Wednesday, July 17, 2013


Ellen Waterston, award-winning author and poet, is the special speaker at Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday July 25 meeting. Ms. Waterston’s third collection of poetry, Via Lactea, published by Atelier 6000, will be released Fall of 2013. The book-length collection is based on her walking the Camino de Santiago April 2012. Other titles include: Cold Snap, Fishtrap, Inc., 2011 featuring assorted writings; Where The Crooked River Rises, a collection of personal and nature essays located in central Oregon’s high desert, OSU Press, 2010. Poetry awards include the 2009 and 2005 WILLA Award for her collections Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, respectively. Her memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, was rated one of the top ten books by the Oregonian in 2003 and earned her an appearance on Good Morning America. She served on the faculty of Summer Fishtrap 2012, and in 2013 was the keynoter at the Northwest Poets Concord and judged the Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest. After eleven years as founder/director of The Nature of Words, a Bend-based literary arts non-profit, she passed the baton in 2012 to focus on her own writing and the Writing Ranch, which she founded in 2000, and which offers workshops and retreats for emerging writers in central Oregon, Europe and Mexico. She is currently working on a novel and a second memoir. She lives in Bend, Oregon. Her website is:

Central Oregon Writers Guild’s Thursday July 25 meeting takes place at COCC Redmond Campus, Building 3 Room 306, 6:30 p.m. Meetings are free and everyone is welcome to attend..

      Ellen Waterston

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