ALWAYS Free Admission
Hours: Tues - Fri 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The First Draft Writers’ Series brings authors and poets of note to the Pendleton stage to share new work. On the third Thursday of each month people who love the written word gather at the PCA’s Pearson Auditorium to hear our featured authors as well as three to five minute open mic readings by local emerging writers.
This month’s featured writers:
Past featured writers:
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
February Ruby Hansen Murray
April Kirsten Rian
January Open Mic Showcase
February Scot Siegel and Kristen Berger
March Pamela Royes
April Tiffany Midge and Xavier Cavazos
May George Venn
June Joe Wilkins
July Joel Wayne
August Amy MacLennan and Amy Miller
September Round Up Break
October Ki Russell and Matt Schumacher (Phantom Drift)
November Penelope Scambly Schott
January Tom Madden and Nancy Knowles
February Brittney Corrigan
July Pepper Trail
August Oregon Poet Laureate Elizebeth Woody
September We take a break for Round Up
November Shann Ray Ferch
December Rich Wandschneider and Cameron Scott
January David Axelrod and David Memmott
February Jennifer Boyden and Scott Elliott
March Robert Stubblefield
April Alice Derry, Katharine Whitcomb and Christianne Balk
May Kathleen Flenniken
June Penelope Scambly Schott
July Kirsten Rian
August Brian Doyle
September Round Up Break
October Rob Whitbeck
November Alex Kuo
December Pamela Reese
July Lawson Inada
August Michael Spring
October Elizabeth Enslin
November Ellen Waterston
December Jennifer Karson-Engum and Bobbie Conner
May Molly Gloss
June Ingrid Wendt, Ralph Salisbury
July Charles Goodrich
August Naseem Rakha
September East/West Poets: Maralee Gerke,
Bette Husted, Jack Lorts, Thomas Madden, Erik Muller,
October Ursula Le Guin with Richard Dorband
November Craig Lesley
December Karen Spears Zacharias
You can hear recordings of past events at the East Oregonian’s website.
The event is free to the public thanks to generous support from Oregon Cultural Trust and the Kinsman Foundation as well as from local sponsors and regional foundations. Our founding sponsors include Jan and Tom Groat, Delores and Steve Bjerke, and Barbara and Dale Brandt.
“Truly, [First Draft] was one of the best adventures of my writing career, right up there with winning the PNBA awards and being interviewed by Studs Turkel.” - Craig Lesley
See you at 7 pm on Thurs., Aug 17.
Amy MadLennan’s work has been featured on The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor and Verse Daily. She sits on the board of Chautauqua Poets & Writers in Ashland, OR. She is the Editor/Curator of Cascadia Review, the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review, and a Poetry Editor for Bone Bouquet.
Amy Miller is the author of nine poetry and nonfiction chapbooks, including Botanica (2012), Tea Before Questions (2010) and Beautiful/Brutal (2009). She has taught workshops on writing and publishing for the Jack London Writers’ Conference, Oregon State Poetry Association, California Writers’ Club, and San Francisco State University. She was a co-founder of the Piccolo Poetry Series, the largest poetry open mike on the San Francisco Peninsula, and currently works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Left: Molly Gloss at the inaugural meeting of FDWS. Above: Ursula K. LeGuin and Richard Dorband discuss the writing life.
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First Draft Writers’ Series is made possible through the generous support from the Kinsman Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust, along with contributions from people like you. If you’d like to help us keep the literary arts alive and well, mail a check to 214 North Main, Pendleton, OR 97801, with the memo “First Draft.”
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