Stefanie Freele is the author of the short story collection Feeding Strays (Lost Horse Press), a finalist in the John Gardner Binghamton University Fiction Award and the Book of the Year Award. She recently won the Glimmer Train Fiction Open. Her published and forthcoming fiction can be found in Glimmer Train, Sou'wester, The Florida Review, American Literary Review, Night Train, Whitefish Review, Necessary Fiction, Pank, and Word Riot. Stefanie is the Fiction Editor of the Los Angeles Review. Stefanie's second collection, Surrounded by Water, will be published by Press 53 in 2012. She has an Masters of Fine Arts from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts: Whidbey Writers Workshop. www.stefaniefreele.com
Alice DiMicele (songwriter) - For more than 23 years, Alice DiMicele has been playing her unique blend of Americana, groove folk, and acoustic soul to crowds across the United States. Based in the Pacific Northwest, DiMicele's music celebrates the natural world and the people in it. Well-known for unique voice, original songs, and soulful delivery Alice has the ability to both turn a noisy bar silent within a few notes, and rock any festival stage with her full band.
With 11 previous solo recordings under her belt, Alice's new album Lucky Dogs features her incredible band and was produced by Rob Seifert Gage (The Eels, Porno for Pyros, Mike Watt, Speed of Darkness). The record contains 15 original songs including a remake of her classic tune "It's A Miracle" from the 1989 release of the same name. www.alicedimicele.com
Jeff Golden attended Harvard University as a National Scholar during the height of the Vietnam War and decided to swap the Ivy Halls for 20 acres in the backwoods of Oregon and a used chainsaw. He chronicled that journey in the book Watermelon Summer (Lippincott & Co, 1971). After a decade building homes, guiding whitewater river trips, and working in the forests of the Cascade Mountains, Jeff dropped back in to earn a Masters in Communications degree from Stanford University.
Jeff has spent the last 25 years in politics, broadcasting and editorial journalism. His political career includes service as a Jackson County (Oregon) Commissioner, Chief of Staff to the Oregon Senate President, and Environmental Policy aide to the City of Portland. During those years he wrote Forest Blood (Wellstone Books, 1998), the pre-eminent novel of the Northwest timber wars. His stand for responsible forestry made him the target of an unsuccessful recall campaign financed by national timber corporations, and earned him the first nomination ever from the state of Oregon for the JFK Profile in Courage Award, which is one experience that directly informed the writing of Unafraid: A Novel of the Possible. www.unafraidthebook.com
Charles Goodrich is the author of two volumes of poems, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, as well as a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home. He also co-edited the volume In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. His poems and essays have appeared in journals such as Orion, Open Spaces, The Sun, and Best Essays Northwest, and number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on "The Writer's Almanac." Goodrich worked for twenty-five years as a professional gardener, and has also worked as a correctional work crew supervisor, a short-order cook, and a carpenter. He presently serves as Program Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University. www.charlesgoodrich.com
Amber Keyser is a former ballerina and evolutionary biologist, who writes about science and adventure for young readers. Currently, she’s the go-to-girl and Young Adult novelist for Angel Punk. Look for action-adventure heroine, Mara Layil, to burst onto the scene, fists flying in summer 2012. Amber’s articles have appeared in Odyssey Magazine, Mothering Magazine online, CommonSenseMedia.org, and Globio.org. Her books include An Algonquin Heart Song: Paddle My Own Canoe (2007), two graphic novels about science, The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom (2010) and Decoding Genes with Max Axiom (2010), and Anatomy of a Pandemic (2011). She is represented by Stephen Fraser at the Jennifer de Chiara Literary Agency. For more information, visit Amber's website at www.amberjkeyser.com or on Twitter at @amberjkeyser.
Elizabeth Lyon, a freelance book editor, instructor, and author, began her career in 1988, teaching dozens of writing and publishing classes and workshops through Continuing Education at Lane Community College. She led three critique groups of writers on a weekly basis in her Eugene home for 13 years. Mentored in editing skills by literary agent Natasha Kern from 1988 to 1993, Elizabeth then broadened her agent relationships on behalf of her editing clients to dozens more. By consulting with writers, editing their whole or partial books, and their queries, synopses, and proposals, she has participated in the publishing success of about forty nonfiction books, a dozen novels, a dozen print-on-demand and self-published e-books, and many award and contest winning books and short stories. www.elizabethlyon.com
Drew Myron is a former newspaper reporter and editor, and now heads DCM, a marketing communications company. Her poems appear in a variety of print and online journals. She earned a Fishtrap Fellowship in 2011, and placed first in the 2010 Spirit First poetry contest, and in the 2009 Tallahassee Writers Association contest. She lives on the central Oregon Coast, where she leads writing workshops for youth and adults, and hosts Off the Page, an annual event promoting Oregon writers. www.drewmyron.com
Anne Osterlund is the author of three young adult novels, Aurelia, Academy 7, and Exile, all published by Penguin Books. She grew up in the sunshine of eastern Oregon and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Whitworth College, where she majored in elementary education with Spanish and English teaching fields. Anne enjoys immersing her students in language, literature, and imagination. Her fourth novel, Salvation, is scheduled for release next fall, and she has dreams of many more in the future. www.anneosterlund.com
Ray Rhamey is a developmental fiction editor, author (4 novels, 1 nonfiction on writing craft), Indie publisher, and book designer offering design, editing, and production services for self-published writers at crrreative.com. He writes the internationally known blog, Flogging the Quill, on creating compelling fiction, and is a contributor to the Writer Unboxed literary blog. His background includes advertising and screenwriting. His writing how-to book, Flogging the Quill, Crafting a Novel that Sells (2009), gets rave reviews from writers. www.crrreative.com
Dennis Stovall, recently retired, is the founder of the graduate program in publishing and student-run Ooligan Press at Portland State University, which he directed for a decade. Stovall was previously the co-owner and co-publisher of Blue Heron Publishing. He is the author of Classroom Publishing: A Practical Guide to Enhancing Student Literacy, as well as having written many articles and ghosted books. A native of The Dalles and a 5th generation Oregonian, Stovall received a degree in political science from the University of Oregon Honors College. He has long been a literary activist, serving on many nonprofit boards, and has garnered numerous awards for service, achievement, and artistic accomplishments. Currently, he is preparing for a Fulbright assignment in Europe next year.