This Year’s Readers
Karelia Stetz-Waters, Emcee
Karelia Stetz-Waters is contemporary lesbian romance writer. She is passionate about providing happy endings and a vision of redemptive love for readers of all orientations. Her novels include For Good, Something True, The Admirer, The Purveyor, and Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before. Karelia’s other points of pride include having the same literary agent as Barack Obama and writing the first lesbian romance acquired by Forever Yours at Grand Central Publishing. Karelia teaches at Linn-Benton Community College and believes that her 15+ years teaching English brings a level of literary quality to the genre writing she loves.
Bonnie Arning is a poet from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her first collection of poetry, Escape Velocity, was selected for the Mountain West Poetry Series in the spring of 2017. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Narrative, Prairie Schooner, The Colorado Review, Cream City, and others. Currently, she lives and teaches in Corvallis, Oregon.
Michael Copperman’s prose has appeared in The Oxford-American, The Sun, Boston Review, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Triquarterly, and Copper Nickel, among many others, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writer’s Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission. From 2002-04, he taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, which is the subject of his memoir, TEACHER (Hardcover University Press of Mississippi 2016), which comes out in paperback Spring 2018.
John Daniel’s books of prose, including Rogue River Journal and Looking After, have won three Oregon Book Awards for Literary Nonfiction, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and have been supported by fellowships from Literary Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Daniel has taught as a writer-in-residence at colleges and universities across the country. Gifted, his first novel, came out in Spring 2017 from Counterpoint. He lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon.
Cindy Williams Gutiérrez
Selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez received a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones (Bilingual Press), placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Her play Words That Burn received the 2017 Oregon Book Award for Drama. Poems have appeared in Borderlands, Calyx, and Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and been anthologized in Basta: 100+ Latinas Against Gender Violence (University of Nevada-Reno) and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press). Cindy is a co-founder of Los Porteños, Portland’s Latino writers’ collective.
Nick Jaina is an author and musician. His 2015 memoir Get It While You Can was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He founded a ballet company in New York City called Satellite Collective. He has toured the world performing a mixture of storytelling and songs, and also teaches writing to high schools, mystics, and prisoners.
Kathleen Dean Moore
Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of a dozen books, most recently Great Tide Rising and Piano Tide, winner of the WILLA Award for fiction. Formerly Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University, she now writes and speaks full-time about the moral and existential emergencies of climate disruption and global extinction.
Susan Jackson Rodgers
Susan Jackson Rodgers is the author of two story collections, The Trouble with You Is and Ex-Boyfriend on Aisle 6, and a novel, This Must Be the Place. Her fiction has appeared in journals such as New England Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Colorado Review, and Prairie Schooner. She grew up in Connecticut and New York City, taught for many years at Kansas State University, and moved to Oregon in 2008 with her husband and three children. Susan teaches creative writing and directs the MFA program at Oregon State University.
Clemens Starck is a Princeton drop-out, a former merchant seaman, a retired union carpenter and construction foreman, and the author of six books of poems—including the award-winning Journeyman’s Wages (1995). The others are: Studying Russian on Company Time (1999), China Basin (2002), Traveling Incognito (2004), Rembrandt, Chainsaw (2011) and Old Dogs, New Tricks (2016). He lives outside of Dallas in the foothills of the Coast Range in western Oregon.
David Turkel’s plays have been performed in abandoned churches, repurposed breweries, textile mills, lofts, storefronts, the occasional theater, and, most recently, France. He was a founding member of Chapel Hill’s Somnambulist Project and Pittsburgh’s Bricolage Theatre companies. His newest venture, Preferred Collision, is a collaboration with Paris-based director, Dan Jemmett. Part One of their play, Clytemnestr@pocalypse, premiered at the Théâtre National de Nice in March and was featured at Avignon’s 2017 Festival Off.