David Levine Will Judge the Fiction First Chapter Contest

David D. LevineDavid D. Levine, author of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, will judge the Fiction First Chapter category of the Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

Levine is the author of Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016) and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he has been shortlisted for awards including the Hugo, Nebula, Campbell, and Sturgeon. His stories have appeared in Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, multiple Year’s Best anthologies, and his award-winning collection Space Magic.


David Oates to Be Final Judge on Short Story, Narrative Nonfiction Contest

David Oates, poet, nonfiction author, and teacher, will be the judge for the Short Story, Narrative Nonfiction, category of the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

David Oates writes about the wildness of nature, culture, and creative process. His poetry has appeared in many journals and in Peace in Exile: Poems (Oyster River Press). He won the Badonnah Award (Bitterroot Poetry, NY) and was finalist for the Pablo Neruda Award for the long poem (Nimrod International).

He is also author of four books of nonfiction, including Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature (OSU Press). His poetry and prose are currently being featured in the German journal Wortschau (Düsseldorf).

In Portland he teaches the Wild Writers Seminars and he offers workshops around the United States and occasionally in Europe.


New Releases: “No Substitute for Myth”

NSFMyth_04_1400X2000@150dpiCarolyn J. Rose has another book out in her Subbing isn’t for Sissies mystery series, No Substitute for Myth.

“Is Bigfoot prowling around Reckless River, Washington? Has Sasquatch come to the city? Barbara Reed doesn’t know if she believes the legendary creature exists, but evidence is stacking up. Something big is scavenging for food in city parks. Something tall and heavy left footprints across a dirt parking lot. And something huge and hairy careened into her one night on the riverfront trail.

Did that same creature kill a man and drag his body into a swamp? Or was the killer human? Will justice be undermined by media frenzy, a tide of tourism, and hundreds of hunters?

With help from the usual suspects, Barb, her drug-cop boyfriend, her pearl-powered wealthy neighbor, and Cheese Puff, her less-than-loyal dog, set out to solve a mystery, catch a murderer, and bust a few myths along the way.


Nancy Slavin will judge the Short Stories, Fiction, contest

Nancy SlavinNancy Slavin, teacher, poet, and prose writer will judge the Short Stories, Fiction, entries in the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest.

Nancy Slavin is a long-time English literature and writing instructor at a small rural community college in Oregon as well as an educator for a non-profit working to end oppression and violence against women. Her novel, Moorings, was published in 2013 by Feather Mountain Press, and more of her work can be found in Rain Magazine, Barrelhouse, hip mama, Literary Mama, Oregon Humanities Magazine, and Chicago Literati. Nancy lived on the north Oregon coast for over 20 years and has recently relocated to the Portland area.


C.B. Bernard is the final judge for the Nonfiction First Chapter Category

Chris Bernard, author of Chasing AlaskaC.B. Bernard, author of Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now (Lyons Press), will be the final judge for the 2015 Oregon Writers Colony writing contest, in the Nonfiction First Chapter Category.

Chasing Alaska was a Publishers Weekly Top 10 Travel Pick, National Geographic top book choice, and a finalist for a 2014 Oregon Book Award.

He has worked as a newspaper and magazine journalist, among other writing-related jobs. His work has appeared on Gray’s Sporting Journal and the Utne Reader.

Born and raised in New England, he lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and a temperamental bird dog named Shakespeare.


Lesbians on the Loose: A reading

ZLori L. Lake, Sandra de Helen, and Sue Hardesty will read from the new crime fiction anthology, “Lesbians on the Loose: Crime Writers on the Lam,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 18 at Another Read Through, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave. in Portland.

The lesbians on the loose in this collection are an entertaining mix of protagonists: cops, amateur sleuths, a PI, a judge, a bounty hunter, and one very insightful dog. There’s even an intrepid high schooler and a mystery writer.

Despite greed and grief, rage and revenge, secrets and lies, many of the stories feature humor from a variety of characters trying to find their way in a difficult world—cops who’ve seen too much, revenge seekers, and women who want justice for themselves and others.

