Barbara Drake, Lex Runciman and Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt will be featured during the reading, which is free and open to the public.
Drake, who will retire in June after serving on the Linfield faculty since 1983, will read selections from published and unpublished works. Her published books include Oregon Book Award finalist Peace at Heart: An Oregon Country Life, a widely used college textbook Writing Poetry, and poetry collections What We Say to Strangers and Small Favors. She earned her bachelor's and master 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. At Linfield, she held the Edith Green Distinguished Professorship in 1993-1994. She is currently working on a collection of essays related to travel and on a new poetry manuscript.
Runciman is the author of Out of Town, a collection of poetry written between 1987 and 2003. 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. He is the author of Admirations, winner of the Oregon Book Award, and Luck. Runciman earned his bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University, MFA from the University of Montana and Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
Dutt-Ballerstadt is working on a collection of poems titled Remapping Home. She has also published both poetry and non-fiction in several literary journals including Jouvert, Journal of Asian American Renaissance, Ariston, Saranac Review and others. She received an Emerging Writers Series poetry award from the Loft Literary Center. Currently, she is revising her book manuscript "Reconfiguring Intellectual Migrancy," under revision with the University of Minnesota Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English and sociology from the College of St. Catherine's and a master's in creative writing and doctorate in English literature from the University of Minnesota.
The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and the Linfield College English Department. For more information, call 503-883-2517.