boom Prize from Bateau Press. His fifth... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

12:00pm

Bones Howe & Kent Hartman in Conversation
Writers
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Kent Hartman

Bio: | Kent Hartman, the winner of the 2013 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction at the Oregon Book Awards, is both a bestselling author (The Wrecking Crew for St. Martin’s Press) and a longtime music industry entrepreneur. His clients have included Elvis Presley Enterprises, America, Lyle Lovett, Hall & Oates, Eddie Money, Pat Benatar, Kool & the Gang, Three Dog Night, and Kenny Loggins, among dozens of... Read More →

Songwriters
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Bones Howe

Bio: | Bones Howe  was born in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1933 and moved to Sarasota Fla. in 1941. He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1951 and received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics & Communications in 1956 from Georgia Tech. During his high school years, he was a drummer with a local jazz quintet and a dance band. While at Tech in Atlanta, he played with all the local bands and in the all the local clubs. After graduation... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

12:00pm

Adam Mansbach and Mark Sullivan
Writers
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Adam Mansbach

Adam Mansbach is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Go the Fuck to Sleep, which has been translated into 40 languages and is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include the California Book Award-winning The End of the Jews and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, which has been taught at more than eighty schools.  His most recent novel, Rage is Back, was Amazon.com’s January 2013 Book of... Read More →
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Mark Sullivan

Bio: | Mark grew up outside of Boston and says the best job he’s ever had was selling souvenirs at Fenway Park during his high school summers. He attended Hamilton College, graduating in 1980 with a BA in English. Two weeks later, he boarded a plane bound for Niger, West Africa, where he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Agades, an oasis and trading center on the ancient caravan route between Tripoli and Timbuctu. Mark rode... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

12:00pm

Diana Abu-Jaber and Paul Collins
Writers
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Diana Abu-Jaber

Bio: | Diana Abu-Jaber’s newest novel, Birds Of Paradise, is the winner of the 2012 Arab-American National Book Award. It was also an Indiepicks selection, named one of the top books of the year by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Oregonian, and a finalist for both the Northwest Bookseller’s Award and the Chautauqua Prize. | | Diana was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian... Read More →
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Paul Collins

Bio: | Paul Collins is a writer specializing in history, memoir, and unusual antiquarian literature. His eight books have been translated into eleven languages, and include Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey Into the Lost History of Autism (2004), and The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars (2011).  He is a 2009 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

12:00pm

Lauren Grodstein and Lucie Wilk
Writers
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Lauren Grodstein

Bio: | Lauren Grodstein's is the author, most recently, of The Explanation for Everything, a ghost story about a biologist and a creationist.  Her previous works include the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, an Editor's Pick at the New York Times, an Amazon.com Best Book, and an Indie Next Selection.  She is also the author of the novel... Read More →
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Lucie Wilk

Bio:Lucie Wilk is a medical doctor and author. Her short fiction has been nominated for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Anthology, long-listed for a CBC Canada Writes literary prize, and appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire and Shortfire Press. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She grew up in Toronto, completed her medical training in Vancouver, and now lives with her husband and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

12:00pm

The Golden Road to Samarkand (or Any Other Destination, Including Home): Writing About Place
Writers
avatar for Jeff Fearnside

Jeff Fearnside

Bio: | Jeff Fearnside is a writer, editor, teacher, workshop leader and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Learn more about his poetry, essays and world travels at jeff-fearnside.com. 


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

12:00pm

Writing Bad
Writers
avatar for Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo

Bio: | Karen Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is Julia Child Rules. How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, published in 2011, was hailed by Vanity Fair as "simply a revelation." The Gospel According to Coco Chanel appeared in 2009, and went on to become an international bestseller. | | Karen's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

1:00pm

Dangerous Memoirs
Should a memoir get your pulse racing with the sheer force of its storytelling bravado? Should a memoir also break your heart? If it was written by someone on this panel, the answer is yes. Find out how.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Ariel Gore

Ariel Gore

Bio: | Alternative Press Award-winning editor and publisher of Hip Mama, LAMBDA-award winning editor of Portland Queer, author of many books including Atlas of the Human Heart, How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead, and The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show. | | Ariel celebrates the relaunch of Hip Mama with its 20th anniversary issue this month. | | Get Hip Mama here!  | | Ariel also teaches writing online... Read More →
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Scott Nadelson

Bio: | Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath, and a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress. A winner of the Oregon Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, he teaches at Willamette University and in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA Program at Pacific Lutheran University. | | The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in... Read More →
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Jay R Ponteri

Bio: | Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His memoir, Wedlocked, is published by Hawthorne Books, April 2013. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, is being published by... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

1:00pm

Writing Guides: Help and Inspiration for your Journey
The journey is a long one and it takes a village. Authors of three popular guides for writers talk the talk about how we learn to walk the walk.

Writers
avatar for Sage Cohen

Sage Cohen

Bio: | Sage Cohen is the author of The Productive Writer and Writing the Life Poetic, both from Writer’s Digest Books, and the poetry collection Like the Heart, the World from Queen of Wands Press. She has won first place in the Ghost Road Poetry contest, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published a variety of articles on the writing life in Writer's Digest magazine, Writer’s Market and Poet’s Market. In 2012 the... Read More →
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Christi Krug

Bio: | Christi Krug’s award-winning, soulful, and sometimes devious words have appeared in everything from handmade zines to international magazines, from Sunday school take-home papers to horror anthologies. In addition to several works of speculative fiction, literary fiction, poetry, and memoir, hundreds of her nonfiction pieces have appeared in print and online. | | Christi is the creator of Wildfire Writing, a class she... Read More →
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Laura Stanfill

Bio: | Laura Stanfill, a novelist and freelance manuscript editor, is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, a Portland-based regional press with national reach. She edited the homegrown anthology Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life, which was named a Powell’s Books Top Five Pick for 2012. Forest Avenue Press’ September release, Stevan Allred’s A Simplified Map of the Real World, a... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

1:00pm

You Are Next
It’s a group of four young adult authors who travel the country with a pink microphone, a sketchy Stetson, a lot of PEZ, and a show about books. Find them at http://youarenextbooks.com

Writers
avatar for Sean Beaudoin

Sean Beaudoin

Bio: | Sean Beaudoin is the author of five novels, including the old school noir mystery You Killed Wesley Payne, the rude zombie opus The Infects, and the punk band diary Wise Young Fool. His stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Onion, Salon, Glimmer Train, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Spirit-- the inflight magazine of Southwest Airlines. He is also a founding editor of the arts and culture... Read More →
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Martha Brockenbrough

