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2009 Presenters


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Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn

Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951 and grew up in the western suburb of Lombard. He attended Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, earning a B.S. degree in physics in 1973, and moved on to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, for graduate work. He earned a M.S. degree there, also in physics, in 1975, and continued work toward a doctorate. Also in 1975, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. At first a strictly spare-time avocation, over the next three years he gradually gave more time to it until he sold his first story in December 1978 (Ernie, Analog, September 1979). In 1980 he left grad school and began writing full time.

Since then he has published over eighty short stories and novelettes, thirty-four novels, and four short fiction collections. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella Cascade Point, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more.

He is best known for his eight Star Wars books: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance. Other books include the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series.

His most recent books are Dragon and Liberator, the sixth Dragonback book, and The Third Lynx, the second of the Quadrail series.The third Quadrail book, Odd Girl Out, will be published in November 2008.

The Zahn family lives on the Oregon coast, where only a tsunami can ruin a perfect day.

Presenters

Linda Barnes has been writing since childhood, and found her niche in poetry. She has a Masters degree in Psychology and is a Certified Poetry Therapist. In additional to her poetry focus, Linda has taught memoir and journal writing, using the Journal to the Self method. Her personal journal of 40+ years spans over 25,000 pages. “Writing is hard,” she says, “but not writing is impossible.” She is a Counselor on the faculty at Rogue Community College in Medford.  Her third chapbook, When Hawk Speaks, will be published this winter.

Robin Cody
Robin Cody

Robin Cody, an Oregon outdoor and fiction writer, won the 1996 Oregon Book Award for literary non-fiction for his book Voyage of a Summer Sun, which chronicles his adventure canoeing the length of the Columbia River. His novel, Ricochet River, was selected as one of the 100 essential Oregon books in our 200 years by The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission. Robin was born in St. Helens and raised in Estacada. He taught high school English for a decade at the American School of Paris and was Dean of Admissions at Reed College while trying—failing re-writing—again and again, over 17 years altogether—to get that novel published. Robin writes magazine articles about Oregon characters in Northwest places. He lives in Portland with his wife, Donna.

Jayel Gibson
Jayel Gibson

Jayel Gibson: In addition to a full-time writing career, Jayel Gibson teaches writing for publication at Southwestern Oregon Community College. She is a two-time Teacher of the Year award recipient for her innovative use of technology and video gaming in the elementary classroom. Ms. Gibson is also the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. She has been a contributor for Louisiana Parent’s Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, Education.com and Thefatherlife.com. You can visit www.ancientmirrors.com or www.jayelgibson.com for more information on Jayel Gibson and her award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series.

Robert Hill
Robert Hill

Robert Hill: Robert Hill grew up in Connecticut, received a BA in Literature from Boston University, and lives in Portland, Oregon. He has been an advertising copywriter, a grant writer and a teaching fellow at the Bread Loaf Writer's Conference. His novel, When All is Said and Done, was a 2007 finalist for the Oregon Book Award.  www.whenallissaidanddone.com

Elizabeth Lyon
Elizabeth Lyon

Elizabeth Lyon: For twenty years, freelance book editor Lyon has worked with hundreds of writers, seeing publication of over 60 of her clients.Passionate about teaching writing, Lyon boasts six books on the craft, revision, and marketing of fiction and nonfiction. Her articles have appeared in The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and elsewhere. Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writers Can Afford to Ignore is her most recent release, and Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write continues to be her bestseller. www.elizabethlyon.com

Jim Malcolm 2
Jim Malcolm

Jim Malcolm has come to be recognized as one of the finest singers, guitarists, and songwriters in Scotland today. In addition to performing his own songs, he is also a performer of traditional Scots songs and the songs of Robert Burns. Jim has recorded 7 solo CDs, as well as 4 CDs as a member of the award-winning Scottish folk band Old Blind Dogs. In the 2004 Scots Trade Music Awards, Jim won the Songwriter of the Year award and Old Blind Dogs were selected as Folk Band of the Year. Jim’s songs have been recorded and performed by Kate Rusby, the Poozies, the McCalmans, and others. His song Neptune was featured in an award-winning documentary about a North Sea oil spill. His song Battle of Waterloo was one of the most requested songs in the Old Blind Dogs repertoire. 

Jim spends much of his time doing solo tours which to date have included tours of Scotland, England, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, USA, Canada, and Uganda. www.jimmalcolm.com

Elizabeth McKenzie
Elizabeth McKenzie

Elizabeth McKenzie's first book, Stop That Girl, was short-listed for the 2005 Story Prize, and was a Newsday and Library Journal Best Book of the year.  Her novel MacGregor Tells the World was a San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2007.  Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Pushcart Prize XXV, Other Voices, Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, and  ZYZZYVA .  Her stories have been performed at Symphony Space in New York and Stories on Stage in Chicago, and recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts.  A former staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly, she lives and teaches in Santa Cruz, California. www.macgregortells.com

Lori Ries
Lori Ries

Lori Ries has written several books for children. Her works have been honored by Bank Street College, Nick Jr, Parenting Magazine, IRA Children's Choices, and the Oregon Book Awards. She is twice a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature, and has also been educated through Highlights Foundation. Speaking engagements include SCBWI Conferences, Youth Career Education Fairs, School Author Visits, and Highlights Foundation Workshops. She also enjoys school visits. Lori lives in Tigard, OR with her husband and children. www.loriries.net

Elizabeth Rusch
Elizabeth Rusch

Elizabeth Rusch is the award-winning author of more than 100 magazine articles for adults and children and five children's books. Generation Fix was a Smithsonian magazine Notable Children’s Book and a finalist for the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award and the Oregon Book Award. Will It Blow?: Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens was a Natural History Magazine Best Book for Young Readers, a Washington Reads pick, and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. New releases include: A Day with No Crayons which recently won the Oregon Book Award's Eloise Javis McGraw Award for Children's literature and The Planet Hunter: The story behind what happened to Pluto. Rusch has been the former managing editor of Teacher magazine, editor-in-chief of PointsBeyond.com, and contributing editor to Child and Fit Pregnancy.  Her publishing credits also include Muse, Read, American Girl, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Parenting, Portland Monthly, Smithsonian, and Backpacker, among many others.

Her literary awards include the Kay Snow Literary Award, a Maggie Award, and an Oregon Literary Fellowship, among others.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children. www.elizabethrusch.com

Floyd Skloot
Floyd Skloot

Floyd Skloot is the author of fifteen books. His work has won the PEN USA Literary Award, Independent Publishers Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, two Oregon Book Awards, and been a finalist for both the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and PEN Award for the Art of the Essay.  It has also been included twice in The Best American Essays, The Best American Science Writing, once each in The Best Spiritual Writing, Best Food Writing, and The Art of the Essay, and in such anthologies as The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Long Journey: Contemporary Northwest Poets, The Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: I & Eye, and In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction. He has published in The New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Poetry, and most of the major literary journals in America. In 2004, the Rockefeller Foundation provided him a residency at their study center in Bellagio, Italy. Skloot, 61, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He lives in Portland with his wife, Beverly Hallberg. www.floydskloot.com

Leslie What
Leslie What

Leslie What is an award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction.  She has performed commentaries on public radio, published two story collections and a novel, and written a humor and health column for an alternative weekly.  She was the senior editor for the literary magazine Silk Road and has twice been invited to teach at the Clarion Writers Conference.  She currently teaches writing at UCLA Extension.  New work appears or will appear at Shape of a Box, Perigee, Asimov's, and Calyx.  See WhatWorld at www.lesliewhat.net



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