Keynote Speaker

Kate Carroll de Gutes

Kate Carroll de Gutes

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Kate Carroll de Gutes lives in Portland, Oregon, in a house with a view of the best bridge in the city. In the evenings, she sits at her great-grandparents’ quarter-sawn oak table and writes long-hand. Her book, Objects in The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear won the 2016 Oregon Book Award for creative nonfiction.

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Workshop Presenters

Andrew Kafoury

Andrew Kafoury

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Andrew Kafoury is from Portland Oregon. He took playwriting classes at the HB Studios in New York City and was mentored by story-packing professional Matt Keener. He is the creator of the graphic novel series No’madd: The City of Empty Towers.

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Angela Ewing

Angela Ewing

Angela Ewing wrote for sewing magazines as a Home Economist. After her travels in Europe, she discovered magazine articles as a source of income. Her book Pub Grub has sold nationwide, and her novel The Gunpowder Conspiracy is available in bookstores. She enjoys writing short human-interest stories for local newspapers and is currently working on her book entitled Nine O’Clock Horses based on her life in England during and after WWII.

Georgia Cockerham

Georgia Cockerham

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Georgia Cockerham is both a published author and a successful watercolorist, living on the Oregon coast with husband Bruce. She has published three books, including her most recent Murder on the Oregon Coast and a book of poems entitled Why? Why? Why? that she wrote over several years following the death of her youngest son. She has taught workshops nationally about the grieving process and taught dance for twelve years.

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Ken Letko

Ken Letko

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Ken Letko has traveled widely around the world and globalized his awareness of the natural world and diverse cultures. For the last 25 years, he has lived in the magical intersection of ocean, redwoods, and mountains in Del Norte County of California's far northern coast. His first full-length book, Bright Darkness, was published by Flowstone Press in 2017.

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Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson

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Laura Gibson is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille. Her most recent release, Empire Builder, was described by Pitchfork as "a cathartic tale of loss and redemption." She has toured on four continents, is the recipient of a RACC Professional Development Grant, and had the distinct honor of performing the very first NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Her songs are both literary and raw, with a love of traditional folk music and a bent toward experimentation. She recently completed an MFA in Fiction writing from Hunter College in New York, and is currently working on a novel while prepping her fifth record, to be released in 2018.

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Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart

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Melissa Hart is Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine. She's the author of two memoirs--Gringa (Seal, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015) and the young adult novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2015). Her essays and articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Advocate, Writer's Digest, Hemispheres, Orion, The Rumpus, and numerous other publications. She lives in Eugene with her husband, their daughter, a dog, three cats, three chickens, and a bullfrog tadpole.

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Robert Balmer

Robert Balmer

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Robert Balmer sold his first humor piece in 1992. Since then his work has appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Golf Illustrated, The Oregonian, The Seattle Times, and other print media, as well as aired on MarketPlace, The Savvy Traveler and Oregon Public Radio and Broadcasting. He recently took improv and sketch writing classes at Second City in Chicago. He enjoys working with people who take slices of their lives and turn them into laughter.

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