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2009 Presenters

KEYNOTE: 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.

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, 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: 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 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: 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 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'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 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.

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 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 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

2010 Presenters

KEYNOTE: John Daniel is the author of nine books of memoir, personal essays, and poetry. His new work, The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature, published by Counterpoint in April 2009, is a collection of personal essays that explore various subjects in the human and more-than-human worlds, seeking to define his allegiances to his home places and region and the wholeness of life itself. Daniel has won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for Rogue River Journal—an account of a winter in solitude interwoven with memoirs of his father and his own coming of age—as well as two Oregon Book Awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University—and a former logger, hod carrier, railroader, and rock climbing instructor—Daniel lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon. www.johndaniel-author.net

Linda Barnes is always thinking about her next poem and chapbook. An upbeat and inspiring teacher, she is in turn always energized by her writing students and friends. Her only flaw is her reluctance to meet submission deadlines. She's sure she would have won even more acclaim for her poetry if she tried harder. She has been published in Manzanita Quarterly, "Labyrinths," The National Association for Poetry Therapy Anthology, and Rogue River Echoes. Linda has a masters degree in psychology and works as a counselor at Rogue Community College. She coordinates the Southern Oregon Poetry Prize annual contest.

Jayel Gibson - Author of the award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series, Jayel 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 and The Father Life. In addition to a full-time writing career, she teaches writing for publication workshops at Southwestern Oregon Community College. http://jayelgibson.com/index.php/home/

Kim T. Griswell is a senior editor for Highlights, Inc. and works with the Highlights Foundation, and Boyds Mills Press. She served as the coordinating editor of Highlights for six years and Highlights High Five for a year. Her work in the children’s literature field has spanned the worlds of publishing and teaching, leading her to positions as senior editor of Bookbag magazine, book development manager for The Mailbox Book Company, a university and community college instructor, and a teacher with the Institute of Children’s Literature. She holds master’s degrees in teaching writing and in literature from Humboldt State University. She has taught writing workshops across the country on such topics as “Focusing Nonfiction”, “Mystery Writing”, “Creating a Sense of Place”, “Writing for Children’s Magazines”, “Nature as Muse”, and “The Hero’s Journey”. A prolific writer and committed editor, Kim has published more than two hundred short stories, articles, and columns. Her books include Carnivorous Plants, Nonfiction Reading Practice (Grade 3), and many stories in the four-book series, Short Short Stories for Reading Aloud. In 2008, Kim was awarded a two-month writing residency at the Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology in Oregon. www.kimgriswell.com

Diane Hammond, a native New Yorker and author of bestseller Hannah’s Dream, has been an Oregonian since 1984, when she moved to Newport. Its relative isolation, constant winter storms, strong people and harsh beauty struck an immediate and lasting artistic chord, resulting in themes and settings that have resonated in her writing ever since. Hammond was awarded an Oregon Arts Commission Literary Fellowship while also pursuing a career in public relations and communications for nonprofit organizations. In that capacity she was public relations manager for the brand-new Oregon Coast Aquarium, a job that culminated in the arrival of Keiko, the killer whale star of the hit movie Free Willy. She acted as Keiko’s press secretary first for the aquarium and then for the Free Willy-Keiko Foundation. Hammond’s first novel, Going to Bend, was published by Random House/Doubleday in 2003, with particular acclaim in the Pacific Northwest, where the book was set. Homesick Creek, her second novel, followed in 2006.

Her third novel, Hannah’s Dream, was released by Harper Perennial in 2008 and selected as a Reader’s Digest condensed book. http://www.dianehammond.com

Leigh Anne Jasheway - CANCELLED

Marianne Monson holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. from Vermont College’s Writing for Children program. Her past publication credits include Finding Fairies, and co-compiler of the highly successful Girls Know Best series, both published with Beyond Words Publishing. Her poetry and stories have been published in several children’s magazines, including Highlights. She teaches creative writing at Portland Community College. www.mariannemonson.com

