Kay Kenyon releases new novel, Queen of the Deep

Kay KenyonKay Kenyon has released a new novel titled Queen of the Deep.

Queen of the DeepThe Palazzo is a magical ship, both a colossal ocean liner and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens — both human and otherwise — is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane Gray is lost in a dazzling world of court intrigue and deadly intent. To find her way home, Jane must discover who — or what — guides the Palazzo and what is the urgent secret of its endless voyage.

“Fascinatingly conceived, brilliantly handled.”

— Mike Resnick.

“Romantic, theatrical, magical”

— Sharon Shinn.

Kay Kenyon is the author of 12 science fiction and fantasy novels. Her work has been shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, the Endeavour Award, and twice for the American Library Association Reading List awards. She is a founding member of the Write on the River organization in Wenatchee, Washington.


New Releases: “Dulci’s Legacy”

Dulci's Legacy OTHER SITESMargaret Pinard announces the publication of her novel “Dulci’s Legacy” by Taste Life Twice Publishing.

Dulci Oyselle is a 13-year-old girl living on Cape Breton Island, excited about the new experiences awaiting her in high school. Starting a Celtic music club and being asked out by the cute new junior should mean that things are off to a good start, but then the bizarre events begin to unfold. She sees a man wailing in the snow, another dodging a knife swipe, and the body of a Mi’kmaq Indian girl–all in places where they shouldn’t be: a classroom, her bedroom, the high school field.

She knows she isn’t dreaming, but what else could it be? She needs to find out what’s going on, especially when it turns out the visions might point to a threat to her best friend’s family. How can Dulci satisfy the power behind the visions to make them stop, when she can barely believe that they’re real?

The novel is available on Amazon and coming soon to bookstores.


Meet VoiceCatcher Authors at Rain or Shine Coffee House

cropped-VCwebsiteheader_Fall2012 VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions kicks off its 2015 reading series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at Rain or Shine Coffee House at 5941 S.E. Division St. in Portland.

Come early to grab a drink or bite to eat from Rain or Shine’s special menu for the event.

Meet authors, editors and VoiceCatcher’s new president of the board of directors, Tiah Lindner Raphael.

Featured readers are Kelly Coughlin, Deborah Dombrowski, Stephanie Golisch, Christa Kaainoa, Annie Lighthart and Audra McNamee.

Kelly Coughlin is a Fire Lookout at Dutchman Peak in Southern Oregon. She has been a firefighter for US Forest Service since 2001. Having had a long-standing habit of writing and taking pictures wherever she goes, she has documented her fire career in words and pictures. Kelly lives in Portland, Oregon during her off-seasons. She has co-founded a writer’s group and has also helped select entries for a recent Write Around Portland anthology. In 2013, she won a fellowship to the Tomales Bay “Writing by Writers” conference.

Deborah Dombrowski is a writer and photographer who discovered Portland at 22 and has lived here ever since. She fell in love with the visual world and earned a BFA in photography, but is also drawn to the perceptions and secrets that a poem can hold. Deborah is fascinated by the way a poem accumulates meaning and sound so that it becomes a room that contains comings and goings. Her website brings words and images together to consider the passage of time. Read more about Deborah at

A 2014 Oregon Literary Arts fellow, Stephanie Golisch writes screenplays, short stories and travel essays. She has spied on penguins in New Zealand and Chile, hiked the Yellow Mountain in China and endured several traffic jams on the Autobahn. She has been published in Bengal Lights, Word Riot, and Mission at Tenth. She will have pieces in upcoming issues of Rivet and Ragazine. She lives in Portland. Read about her adventures on and off the road:

A life-long Oregonian, Christa Kaainoa is a writer, rock climber, feminist, activist, and life enthusiast. She teaches middle school English at Catlin Gabel School in Portland, Oregon. Her poetry is featured in Winter 2015 issue of VoiceCatcher: a journal of women’s voices & visions.

Annie Lighthart started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. Since those first strange days, she published her poetry collection Iron String with Oregon’s own Airlie Press and earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College. Annie has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and now teaches poetry workshops through Mountain Writers. She lives in a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.

Audra McNamee is a freshman at Franklin High School, dabbling in writing and drawing and gently meta third-person biographies. She’s still trying to figure out why she writes, but it has something to do with excess commas.


“MacDeath” – Murder, Comedy and Beer at Fertile Ground Festival

blue-cindy-small-webAuthor Cindy Brown and Portland Actors Ensemble (the Free-Shakespeare-in-the-Parks folks) present a reading of MacDeath, a madcap mystery set in the off, off, off Broadway world of theater. The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 22 at O’Connors Vault in Multnomah Village (7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219) as part of the Fertile Ground Festival, which features new works by Portland artists.

