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9/15/2004 Poetry readings scheduled at Linfield College

McMINNVILLE – 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 the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Axelrod is the author of “The Kingdom at Hand,” “The Chronicles of the Withering State,” and his most recent work, "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.

Axelrod is the recipient of the Kay Deeter Award for Poetry, the Oregon Literary Arts Publishers Grant and the Oregon Literary Arts Individual Fellowship. He has also been published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review and Kenyon Review. Axelrod, who has been a faculty member at EOU since 1988, has a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, a master’s from the University of Montana and Ph.D. from Ohio University.

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. Her other translations of the correspondence of the herbal doctor Ing Hay of John Day and his associate Lung On appear in "Talking on Paper: Oregon Letters and Diaries." She is currently working on a nonfiction manuscript about the lives of Ing Hay and Lung On of the Kam Wah Chung Mercantile Company in John Day and other Oregon Chinese pioneers.

Varon is also a fiction and non-fiction writer and has received the William Staffor Fellowship in nonfiction from Oregon Literary Arts, Fishtrap Imnaha Writer Fellowships,

and a first-place award in nonfiction from New Millennium Writing. Her work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Northwest Review and the Seattle Review. She is also the co-editor, along with Axelrod, of the poetry and art magazine, Callapooya. Varon, who has been a faculty member at EOU since 1988, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. from Ohio University.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, and the Linfield English Department. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2517.