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Authors to discuss cooperative press and poetry

Poets Chris Anderson and Stephanie Lenox will introduce Oregon’s only cooperative publisher, Airlie Press, along with their latest work during a reading Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Lenox will discuss her newest work, “Congress of Strange People,” and Anderson will read from his newest title, “The Next Thing Always Belongs.” Both authors will share their work, reflect on what it is like to be part of a nonprofit press and talk about their writing lives.

As a cooperative press, Airlie’s authors, including Anderson and Lenox, form an editorial board, work on each other’s books, and determine new authors and titles. The press highlights the work of Northwest Oregon poets and produces one to two full-length volumes of poems a year.

Lenox’s desire to write started at a young age, encouraged by her parents. She developed her writing in the academic world and earned her bachelor’s in creative writing and literature from Whitworth University, and her master’s in creative writing from the University of Idaho. Lenox teaches poetry at Willamette University and edits the online literary journal “Blood Orange Review.”

Anderson discovered his passion for writing and poetry in high school. He earned his bachelor’s in English at the University of Washington and later his master’s and Ph.D. in English at the University of Washington as well. He also earned a master’s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. Anderson is a professor of English at Oregon State University and has won honors and awards for both his teaching and writing.

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield English Department and Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517, swhyte@linfield.edu.