Brown’s debut novel, MacDeath is the first in a new series of Ivy Meadows theater mysteries published by Henery Press. Ivy is an actor who thinks she’s finally scored her big break when she’s cast as an acrobatic witch in a circus-themed production of Macbeth. Too bad she’s forgotten about the curse of the Scottish play.
This isn’t your typical book launch, but a performance by some of Portland’s finest Shakespearean actors, a little insight into the backstage world of theater, plus free cake and a cash bar. Murder, comedy, and beer—Shakespeare would be pleased.
More info at


New Releases: “The Devil’s Tombstone”

The Devil's Tombstone_1000X1600@300dpiVancouver author Carolyn J. Rose has just released the third of her Catskill Mountains Mysteries, The Devil’s Tombstone. Rose has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 25 years, but grew up in upstate New York and says “the Catskills are always in my heart.” Devil’s Tombstone, set in the tiny community of Hemlock Lake, deals with cold cases, fresh crimes, ghosts and legends.

“The Catskill Mountains are rich in folklore, legends, and tales of the supernatural. Once guided by ghosts, Dan Stone doesn’t disbelieve what can’t be explained. And there’s no logical reason for the patch of blighted ground beside a boulder near Hemlock Lake. Known as the Devil’s Tombstone, the rock marks the spot where, two centuries earlier, a man murdered his young wife and then disappeared.

As a part-time investigator assigned to cold cases, Dan is troubled by more recent deaths and disappearances. Reviewing files dating back two decades, he sets out to discover new leads. But it’s slow going. A massive snowstorm socks the mountains. Dan’s infant son disrupts his sleep. And dynamic preacher Wesley Falton pitches his revival tent, challenging Hemlock Lake traditions and the spiritual leadership of Reverend James Balforth.

As Dan digs deeper into the past, he suspects his cold cases are linked to a fresh murder. When hard evidence eludes him, he appeals for help from beyond the grave. As he does, he wonders whether ghosts make their presence felt because we believe in them, or because they believe in us.

The answer may lie at the Devil’s Tombstone.”


New releases: Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains

front-cover122214Neal C. Lemery, a retired judge and lawyer who mentors young men in prison, announces the publication of his book: Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains. The book is available in print on, and an e-book edition will be available within the week.

Mentoring Boys to Men: Climbing Their Own Mountains is a guide to inspiring and guiding young men, most of them fatherless and unloved, into manhood, the adventures of mentoring, and the rewards of helping them find their way in the world. The heartfelt and inspiring stories of courage are about overcoming obstacles and making a difference. This book will help you change one person’s life, and thereby changing the world.


“After years of working in law enforcement, I found that we always end up dealing with the same people over and over. The problem is that we don’t take the time to engage in conversation with that person to find out where the source of the problem really comes from. The book was an eye opener for me and I think that more people in law enforcement should take the time to read it. I have found the author to be a great person for opening his heart and mind to these young men that see no future for themselves.”

Alex Ramirez, Clark County (Washington) deputy sheriff, Jail Re-entry Program

“Civil servants who judge in the morning and heal in the evening are very rare. I recommend for those who seek greater health and well-being to listen and implement these lessons from the wise Judge Lemery.”

Wells Kempter, former Army Ranger and counselor for the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

“I am, personally, profoundly, forced to take another look at our society and especially myself, after reading this book. Thank you for sharing.”

Sandra K. Pattin, parole officer for the State of Washington Department of Corrections

Neal Lemery is a past president of the Oregon Justices of the Peace Association, Oregon YMCAs, retired youth accountability court judge, and is the current president of the Tillamook Bay Community College Foundation. He is also a writer, former school board member, former district attorney, and lawyer. He has served as a pro tem circuit court judge, and a municipal judge and Justice of the Peace. He has served on numerous local, regional, and statewide committees on juvenile and social justice, substance abuse, and domestic violence.


OWC Seeks New Executive Director click to view application

Oregon Writers Colony
Executive Director Application


We are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director of the Oregon Writers Colony. The Executive Director works 20 hours a week from home. In close collaboration with the volunteer Board of Directors, the position is responsible for the operational management of the organization, including six annual Literary Lounge gatherings, the Colonyhouse in Rockaway Beach, an annual retreat, and other events and duties. The Executive Director must have strong management, planning and visioning skills. The Executive Director is expected to attend monthly Board of Director meetings and executive committee meetings.

Our mission statement expresses our core values: Oregon Writers Colony offers support to writers in all stages of their writing careers, from novices to published authors. Members benefit from classes, inspiration from teachers and colleagues, and access to Colonyhouse, a lovely writing retreat on the Oregon Coast.

The ideal candidate will help us continue to thrive and grow into the future.

