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Friday, April 15 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
The Poem, The Novel, and the Wilderness

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Literature is one way humans can attempt to make sense of our complicated relationship with nature. The theme transcends genre, allowing for in depth exploration of the way we interact with our natural world and, in turn, the way it affects us. In this panel, local authors will discuss their work and the way the wilderness is involved within it. Panelists include: Shann Ray, author of the novel American Copper; Sharma Shields, author of the novel The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac; Kris Dinnison, author of the novel You and Me and Him; Jonathan Johnson, author of the poetry collections In the Land We Imagined Ourselves and Mastodon, 80% Complete; Andrea Scarpino, author of the book-length poem What the Willow Said as it Fell; and Ellen Welcker, author of two chapbooks and the book The Botanical Garden.

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Kris Dinnison

Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching high school English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she's not... Read More →
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Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson’s second collection of poems, In the Land We Imagined Ourselves, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2010. His first collection,Mastodon, 80% Complete, was published in 2001 by Carnegie Mellon. His poems have appeared in the Best American Poetry and numerous other anthologies, as well as recent issues of Southern Review, Ploughshares, North American Review, and The... Read More →
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Shann Ray

Poet and prose writer Shann Ray teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga. Born and raised in Montana, his powerful, graceful writing considers the nature of humanity with regard to violence and forgiveness. He holds a dual MFA in poetry and fiction from EWU, and a PhD in systems psychology from the University of Alberta. He has served as an NEA Literature Fellow, a research psychologist for the CDC, and as a panelist for the National... Read More →
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Sharma Shields

Sharma Shields is the author of a short story collection, Favorite Monster, and a novel, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. Her writing has appearaed in Electric Lit, the New York Times, Kenyon review, Iowa REview, Fugue and elsewhere, and has garnered such awards as the Autumn House Fiction Prize, the Tim McGinnis Award for Humor, a Grant for Artist Projects from Artist Trust, and the A.B. Guthrie Award for Outstanding Prose. She received her MFA... Read More →
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Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is a poet and co-facilitator of Scablands Lit, an organization that supports writers in the Inland Northwest. Recent poems are in Dusie, Willow Springs, Pinwheel, and Fact-Simile. Her book, The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press) won the 2009 Astrophil Poetry Prize. Her second collection, Ram Hands, is forthcoming from Scablands Books in 2017.

Friday April 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
EWU Spokane

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