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10/14/2005 Oregon fiction writers to speak at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Oregon authors Kassten Alonso and Monica Drake will present readings on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 12:20 p.m. in Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

The authors will also conduct a discussion on writing fiction from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

Alonso, originally from Seattle, Wash., is a current finalist for the Oregon Book Awards for his novel "Core." He attended Willamette University and now lives in Portland with his wife and daughter. "Core" is his first published novel. He also freelances for magazines such as Portland Monthly.

Drake, who earned her master’s of fine arts from the University of Arizona, teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. Her novella, "Bones in the Garden," was published as a complete issue of Seattle’s alternative newspaper, The Stranger. She contributes reviews and articles to the Oregonian, The Stranger, and the Portland Mercury and her fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Review, Three Penny Review and The Insomniac Reader. She has been the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, the Alligator Juniper Prize in Fiction, and a Millay Colony Fellowship, and was a Tennessee Williams scholar at Sewanee Writers Workshop.

The event is sponsored by the Linfield English department and offered in connection with the course, Creative Writing: The Short Novel. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2288.