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Sibling Writers Featured on Central Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - They are sisters in life and literature, and they will both be featured authors at the Nye Beach Writers' Series in Newport on Saturday, October 18. The program in the central Oregon coast town features poet Donna Henderson and travel writer Bonnie Henderson, beginning at 7 p.m.
Donna Henderson is the author of the poetry collection, Transparent Woman, produced on a letterpress from handset type, printed on fine paper and bound with string. Bonnie Henderson, a journalist and avid outdoorswoman, is the author of “Best Hikes with Kids: Oregon” and "Day Hiking: Oregon Coast."
After intermission, the popular monthly open mic is open to the first 10 people who sign up to read from their original work for up to five minutes. No pre-registration is needed. Open mic readers are welcome to bring their books and CDs to sell. They retain 100 percent of book sales money. Light refreshments, including coffee, tea, and wine are available for purchase throughout the evening.
It happens in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, in the Nye Beach area of Newport. Admission is $5 at the door and students attend free.
Donna Henderson’s chapbook was a finalist for the 1997 Oregon Book Award for Poetry and its title poem was included in the anthology, A Fierce Brightness: Twenty-five years of Poetry by Women. Donna is co-author, with her sister, artist Darcy Henderson, of Gazpacho, a chapbook collection of poems and watercolors. She is also a founding member of the poetry and classical piano performance trio "Tonepoem," based at Western Oregon University. Her most recent project is the full-length collection of poems, The Eddy Fence, scheduled for publication in 2009 by Airlie Press.
Donna holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and is a graduate of the Portland State University Graduate School of Social Work and the University of Massachusetts. She is also a teaching member of the Institute for Family-Centered Therapy in Portland and a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in psychotherapy.
Aside from her illustrious book career, Bonnie Henderson’s articles have appeared in Backpacker, Women's Sports and Fitness, Coastal Living, and Sunset magazine. In 1995, she began volunteering for CoastWatch, a program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition that monitors changes, natural and unnatural, on every inch of Oregon's shoreline. Her newest book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, published by OSU Press http:// oregonstate.edu/dept /press, arose from the experience of routinely walking Mile 157, a one-mile stretch of beach between Reedsport and Florence on the central Oregon coast, puzzling over what she found.
Strand takes readers on a journey throughout the Pacific rim, recounting the stories of manmade and natural objects from their final resting place on Oregon sands to their beginnings at locations including British Columbia, Canada, the sub-tropical waters of Hawaii, and the fishing communities of Hokkaido, Japan.
Bonnie's own journey includes a background in journalism and magazine writing. Upon completion of a Master's in journalism, Bonnie began working as associate editor for Sunset magazine, where she edited and wrote travel features focused on outdoor recreation and the natural world as well as the arts, culture, and urban living. In 1990, she left full-time magazine editing to become a part-time freelance writer and editor and hospital public affairs writer. She continues to write for Sunset while freelancing for magazines including Backpacker, Women's Sports and Fitness, and Coastal Living.
Books written by the featured authors are available for purchase during the Nye Beach Writers' Series courtesy of Ulrike Bremer of Nye Beach Book House.
The Nye Beach Writers' Series is a monthly program of Writers On The Edge, a nonprofit organization dedicated to literary arts in Lincoln County. It showcases writers of fiction, nonfiction, plays, Oregon history, memoir, poetry, essays, investigative journalism and songs. More than 300 authors have been featured since its monthly literary events began in 1997. These literary programs are designed for writers and readers of all ages who appreciate good writing and diversity of thought. Donations to Writers On The Edge are gratefully appreciated and fully tax-deductible.
Upcoming featured authors include Sharon Wood-Wortman reading with Jonah Bornstein, Don Colburn, Margaret Gish Miller, Cecelia Hagen, Rita Ott Ramstad and Sandra Stone; Carlos Reyes and Travis Champ; contributors to "Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon's Sesquicentennial Anthology" edited by Matt Love and including Dorothy Mack, Niki Price, Carla Perry and Andrew Rodman; Jim Lynch and Michele Longo Eder; Claudia Handler; Spike Walker; Craig Carothers; and Kaia Sand reading with Jules Boykoff.
Writers On The Edge is generously supported by grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and by the Lincoln County Cultural Coalition, which re-grants funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust, a statewide organization that invests in Oregon's arts, humanities and heritage. Lodging for Donna and Bonnie Henderson has been donated by the 9th Street Gallery & Loft in Newport. Events held at the Newport Visual Arts Center are supported in part by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and the City of Newport. For more information visit www.writersontheedge.org.
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