Writers in the Schools 2013/2014
Carl Adamshick is a poet who recently won the Walt Whitman Award and the Oregon Book Award for his collection of poems, Curses and Wishes.
Lorraine Bahr is an award-winning actress, playwright, and director. She teaches Acting at Portland State University, Washington and Oregon high schools, and at Young Musicians & Artists; she is co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Sowelu Ensemble Theater in Portland. Lorraine is also a regular performer for Portland Playhouse. Her produced plays include Life Alone, Bottomless, Count Time, Charlie Stone, and Live Nude Fear. Her monologue, “Eight Break-ups” has been published in Poetry Northwest.
Alex Behr is a writer, editor, and musician. After receiving an MFA in creative writing from Portland State, she taught creative and technical writing at Saturday Academy, Portland State, and Chemeketa Community College. She dredged up embarrassing sections of her teenage diaries for the comedy show Mortified, performing in various U.S. cities. Her short stories, interviews, and essays have appeared in Oregon Humanities, Utne Reader, Tin House, The Rumpus, Lumina, NPR.org, Boneshaker, and Propeller Quarterly. Alex has had a long career in educational publishing. Recently, she ghostwrote numerous adventures, romances, and ghost stories for struggling readers.
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is the author of eleven books for children and young adults. Three of her biographies have received Pura Belpré Author Honor Awards. She teaches writing at Wordstock, Writers in the Schools, and the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program. In 2008, the Oregon Library Association’s Children’s Division gave her the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award for her significant contributions to the children of Oregon in the field of children’s literature. Bernier-Grand grew up in Puerto Rico, but now lives with her husband and bilingual dog in Portland, Oregon.
Serena Crawford’s fiction has appeared in Epoch, Other Voices, Ascent, Another Chicago Magazine, The Greensboro Review, Nimrod, Hawaii Review, Sonora Review, The Florida Review, and elsewhere. The recipient of fellowships from Literary Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, she holds an MFA from the University of Oregon, where she also taught creative writing.
Lisa Eisenberg is a cartoonist and illustrator. Her comics have appeared in the anthologies Papercutter, So…Buttons, Bearfight!, Digestate, Runner Runner, and The Strumpet. Since 2008 she has self-published the series I Cut My Hair, a collection of fiction and nonfiction comics. She is a teaching artist with Young Audiences and a Comics Certificate Program Advisor at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Lisa has also taught comics classes at Open Meadow Middle School, Stumptown Comics Fest, and Caldera. She is currently at work on a graphic novel.
Casey Fuller has worked as an auto detailer, burrito roller, fruit vendor, note taker, office worker, and most recently as a forklift driver in a warehouse where he wrote poems during his breaks. He received his MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. His poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, The Portland Review, Two Hawks, PALABRA, and other places. He is the winner of the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Award, a Here Today art grant, and the Floating Bridge Chapbook Award for his book, A Fort Made of Doors. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Katrina, and two cats, Monty and Garcia Lorca. But he is originally from Olympia, Washington, which means he has a somewhat adversarial relationship with Portland, as Portland stole Olympia’s best bands.
James Gendron is the author of Sexual Boat (Sex Boats) and the chapbook Money Poems. He was born in Portland, Maine, and lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at Portland State University.
Jonathan Hill is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first graphic novel, Americus, a collaboration with MK Reed, has garnered a handful of accolades including YALSA 2012 Best Graphic Novel for Teens Nominee, ABC New Voices 2011 Title, Graphic Novel Reporter Best of 2011, and the 2012 Carla Cohen Free Speech Award. He currently freelances, teaches comics classes at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and is working on two new graphic novels and a children’s book.
Apricot Anderson Irving is a writer and audio producer whose work has appeared on This American Life as well as in Granta, Tin House, Oregon Humanities, MORE Magazine and The Best Women’s Travel Writing. She is the founder and director of the Boise Voices Oral History Project and the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and a Literary Arts Fellowship. She teaches Creative Nonfiction part-time at PSU, has lived on three continents and loves adventures with her wild, inventive boys.
Ramiza Koya’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in publications such as Washington Square Review, Lumina, and Catamaran, and she has been a fellow at both MacDowell Colony and Blue Mountain Center. She has both a BA and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, and has taught in Spain, the Czech Republic, and Morocco. In addition to teaching composition courses, she also works as a freelance writer and editor. She is currently an adjunct instructor at Portland Community College.
