This week we welcome C. Lill Ahrens and Annette White-Parks.
C. Lill Ahrens is the contest director for Oregon Writers Colony, an editor for Calyx Journal, a creative writing instructor for LBCC, a contest judge for Willamette Writers, and a freelance editorial consultant. She also leads workshops and writing retreats in Oregon’s exotic locales, privately and for OWC. Lill’s conversational method of critique has helped many writers win awards and publication. Her own award-winning stories are published in numerous literary journals and anthologies.
Annette White-Parks was born in Grant County in eastern Oregon and grew up on a cattle ranch near the hamlet of Monument. She has published nine books and various other writings. She has an MA in English and a Ph.D in American Studies. Currently a retired professor from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Annette lives in SE Portland with her husband Wilbur Parks, surrounded by many trees, wild birds and feral cats. She facilitates writing/story classes at Rose Haven, a drop-in center for women and children. Annette will be reading from her latest book, My Butterfly Girl: Flight from Cancer, Abuse, Schizophrenia,” a memoir on her daughter’s cancer and resulting complications in her zany family.
We’re pleased to welcome springtime with readings by Sharon Appleman and Rosemary Lombard.
Sharon Appleman, MS, is a fourth generation Oregonian growing up on a ranch where her great-grandparents homesteaded. In the years since college, she has led an adventurous life—teaching and consulting in the United States and abroad, trekking the Mayan path through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala, and working for the Department of State overseas and in Washington, DC as a training administrator for the Foreign Affairs Executive Seminar. She has received awards for her teaching, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to Norway and a Kyotaru Fellowship to Japan. Her eco-thriller, Coyote Willows, was a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Personal writing credits include the 2013 Writer’s Digest Magazine first place award for genre fiction and The Oregon Writers Colony first place fiction award for “Going Under.” Currently, she lives in Portland, Oregon and is writing short stories as well as working on her next novel.
Animal behaviorist/herpetologist/prize-winning writer and poet Rosemary Douglas Lombard has happily worn the titles university teacher, biomedical librarian, editor, naturalist, and others, but her favorite title is turtle tutor. Her WIP, Diode’s Experiment: A Box Turtle Investigates the Human World, tells the story of her three-plus decades exploring the surprising cognitive abilities of turtles.
Lombard has lectured or read from her work at universities, libraries, scholarly meetings, museums (including five years for OMSI), and literary venues, including, among others, Blackbird Wine Shop, Three Friends, Walters Cultural Arts Center, Poetics Corvallis, and juried group readings at Milepost 5 and Plum Hill Winery. Lombard’s literary work appears in Bay Nature, Verseweavers, Annals of Internal Medicine, and others. She plans to read poetry about animals and adaptations from Diode’s Experiment.
This week, we welcome mystery authors Christine Finlayson and
UPDATE: Lili Gardner has had to cancel. However, tonight’s event with go on with Christine, who will be joined by Rae Richen and Holly Franko.
Christine Finlayson borrowed heavily from her “past lives” as a barista, waitress, environmental educator, and water scientist when creating her first mystery novel, Tip of a Bone. This Northwest tale takes place on the stormy Oregon coast, where hidden bones and family secrets just won’t stay buried.
In her spare time, Christine loves to run on forest trails, watch waves break across the sand (very spare time!), compete in triathlons, and photograph anything weird or wild. She lives in Portland, where she’s working on her second book, a novel of suspense. Learn more about Christine at christinefinlayson.com.
Lily Gardner grew up in Minneapolis longing to be blonde and live in California surfing and writing poetry. Over the years her tastes changed: California became Oregon and poetry became mysteries. She learned to embrace her brunette self. Lily loves all things noir, fermentation, Motown, opera, and short-legged dogs.
Lily currently lives in Portland with her husband, two corgis, several thousand books and one electronic reader. A Bitch Called Hope, a noir mystery set on the rainy streets of Portland, is Lily’s first novel. She is currently working on her second Cooper noir: Betting Blind. Learn more about Lily at lilygardner.net.
All readings are scheduled to start at 6:30pm. We may sometimes start a little later to allow for guests to place orders and get settled.
Emily Pittman Newberry is a performance poet living in Portland, Oregon. She is fascinated by the way we dance with vulnerability as our lives intersect, and by how the rich diversity of life and the many paths we take somehow seem to lead us all home.
OneSpirit Press published her two books of poetry, Butterfly A Rose and Nature Speaking, Naturally, a collaboration with artist Adelaide Beeman-White. In addition the artist book featuring her poetry and the work of Portland artist Shu-Ju Wang comes out this March, and her work has appeared in VoiceCatcher, the Walt Whitman 150 chapbook, En Pointe and Ascent Magazine online edition. Her website is www.wizense.com.
Born in Philly, Peggy Bird spent most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest where she happily grew webs between her toes and moss behind her ears. After pursuing a number of careers—nurse, legislative staffer, lobbyist, public affairs consultant, non-profit association executive, mother and wife—she left it all for what she’d loved through every stage of life—writing.
She’s been published in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers, had a children’s play produced and had six novels published by Crimson Romance. Novels seven through ten are under contract and she’s working on a memoir, which may only see the light of day after her daughters discover it on her computer when they move her into the home.
RAIN OR SHINE WILL BE OPEN 6AM-6PM TOMORROW, TUESDAY 2/11/14.
We will be keeping regular hours for the rest of the week as well, 6AM – 6PM weekdays, 7AM – 6PM weekends.
Thursday night the Reading Series will be taking place at the usual time, 6:30PM – 8:00PM.
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