These three contributors to the anthology will read briefly, answer questions, and sign.

Their other works will also be available.


Authors to read at Pfeiffer Winery

a7f531_69fbefe02db941409366678c4dc6b512.jpg_srb_p_168_252_75_22_0.50_1.20_0 Kelly-author-best-copy-199x300Danuta Pfeiffer and Kelly Kittel will read from their award-winning memoirs at the Pfeiffer Winery in Junction City from 3 to 5 p.m. June 14.

Join the authors for an afternoon of wine and appetizers.

Breathe –by Kelly Kittel

Kelly Kittel never questioned her Mayflower Society mantra—“Family is the most important thing”—until the day when her fifteen-month-old son is run over by her sixteen-year-old niece.

Chiseled, A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity and Divine Wine–by Danuta Pfeiffer

Danuta Pfeiffer writes of an unwed teenage mother escaping to the tundra of Alaska; a journalist who inadvertently becomes a television evangelist with a ringside seat to a presidential campaign; a wife caught in a web of deceit and substance abuse, the loss of sons and lovers–and how she survived it all.

Pfeiffer Winery, 25040 Jaeg Road, Junction City, Oregon


A conversation with Maggie Chula

Fred Melden will be hosting a conversation with Maggie Chula at 7 p.m. Monday, June 29 at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway.

7474192The Haiku poet Matsuo Basho wrote “when writing about the bamboo, become the bamboo. When writing about the pine become the pine.” For twelve years, Maggie Chula lived the life of a poet in a ramshackle Japanese house, wandering around mountain temples and gardens writing haiku. She also taught English and creative writing at Kyoto universities and studied the arts of flower arrangement and woodblock printing. Her seven collections of haiku, haibun, and tanka include “Grinding my ink,” which received a Haiku Society of America Book Award.

Maggie currently serves as president of the Tanka Society of America and will talk about this little-known form as well as haiku, haibun, and how living in Kyoto inspired her writing. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing.



New Releases: “Coyote Willows”

bcb2fa_e1e5fe3b408b4062a43c477f9b35a4bb.png_srz_p_266_422_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Coyote Willows is a modern day environmental thriller filled with murder, mercenaries and mysticism wrapped in the virulent legacy of the western hemisphere’s most deadly nuclear complex.

Major Jake Hawthorn, assigned to Homeland Security and struggling with PTSD, is warned off investigating a friend’s missing “Imminent Threat” report. Returning home to find his friend has died in a fiery crash, Jake turns to a native shaman for help in deciphering rock art clues leading to the murderer. Jake uncovers more than a killer and races the clock to expose a complex conspiracy sixty years in the making, as the land he loves teeters on the brink of an ecological Armageddon.

Coyote Willows is a fast paced, complex thriller with an original plot that kept me reading until the end.”

Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of Woman with a Gun

As a fifth-generation Oregonian, growing up in the shadow of radioactive drift from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Sharon Appleman was inspired to set the novel in the high-desert country of the Pacific Northwest.

As the great-granddaughter of a Native American, ancient rock art still hidden on family ranch lands holds special resonance for her and plays a pivotal role in this fast-paced thriller. Coyote Willows is now available on Amazon, Kindle and at select bookstores. A book launch and signing will take place at the Seventh Annual NW Book Festival on July 25 in Portland.


New Releases: “Great Day in the Morning”

9k=Deb Mohr will read from her new book “Great Day in the Morning” at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31 at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene.

“Forgotten and perhaps unknown by some, is the epic struggle black people and a number of white people living in mid-century Mississippi, as they fought to obtain voting and public transportation rights for blacks.

In “Great Day in the Morning,” Grace Ann Dunbar, daughter of a Mississippi planter and artist, works through her own personal conflicts before becoming immersed in this important movement.”

Mohr, a Eugene author, was commissioned in 2012 to write an essay for The Oregon Quarterly on her experience living in a sorority house at the University of Oregon. The article, “Cross Burning at Gamma Phi Beta,” won the National Gold Award in Feature Writing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.

Her new book is available on Amazon and Kindle.