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11/5/2004 Linfield English professors to present readings

McMINNVILLE – Barbara Drake and Lex Runciman, both professors of English at Linfield College, will present readings Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

The work by both Drake and Runciman reflects their ties to Oregon and the Willamette Valley. Both have been residents of Oregon and Yamhill County for many years and are well known Pacific Northwest authors.

Drake will read from “Small Favors,” a poetry chapbook which reflects her life on the Yamhill County farm she shares with her husband. The poetry book complements “Peace at Heart,” a book of essays published by the Oregon State University Press in which Drake writes about her observations and relationships to nature, her family and the cycle of seasons she experiences at her rural home. She will also read excerpts from her creative non-fiction manuscript tentatively titled “Goddesses Among the Ruins.”

Drake earned her bachelor’s and master’s of fine arts degrees from the University of Oregon. She 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.

Runciman will read from “Out of Town,” a collection of poetry written between 1987 and 2003 that was published last spring. His poems tell stories of the intersections of family, childhood, landscape and popular culture. His work in “Out of Town” has appeared widely in magazines and he has also co-authored three writing textbooks including “Forest of Voices: Reading and Writing the Environment,” “Asking Questions: A Rhetoric for the Intellectual Life” and “Open Questions,” slated for publication in January. He is also the author of “Admirations,” a winner of the Oregon Book Award, and “Luck.”

Runciman earned his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Montana and the University of Utah. He also held the Edith Green Award in 1997.

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.