Liz Nakazawa has been a freelance writer and editor since 1984 and has published articles on a variety of subjects such as health, gardening, education and the environment. Her work has appeared in The Oregonian, Oregon Business Magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. Deer Drink the Moon, which was named one of the 150 books for the Oregon sesquicentennial, is her first book. The anthology highlights the poetry of 33 Oregon poets. Verlena Orr, twice nominated for Pushcart, hails from north-central Idaho, one mountain west of Missoula, Montana. Raised on a farm, she attended grade and secondary school in Kamiah, Idaho on the NezPerce reservation. She has published 3 chapbooks and one full-length collection of poems and work has appeared in small magazines and journals from California to the UK. Has lived in Portland since 1963 and holds an MFA from University of Montana. She will be reading from latest chapbook, “One More Time From the Beginning." Valentina Gnup was born in Santa Monica, and lived in Santa Barbara, California until 2002 when she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She then moved to North Carolina, where she taught writing at Greensboro College for five years and met her second husband. In 2005 her chapbook Sparrow Octaves won the NC Writers’ Network Mary Belle Campbell Book Award. Her poems have appeared in many literary journals, including Nimrod, Mary Journal, Chelsea, Brooklyn Review and Crab Orchard Review. She has two adult daughters and she is married to the poet John Blackard. They live in Portland—just blocks from the Blackbird Wine Shop. Judith Arcana writes poems, stories, essays and books. She’s just published 4th Period English, a chapbook of poems about immigration and related themes. Her most recent full-length book is the poetry collection What if your mother; among her prose books is Grace Paley’s Life Stories, A Literary Biography. Judith lives in Portland’s Hollywood district, in an apartment above the library. Visit juditharcana.com. (nursefusion)
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