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Industry Education
Occupation writer, editor, instructor
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Introduction Author of six books, I live in Portland, OR, a green, green place. A desert balances on the rim of this region and the Pacific is about 2 hours away. I walk often to free my mind and limbs and work out.I grow giant dahlias and other flowers, although this puts me at war with the slugs of our region.I sometimes host dinner parties with other writers in attendance. I am a former chef and am especially happy when I'm chopping vegetables for a pot of soup or shopping at a local farmer's market. I attend lectures and films and plays and pay close attention to the sky and seasons--whatever it takes to replenish my creativity, stoke the senses. I listen to NPR,progressive radio, and old jazz tunes most of the day and follow politics, feverish for the truth of our times to be more revealed. And I teach writers and I fix the stories of people who are trying to become better writers. It adds up to a life that is sometimes brimming, sometimes quiet, sometimes filled with shared struggles and laughter. But I spend a lot of time at this desk, looking out at the sky beyond my monitor, watching the rain and clouds, thinking in word pictures. You can also find me at
Interests writing, gardening, reading, hiking, cooking, mah jongg, films, building sand castles, wine tasting
Favorite Movies Remains of the Day, Capote and just about anything with Philip Seymour Hoffman in it, No Country for Old Men, Brokeback Mountain, Sideways, Hepburn-Tracy movies of old, Notes On a Scandal, The Godfather, The Departed--I tend to like Mafia, gangster movies and the morality issues they raise
Favorite Music Hhhmm...local songwriter James Low, Johnny Cash, KD Lang, Van Morrison, Miles Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Jewel, Santana, rockabilly, early Motown, Ray Charles, music of the Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald variety--back when singers were sultry, not pop. Back when lyrics made you think and swoon.
Favorite Books The Road, Cormac McCarthy, Peace Like a River, Leif Enger, The Dead Father's Club, Matt Haig, Stones from the River, Ursula Hegi, the George R.R. Martin series, Finn, Jon Clinch, Bel Canto, Ann Patchett, lots of Anita Shreve and Elizabeth Berg's novels, The Worst Hard Times, Tim Eagan, Housekeeping, Marilyn Robinson, The Known World, Edward P. Jones, The Memory of Running, Larry McLarty, The Great Gatsby, Jane many books not enough hours in the week

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