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Willamette Writers Author Signing: Stevan Allred

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Stevan Allred

Stevan Allred will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Stevan Allred lives in Portland, Oregon, halfway between Hav and the Isle of the Dead, which is to say he spends as much time burrowed into his imagination as he possibly can. He is the author of A…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Philip Kenney

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Philip Kenney

Philip Kenney will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Philip Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon. He did his post-graduate work in British Object Relations at the Washington D.C. School of Psychiatry and has taught Self Psychology as part of his private practice. A long…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Sharleen Nelson

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Sharleen Nelson

Sharleen Nelson will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Sharleen Nelson is an accomplished writer and award-winning photographer. Over the course of her 20+ year career as a journalist, she has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles on a vast range of topics. She has also…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Antoinette Kennedy

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Antoinette Kennedy

Antoinette Kennedy will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Antoinette Kennedy, a native Oregonian and author of Far from Home, was a Catholic nun from 1961-1985 and has had a teaching career that includes elementary, middle school, and high school. As a nun, she received her BA…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Leonide Martin

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Leonide Martin

Leonide Martin will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Leonide Martin, author of the Mists of Palenque series, draws from academic skills and Maya initiate training to write authentic historical fiction. She studied scientific and indigenous views, conducted extensive research, and on-site archeological excursions. Apprenticing with a…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: L. Wade Powers

L. Wade Powers will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Lawrence W. Powers writes fiction as L. Wade Powers. A retired professor of biology, he lives in Eastern Oregon with a beautiful wife and strange cat. He has two other novels and a short story collection in…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Gretchen Van Lente

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Gretchen Van Lente

Gretchen Van Lente will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th.  I studied with George Saunders and Tobias Wolff, and I taught Creative Writing at Florida Gulf Coast University. I have published in most genres, including children’s educational television, and as a journalist for The Malibu Times and…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Theresa Verboort

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Theresa Verboort

Theresa Verboort will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th.  Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, Theresa grew up in Bandon on the south coast. She worked her way through college as a forestry lookout in Coos County. After finishing college, raising six children, and retiring from the Hillsboro…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Mikko Azul

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Mikko Azul

Mikko Azul will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Mikko Azul is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and former US Marine who takes adventure seriously. She can be found SCUBA diving in Puget Sound or hiking in the Olympic Mountains. Mikko is the author of The…

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Kerry Blaisdell

Willamette Writers Author Signing: Kerry Blaisdell

Kerry Blaisdell will be signing books at booth 39 at the Portland Book Festival on November 10th. Kerry was born in Vancouver, B.C., and has since lived all over the West Coast of North America, including California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska—everywhere except Mexico! She’s a “computer industry” brat, not a military one, but moving so…