The Rainier Writing Workshop

2016 Summer Residency Evening Readings

Friday, July 29, 8PM:
Kent Meyers, Sherry Simpson

Saturday, July 30, 7:30PM:
Kevin Goodan, Peggy Shumaker

Sunday, July 31, 7:30PM:
Tracy Daugherty, The 2016 Judith Kitchen Visiting Writer

Monday, August 1, 7:30PM:
Scott Nadelson, Lia Purpura

Wednesday, August 3, 7:30PM:
Fleda Brown, Rebecca McClanahan

Thursday, August 4, 7:30PM:
Kevin Clark, Marjorie Sandor

Friday, August 5, 7:30PM:
Suzanne Berne, Adrianne Harun

All the readings are free and will take place in the Scandinavian Cultural Center within the Anderson University Center at Pacific Lutheran University. (Map)  The Garfield Book Company will have books for sale.

Bio Notes for the Readers

Kent Meyers is the author of a memoir, a book of short fiction, and three novels, most recently Twisted Tree, which won a Society of Midland Authors award and a High Plains Book award, and was translated into French. The River Warren and Light In the Crossing were New York Times Notable Books, and The Work Of Wolves won the Mountain and Plains Booksellers Association Award and an American Library Association Award. Meyers has published fiction and essays in numerous literary journals. He teaches at Black Hills State University in South Dakota and in Pacific Lutheran University’s Rainier Writing Workshop.

Sherry Simpson is the author of Dominion of Bears: Living with Wildlife in Alaska, which received the 2015 John Burroughs Medal for a distinguished book of nature writing, and two collections of essays, The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska and The Way Winter Comes, which won the inaugural Chinook Literary Prize. She has also written four travel books, most recently Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, which received the Benjamin Franklin Award in the travel essay and photography category. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Orion, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Superstition Review, AQR, and Bellingham Review. Her essays have appeared in such anthologies as On Nature: Great Writers on the Great Outdoors, American Nature Writing, The Fourth Genre, Living Blue in the Red States, and In Fact, the best of Creative Nonfiction journal. She has received the Andrés Berger Nonfiction Award and Sierra magazine’s Nature Writing Award, and she was a finalist for the Katharine Nason Bakeless Nonfiction Literary Publication Prize, sponsored by Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a professor of creative nonfiction writing in the Low-Residency MFA program at the University of Alaska Anchorage and serves on the faculty of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference.

Kevin Goodan was born in Montana and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation where his stepfather and brothers are tribal members.  Goodan earned his BA from the University of Montana and worked as a firefighter for ten years with the U.S. Forest Service before receiving his MFA from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004.  Goodan’s first collection of poetry, In the Ghost-House Acquainted (2004), won The L.L. Winship/ PEN New England Award in 2005.  His other books include Winter Tenor (2009), and Upper Level Disturbances (2012), the forthcoming Forward Observer: Prophesies (2015), and Let The Voices (2016).  Goodan has taught at the University of Connecticut, and has served as Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University.  He is currently Associate Professor at Lewis-Clark State College and resides in Joel, Idaho.

Peggy Shumaker has published seven books and two chapbooks of poetry.  Her newest collection is Toucan Nest, Poems of Costa Rica.  Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally.  She’s at work on her new and selected, and is doing a collaboration with the painter Kes Woodward.  In 2014, she was selected the Artsmith Artist of the Year.  Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, she teaches at many conferences and festivals.  She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publisher of fine art and literature from Alaska.  She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press.  Peggy Shumaker served as Alaska State Writer Laureate for 2010-2012.

Tracy Daugherty is the author of four novels, six short story collections, biographies of Donald Barthelme, Joseph Heller, and Joan Didion, and two books of essays, including the forthcoming Let Us Build Us a City, about the practice and uses of literary imagination.  His work has been recognized with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Scott Nadelson is the author of three story collections, most recently Aftermath; a memoir, The Next Scott Nadelson: A Life in Progress; and a novel, Between You and Me.  His stories and essays have appeared in PloughsharesGlimmer Train, The Southern ReviewCrazyhorse, New England ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Alaska Quarterly Review, and have been cited as notable in both Best American Short Stories and Best American Essays.  Winner of the Oregon Book Award, the Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award, and the Reform Judaism Fiction Prize, he teaches at Willamette University and lives in Salem, Oregon.

Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations, most recently, Rough Likeness (essays) and It Shouldn’t Have Been Beautiful (poems).  Her honors include a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright Fellowships, three Pushcart prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Nonfiction, and the Beatrice Hawley, and Ohio State University Press awards in poetry.  Recent work appears in Agni, Field, The Georgia Review, Orion, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Best American Essays.  She is Writer in Residence at The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and teaches at writing programs around the country, including, most recently, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference.  She lives in Baltimore with her family.

Fleda Brown’s The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems has been selected by Ted Kooser for his series from the University of Nebraska Press.  It will be out in spring 2017. She has nine previous collections of poems.  Her work has twice appeared in The Best American Poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series.  Her collection of essays, with Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives, came out in 2013 from Autumn House Books.  Her memoir, Driving With Dvorak, was published in 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press.  Her poems have been used as texts for several prizewinning musical compositions performed at Eastman School of Music, Yale University, and by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.  She has won the New Letters and the Ohio State Univ/ The Journal awards for creative nonfictionShe has also co-edited an anthology of Delaware writers and a collection of essays on D. H. Lawrence.  She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught for 27 years and directed the Poets in the Schools program.  She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07.  She now lives with her husband, Jerry Beasley, in Traverse City, Michigan, not far from their cottage on Intermediate Lake.

Rebecca McClanahan’s most recent books are The Tribal Knot: A Memoir of Family, Community, and a Century of Change and a new edition of Word Painting: The Fine Art of Writing Descriptively.  She has also published five books of poetry, two additional books of writing instruction, and The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings, winner of the Glasgow Award in nonfiction.  McClanahan’s work has appeared in Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, and numerous anthologies.  McClanahan, who received the Wood Prize from Poetry, a Pushcart Prize in Fiction, the Carter Prize for the Essay, and literary fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, was the 2015 Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University.

Kevin Clark’s book, Self-Portrait with Expletives, won the 2009 Pleiades Press book contest and is distributed by LSU Press.  His first full-length collection of poetry, In the Evening of No Warning, was published by New Issues Press.  His poems have appeared in numerous magazines and collections, including The Antioch Review, The Georgia Review, Gulf Coast, Ploughshares, Crazyhorse, and The Iowa Review.  He also won the Angoff Award from The Literary Review for best contribution in a volume year.  Kevin’s textbook, The Mind’s Eye: A Guide to Writing Poetry, is published by Pearson Longman.  Having recently co-written a play with his son, he’s presently working on a verse novel.  Kevin has published essays about numerous contemporary American poets.  His critical articles and reviews have appeared in many journals and collections, among them The Iowa Review, Papers on Language and Literature, The Southern Review, Contemporary Literary Criticism, The Georgia Review, and Poetry International.  He was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, where he teaches poetry writing and modern and contemporary American literature.  Still attempting slow pitch softball and fast pitch baseball, he lives in San Luis Obispo with his family.

Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books, most recently a memoir, The Late Interiors: A Life Under Construction.  Her story collection, Portrait of my Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime, won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction, and an earlier essay collection, The Night Gardener: A Search for Home won the 2000 Oregon Book Award for literary non-fiction.  Her essays and stories work have appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, AGNI, The Harvard Review, and Opera News, and have been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize and elsewhereShe is the editor of a new anthology, The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (St. Martins Press, 2015).  She lives in Corvallis, Oregon where she is a member of the MFA faculty at Oregon State University.

Suzanne Berne is the author of four novels: The Dogs of Littlefield, The Ghost at the Table, A Perfect Arrangement, and A Crime in the Neighborhood, which won Great Britain’s Orange Prize in 1999, as well as a book of nonfiction.  She has written frequently for The New York Times, and her short stories, reviews and essays have also appeared in Ploughshares, Agni, Vogue, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The London Sunday Times among other publications.  She is the fiction editor for The Harvard Review and teaches creative writing at Boston College.

Adrianne Harun is the author of a collection of stories, The King of Limbo and Other Stories (Houghton Mifflin 2002), a Sewanee Writers’ Series selection and a Washington State Book Award finalist, and a novel, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain (Penguin 2014), winner of the 2015 Pinckley Award for Debut Crime Fiction.  In addition, for over twenty years, she has worked on the editorial side of publishing. Adrianne is also on the faculty of the Sewanee School of Letters at the University of the South.