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2011 Presenters


Naseem Rakha

Naseem Rakha author of The Crying Tree, is an award-winning journalist whose stories have been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace Radio, Christian Science Monitor, and Living on Earth. Prior to journalism Naseem taught Holistic Resource Management to farmers, ranchers and tribes throughout the US and Canada. Naseem is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she received her degree in Geology. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, son, and many animals. When Naseem isn’t writing, she’s reading, knitting, hiking, gardening, collecting rocks, or just watching the seasons roll in and out.


Addie Kay Boswell

Addie Kay Boswell’s mission is to inspire and enrich lives by creating art and by empowering creative expression in children and adults. She likes to tell stories in both images and words, and specializes in oil paintings, paper collage, and children’s picture books. Boswell grew up in a small town in Iowa, earned a B.A. with Honors in Studio Art at the American University in Washington, D.C. and now lives in the “delightfully drizzly northwest.” When not working in her home studio, she can be found creating art “in residency” in Oregon’s schools and libraries. The Rain Stomper, won the 2009 Oregon Spirit Award.  Find more at 

Bruce Holland Rogers-2

Bruce Holland Rogers has published some 300 stories in a wide variety of publications ranging from Good Housekeeping to North American Review, from The Sun to Realms of Fantasy. He taught creative writing at the University of Colorado, the University of Illinois, and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (on a Fulbright grant). His stories have won two Nebula Awards, two World Fantasy Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and the Micro Award for flash fiction. He currently teaches fiction writing at the low-residency MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. 

David Lunde

David Lunde is a poet and translator whose work has appeared internationally in more than 300 journals, as well as in many anthologies. His published works include, Nightfishing in Great Sky River and The Carving of Insects—Bian Zhilin’s collected poems co-translated with Mary M.Y. Fung—which won the 2007 PEN USA Translation Award. Professor Lunde earned his B.A. at Knox College and his M.F.A. at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Jessica Page Morrell

Jessica Page Morrell is the author of six books, five which are designed to inspire and instruct writers. Her latest book is Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected. She also works as developmental editor and writing coach and writes columns and articles on writing  

Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is the author of the memoirs Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and The Assault of Laughter (Windstorm Creative 2005), plus the bestselling 101 Ways to Love a Book  (Teacher Created Resources, 2005).  She's a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays and articles have appeared in Writer's Digest, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Hemispheres, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, High Country News, Orion, and various other publications.  She teaches journalism at the University of Oregon and maintains a blog for emerging writers at Website: 

Robert Hill-2

Robert Hill grew up in Connecticut, received a B.A. 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.

Sarahlee Lawrence

Sarahlee Lawrence was born and raised on her family ranch in Terrebonne, Oregon. After a decade spent studying, traveling, river rafting, and earning an M.S. in Environmental Science and Writing from the University of Montana, she returned to the ranch, where she owns and operates an organic vegetable farm. Her debut memoir, River House, is an exquisite blend of memoir and nature writing.

Sheila Simonson

Sheila Simonson grew up in eastern Oregon and has master's degrees (English and history) from University of Washington and Portland State University.  She taught at Clark College in Vancouver WA for thirty years. Her mystery Buffalo Bill's Defunct won a WILLA award from Women Writing the West in 2009 and the current mystery, An Old Chaos, is set in the Columbia River Gorge.

Small Potatoes-2

Small Potatoes: Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezios - This Chicago-based duo has been touring on the folk circuit since 1993. They’ve traveled a million miles, becoming sought-after regulars at many clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts across the U.S. They have made repeat appearances at major folk festivals, including the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Walnut Valley Folk Festival and Philadelphia Folk Festival. They were one of the “most requested” acts at the 1999 Falcon Ridge New Artist Showcase. Jacquie is also a winner of the 1998 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Contest.


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