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11/3/2003 Linfield faculty, alumni authors to present reading

McMINNVILLE – Faculty and alumni authors from the Linfield College English Department will present a reading on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The reading is free and open to the public.

Barbara Drake and Lex Runciman, both professors of English, along with 2003 graduates Seth Johnson and Eric Beuss, will read from a variety of poetry and essays during the evening.

Drake is the author of "Small Favors," a chapbook recently published by Traprock Books in Eugene, which reflects Drake’s life on the Yamhill County farm she shares with her husband. The new poetry book complements "Peace at Heart," a book of essays published in 1998 by the Oregon State University Press, which was an Oregon Book Award finalist. Her college textbook, "Writing Poetry," has been in print since 1983. She has published several books of poetry including "What We Say to Strangers, "Life in a Gothic Novel" and "Love at the Egyptian Theatre." Her writing has also appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. Drake has been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Northwest Area Foundation grant to study British poetry in England and the Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press "Animals in Poetry" 2000 anthology first prize. She held the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship at Linfield in 1993-94. Drake received her bachelor’s and Master’s of Fine Arts degrees from the University of Oregon.

Runciman will read from his new book, "Out of Town," to be published by Cloudbank Books of Corvallis next year. With Chris Anderson, Runciman is co-author of two books: "A Forest of Voices: Reading and Writing the Environment" and "Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life." He is author of "The Saint Martins Workbook" and two volumes of poetry, "The Admirations," for which he won the Hazel Hall Award in poetry from the Oregon Book Awards, and "Luck." He was named the Linfield College Edith Green Distinguished Professor in 1997. He holds a bachelor’s in English from the University of Santa Clara, a Master’s of Fine Arts in English from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Johnson, originally of Orcas Island, Wash., will read poetry during the evening. He is the founder of ONE, a non-profit arts and technology focused drop-in center and community café in Amity. The café is filled with work, music and performance of local artists as well as Linfield faculty and students.

Beuss, of Sequim, Wash., studied with Libby Wagner and Alice Derry, both Washington writers, in addition to his training at Linfield.

The reading is sponsored by Nicholson Library, Friends of Nicholson Library and the Friends of McMinnville Public Library. For more information, call 503-883-2261.