David Axelrod and Jodi Varon
David Axelrod and Jodi Varon, both professors of English at Eastern Oregon University, will present readings Monday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. Axelrod is the author of numerous books including his recent "Troubled Intimacies: A Life in the Interior West." His poetry ranges from describing his life in eastern Oregon?s Grande Ronde Valley to reflections on the Post-Cold War era. Varon is the author of "The Rock?s Cold Breath: the Selected Poems of Li He," a translation from the Chinese of the Tang Dynasty poet?s work; and "Talking on Paper: Oregon Letters and Diaries." Varon is also a fiction and non-fiction writer and has received several writing fellowships.
Martha Gies, recipient of the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, will present a reading Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. Gies is the author of "Up All Night," a portrait of a city as told through the stories of 23 people who work the night shift. Her other non-fiction frequently focuses on the disinherited members of society.
Barbara Drake and Lex Runciman
Barbara Drake and Lex Runciman, both professors of English at Linfield College, will present readings Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. Drake is the author of "Small Favors," a poetry chapbook. Her work focuses on her observations and relationships to nature, her family and the cycle of seasons she experiences at her rural home. Runciman is the author of "Out of Town" a collection of poetry written between 1987 and 2003. His poems tell stories of the intersections of family, childhood, landscape and popular culture.
Maura Conlon-McIvor, a former reporter for The New Yorker, will present a reading Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Nicholson Library. Conlon-McIvor is the author of "FBI Girl: How I Learned to Crack My Father?s Code," a memoir set in 1960s and 1970s suburban Los Angeles, Calif. The book details everything from her fascination with her father, a Hoover-era FBI agent, to life with a brother with Down Syndrome. She currently divides her time between Portland and New York City. This reading is co-sponsored by the Friends of McMinnville Public Library and Friends of Nicholson Library.