Kathleen Lane is a fiction writer, visiting artist at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and co-creator of the art & literary event series SHARE. Her stories have been published by Swink Magazine, Chronicle Books, Poor Claudia, Coal City Review, and others. Before Portland she was a staff writer for Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and co-founder of ART 180, a nonprofit in Richmond, Virginia that gives kids living in challenging circumstances a voice through the arts.
Timothy S. Lane graduated from the University of Oregon with a journalism degree and worked as a sports reporter for The Molalla Pioneer before pursuing a career in publishing in New York City. His writing has appeared in The Good Men Project and Pology. He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
Amy Minato is author of a memoir, Siesta Lane, published in 2009 and a poetry collection, The Wider Lens, published in 2004. Her poetry has appeared in Wilderness Magazine, Poetry East, Windfall, Cimarron Review, and The Oregonian Poetry Corner, and has been recognized with a 2003 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. She teaches creative writing independently and through Fishtrap, Breitenbush, Sitka, and Opal Creek.
Lee Montgomery is the author of The Things Between Us, A Memoir, Whose World Is This? Stories, and Searching for Emily: Illustrated. The Things Between Us received the 2007 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and Whose World Is This? received the 2007 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award in Fiction in 2008. Montgomery’s work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times magazine, Glimmer Train, Black Clock, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Story Magazine, Alaska Quarterly, the Santa Monica Review and the Antioch Review, among many others. Montgomery has also worked as an editor. She was the fiction editor of the Iowa Review, the editor of the Santa Monica Review, senior editor for Dove Books, executive editor for Tin House magazine, and the associate publisher and editorial director of Tin House Books. She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon.
Mark Pomeroy grew up in northeast Portland. He has received an Oregon Literary Fellowship for fiction and a residency at Caldera Arts. His short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Open Spaces, The Wordstock 10, Portland Magazine, The Oregonian, the Waco Tribune-Herald, and What Teaching Means: Stories from America’s Classrooms. A former classroom teacher, he holds an MA in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was a Fellow in Teaching. He’s also an editor for Spoonwiz, a culinary website, www.spoonwiz.com. He lives with his family in northeast Portland, where he’s at work on a novel.
Melissa Reeser Poulin is an award-winning poet and writer. She received her MFA from Seattle Pacific University. Her work has appeared in Calyx, Catamaran Literary Journal, Ruminate Magazine, Sugar House Review, and Water~Stone Review, among other publications. Melissa has worked on organic farms and is currently editing an anthology of new writing on bees.
Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, a Finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award, the Lambda Literary Debut Fiction Award, and the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Debut Fiction Award. Carter is winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award, and the recipient of a 2013 project grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Carter has taught creative writing classes for the Attic Institute, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers’ Workshop. He is currently Visiting Faculty for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Low Residency MFA Program. Carter lives in Portland, Oregon.
Desmond Spann is on a mission to motivate and inspire positive changes in people’s lives while having a crapload of fun. Under the name DLUXTL (TL=The Light) he performs spoken word, plays keyboard with Hip-Hop fusion band Speaker Minds, emcees (rap), and produces. He has dedicated his life to creating more passionate people who express themselves freely. Desmond uses rap, poetry, and performance as vehicles to encourage students to be bold in finding their unique voice.
Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez collaborates with musicians, thespians, and visual artists. Her collection, the small claim of bones, is forthcoming from Bilingual Press (Arizona State University). Poems and reviews appear in Borderlands, Calyx, Harvard’s Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, UNAM’s Periódico de poesía, Portland Review, and Rain Taxi. Her CD, “Emerald Heart,” reimagines Aztec poetry accompanied by pre-Hispanic music. Her plays have been produced by Milagro and Insight Out Theatre Collective. Cindy earned an MFA from the University of Southern Maine and teaches youth through the Portland Art Museum, Right Brain Initiative, Wordstock, and Writers in the Schools.
Matt Zrebski is a multi-award winning playwright, composer, script consultant, teaching artist, and producer-director whose career has been defined by new play development. As an Artistic Director, he mounted over 40 world premieres, and has had several of his plays produced, including Texting the Sun, 1 ½, Big Sis, and Ablaze. As the Resident Teaching Artist at Portland Center Stage, he teaches playwriting through Visions and Voices, and is on staff for Acting Academy at Oregon Children’s Theatre. Zrebski holds a BFA in Theatre from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.