Coming Up Next: Brian Doyle – Wednesday, October 20

An Evening with Brian Doyle

…which will consist of (in his own words) “partly a reading of my work and partly some time spent just on starts and ideas and seeds and sourdough starters and notes toward what might be pieces hatched later by members who come home and putter with their fingers in an admirably maniacal way.”

Brian Doyle Speaks at WWotR - Willamette Writers on the River - WW in Corvallis

Brian Doyle edits Portland Magazine at the University of Portland, which has earned wide-ranging acclaim. He is also author of 14 books of essays, poems, stories, nonfiction. These include The Grail, about a year in an Oregon vineyard; The Wet Engine, about the “muddles & musics of the heart”; and the sprawling novels Mink River and The Plover. His books have seven times been finalists for the Oregon Book Award, and his essays have appeared in The Atlantic MonthlyHarper’sOrionThe American ScholarThe SunThe New York TimesThe Times of London, and The Age (in Australia), among other periodicals.

His various honors include a Catholic Book Award, three Pushcart Prizes, the John Burroughs Award for Nature Essays, Foreword Reviews’ Novel of the Year award in 2011, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2008 (previous recipients include Saul Bellow, Kurt Vonnegut, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Oliver).

Doyle is married with three children. Another accomplishments he considers notable is that he once made the all-star team in a Boston Men’s Basketball League.

Meeting Time

Third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333 (enter Dennis Hall at 9th & Monroe)

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking & social time
  • 6:45-8:15 – WotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Networking & Speaker’s Book Sales


The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time students. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend. No one is turned away.

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