Bio:Martha Brockenbrough has three books for young readers: the YA novel DEVINE INTERVENTION, FINDING BIGFOOT for slightly nerdier, slightly younger readers, and THE DINOSAUR TOOTH FAIRY for little kids still cutting their teeth on books (possibly literally). She's been a journalist, a teacher, a web producer and editor. She founded National Grammar Day and has written game questions for Trivial Pursuit and Cranium.
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Kevin Emerson

Bio: | Kevin is the author of eleven middle grade and YA novels, including THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He is also a guitarist/singer/drummer, and his current project is THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Kevin is a former K-8 science teacher, and currently teaches with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in... Read More →
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Cat Patrick

Bio:Cat Patrick’s first novel, Forgotten, sold in more than 20 countries; won first prize at the Worcestershire Teen Book Awards in the UK; and and was an Indie Next Pick. She is also the author of VOYA-starred Revived, and 2013 launch, The Originals, which earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was dubbed "provocative" by Kirkus. She co-wrote Just Like Fate (August 2013), with Suzanne Young (A Need So Beautiful, The... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

1:00pm

Matt Holm and Kiki Thorpe
Writers
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Matt Holm

Bio: | Matthew Holm is the co-creator of two series of graphic novels for children, the award-winning Babymouse series and the Indiebound-Bestselling Squish series, both from Random House Children’s Books. His latest book is Babymouse: Queen of the World!, a relaunch of the very first book in the series. Prior to working in children's publishing, Matt spent eight years writing about kitchens (among other topics) for Country... Read More →
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Kiki Thorpe

Bio: | Kiki Thorpe is the author of The Never Girls series, including the New York Times-bestseller In a Blink. The most recent title in the series, From the Mist, was inspired by her childhood love of horseback riding. She’s also the author of some of the best-selling titles in the Disney Fairies chapter book series, including The Trouble with Tink and Tink, North of Never Land.  She... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

1:00pm

Windfall Showcase
Writers
avatar for Barbara A Drake

Barbara A Drake

Bio: | Barbara Drake’s books and chapbooks of poetry include Driving One Hundred, Love at the Egyptian Theatre, What We Say to Strangers, Life in a Gothic Novel, Bees in Wet Weather, and Small Favors.  She is the author of a memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999, and Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook in print since 1983. | Born in Kansas in 1939, Barbara Drake... Read More →
avatar for Michael McDowell

Michael McDowell

Bio: | Michael McDowell currently writes poetry mostly about “a sense of place” and prose mostly about nature and landscape writing. His poetry appears regularly in Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, which he has co-edited with Bill Siverly since 2002. His prose about nature and landscape writing has appeared in the anthologies The Ecocriticism Reader, Reading the Earth, and Fifty Key Thinkers on the Environment. A... Read More →
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Penelope Schott

Bio: | Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of a novel, six chapbooks, six full-length collections of poetry, and four historical narratives in poetry.  Her verse biography A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth received the 2008 Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Her collection Crow Mercies (2010) got the Sarah Lantz Memorial Award from Calyx Press. New in 2013 are Lovesong for Dufur and Lillie Was a Goddess... Read More →
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Bill Siverly

Bio: | Bill Siverly was born and grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, and he has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 1972. He holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University. He taught Native American and World literatures, composition, and creative writing at Portland Community College for twenty-five years. Bill has published five books of poems: Parzival (Press-22, 1981), Phoenix Fire (1987), The Turn (Windfall Press, 2000... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

1:00pm

Monica Drake and Beth Lisick
Writers
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Monica Drake

Monica Drake is the author of three books, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and most recently The Folly of Loving Life. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Sun, The Rumpus, Three Penny Review, and other publications on-line, in print and anthologized. She launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she is currently an Associate Professor in... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is an actress, comedian, and author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself, the story collection This Too Can Be Yours, and the performance poetry/story collection Monkey Girl. In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

1:00pm

Kate Lebo
Writers
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Kate Lebo

Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

1:00pm

MK Asante and Andrew Lam
Writers
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MK Asante

Bio: | MK Asante is a bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.” | | The author of four celebrated books, Asante is a recipient of the Langston Hughes Award. His latest book, Buck: A Memoir, was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a LA Times Summer Book pick. Buck will be released on August 20... Read More →
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Andrew Lam

Editor, New America Media
Bio:Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America. | | His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

1:00pm

Tom Spanbauer
Writers
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Tom Spanbauer

Dangerous Writers
Bio:Tom Spanbauer was born in Pocatello, Idaho.  He attended Catholic School and graduated from Highland High School.  He spent five years at Idaho State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English with a major in German.  He spent two years in the US Peace Corps in Kenya.  In 1988 he received his MFA from Columbia University.  He started teaching Dangerous Writing at Portland State's summer Haystack Program in... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:00pm - 2:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

1:30pm

From Pictures Come Words - 10,000 of Them: The science of stories reverse engineered from images
Writers
avatar for Ilvs Strauss

Ilvs Strauss

Bio: | ilvs Strauss is a mixed-race writer, performer, mixed-media artist and lighting designer. She specializes in orginal slideshows with new narratives written for found images.


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

1:30pm

Writers and Social Media: Developing a Distinctive, Memorable, Effective Voice
Writers
avatar for Nichole Bernier

Nichole Bernier

Bio: | Nichole Bernier is author of the novel THE UNFINISHED WORK OF ELIZABETH D. (Crown/Random House, 2012), which spent eight weeks on the Boston Globe bestseller list and was a finalist for the New England Independent Booksellers fiction award. A Contributing Editor for Conde Nast Traveler magazine for 14 years, she has also written for publications including Psychology Today, Elle, Health, Self, Salon, The Huffington Post, and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

2:00pm

In Your Own Backyard -The Northwest Novel
What does it mean to write fiction about the place where you live? How does the fictionalized version stand up to local scrutiny? Is there such a thing as a “Northwest” fictional sensibility? 

