Thursday, March 28, 2019

The Sun Magazine & Orion Magazine Present

In His Own Words: A Tribute to Brian Doyle

with Chip Blake (Editor, Orion Magazine) & Sy Safransky (Editor, The Sun)

And Readings by Robin Cody, David James Duncan, John Freeman, Jourdan Amani Keith, Michael N. McGregor, Brenda Miller, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Kim Stafford & Joe Wilkins

5 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. Presentation

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In His Own Words: A Tribute to Brian Doyle

In His Own Words:  A Tribute to Brian Doyle


Brian Doyle-acclaimed essayist, author, and longtime editor of Portland Magazine- died of a brain tumor in May 2017. Brian was a prolific writer and contributed often to The Sun and Orion. The Sun's editor and founder, Sy Safransky, and Orion's executive director and editor-in-chief, Chip Blake, will host a reading of Brian's work, featuring writers from across the country.


Robin Cody is the Portland author of Voyage of a Summer Sun, winner of the Oregon Book Award. He and Brian Doyle liked to feign criticism of each other's writing while they shared a strong interest in basketball and brew pubs.


David James Duncan is the author of several award-winning books, including the essay collections River Teeth and My Story as Told by Water, and the novels The River Why  and The Brothers K. He recently collaborated on editing a collection of his dear friend Brian's best nonfiction, forthcoming from Little, Brown. David lives with his family in western Montana, where he is finishing a novel that combines his loves for Asian wisdom traditions and the land and people of the American West.


John Freeman is a poet, book critic, author, and editor of Freeman's biannual. He also served as editor of Granta until 2013. His books include How to Read a Novelist, Tales of Two Cities, Tales of Two Americas, and Maps, his debut collection of poems. He is executive editor at the Literary Hub and teaches at the New School and New York University. His work has appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review and has been translated into twenty languages.


Jourdan Imani Keith is a poet, essayist, playwright, naturalist and activist. Her TEDx Talk, "Your Body of Water," the theme for King County's 2016-2018 Poetry on Buses program, won a 2018 Americans for the Arts Public Art award. Keith's Orion Magazine essays, "Desegregating Wilderness" and "At Risk" were selected for the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology. She has been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, Wildbranch, Santa Fe Science Writing workshop, VONA, and Jack Straw. Her memoir in essays, Tugging at the Web is forthcoming from University of Washington Press.


Michael N. McGregor is the author of Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, a finalist for a Washington State Book Award and several other prizes. A graduate of Columbia University's MFA in Creative Writing program and emeritus professor at Portland State University, McGregor has published shorter works in over 50 publications, including Tin House, Poetry, Orion, StoryQuarterly, The Seattle Review and Poets & Writers.  His profile of Brian Doyle in Notre Dame Magazine, "The Story Catcher," was named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2018.


Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World.Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, Sweet, Bellevue Literary Review, and Psaltery and Lyre. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.


Aimee Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi's MFA program. She is the author of several collections of poems, most recently Oceanic, from Copper Canyon Press. Her forthcoming book of illustrated nature essays, World of Wonder, is due out this year from Milkweed Editions. Aimee is the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and she currently serves as the poetry editor of Orion magazine.


Kim Stafford is Oregon's poet laureate. He is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College, and the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do. Kim's family has been sharing festive meals with the Doyles for decades.


Joe Wilkins is the author of the award-winning memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers,and three collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Wilkins lives with his wife, son, and daughter in western Oregon, where he teaches writing at Linfield College. His debut novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, is available from Little, Brown.






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