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Kuo at Chuckanut Writers Conference

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

Alex Kuo is on the faculty of the Chuckanut Writers Conference to be held June 24 & 25 at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Washington. He is joined by Samuel Green, the first poet laureate of the state of Washington, the inimitable Tom Robbins, and novelists, Jim Lynch and Nancy Rawles, among others. For more information,

Review of Kennedy’s IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS in Salon

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 has a great review of Thomas E. Kennedy’s recently released novel, IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS, by Laura Miller. Check it out, then order your own copy.

Derek Alger’s interview with Lance Olsen

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Derek Alger, editor of the on-line magazine, PIF, has posted an interview with Lance Olsen which I highly recommend. I would particularly point to Lance’s advice to writers. Words of wisdom!!!

E-chapbook of Memmott’s narrative poem posted on Web del Sol

Friday, December 11th, 2009

David Memmott’s long narrative poem, “Where the Yellow Brick Road Turns West,” has been published as an e-chapbook with an introduction by George Venn on Poets and Writers-Chaps, “World Voices,” Web del Sol. The e-chapbook series is edited by Walter Cummins and Thomas E. Kennedy. The poem is included in Memmott’s latest collection of poems, Giving It Away. Link to the e-chapbook is on the Wordcraft of Oregon homepage under Giving It Away.

Duff Brenna Interview in The Writer’s Chronicle

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

In the October/November 2009 issue of The Writer’s Chronicle (Vol. 42, Number 2) readers have an opportunity to learn more about Duff Brenna, author of the contemporary American classic, The Book of Mamie, re-issued by Wordcraft of Oregon. Brenna is the author of six published novels and is the Fiction Editor of the on-line literary magazine, Perigee .  The interview reveals a writer of breadth and deep understanding of the human condition.

The interview was conducted by another Wordcraft of Oregon author, Thomas E. Kennedy, whose novel, In The Company of Angels, will be released in March 2010 by Bloomsbury Books and another scheduled for the following year. Bloomsbury has indicated the desire to publish all four of Kennedy’s Copenhagen Quartet. In The Company of  Angels was originally published as Greene’s Summer by the Ireland publisher, Wynkin de Worde. The Bloomsbury edition recently received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. 

Wordcraft of Oregon has published four of Thomas E. Kennedy’s books and we’re thrilled to see him finally get the attention he so richly deserves. Duff Brenna has two books either near completion or being circulated, the memoir Dancing With Mother and a new novel, Separation Anxiety.

We are blessed to have a relationship with these two great writers.

Wordcraft of Oregon titles among finalists for Hoffer Award

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Wordcraft of Oregon received notice that two of our titles published in 2008 have been selected as finalists for the Eric Hoffer Award. 

Between Desert Seasons by Ellen Waterston is a finalist in the poetry category and Katherine’s Wish, a biographical novel based on the last years in the life of Katherine Mansfield, by Linda Lappin, was selected in the fiction category. (See listings on Wordcraft homepage for title descriptions). 

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Forthcoming Titles from Wordcraft of Oregon

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

In the next six-eight months, Wordcraft of Oregon will be releasing three new books.

Giving It Away, a collection of poems by Wordcraft of Oregon editor and publisher, David Memmott. (See info posted on website).

A Democracy of Ghosts, a novel by John Griswold. The love story of four couples, set against the backdrop of the Herrin Massacre of 1922. This clash of miners and strikebreakers in Bloody Williamson County, in Southern Illinois, resulted in the deaths of 21 men–19 of them the “scabs” tortured and murdered by average men, women, and even children in what was once considered the most radical community in America.

John Griswold has drawn from contemporary eyewitnesses and news accounts, an ethnography of the area, histories, and his own grandfather’s letters to create the lives of four fictional couples whose ambitions, self-doubts, and social and sexual jealousies contribute to this great American violence that still echoes down through time.

The Procession of Memories: Harry Martinson Poems (1929-1945) translated by Lars Nordstrom. A new edition of the Nobel Laureate’s early poems in a bi-lingual edition with an Introduction by the translator.

Katherine’s Wish reviewed in Hong Kong

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Linda Lappin’s literary historical novel revolving around the last four years in the life of Katherine Mansfield was recently reviews in the Hong Kong newspaper, The South China Morning Post. An excerpt is included below:

“American author Linda Lappin has undertaken a daunting task in her novel about Mansfield. The trouble with fictional biographies of real people is readers often know the outlines of the story and are not given new insights into the characters: in this case, Mansfield’s friend D.H. Lawrence is, as expected, both colourful and cussed while, again as expected, her handsome husband, literary critic Middleton Murry, is indecisive and lacklustre.

But Lappin, wearing 15 years of research into Mansfield lightly, rises to the challenges.

Instead of trying to trace Mansfield’s whole life Lappin focuses on the last four years, when she was trying to write as much as possible before her likely death from consumption. Her contradictory Mansfield, both irritable and sensitive, is convincingly complex…Lappin’s intensely imagined novel will satisfy readers unfamiliar with Mansfield as well as those already intrigued by her.”

George Venn’s collection among Sesquicentennial Top 150

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

George Venn’s collection of poetry, West of Paradise, a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry, was selected by the Oregon State Library as one of Oregon’s top 150 books for the Sesquicentennial. This list can be obtained from the State Library website at:

“For 150 years, Oregon has been a state of readers and writers,” said State Librarian Jim Scheppke. “It’s no accident that we have some of the best libraries and bookstores anywhere in the country. It’s our hope that many Oregonians will use this reading list to spend time in 2009 reading and reflecting on the Oregon experience.”

Pamela Steele & David Memmott read at Ars Poetica

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Wordcraft of Oregon authors, Pamela Steele and David Memmott, read at Eastern Oregon University’s Ars Poetica Program on Thursday, February 12th. Steele read from her poetry collection, Paper Bird, and from a new essay. Memmott read from his science fiction novel, Primetime.