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Peter Donahue

Peter Donahue

Bio: | Peter Donahue is the author of the novels Madison House (Hawthorne Books), winner of the Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, and Clara and Merritt (Wordcraft of Oregon), as well as the short story collection The Cornelius Arms (Missing Spoke Press). He is also co-editor of the anthologies Reading Seattle: The City in Prose and Reading Portland: The City in Prose, both published by the University of Washington Press... Read More →
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Tom Spanbauer

Dangerous Writers
Bio:Tom Spanbauer was born in Pocatello, Idaho.  He attended Catholic School and graduated from Highland High School.  He spent five years at Idaho State University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in English with a major in German.  He spent two years in the US Peace Corps in Kenya.  In 1988 he received his MFA from Columbia University.  He started teaching Dangerous Writing at Portland State's summer Haystack Program in... Read More →
avatar for Michael H Strelow

Michael H Strelow

Bio:My 2005 novel, The Greening of Ben Brown, was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Novel Award of the Oregon Literary Arts.  This book is about water, ecology, love, a small town, and the strength of community.  Not incidentally, it's about a man who is turned green in an electrical accident, moves to a small town and affects everyone. (This greening really happened to man in western Pennsylvania in the 1950s).  Even the strangest characters in... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

2:00pm

Introducing Four Unique Debuts from Independent Publishers
Four debut authors across various genres (essayist, short fiction, novelists) discuss their experience of working with independent publishers to get their first book published and out into the world.

Moderators
avatar for Chloe Eudaly

Chloe Eudaly

Bio: | Chloe Eudaly is a bookseller, publisher, writer, and event organizer who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She is the owner of Reading Frenzy, a specialty bookshop/gallery devoted to independent, small press, and self-published literature, and Show & Tell Press, a small publishing venture that aims to bring previously self-published titles to a broader audience. She is also the co-founder of the Independent Publishing Resource... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Michael Heald

Michael Heald

Bio:Michael Heald is the publisher of Perfect Day Publishing. His debut essay collection, Goodbye to the Nervous Apprehension, was one of the Willamette Week's Best Books of 2012. His work has appeared in Runner’s World, the LA Review of Books, Propeller Quarterly, Silk Road Review, Volume 1 Brooklyn, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online.Goodbye To The Nervous ApprehensionAcross eleven essays, Michael... Read More →
avatar for Cari Luna

Cari Luna

Bio:Cari Luna received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College. Her short fiction has appeared in failbetter, Avery Anthology, PANK, and Novembre Magazine. New York-born, she now lives in Portland, OR. Find her online and on Twitter.The Revolution of Every DayOn May 30, 1995, the NYPD rolled an armored tank down East 13th Street, evicting squatters from two buildings. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut... Read More →
avatar for Eliot Treichel

Eliot Treichel

Bio: | Eliot is a native of Wisconsin who now lives in Eugene, Oregon. His debut story collection, Close Is Fine, published by Portland's Ooligan Press, showcases life’s private reflections through plights of family, fidelity, and friendship. Peter Rock (The Shelter Cycle, My Abandonment) said of the stories, "[They] could not be so funny if they weren’t also so sad, and their energy is always tempered by a narration of... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Wilk

Lucie Wilk

Bio:Lucie Wilk is a medical doctor and author. Her short fiction has been nominated for the McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Anthology, long-listed for a CBC Canada Writes literary prize, and appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire and Shortfire Press. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. She grew up in Toronto, completed her medical training in Vancouver, and now lives with her husband and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

2:00pm

The Visual Narrator
Moderators
avatar for Martin French

Martin French

Bio: | Martin French is an illustrator, designer and educator. His distinctive style, an interplay of marks, signs, and symbols spanning a diverse media context—has been recognized internationally for its dynamic visual exploration of life and culture. | | His unique, graphic expressionist images have won awards in juried shows of the leading visual communication organizations across the United States, including Gold... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Colleen Coover

Colleen Coover

Bio: | Colleen Coover is an illustrator and comic book artist/writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the creator of the adult comic Small Favors, and artist of the all-ages Banana Sunday and the graphic novel Gingerbread Girl, both written by her husband, Paul Tobin. The couple's latest collaboration, Bandette, is published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics; Dark Horse Comics will release its first print volume in hardcover... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Georges

Nicole Georges

Artist & Illustrator
Bio: | Nicole J. Georges is an award-winning educator, illustrator and pet portrait artist from Portland, Oregon. She is currently the 2013/14 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. | Nicole has been publishing the autobiographical comic Invincible Summer since 2000, and has toured the country extensively, including two month-long appearances on Michelle Tea’s Sister Spit the Next Generation. Her work has been... Read More →
avatar for Mark Russell

Mark Russell

I am the author of God Is Disappointed in You and Apocrypha Now (Top Shelf Productions/IDW) I wrote the comic Prez and am currently writing The Flintstones for DC Comics. Feel free to talk to me about any of these things, as well as spaghetti westerns, fried chicken, and the impending collapse of civilization.
avatar for Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler

Cartoonist, the New Yorker, Dark Horse, Top Shelf, BOOM!, Fantagraphics
I like drawing cartoons.
avatar for Gene Luen Yang

Gene Luen Yang

Bio: | Gene Luen Yang began drawing comic books in the fifth grade. He was an established figure in the indie comics scene when he published his first book with First Second, American Born Chinese, which is now in print in over ten languages. American Born Chinese's critical and commercial success, along with its status as a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Printz Award, catapulted Yang into stardom as a major voice of... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

2:00pm

Songwriters Salon
Songwriters
avatar for Jana Losey

Jana Losey

Bio: | Jana is a singer-songwriter, composer and performer.  Her collaborations include: a Broadway run and 5 years touring with devised theater troupe Squonk Opera; touring her solo project while making a reality TV show; and newer projects with Mic Crenshaw, Hand2Mouth Theater Company, and the members of the Tuesday Project.   | | Jana recently had the opportunity to write the score for a theatrical adaptation of Usula K... Read More →
avatar for Mic Crenshaw

Mic Crenshaw

Bio: | Born on the Southside of Chicago, and raised both there and in Minneapolis, Mic Crenshaw is a world class MC and poet now emerging on the national - and international stage. | | As a youth, Mic was embroiled in the violent streets of Minneapolis, leading groups to physically confront white supremacist gangs that were dominating local parks and venues around the growing hardcore music scene of the mid to late... Read More →
avatar for Scott McCaughey

Scott McCaughey

Bio: | I am a songwriter and musician who has made many records and played many shows since the early '80s with bands including The Young Fresh Fellows, The Minus 5, R.E.M., The Baseball Project, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Tired Pony, Tuatara, etc. etc. | | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_McCaughey | http://www.universaltrendsetter.org/ | www.youngfreshfellows.net | http://thebaseballproject.net... Read More →
avatar for Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Bio: | Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published three novels, THE MOTEL LIFE (2007) and NORTHLINE (2008) and LEAN ON PETE (2010). | | Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

