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10/15/2004 Author to give reading on Portland night life

McMINNVILLE – Martha Gies, author of "Up All Night," will present a reading Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

"Up All Night" is a portrait of Portland as told through the stories of 23 people who work the night shift. The idea for the book stemmed from Gies’ own experience as a graveyard shift employee at a Salem cannery and her experience working as a night taxi driver.

In 2000 while researching the book, Gies spent time on the night shift with numerous workers including a street sweeper, a paramedic, a stripper, a nurse in the oncology unit at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and the people who perpetually pray at St. Agatha Church in Portland.

Gies, a fourth generation Oregonian, is an adjunct writing professor at Marylhurst College and at Lewis and Clark College’s Northwest Writing Institute. She also teaches creative writing at the Traveler’s Mind writing workshop in Veracruz and has led workships at Haystack Summer Program in the Arts and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Gies received an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for her creative nonfiction and a program grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council for "Up All Night." She began publishing non-fiction in the mid-1970s, and later studied fiction with Raymond Carver.

Gies has traveled in India, Central Europe, Chile and Guatemala. She makes frequent trips to Mexico, and was a foreign observer of the 1994 federal elections. She has also visited human rights workers in Chiapas, where she interviewed Archbishop Samuel Ruiz, and she has taught English in a Oaxaca barrio.

Her short fiction has appeared in several literary quarterlies including Orion, Zyzzyva and the Notre Dame Review. Her story, "O’Keefe Sober," was also included in "The World Begins Here: An Anthology of Oregon Short Ficition."

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.