ALWAYS Free Admission
Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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
January Tom Madden and Nancy Knowles
February Brittney Corrigan
July Pepper Trail
August Oregon Poet Laureate Elizebeth Woody
September We take a break for Round Up
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
July Lawson Inada
August Michael Spring
October Elizabeth Enslin
November Ellen Waterston
December Jennifer Karson-Engum and Bobbie Conner
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,
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
The First Draft Writers’ Series features an Ashland poet and ornithologist whose work has taken him across the globe and onto the pages of National Geographic. Pepper Trail will read from his new work on July 21 at 7:00 pm at the Pendleton Center for the Arts as part of the free event.
Trail's poetry has appeared in Rattle, Spillway, Atlanta Review, Cascadia Review, Windfall and elsewhere. He was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and his collection Cascade-Siskiyou was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in poetry. Also a regular essayist for the Jefferson Monthly, as well as a contributor to the Writers on the Range series.
Trail received his B.A. from Cornell University, and his M.S. from the University of California at Davis. He then returned to Cornell, and received his Ph.D. in ornithology for his field studies of the spectacular Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock in Suriname. his work was featured in a National Geographic article, illustrated with Trail’s photographs. He continued his research with post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the California Academy of Sciences, where he studied the ancestry of Darwin’s finches. From 1992-1994, he was the senior wildlife biologist for the government of American Samoa, and traveled widely in Polynesia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Since 1994, Trail has lived in Ashland, Oregon, where he is the ornithologist at the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory. In this position, he is responsible for identification of all feathers, bones, and other bird remains that are submitted in investigations of wildlife crimes. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Southern Oregon University, and is a sought-after lecturer on cruises and natural history trips to all parts of the world. In addition to poems, Trail will be bringing a series of bird and feather photographs to share.
Left: Molly Gloss at the inaugural meeting of FDWS. Above: Ursula K. LeGuin and Richard Dorband discuss the writing life.
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