2:00pm

Jeanne Birdsall and Susan Hill Long
Writers
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Jeanne Birdsall

Bio: | When JEANNE BIRDSALL was young, she promised herself she'd be a writer someday--so she could write books for children to read and enjoy, just as she did at her local library. She is now the author of the Penderwicks series: The Penderwicks (which won the National Book Award); The Penderwicks on Gardam Street; and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. | | | The Penderwicks at Point... Read More →
avatar for Susan Hill Long

Susan Hill Long

Bio:Susan Hill Long has worked as an editor and has written several award-winning books for beginning readers. Her honors include Bank Street College Best Books, Oregon Book Award finalist, and the Katherine Paterson Prize. She lives in Oregon with her husband and two daughters. She was inspired to write her debut novel, Whistle in the Dark, when she heard Garrison Keillor on his program the Writer’s Almanac talk about a group of... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

2:00pm

Tung-Hui Hu and Rosebud Ben-Oni
Writers
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Rosebud Ben-Oni

Co-Editor, HER KIND, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a 2013 CantoMundo Fellow. A Leopold Schepp Scholar at New York University, she won the Seth Barkas Prize for Best Short Story and The Thomas Wolfe/Phi Beta Kappa Prize for Best Poetry Collection. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan where she earned her MFA in Poetry, and was a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A graduate... Read More →
avatar for Tung-Hui Hu

Tung-Hui Hu

Bio:Tung-Hui Hu is the author of three books of poetry, The Book of Motion (University of Georgia, 2003); Mine (Ausable, 2007); and Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). Described as a "contained surreal style that deftly shapes a philosophical argument" (Los Angeles Times), his writing has appeared in The New Republic, Ploughshares, Boston Review, Gastronomica and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Hu has received... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

2:00pm

Kathryn Davis
Writers
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Kathryn Davis

Bio:Kathryn Davis is the author of seven novels, including The Thin Place, Labarador, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf, Hell, The Walking Tour, Versailles and most recently Duplex, which is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in September 2013. She has received a Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman, the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006 she won the Lannan... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

2:00pm

Tom Barbash and Natalie Serber
Writers
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Tom Barbash

Bio: | Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, THE LAST GOOD CHANCE, and the nonfiction book, ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11: A Story of Loss and Renewal, which was a New York Times bestseller. His stories and articles have been published in Tin House, McSweeney’s, VQR, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for their Selected Shorts Series. He... Read More →
avatar for Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber

Bio: | Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) a New York Times 100 “Notable Books” of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, Hunger Mountain.  Essays and reviews have appeared at, The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Oregonian and Hunger... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

2:00pm

Sara Polsky and Melanie Thorne
Writers
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Sara Polsky

Bio: | Sara Polsky is a writer and editor living in New York City. Her writing has appeared in The Forward, Poets & Writers, The Christian Science Monitor, Curbed, The Awl, and other publications. Her first novel for young adults, This Is How I Find Her, was published in September 2013. Visit her online. | | | This is How I Find Her | | Sophie Canon has just started her junior year when her mother tries to kill herself. Sophie... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Thorne

Melanie Thorne

Bio: | Melanie Thorne is the author of Hand Me Down, a debut novel in the tradition of Dorothy Allison and Janet Fitch, named a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012, a 2013 YALSA Alex Award nominee, and the top honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival fiction prize. Melanie earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and has been awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

3:00pm

Bitch Magazine: Postfeminism in Arts & Letters
Responses to Deborah Copaken Kogan’s “My So-called Postfeminist Life in Arts and Letters” from the point-of-view of working postfeminist writers. How does this play out in the “real world” of artistic practice? Discuss. 

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Diana Abu-Jaber

Diana Abu-Jaber

Bio: | Diana Abu-Jaber’s newest novel, Birds Of Paradise, is the winner of the 2012 Arab-American National Book Award. It was also an Indiepicks selection, named one of the top books of the year by National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and the Oregonian, and a finalist for both the Northwest Bookseller’s Award and the Chautauqua Prize. | | Diana was born in Syracuse, New York to an American mother and a Jordanian... Read More →
avatar for Susan Choi

Susan Choi

Bio: | Susan Choi's latest novel is My Education.  She is the author of three previous novels: The Foreign Student, winner of  the Asian-American Literary Award;  American Woman, a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize; and A Person of Interest, a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.  A recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, in 2010 she received the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. ... Read More →
avatar for Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick

Beth Lisick is an actress, comedian, and author of five books: the memoir collection Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames, the New York Times bestselling comic memoir Everybody Into the Pool, the gonzo self-help manifesto Helping Me Help Myself, the story collection This Too Can Be Yours, and the performance poetry/story collection Monkey Girl. In 2002, she created the Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte, a... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, an anatomy and history of the novel, with two How-to chapters, as well as a short biography of Charles Dickens... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

3:00pm

Funny Ha-Ha? The Use of Humor in Fiction
What makes comic fiction truly funny? Absurd scenarios? Snappy dialogue? Compelling characters? Or the familiar viewed from an unexpected angle? Three novelists discuss the role of humor in their work.

Moderators
avatar for Courtenay Hameister

Courtenay Hameister

HEAD WRITER/PRODUCER/ESSAYIST, LiveWire
Courtenay was Live Wire’s host for nine years, and as lucky as she was to have that job, she’s enjoying her new role much more: sitting at the producers’ table and silently judging Luke. You’ll see her on stage periodically, reading an essay or portraying Peg Tut, the scrappy owner of a Snake Emporium/Personal Injury Law Firm. Her writing has appeared inMcSweeney’s, Oregon Humanities... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry

Bio: | Kevin Barry is the author of the story collections 'Dark Lies The Island' and 'There Are Little Kingdoms' and the novel 'City Of Bohane'. He has won the Impac Dublin City Literature Prize, the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Prize, the European Union Prize for Literature, the Authors Club Best First Novel Award, and  the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. He has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Prize and the Frank... Read More →
avatar for Monica Drake

Monica Drake

Monica Drake is the author of three books, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and most recently The Folly of Loving Life. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Sun, The Rumpus, Three Penny Review, and other publications on-line, in print and anthologized. She launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she is currently an Associate Professor in... Read More →
avatar for Don Waters

