WOU Starving Artists’ Brownbag Lunch Series

This term’s brownbag lunch series has been locked down, and we have some amazing authors and journalists! Here’s the details:

The WOU Writing Department Presents:

The Starving Artists’

 Brownbag Lunch Series

Calapooia Room in Werner from 12-115PM

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – Miriam Gershow

Miriam Gershow is a novelist, short story writer and teacher, as well as the Assistant Director of Composition at University of Oregon. Her debut novel, The Local News,  was called “unusually credible and precise” and “deftly heartbreaking” by The New York Times, as well as “an accomplished debut” (Publisher’s Weekly) with a “disarmingly unsentimental narrative voice” (Kirkus Reviews).


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – Maren Bradley Anderson

Maren Bradley Anderson is a writer, teacher, podcaster, blogger, and alpaca rancher who lives in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. She teaches Literature and Writing at Western Oregon University and just published her first novel, Liz A. Stratton Closes the Store: A Novel about Sex and Politics.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 – Jen Violi

Jen Violi is a writer and a book coach, and the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People. Her heartfelt and funny debut Young Adult novel is a story of transformation — how one girl learns to apply lipstick to corpses, and find life in the wake of death. Jen was a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Awards and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association called her prose “crisp, refreshing and effortless” when they shortlisted her novel for the 2012 PNBA Book Awards.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis is a poet and the author of Blood Sisters of the Republic. An Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute, Wendy has published in the Alhambra Poetry Calendar, as well as in Poetry Northwest, Clackamas Literary Review, and elsewhere. Wendy is the Deputy Director for National Programs at the Policy Consensus Initiative and the National Policy Consensus Center at Portland State University.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – Scott William Carter

Scott William Carter’s first novel, The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys, was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “touching and impressive debut” and won the prestigious Oregon Book Award. His newly released Young Adult fantasy novel, Wooden Bones, chronicles the untold story of Pinocchio. In his other life, Scott works as an instructional technologist at WOU.

Thursday, November 29, 2012 – Alison Hallett & Erik Henriksen

Alison Hallett and Erik Henriksen are journalists for the Portland Mercury. Alison is the Arts Editor and Erik is a Senior Editor; they both contribute to Blogtown and have published on topics ranging from videogames to films to otters. Together, Erik and Alison put on Comics Underground in Portland, a quarterly local comic book showcase.