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The First Draft Writers’ Series brings authors and poets of note to the Pendleton stage to share new work. On the third Thursday of each month people who love the written word gather at the PCA’s Pearson Auditorium to hear our featured authors as well as three to five minute open mic readings by local emerging writers.

 

 

 

 

This month’s featured writer:

Past featured writers:

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

2017

January               Joe Wilkins

February            Scot Siegel and Kristen Berger

April                    Tiffany Midge and Xavier Cavanos

 

 

2016

January               Tom Madden and Nancy Knowles

February            Brittney Corrigan
March                 Mary Emerick
April                    Kathleen Dean Moore
May                    Drew Myron
June                   Gary Lark

July                    Pepper Trail

August                Oregon Poet Laureate Elizebeth Woody

September         We take a break for Round Up
October              Andrea Hollander

November          Shann Ray Ferch

December          TBA

 

2015

January               David Axelrod and David Memmott

February            Jennifer Boyden and Scott Elliott

March                 Robert Stubblefield

April                    Alice Derry, Katharine Whitcomb and Christianne Balk

May                    Kathleen Flenniken

June                   Penelope Scambly Schott

July                    Kirsten Rian

August                Brian Doyle

September         Round Up Break

October               Rob Whitbeck

November          Alex Kuo

December          Pamela Reese

 

2014

January               George Venn
February           
Charles Finn
March                
Dave Jarecki and John Sibley Williams
April                   
Barbara Drake
May                   
Gregory Nokes
June                  
Kim Barnes and Robert Wrigley

July                    Lawson Inada

August                Michael Spring

September         Peg Willis and Judith Quaempts

October               Elizabeth Enslin

November          Ellen Waterston

December          Jennifer Karson-Engum and Bobbie Conner

 

2013

May                    Molly Gloss

June                   Ingrid Wendt, Ralph Salisbury

July                    Charles Goodrich

August                Naseem Rakha

September         East/West Poets: Maralee Gerke,

                          Bette Husted, Jack Lorts, Thomas Madden, Erik Muller,
                          Pamela Steele and featuring Shaindel Beers & Penelope Schambly Schott

October               Ursula Le Guin with Richard Dorband

November          Craig Lesley

December          Karen Spears Zacharias

 

 

 

 

You can hear recordings of past events at the East Oregonian’s website.

The event is free to the public thanks to generous support from Oregon Humanities, as well as from local sponsors and regional foundations. Our founding sponsors include Jan and Tom Groat, Delores and Steve Bjerke, and Barbara and Dale Brandt.

“Truly, [First Draft] was one of the best adventures of my writing career, right up there with winning the PNBA awards and being interviewed by Studs Turkel.”   - Craig Lesley

Joe Wilkins is the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers: Growing Up on the Big Dry, winner of a 2014 GLCA New Writers Award—an honor that has previously recognized early work by the likes of Richard Ford, Louise Erdrich, and Alice Munro—and two previous books of poetry, Notes from the Journey Westward and Killing the Murnion Dogs.

 

His most recent full-length collection, When We Were Birds, was selected by Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series and is now out from the University of Arkansas Press. A Pushcart Prize winner and National Magazine Award finalist, he has published essays, poems, and stories in The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Ecotone, The Sun, Orion, and Slate.

 

Of Wilkins’s work, the Indiana Review writes, “The most striking component of it is its awareness of ‘the whole world.’ What is ordinary becomes transcendent. In places derelict and seemingly unexceptional, Wilkins compels us to recognize what is worth salvage, worth praise.”

 

As the winner of the Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, Wilkins and his family spent the summer and fall of 2015 living in a remote cabin along the Rogue River of southwestern Oregon. Wilkins makes his permanent home with his wife, son, and daughter in the Willamette Valley, where he teaches writing at Linfield College.

 

 


 

Left: Molly Gloss at the inaugural meeting of FDWS. Above: Ursula K. LeGuin and Richard Dorband discuss the writing life.

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First Draft Writers’ Series is made possible through the generous support from the Kinsman Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust, along with contributions from people like you. If you’d like to help us keep the literary arts alive and well, mail a check to  214 North Main, Pendleton, OR 97801, with the memo “First Draft.”

PLUS: Our world-famous Open Mic!

 

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Listen to Bette Husted and Lynn Robertson talk about First Draft on the KUMA Coffee Hour.

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