Don Waters

Bio: | Don Waters is the author of the story collection, Desert Gothic, and the novel, Sunland. His fiction has been anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, Best of the West, and New Stories from the Southwest. | | A frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, he’s also written for the New York Times Book Review, Outside, The Believer, and Slate, among other magazines. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers&rsquo... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

3:00pm

Writers of Song and Page
Moderators
Songwriters
avatar for Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

Bio: | Excavating the roots of gospel, blues, jazz, and regional styles of American music, Texas-born song writer Jolie Holland has carved out a niche for herself in contemporary indie rock. The self-taught musician spent her teenage years singing and performing violin, viola, and guitar on the streets of New Orleans, Austin, San Francisco, and Vancouver–a past that speaks to her vast range of influences. In the early 2000s... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Emerson

Kevin Emerson

Bio: | Kevin is the author of eleven middle grade and YA novels, including THE ATLANTEANS series, THE FELLOWSHIP FOR ALIEN DETECTION, the OLIVER NOCTURNE series and CARLOS IS GONNA GET IT. He is also a guitarist/singer/drummer, and his current project is THE BOARD OF EDUCATION. Kevin is a former K-8 science teacher, and currently teaches with Richard Hugo House and Writers in the Schools. Originally from Cheshire, CT, now living in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst

Bio: | Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent... Read More →
avatar for Rick Moody

Rick Moody

Bio:Rick Moody was born in New York City. He attended Brown and Columbia universities. His first novel, Garden State, was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press and was published in 1992. The Ice Storm was published in May 1994 by Little, Brown & Co. Foreign editions have been published in twenty countries. (A film version, directed by Ang Lee, was released by Fox Searchlight in 1997.) A collection of... Read More →
avatar for Willy Vlautin

Willy Vlautin

Bio: | Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published three novels, THE MOTEL LIFE (2007) and NORTHLINE (2008) and LEAN ON PETE (2010). | | Vlautin founded the band Richmond Fontaine in 1994... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

3:00pm

Connecting with YA Readers
Authors discuss how they reach their audience, both through their books and other means (in person events, social media, websites, etc.

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray

Bio: | Claudia Gray began her writing career with the EVERNIGHT series: four YA novels set in an eerie gothic boarding school. The EVERNIGHT books received critical acclaim from national media, earned Claudia the title of New York Times bestseller, and jumpstarted her career. | | Though she has worked as a lawyer, journalist, disc jockey, and extremely poor waitress, she currently writes full time. She resides in New Orleans... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin

Bio: | I've written 9 novels for teens so far: ranging from suspense thrillers to fantasy to realism, and including the New York Times bestseller IMPOSSIBLE (fantasy), the National Book Award finalist THE RULES OF SURVIVAL (realistic fiction), the Edgar award winner THE KILLER’S COUSIN (mystery), and (new!) the fantasy novel UNTHINKABLE, which is a companion novel or sequel to IMPOSSIBLE. All my books are published by Penguin... Read More →
avatar for Jill Wolfson

Jill Wolfson

I'm a journalist and novelist who writes often about children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. A long-time fan of The Beat Within who has been facilitating workshops in Santa Cruz juvenile hall for almost 20 years.


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

3:00pm

TA Barron and Mathew J Kirby
Writers
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TA Barron

Bio: | T.A. Barron has legions of fans from his bestselling Merlin saga. It's not just Facebook fans who love Tom (although he does have 50,000+) --teachers, librarians, philanthropists, CEOs, kids, parents, booksellers, everyone who meets Tom ends up being charmed by his intellect, talent and fervor for children’s literature. T.A. Barron was a Princeton grad, a Rhodes Scholar, and a highly successful business man before he... Read More →
avatar for Matthew J Kirby

Matthew J Kirby

Bio: | Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, and Icefall, as well as The Lost Kingdom and Book 5 in the Infinity Ring series, both forthcoming in fall 2013. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

3:00pm

Margaret Chula and Paulann Petersen
Writers
avatar for Margaret Chula

Margaret Chula

Bio: | Called the "Haiku Queen of Portland” by the Willamette Week, Margaret Chula has been writing Japanese poetry for thirty-five years. Her haiku have appeared in journals worldwide, on Tokyo train station billboards, at a construction site for the Orange Line in Portland, and on cans of Itoen tea sold in vending machines in Japan. She has published seven collections of poetry including Grinding my ink and Shadow Lines, which... Read More →
avatar for Paulann Petersen

Paulann Petersen

Bio: | Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press in 2013. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the Internet’s Poetry Daily.  She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

3:00pm

TC Boyle
Writers
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TC Boyle

Bio: | T. Coraghessan Boyle is the author of twenty-three books of fiction, including, most recently, After the Plague (2001), Drop City (2003), The Inner Circle (2004), Tooth and Claw (2005), The Human Fly (2005), Talk Talk (2006), The Women (2009), Wild Child (2010), When the Killing's Done (2011) and San Miguel (2012). He received a Ph.D. degree in Nineteenth Century British Literature from the University of Iowa in 1977, his... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

3:00pm

Bruce Holbert and Benjamin Percy
Writers
avatar for Bruce Holbert

Bruce Holbert

Mt. Spokane High School
Bio: | Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, where he assisted in editing the Iowa Review and held a teaching writing fellowship.  His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Hotel Amerika, other voices, the Antioch Review, Crab Creek Review, the Spokesman Review, the West Wind Review, Cairn, Riverlit and has one annual awards from the Tampa Tribune quarterly and the Inlander.  His non-fiction has... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

3:00pm

Karen Karbo
Writers
avatar for Karen Karbo

Karen Karbo

Bio: | Karen Karbo is most well known for her best-selling Kick Ass Women series, the most recent of which is Julia Child Rules. How Georgia Became O'Keeffe, published in 2011, was hailed by Vanity Fair as "simply a revelation." The Gospel According to Coco Chanel appeared in 2009, and went on to become an international bestseller. | | Karen's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

3:00pm

Kassten Alonso and Jay R Ponteri
Writers
avatar for Kassten Alonso

Kassten Alonso

Bio: | Kassten Alonso is a novelist and book critic. Core: a Romance is his first novel, published in 2005 by Hawthorne Books in Portland. Core was an Oregon Book Awards finalist.The Pet Thief is Kassten’s new novel, published March 2013 by Fiction Collective 2.Kassten has also published in the Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, the Oregonian, the Organ, and was a contributor to Citadel of the... Read More →
avatar for Jay R Ponteri

