4 June: The Mid-Valley Author Celebration and Reading

Join us as we celebrate our members’ publishing successes for the year! This is our chance to mingle, enjoy some light refreshments, and hear from seven Willamette Writers members, who will read from their recently published works.

Event: Thursday, 4 June, 2015, from 7-9:00 pm at Tsunami Books

Suggested donation: One book for kids or a small cash donation to the Books for Kids program

Open to public

Abby Quillen is the author of The Garden of Dead Dreams and the editor of two anthologies, Deeper into the Heart of the Rockies and Dispatches from the High Country. Her articles and essays have appeared in YES! Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Colorado Central Magazine, and on Common Dreams, Nation of Change, Reader Supported News, The Daily Good, Truthout, and Shareable.net. She’s been interviewed by numerous media outlets including Colorado Public Radio and has presented at events, including Words to Stir the Soul at the Center of the American West. Learn more about Abby here


Mary E. Lowd is a science-fiction and furry author.  She’s had more than fifty short stories published, as well as two novels, “Otters In Space” and “Otters In Space 2: Jupiter, Deadly.”  Her fiction has been nominated eighteen times for the Ursa Major Awards and won two Coyotl Awards.  She lives in Eugene with her husband, two children, three dogs, indeterminately many cats, and infinitely many imaginary otters. Learn more about Mary here


Janet Fisher’s first book, A Place of Her Own, tells of her great-great-grandmother who came west over the Oregon Trail in 1850 and dared purchase a farm on the Oregon frontier after her husband died. Janet grew up on that farm, which she now owns and operates. Earning a master’s in journalism with honors from the University of Oregon, Janet taught college writing and wrote freelance for newspapers. She just sold her second book, a historical novel set in early Oregon, The Shifting Winds, which will be released next April. Learn more about Janet here.


As a child, Sarina Dorie dreamed of being an astronaut/archeologist/fashion designer/illustrator/writer. Later in life, after realizing this might be an unrealistic goal, Sarina went to the Pacific NW College of Art where she earned a degree in illustration. After realizing this might also be an unrealistic goal, she went to Portland State University for a master’s in education to pursue the equally cut-throat career of teaching art in the public school system. After years of dedication to art and writing, most of Sarina’s dreams have come true; in addition to teaching, she is a writer/artist/ fashion designer/ belly dancer. She has shown her art internationally, sold art to Shimmer Magazine for an interior illustration, and another piece is on the April 2011 cover of Bards and Sages. Sarina’s novel, Silent Moon, won second place in the Duel on the Delta Contest, hosted by River City RWA and the second place in the Golden Rose contest hosted by Rose City Romance Writers. Silent Moon won third place in the Winter Rose Contest hosted by the Yellow Rose RWA and third place in Ignite the Flame Contest hosted by Central Ohio Fiction Writers. She has sold stories to Daily Science Fiction, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, Crossed Genres, and Roar. Learn more about Sarina here


Julie Dawn always believed writing was for the rich. Two years on the Oregon Coast beat that idea out of her head and she has been writing ever since. She found Willamette Writers after moving to Eugene a year ago. Her debut erotic zombie novel will be released July 1st. She balances full time writing with gardening and raising her little munchkins. Learn more about Julie here.        


Kathleen Cremonesi took a circuitous route to finding her place in the world. In lieu of college, she traveled America’s blue highways in a VW bus while following the Grateful Dead. When ready for a new adventure, she flew off to Europe, where she accidentally joined a circus, fell in love with the Italian elephant keeper, and became an ostrich-riding, shark-taming showgirl while traveling around the Mediterranean.

Soon after returning to the US, Kathleen and her husband realized their five wooded acres near Eugene, Oregon, were achingly small to fulfill their fantasy of rescuing elephants, so they settled for a family of cats and dogs. Kathleen currently volunteers at a local animal shelter and expresses her creativity through woodworking, leather craft, and ceramic arts. When not at work on her latest project, she enjoys traveling the world, growing her own food, and sharing good wine and great meals with family and friends. Learn more about Kathleen here.        


California native Tom Arnold has lived and traveled around the world, filling passports with reckless abandon. He has been a factory worker in Denmark; a Methadone program counselor in New York; a VISTA volunteer; the owner/manager of an auto repair garage; a race car driver; a ski instructor in Oregon; an English teacher in Cambodia; the owner of a small on-line company that provides niche products to skiers; and – always – a writer. Tom is the proprietor of Bleugene Press and the author of three novels: Checkpoint Charlie, Chambers of the Human Heart, and The Hot Body Club. He currently lives and writes in Eugene, Oregon. Learn more about Tom here.