PENDLETON — A novelist and short-story writer whose works most often concerns the landscape, literature, mythology and life of the American West is headlining the upcoming First Draft Writers’ Series.

Molly Gloss, a fourth-generation Oregonian, was one of 10 emerging writers in 1996 to win a Whiting Writers Award, which is presented annually to 10 writers. Over the years she has received numerous honors, including an Oregon Book Award, a PEN West Fiction Prize and a Theodore Sturgeon Award.

Gloss will share from her works Thursday at 7 p.m. at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St. After Gloss’s presentation, there will be an open mic for local writers to read from their work.

Showcasing notable Pacific Northwest authors, First Draft Writers’ Series meets the third Thursday of each month. For more information about the writers’ series, call 541-278-9201 or visit www.pendletonarts.org. For more about Gloss, go to www.mollygloss.com.

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