Jay R Ponteri

Bio: | Jay Ponteri directs the undergraduate creative writing program at Marylhurst University and show:tell, The Workshop for Teen Writers & Artists. He is the founding editor of both the online literary magazine M Review and HABIT Books, a publisher of prose and poetry chapbooks. His memoir, Wedlocked, is published by Hawthorne Books, April 2013. His chapbook of short prose, Darkmouth Strikes Again, is being published by... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

3:00pm

It's All in the Details
Writers
avatar for Teri J Brown

Teri J Brown

Bio: | Teri Brown is proud of her two children but coming in a close second is the fact that she parachuted out of a plane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. Her young adult historical about Harry Houdini’s illegitimate daughter came out in June from Balzer+Bray. She also writes adult historicals under TJ Brown. She resides with her husband and way too many pets in the suburbs Portlandia. | | Born of Illusion... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Planar Stage OCC, D-140

3:00pm

Submitting to Literary Journals
Writers
avatar for Lisa Ohlen Harris

Lisa Ohlen Harris

Bio: | Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving (2013) and the Middle East memoir Through the Veil (2010). Lisa's four years of experience as the nonfiction editor of Relief Journal provide her with added insight to the submission and publication process. Her own work has appeared in a number of national literary journals, including The Gettysburg... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

4:00pm

Exploring the Personal
It's not easy to examine your personal history--much less put it on the page. How do memoirists balance humor and pathos in sharing their intimate life experiences with readers?

Moderators
Writers
avatar for Stacy Bolt

Stacy Bolt

Bio:Stacy Bolt is the author of the new memoir Breeding in Captivity. It's a funny, truthful, and sometimes unbelievable account of her many attempts at becoming a mother. Stacy often reads her essays on Live Wire, a syndicated radio program produced in Portland, Oregon. She also has a blog which is sadly neglected most of the time. Stacy lives in Portland with her husband and (spoiler alert) son.Breeding in Captivity: One Woman's... Read More →
avatar for Chasity Glass

Chasity Glass

Bio: | Chasity Glass grew up in rural Minnesota, not far from Lake Superior. You'll hear her accent on certain words like bag and home and about, though she tries not to say, "eh," too often in conversation. | | Chasity lived in Los Angeles for twelve years producing movie trailers for Hollywood studios. Before that she worked as a gas station attendant, a maid, a nanny, a model, a clothed hostess at a topless restaurant, a medical... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Hardy

Nicole Hardy

Bio: | Nicole Hardy lives in Seattle where she works as a waitress and a teacher. Her writing has appeared in many literary journals and newspapers including The New York Times. Her essay “Single, Female, Mormon, Alone” was selected as “notable” in 2012’s ‘Best American’ series. Nicole earned her MFA at Bennington College, and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry collections include This... Read More →
avatar for Scott M Terry

Scott M Terry

Bio:In 2007, Scott Terry sent an excerpt from his yet-to-be published book, Cowboys, Armageddon, and The Truth, to the San Francisco Chronicle. An hour later, he received a freelance contract and a request for more, leading to many stories for the paper and launching his writing career. Scott Terry was raised as a cowboy in a devout Jehovah's Witness family.  He spent his childhood praying for Armageddon to come, but by adulthood... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Work for Art Stage OCC, D-136

4:00pm

Le Pigeon: Collaboration In the Kitchen and On The Page
Groundbreaking ideas and endeavors are often forged through teamwork and collaboration. Award-winning chef and author Rucker & co-chefs (now co-authors) tell the story of Le Pigeon and the synergy that occurs when talented individuals combine forces.

Moderators
avatar for Jack Hott

Jack Hott

Bio: | Jack Hott has been working in and around the Portland food scene for more than a decade. As a manager and sommelier of Castagna, a renowned Portland restaurant, he watched the city’s culinary reputation grow into what it is today. After leaving the restaurant, Jack has continued his culinary journey by working in communications and focusing on food and beverage brands – and by collecting cookbooks. Currently his collection is... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Meredith Erickson

Meredith Erickson

Bio: | Meredith Erickson has written for The New York Times, Elle, enRoute, Monocle, Flare, and Lucky Peach. She has also been Managing Editor (Maisonneuve) Project Editor (Phaidon) and Production Manager (Sid Lee) for various magazines, campaigns and television programs. | In 2011 she wrote The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, which went on to be included in many of the “best of” lists for 2011, as well as a James... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Fortgang

Andrew Fortgang

Bio: | Andrew Fortgang is Co-Owner, Manager and Sommelier of Le Pigeon and Little Bird. Andrew feels truly blessed that his passions are his profession; he surrounds himself with good food, great wine (“Life is too short to drink anything else” is a motto he lives by), and good people. | | Born and raised in New York City into a family that loves to eat and drink, he began cooking at Gramercy Tavern at the age of... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Fortgang

Lauren Fortgang

Bio: | Lauren Fortgang knew she wanted to be a chef at a very young age. Immediately after high school, Lauren left her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska and headed to San Francisco where she attended the California Culinary Academy.  | | While at the CCA, Lauren completed an externship at the acclaimed San Francisco vegetarian restaurant, Greens, a locale committed to farm to table cuisine long before the phrase was coined... Read More →
avatar for David L Reamer

David L Reamer

Bio: | DAVID L. REAMER is a food and lifestyle photographer whose images have appeared in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and GC.  Born and raised in New Jersey,  David cooked for thirteen years before finally trading his chef's knife for a camera.  He first met Gabriel Rucker in 2001,  where they cooked together at a small bistro in Aptos, California.  Luckily,  David convinced Gabriel to leave his home... Read More →
avatar for Gabriel Rucker

Gabriel Rucker

Bio: | Gabriel Rucker is the Chef and Co-Owner of Le Pigeon and Little Bird in Portland, Oregon. His edgy, highly original, and recipe-free masterpieces, evocative of French bistro signatures and classic American fare, have gained him both regional and national acclaim, recently earning him a 2013 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest. | | Gabriel’s first and favorite experience with food was at a bagel shop in his... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

4:00pm

The Audio-Wise Author: Writing and Marketing Your Own Audiobook
The state of the audio book: What’s a peak listening experience? Is writing for audio different than writing for print? Is there an audiobook and e-book connection? The executive producer at Audible Studios tells all.

