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Diverse writers to headline First Draft

East Oregonian

Published on February 13, 2018 3:28PM





A pair of authors with diverse backgrounds are featured during February’s First Draft Writers’ Series.

Ruby Hansen Murray and Dawn Pichon Barron will read from their works Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. The event is free and open to the public.

A writer and photographer, Murray is a citizen of the Osage Nation from the Hominy District. She lives along the Columbia River.

Murray earned a master’s degree from The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She offers creative writing workshops in a variety of settings, including writers’ conferences, cultural gatherings and all grade levels in schools.

She received the 2017 Montana Nonfiction Prize and was awarded fellowships at Ragdale (near Chicago), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Fishtrap (in Wallowa County). Murray’s work appears in “World Literature Today,” “The Rumpus,” “Yellow Medicine Review,” “Indian Country Today” and “As/Us.”

Barron describes herself as a mixed blood — Indixicana/white — writer and educator, wife and mother, and fighter for social justice. She is currently the director/faculty of the Native Pathways Program at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Barron’s chapbook, “Escape Girl Blues,” was released in January. In addition, her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrelhouse (ALPHA blog), “Yellow Medicine Review,” Pontoon, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, “Washington 129 Poetry Anthology,” “Of A Monstrous Child Anthology,” No News Today and The Olympian.

Showcasing notable Pacific Northwest authors, First Draft Writers’ Series meets the third Thursday of each month. It celebrates writing and provides an opportunity for people in Eastern Oregon to engage in discussions about a variety of topics. In addition to the main presentation, the gatherings provide time for up to 10 local writers to share from their original works during an open mic.

For more information about the writers’ series, call 541-278-9201 or visit www.pendletonarts.org. To learn more about the authors, visit www.rubyhansenmurray.com or search www.finishinglinepress.com.


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