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 Joe Wilkins
February Scot Siegel and Kristen Berger
April Tiffany Midge and Xavier Cavanos
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
November Shann Ray Ferch
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
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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