Writers
avatar for Susie Bright

Susie Bright

Bio: | Best-selling author, editor, and publisher Susie Bright is Editor-at-Large at Audible, Inc.— acquiring, casting, and producing hundreds of favorite audiobooks from her bookshelf favorites. | | Big Sex Little Death | | Ever wondered why there’s no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright.In this stunning and courageous... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137

4:00pm

Songwriters Presentations
Songwriters
avatar for Mark LaPierre

Mark LaPierre

Bio: | Off Broadway: reading of Heart Beatings at the York Theatre.  Off-Off Broadway: Zombie Strippers, Bitterella, Grimm Late Night, and Pinokenstein.  Los Angeles: Out of Hand.  His children's works have toured the United States for over 14 years.  His commissioned two-woman Cinderella (Tears of Joy) has toured since its creation, recently going to the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.  He has written... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hearst

Michael Hearst

Bio: | Michael Hearst is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer. He is a founding member of the band One Ring Zero, which has released nine albums, including the literary collaboration As Smart As We Are (The Author Project), featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions to represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ear Trumpet Labs Stage OCC, E-141

4:00pm

Kristen Kittscher and Cynthia Voigt
Writers
avatar for Kristen Kittscher

Kristen Kittscher

Author, Harper Children's
Bio: Kristen Kittscher taught middle and high school English for many years and now runs an after-school tutoring business in Pasadena, California where she lives with her husband, Kai. A graduate of Brown University with a degree in Comparative Literature, Kristen worked as a story editor in Hollywood before becoming a teacher. The Wig in the Window is her first novel. Visit kristenkittscher.com to investigate more about her and Young & Yang's... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Voigt

Cynthia Voigt

Bio: | CYNTHIA VOIGT is the acclaimed author of many books, including Dicey's Song, winner of the Newbery Medal, and A Solitary Blue, winner of a Newbery Honor, and Homecoming. For the body of her work, Cynthia Voigt was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Outstanding Literature for Young Adults. She lives with her husband in Maine. | | | Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things | | Max Starling's theatrical father likes to say... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

4:00pm

Airlie Press Showcase
Writers
avatar for Annie Lighthart

Annie Lighthart

Bio: | Annie Lighthart is the author of Iron String (Airlie Press). Her poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Cimarron Review, CALYX and other publications. | | Iron String
avatar for Carter McKenzie

Carter McKenzie

editor, Airlie Press
Bio:Carter McKenzie’s poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems and Canary: a Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. Her essay “A Simple Instrument: Remembering the Berkeley Poets Cooperative” is included in the recently released anthology published by Hip Pocket Press and edited by Charles Entrekin, The Berkeley Poets Cooperative: A... Read More →
avatar for Dawn Diez Willis

Dawn Diez Willis

Contributor & Editor, Airlie Press
Bio: | Dawn Diez Willis was born in San Diego and spent many years as a bookstore clerk and cocktail waitress before returning to college in earnest to earn a liberal arts degree from San Diego State University. While there, she studied poetry with Marilyn Chin, Frances Payne Adler, and Glover Davis, and went on to to teach poetry through California Poets in the Schools. | Lured to Oregon by Powell’s Books, the superabundance of... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

4:00pm

Alissa Nutting and Leni Zumas
Writers
avatar for Alissa Nutting

Alissa Nutting

Bio: | Alissa Nutting's debut novel, Tampa, will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in July 2013. She is author of the short story collection Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls (Starcherone/Dzanc 2010), which won the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction judged by Ben Marcus. Her fiction has or will appear in publications such as The Norton Introduction to Literature, Tin House, Bomb, and Conduit; her essays have appeared in Fence... Read More →
avatar for Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas is the author of the story collection FAREWELL NAVIGATOR (Open City) and the novel THE LISTENERS (Tin House), which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award.  Her fiction has appeared in Quarterly West, Open City, Salt Hill, New Orleans Review, New York Tyrant, Columbia, and other magazines.  She has received fellowships from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Lower Manhattan Cultural... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
National Endowment for the Arts Stage OCC

4:00pm

Jerome Gold and Kim Stafford
Writers
avatar for Jerome Gold

Jerome Gold

Bio: | Jerome Gold is the author of thirteen books, including Sergeant Dickinson, a critically acclaimed Vietnam War novel,the the memoir, Paranoia & Heartbreak: Fifteen Years in a Juvenile Facility, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Russell Banks said about Paranoia & Heartbreak: "I've finished reading Jerome Gold's terrific book cover to cover without a break... It's a... Read More →
avatar for Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford

Bio: | Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, and 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 A Thousand Friends of Rain: New & Selected Poems.  His most recent books are 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared, and Wind on the Waves: Stories from... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

4:00pm

Malinda Lo and Marissa Meyer
Writers
avatar for Malinda Lo

Malinda Lo

Bio: | Malinda Lo is the author of several young adult novels, including most recently the sci-fi thriller Adaptation, which is a finalist for the 2013 Lambda Book Award and a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2013. The sequel, Inheritance, will be published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on Sept. 24, 2013. Malinda is co-founder along with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in... Read More →
avatar for Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer

Author
Bio:Marissa Meyer got her start writing fanfiction for the popular magic-girl anime Sailor Moon, and she thinks it's kind of amazing that there is now fanfic based on her own books. She also loves Firefly, any occasion where she gets to wear a costume, and telling people the little-known gory versions of classic fairy tales. She lives in Tacoma with her husband and twin daughters. Read more about Marissa and her works at... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

4:30pm

Major Minors: The Heavy Lifting Done by Secondary Characters
Writers
avatar for Natalie Serber

Natalie Serber

Bio: | Natalie Serber is the author of the story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) a New York Times 100 “Notable Books” of 2012 and a summer reading pick from O, the Oprah Magazine. Her fiction has appeared in The Bellingham Review, Fourth Genre, Gulf Coast, Inkwell, Hunger Mountain.  Essays and reviews have appeared at, The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Oregonian and Hunger... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Lewis and Clark Stage OCC, D-139

5:00pm

Diversity in Literature for Children and Teens
How important is diversity in literature for children and teens? Three authors discuss creating diverse characters and settings and why every reader should be able to find him or herself on the page.

