Pendleton Writer Stops In For Second Sunday

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  2/4/2007

Join Deschutes Public Library for the monthly Second Sunday celebration of the written word in the Brooks Room of the Bend Public Library at 610 NW Wall Street on Sunday, February 11, 2007. The reading begins at 3:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The monthly readings are the result of the efforts of local writers and poets who felt the need to gather to share their work and their love of writing. Each month has a focus and a featured reader and entering its third year, Second Sunday has established itself as the gathering place for writers, both experienced and novice. The gatherings end with an open mic time where anyone willing can share original pieces.

December’s guest is Pendleton writer, Bette Lynch Husted. Her first collection of memoir essays, Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land (OSU Press, 2004),was a finalist for the 2004 Oregon Book Award and Idaho Book Award, and a 2005 finalist for WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction. "Following the Deer,” (published in Northwest Review) was listed as a "noteable essay" in Best American Essays 2000, and "Salmon Run," appeared in Best Essays NW (U of O Press, 2003). Husted’s essays have also been published by Prairie Schooner, Fourth Genre, Northwest Review, Under the Sun, Northern Lights, Oregon Humanities, Natural Bridge, and other journals.

She currently lives in Pendleton and is recently retired from teaching English at Blue Mountain Community College. To help abate the "loneliness of the long-distance writer," she travels to Portland monthly for a wonderful poetry workshop group. A poetry chapbook, After Fire, was published by Pudding House in 2002. Husted has published poems recently in RondeDance, High Desert Journal, Windfall, Oregonian, Passager Contest 2006, Jane's Stories III Anthology, The Pedestal, Runes, and Triplopia (one was nominated for a Pushcart). She was a 1994 Fishtrap Fellow.

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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