PoeFest 18 Poets

Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press and will be published in 2018. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Nimrod, Rattle, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA. Awards include the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition and the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize from Cultural Weekly. She lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Chrys Tobey’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including the minnesota review, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares and The Cincinnati Review. Her poetry has also been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and featured on Verse Daily. Chrys’s first book of poetry, A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman, was published in January from Steel Toe Books. Chrys lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates Women Writers Against Trump with her sister Allison Tobey.
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Emily Ransdell studied poetry with the late Richard Hugo at the University of Montana. She is currently working toward a second MFA at Pacific University. Her work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Main Street Rag, Windfall, The Timberline Review, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2016 Rattle Poetry Prize and the 2017 Janet B. McCabe Award for Poetry from Ruminate Magazine. Emily divides her time between Camas, Washington and the Oregon Coast, where she is a co-coordinator of the Manzanita PoetryFest, and a founder of the art and poetry project, Word & Image, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.
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Jon Boisvert was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and now lives in Oregon. He studied poetry at Oregon State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland; he has taught English at area community col- leges. His first published book of poems, Born, was published by Airlie Press in 2017. Other writings and artwork can be seen at www.jonboisvert.com.
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John Brehm is the author of Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize, and Help Is on the Way (2012), winner of the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. He has published a chapbook, The Way Water Moves (2002), and was the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006). His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Re- view, The Sun, The Best American Poetry 1999, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Oregon Literary Arts and Mountain Writers Series in Portland, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.
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Michael Jenkins is a retired English teacher whose performance readings create oral interpretations of picture books for thousands of elementary students each year. His poetry has won several Southern Oregon and statewide poetry contests, and he has received fellowships to writers conferences on the west coast from Centrum in Washington to Squaw Valley in California. His poems have appeared in Redivider, Shenandoah, Cave Wall, Salamander, and other publications. He lives with his wife beside a creek in Southern Oregon.
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Jim Teeters has published poetry in several anthologies. He conducts poetry workshops for children and adults and is active in poetry readings in the Seattle area through the Striped Water Poets. He is the author of nine poetry collections and the books Teach with Style (ATD Press July 2013) and Going Intergenerational (Barclay press 2010). Two poetry collections will soon be published: Because of This: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Rephrased will be published in November 2017 by Barclay Press, and Be- ware of Dog; Fun Poems for School Kids will be published by MoonPath Press in August 2018. Jim is a retired social worker and former child care licensor and trainer living in Keny, Washington.
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Erik Muller was a co-founder of Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon and edited Traprock Books, poetry titles by Oregon poets. In 2001, Literary Arts awarded him the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for service to Oregon’s literary community. Confluence, his 1992 collaboration with Peter Jensen and David Johnson, was nominated for the OregonBook Award. His numerous self-published numerous poetry chapbooks. Durable Goods, essays on six Oregon poets, was published by Mountains and Rivers Press in 2017.He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
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Paulann Petersen served as Oregon’s 6th Poet Laureate from 2010-2014. She has four books of poet- ry: The Wild Awake (Confluence Press); Blood-Silk (Quiet Lion Press); A Bride of Narrow Escape (Cloudbank Books), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; and Kindle (Mountains and Rivers Press). A fifth full-length book, The Voluptuary, was published by Lost Horse Press in late 2010. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts, she serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January Stafford Birthday Events.
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Barbara Drake’s books and chapbooks of poetry include Driving One Hundred (published in 2009 by Wind- fall Press), Love at the Egyptian Theatre, What We Say to Strangers, Life in a Gothic Novel, Bees in Wet Weather, and Small Favors. She is also the author of a memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, from Oregon State University Press, and Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook, in print since 1983. Her writing appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Peace at Heart was an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999. She and her husband live on a small farm in Yamhill County.
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Lex Runciman has lived most of his life in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. His collection of poems The Admirations (1989) won the Oregon Book Award. Other poetry books include Starting from Anywhere, Luck, The Admirations, Out of Town, and Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016. He holds graduate degrees from the writing programs at the University of Montana and the University of Utah. A co-editor of two anthologies, Northwest Variety: Personal Essays by 14 Regional Authors and Where We Are: The Montana Poets Anthology, his own work has appeared in several anthologies. He taught for eleven years at Oregon State University and is recently retired as a Professor of English at Linfield College, where he received the Edith Green Award in teaching in 1997.