Moderators
avatar for Rosanne Parry

Rosanne Parry

Bio:Rosanne lives in Portland where she and her husband are raising four children, three chickens and five kinds of fruit. She works in a tree house in her back yard. She is the author of the award winning novels Heart of a Shepherd and Second Fiddle, and is a frequent visiting author in local schools. Her  most recent book Written in Stone is set among the Quinault and Makah tribes on the Olympic Peninsula where Rosanne had her first... Read More →

Writers
avatar for Liz Fichera

Liz Fichera

Bio: | Liz Fichera relocated from Chicago to Phoenix. She writes stories inspired by teenagers who do extraordinary things.  Most of her stories are set in the American Southwest and finds the desert to be an intriguing and mythic place.  With over 20 native tribes in Arizona, the influence of Native American cultures is present in her novels. From Hohokam petroglyphs and ancient canals, the ancient world resonates in... Read More →
avatar for Corey Haydu

Corey Haydu

Bio:Corey Ann Haydu is a young adult novelist currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her first novel, OCD LOVE STORY, is coming out July 2013 from Simon Pulse. Her second novel, LIFE BY COMMITTEE will be out in Summer 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books at Harper Collins. Corey grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts where she learned a deep love for books, cheese, cobblestone streets, cold weather and The Gilmore Girls. She has been living... Read More →
avatar for Emma Trevayne

Emma Trevayne

Bio:Emma Trevayne is the author of several sci-fi and fantasy novels for young adults and children. Her first novel, Coda, was released by Running Press Kids in May 2013, and will be followed by a companion novel, Chorus, in Spring 2014. Her middle-grade debut, Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times, is also debuting in Spring 2014 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, and The Cabinet of Curiosities, an anthology of scary... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Comcast Stage OCC, D-138

5:00pm

Winners of the Sledgehammer Writing Contest
Sponsored by Indigo Editing, this humdinger of a writing contest brings out some of the best and brightest PDX has to offer. Thirty-six hours. One story. A couple of all-out winners. This stage.  

Moderators
avatar for Monica Drake

Monica Drake

Monica Drake is the author of three books, Clown Girl, The Stud Book and most recently The Folly of Loving Life. Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, New York Times, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The Sun, The Rumpus, Three Penny Review, and other publications on-line, in print and anthologized. She launched the BFA in Writing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she is currently an Associate Professor in... Read More →

Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Jupiter Hotel Stage OCC, D-134

5:00pm

Writing One After Another: The Midcareer Novel
A successful, sustained writing practice that yields one good novel after another? It’s a minor miracle. How do these novelists do it? Anecdotes and horror stories from the front lines.

Writers
avatar for Lauren Grodstein

Lauren Grodstein

Bio: | Lauren Grodstein's is the author, most recently, of The Explanation for Everything, a ghost story about a biologist and a creationist.  Her previous works include the New York Times bestselling novel A Friend of the Family, which was named a Washington Post Best Book of the Year, an Editor's Pick at the New York Times, an Amazon.com Best Book, and an Indie Next Selection.  She is also the author of the novel... Read More →
avatar for Ray Robertson

Ray Robertson

Bio: | Ray Robertson is the author of the novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, and David, as well as two collections of non-fiction, Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing and Why Not? Fifteen Reasons to Live.  He lives in Toronto, Canada.  For more information, including reviews and contact information, please visit his website. | | David | | Born a slave in 1847, but... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mutt Enterprises Stage OCC, D-135

5:00pm

Poetry Journal: Hows and Whys: What To Do & What Not To Do
Writers
DA

David Axelrod

Basalt
Bio: | David Axelrod is the author of six collections of poems, of which "The Cartographer's Melancholy" won the Spokane Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A new collection "Folly" will appear in 2014. He is also the author of collection of cultural and environmental essays, "Troubled Intimacies." His work appears widely in "Alaska Quarterly Review," "Kenyon Review," "New Letters," "Miramar," "Narrative," "Western... Read More →
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Kevin Craft

Poetry Northwest
avatar for Matt Schumacher

Matt Schumacher

Bio: | Matt Schumacher serves as poetry editor for Phantom Drift and has published two collections of poetry, Spilling the Moon and The Fire Diaries. He lives in Portland. | | | Phantom Drift | | PHANTOM DRIFT is a perfectbound literary journal dedicated to building an understanding of and appreciation for New Fabulism and a Literature of the Fantastic. Issue One features work by Aaron Anstett, Jonathan Ball, Michael Chocholak, Brian... Read More →
avatar for Peter H Sears

Peter H Sears

Bio: | Peter Sears teaches in the Pacific University Writing Program. His new and selected poems, "Small Talk," will be published by Lynx House Press in 2014. | | | Small Talk: New and Selected Poems


Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Oregon Arts Commission Poetry Stage OCC, D-133

5:00pm

Kirby Larson and Jane Smiley
Writers
avatar for Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson

Bio: | Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book, Hattie Big Sky, a young adult historical novel she wrote inspired by her great-grandmother, Hattie Inez Brooks Wright, who homesteaded by herself in eastern Montana as a young woman. Just released—due to popular demand by her readers—is Hattie Ever After, the final installment in Hattie’s adventures. Her passion for historical fiction is... Read More →
avatar for Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, A Thousand Acres, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Horse Heaven. She is the author of thirteen novels for adults, five novels for young adults, and five works of non-fiction, including The Man Who Invented the Computer and Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, an anatomy and history of the novel, with two How-to chapters, as well as a short biography of Charles Dickens... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Knowledge Universe Little Word Stage OCC,

5:00pm

Anis Mojgani
Writers

Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
McMenamins Stage OCC, Main Stage

5:00pm

Nancy Werlin and Kari Luna
Writers
avatar for Kari Luna

Kari Luna

Bio: | Kari Luna has seen the world from behind a Hammond organ, through the lens of a commercial camera, and from the top of a Swiss Chalet. Her debut YA novel, The Theory of Everything, was described by MTV.com as "a world we would like to drop everything and start living in right this minute." She's currently working on other stories not featuring shaman pandas, but promises they'll be just as surprising. Kari lives in Portland... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Werlin

Nancy Werlin

Bio: | I've written 9 novels for teens so far: ranging from suspense thrillers to fantasy to realism, and including the New York Times bestseller IMPOSSIBLE (fantasy), the National Book Award finalist THE RULES OF SURVIVAL (realistic fiction), the Edgar award winner THE KILLER’S COUSIN (mystery), and (new!) the fantasy novel UNTHINKABLE, which is a companion novel or sequel to IMPOSSIBLE. All my books are published by Penguin... Read More →


Sunday October 6, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
The Mac Store Stage OCC, D-137