Questions about compensation should be directed to Board President Becky Kjelstrom at

All applicants must submit a resume, a detailed response to the following four questions and current contact information.
1. Describe your experience or knowledge of program development and long-term strategic planning.
2. Cite two or more instances of successful fundraising in which you have participated as a leader. These may be large or small projects.
3. Describe your supervisory and management experience. The ability to work successfully with volunteers is desirable.
4. Explain why the Oregon Writers Colony should hire you as Executive Director.

Please reply to: In the email subject line, type OWC ED. In the email, please include your name and contact information. Please attach to the email your resume and the answers to the above four questions. You may also submit your resume and answers to Oregon Writers Colony, Executive Director Application, PO Box 15200, Portland, OR 97293-5200.

Thank you for your interest in Oregon Writers Colony!


Literary Agent Stephanie Cabot to Hear Pitches at 2015 Annual Conference

Stephanie CabotStephanie Cabot, literary agent with the Gernert Company, will listen to your pitch at OWC’s Annual Conference, May 1-3, 2015.

Stephanie is selectively adding writers from a variety of genres, including commercial and literary fiction, upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction, thrillers, fantasy, new adult, and nonfiction. She is especially interested in writers who tell original stories with strong narratives and create distinctive characters. Her literary mantra: “Character, character, character!”

Here are some recent author publications that she has represented:

  • The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton
  • Vanessa and Her Sister, by Priya Parmar
  • We Are Called to Rise, by Laura McBride
  • The Unexpected Waltz, by Kim Wright
  • The Cairo Affair, by Olen Steinhauer
  • The Resistance Man, by Martin Walker
  • Small Move Big Change, by Caroline Arnold
  • Hild, by Nicola Griffith
  • Babayaga, by Toby Barlow
  • The Demonologist and The Damned, by Andrew Pyper

She has worked with the Gernert Company since 2005. She began her career as an agent in London, where she spent nine years at William Morris—London, building a list of international best-selling and prize-winning authors. The last five years of her tenure with William Morris in London, she was managing director.

Half French, half American, Stephanie was educated in Europe and in the United States. She majored in history at Harvard.

She now spends her weekends working on a family dairy farm, Boggy Meadow, with her husband and four children.

To reserve your opportunity to pitch to Stephanie, sign up with your conference registration: $15.


Winning Nonfiction Entry from 2014 OWC Writing Contest

This is an excerpt from the winning nonfiction entry in the 2014 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

The Hope He Had

By Ryan Chin

Sometimes a walk with your dog is not always just a walk with your dog…

That’s what the detective told me when the case was closed.

It started when I took my dog to a river. Gnarled tree stumps carried from headwater streams shared the shoreline with plastic bottles, candy wrappers, and the occasional hypodermic needle. Cranes dotted the Willamette River’s banks, perched over the water like herons waiting for prey. The metal reverb of shipping containers echoed across the water. Ospreys and gulls traded calls. Vessels of all sizes sliced the surface of the river. Cormorants bobbed in their wakes, diving for long minutes in search of food. Cars raced east and west on the bridges, salmon charged upstream, and century-old sturgeon sifted through silt in the depths.

I roamed the river’s edge, pocketed pebbles, and wrestled large pieces of driftwood back to my van for my garden. My footprints were crisscrossed with the drag marks of my latest finds. Big Head, my yellow lab, pawed and chewed at the logs as we moved along, steady but unhurried, like the currents at our side.

I noticed the black briefcase first. Zippers open, sand sticking to the cloth areas. With warning thoughts about heroin needles, I searched the main compartment and pockets, never plunging my hand in blindly. No identification. Empty. Then I noticed the shoes, the shirts, and the pants nearby. I wondered if the contents had spilled out naturally, or if someone had dumped them looking for bounty. I knelt, reached for the nearest pants pocket and felt the unmistakable shape of a wad of money, rolled and bending slightly with each squeeze of my hand.

My gaze shot up and down the bank. Was there a body? Was someone watching me? Was I getting involved in something I should avoid? Not wanting to stand up with the wad of bills, I pretended to tie my shoes, slipped the money into my socks, and scurried away. Back in my van, I counted the money—ten one-hundred-dollar bills, cold and damp from the river.


New Releases: “Read. Reflect. Respond. Rest.”

Marilyn Catherine McDonaldMarilyn Catherine McDonald announces the release of her fifth novel, “Read.Reflect.Respond.Rest. 366 Daily Reflections on Random Selections from Scripture.” The print-on-demand book is now available through Amazon.

McDonald’s latest book is an almost four-year record of her daily reflections on random selections from the Bible that she describes as a “journey to the center of her being” through a daily spiritual exercise.

McDonald has been a professional writer since 1967. She received her undergraduate degree from Portland State University in 1975, and her Masters Degree in Communications from University of Portland in 1977.