Best Essays NW: Perspectives from Oregon Quarterly Magazine

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Guy Maynard, Kathleen Holt
University of Oregon Press, 2003 - Literary Collections - 219 pages
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In this thoughtful collection of essays, some of the region's most notable writers join fresh new literary voices in an exploration of life in the Northwest from rural to urban, coastal rainforest to sagebrush desert.One writer loses all her earthly belongings in her family's twice-yearly migration across an Alaskan bay. Another waits by a hospital bed in Idaho after a rodeo accident nearly breaks her father in half. A writer stands on a dune, waiting for the wind to erase his footprints, while another lovingly recounts the simple ritual that marks the end of an era at a mill in Central Oregon. Drawn from the pages of Oregon Quarterly, the University of Oregon's award-winning magazine, and the annual Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest, these pieces stand alone as lyrical, engaging works of literature, and at the same time come together to form a portrait of the varied culture and landscape of the Pacific Northwest.Contributors include:
Robin Cody
John Daniel
Brian Doyle
Leslie Leyland Fields
Debra Gwartney
Robert Leo Heilman
Lauren Kessler
Kim Stafford

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Another contribution to regional and environmental writing, this fine anthology of essays focuses on the Pacific Northwest, as depicted in the University of Oregon's literary magazine, which ... Read full review


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Guy Maynard grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts and spent his high school years in Urbana, Illinois. He received his degree in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1984 and has been editor of "Oregon Quarterly," the University of Oregon magazine, since 1995. Guy and his wife Shelley live in Eugene, Oregon. This is his first novel.

Holt is assistant editor of Oregon Quarterly magazine, the magazine of the University of Oregon, and has worked on freelance editing projects for various local organizations. She has won awards for her fiction and essay writing, including a Literary Arts Women Writers Fellowship and a Hedgebrook residency.

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