Rebecca Olson received a BA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry from the Oregon State University, where she is a teacher of composition and an active member of the arts community. She is an associate editor and a member of the editorial collection for CALYX, A Journal of Art and Literature By Women. For 33 years, CALYX has been committed to encouraging the creative expression of women artists and authors. Based in Corvallis, Oregon, CALYX Inc. includes both CALYX Journal and CALYX Books. http://www.calyxpress.org

Dennis Powers is the author of nine published nonfiction books, from self-help and the law to relationships and maritime subjects. His tenth book, Tales of the Seven Seas, is to be published in March 2010 (Rowman & Littlefield) and is about the adventures of a charismatic sea captain as he traveled the seas in the days of old. Dennis’s book, The Office Romance (Amacom Books, 1998), was his publisher’s lead book for the year, and he was on an extensive national book tour. He is published in poetry with numerous journal, newspa¬per, web and magazine articles on a variety of subjects. http://www.dennispowersbooks.com/index.html

Keith Scales has been continuously active in the Pacific Northwest from 1970 as a freelance actor, director, teacher, designer, organizer and writer. He began his career in the theatre by playing Touchstone in a Shakespeare in the Parks performance in Portland. He continued to act with that company until 1975 when he assumed the position of artistic director, in which capacity he served until 1982. The Portland Actors Ensemble still exists and Shakespeare in the Parks still thrives in Portland. Keith worked with every theatre in Portland and many in Seattle, garnering numerous local awards for his acting and directing. He has now performed in nearly two hundred plays and directed more than fifty. Since 1993 he has been artistic director of the Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon for which, in addition to directing plays and writing grants, he creates new English texts. He is known throughout Oregon and Washington for his Chautauqua programs on W.B.Yeats, Shakespeare, The Greeks, T.S. Eliot and James Joyce, to name a few. Scales now lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he is concentrating on developing his writing skills. http://keith-scales.tripod.com/index.htm

Erica Wheeler is an award-winning singer/songwriter based in western Massachusetts. With six CD’s to her credit, Erica has headlined clubs from Boston to Berkeley and shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Indigo Girls, Greg Brown and more. Her music charted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Gavin Americana Chart and she has been a featured guest on NPR’s All Things Considered. Her most recent CD, Good Summer Rain was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation organization.

Known for her visual, cinematographic style of songwriting, Erica Wheeler’s songs take listeners on a journey though the American landscape and the lives lived there with poetic beauty and grace. Her music is pure Americana, falling into the categories of folk, country and bluegrass. On stage, armed with an acoustic guitar and her richly expressive voice, Erica is also known for her engaging warmth, colorful stories and hilarious stage patter.

Originally entering college to become a wildlife field biologist, Erica has combined her career as a performing artist with her lifelong interest in natural and cultural history to offer writing workshops and keynote programs in addition to her concert schedule. Entitled The Soulful Landscape, Erica has offered this inspiring and educational pro¬gram at conferences, events and learning centers across the country, from Yosemite National Park (CA) to the National Land Conservation Conference (TN.) www.ericawheeler.com

Jaimal Yogis - CANCELLED

Heidi Connolly spent many years in the fields of music and corporate training before finding her perfect niche as a freelancer in the world of words. At Harvard Girl Word Services she offers manuscript critiquing, writing, editing, book design, and self-publishing consulting. She is the co-author of several books and has written a weekly newspaper column focusing on the entrepreneurial spirit. Connolly works with authors from across the country on books of many genres, including science fiction, mystery, fantasy, thrillers, memoirs, and non-fiction, and is known for her ability to “channel” her authors’ messages. She is a seasoned presenter and consultant who speaks regularly to groups and on the radio. Connolly (who really did go to Harvard) lives in Bandon with her husband Randy. www.harvardgirledits.com.

2011 Presenters

KEYNOTE: 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. http://naseemrakha.com/

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 www.addieboswell.com.

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 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 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 www.thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.com 

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 www.butt2chair.wordpress.com. Website: www.melissahart.com.

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. www.whenallissaidanddone.com

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. www.sarahleelawrence.com

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: 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. www.smallpotatoesmusic.com

2012 Presenters

KEYNOTE: 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.

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.

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