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11/1/2002 Linfield professors to read from their work

McMINNVILLE -- Barbara Drake, Ann Whitfield Powers and Lex Runciman, three writers and faculty from the Linfield College English department, will read from their own work Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Drake has been teaching at Linfield since 1983. She has published several books of poetry including "What We Say To Strangers," "Bees in Wet Weather" and "Space Before a:." Her college textbook, "Writing Poetry," is in its second edition. Her collection of creative nonfiction essays from Oregon State University Press, "Peace at Heart," was a 1999 finalist for the Oregon Book Awards. She is currently working on a new collection of essays and a book of poetry. Among other courses, Drake teaches creative writing, Irish literature, women writers and environmental literature. During January Term 2002 she led a travel course, American Expatriate Writers in Europe, visiting Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and France.

Powers is a visiting professor at Linfield College. She holds a master's degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Florida State University, where she was the assistant editor of Sun Dog magazine. Since moving to Portland in 1996, she has been writing fiction and teaching, as well as raising a family. Her short stories have been published in the literary journals ByLine and Camas. Her teaching interests include creative writing, contemporary women writers and the literature of madness.

Runciman joined the Linfield faculty in 1992. His second book of poems, "The Admirations," won the Hazel Hall Prize in 1989. A new collection is forthcoming. He has also published textbooks, including "A Forest of Voices" (with Chris Anderson), which is now in its second edition. An essay on poet and teacher Richard Hugo recently appeared in Oregon English Journal. Runciman teaches courses in American literature and creative writing. He recently led the travel course, Creative Writing in Literary Britain, that included stops at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, at Thomas Hardy's birthplace, Dylan Thomas's home in Wales, Wordsworth's house at Rydal Mount and a week in London.

Refreshments will follow. The reading is free and all are invited. For further information, contact Runciman, 503-883-2583.