2015 Readers — 22nd annual event
John Addiego, of Corvallis, has just published his first mystery novel, The Jaguar Tree, following two literary novels (Tears of the Mountain and Islands of Divine Music) and several stories and poems. He mentors aspiring young writers, and not just because he’s made literally hundreds of dollars publishing novels over the course of decades. “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,” said Hamlet, “than are found in making a lot of money,” and as you may recall, things went well for Hamlet once he got over that stuff about his mom.
Tracy Daugherty, of Corvallis, is author of three literary biographies, most recently The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion, a New York Times Bestseller; five short story collections, including this year’s The Empire of the Dead; four novels including What Falls Away, which won the 1996 Oregon Book Award for fiction; and a book of personal essays. Forthcoming is his first collection of literary essays, Let Us Build Us a City. He is Distinguished Professor (emeritus) of English and Creative Writing at Oregon State University.
Danielle Cadena Deulen
Danielle Cadena Deulen, of Salem, is author of two poetry collections: Lovely Asunder, which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize; and, recently, Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us, winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize. Her memoir, The Riots, won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award. Her work has appeared in Crazyhorse, North American Review, Diagram, The Kenyon Review, The Utne Reader, and in several anthologies including Best New Poets. She teaches at Willamette University.
Molly Gloss, of Portland, is the bestselling author of the novels The Jump-Off Creek (winner of the 1990 Oregon Book Award for fiction), The Dazzle of Day, Wild Life, The Hearts of Horses, and her latest Falling from Horses. Her work has earned numerous awards, including the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and the Whiting Writers Award. Her stories over the past three decades have appeared in numerous science fiction, fantasy, and literary periodicals.
Karen Karbo, of Portland, is author of the best-selling “Kick Ass Women” series: Julia Child Rules; How Georgia Became O’Keeffe; The Gospel According to Coco Chanel; and How to Hepburn. Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, was a New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics’ Choice, a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award, and winner of the 2004 Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in periodicals such as Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times and salon.com.
Elena Passarello, Emcee
Elena Passarello teaches writing at Oregon State University. Her essays have appeared in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, Normal School, Ninth Letter, Iowa Review, and in the music-writing anthology Pop When the World Falls Apart. Her book Let Me Clear My Throat won the gold IPPY medal for nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Award. Essays published this year are in the anthologies After Montaigne (University of Georgia Press) and I’ll Tell You Mine: 30 Years of Nonfiction from the University of Iowa (University of Chicago Press).
Ashley Toliver, of Portland, is a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and author of the chapbook Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia). She is recipient of a Cave Canem Fellowship and a Djerassi Resident Artists Fellowship. She earned an MFA in poetry from Brown University, from which she also won an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Quarterly West, Octopus, Caketrain, and Third Coast.
Karelia Stetz-Waters is an English professor by day and writer by night (and early morning). She teaches at Linn-Benton Community College, which provides ample inspiration for writing, as the college attracts all walks of life. She is author of the novels The Admirer, The Purveyor, Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, and most recently Something True. She has a BA from Smith College, an MA from the University of Oregon, and lives with her wife, Fay, her puppy, Willa Cather, and her cat, Cyrus the Disemboweler.
John Witte’s poems have been in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Kenyon Review, and the American Poetry Review, as well as in anthologies including The Norton Introduction to Literature. He is author of Loving the Days, The Hurtling, Second Nature, and Disquiet. For 30 years, he was editor of Northwest Review, as well as of numerous books including The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall. Honors include two NEA writing fellowships and a residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. John lives in Eugene and teaches literature at the University of Oregon.
Peter Zuckerman, of Portland, is co-author of Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day. The book won an NCTE George Orwell Award, a Banff Mountain Book Festival Award, a National Outdoor Book Award for History, an Independent Publishers Association Award for General Nonfiction, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors’ Outstanding Book Award for General Nonfiction. A former reporter for The Oregonian, his journalism has won a Livingston Award, a National Journalism Award, and a C.B. Blethen Award.
Music by LMNO
Comprising local Corvallis musicians who individually perform and record with a variety of other bands, ensembles, and artists, LMNO draws from a wide range of musical influences and morphs them all into their own unique sound. Funk, pop, blues, folk, classical, vocals, and jazz are all freely mixed into their sonic stew.
Nick Rivard – guitar, vocals
Brian Bucolo – drums, percussion
Rob Birdwell – trumpet/flugelhorn, keys, vocals
Page Hundemer – bass, loops/effects