The first annual Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up took place at the Wildhorse Resort and the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute in Pendleton on Oct. 26-27.
The event celebrated the love of reading, writing, and books. The Round-Up featured authors, poets, publishers, storytellers, linguists, musicians, and book-art artists from throughout the Northwest.
Among participants were Eastern Oregon University faculty and students. Professors David Axelrod and Jodi Varon delivered a workshop on the prose quincunx, an arrangement of five associated events, people, and/or objects.
They also read from their respective works and provided information on EOU’s new Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing.
Emeritus Professor Tom Madden presented a workshop on fixed-form poems and read from his poems alongside local writer Rick Mack. Emeritus Professor George Venn presented his books “Soldier to advocate: C. E. S. Wood’s 1877 Legacy” and “Keeping the Swarm.”
Professor Nancy Knowles coordinated a workshop for teachers, drawing on the expertise of Oregon Writing Project Teacher Consultants Karen Spears Zacharias, and Lisa Cretien from Hermiston High School’s Innovative Learning Center.
EOU alumna Rose Peacock was among featured book-art artists who also included Roberta Lavadour.
Other presenters included Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen; Molly Gloss; State Librarian Mary Kay Dahlgreen; Blue Mountain Community College’s Shaindel Beers, Ki Russell, Pamela Steele, and Alison Timmons; Tamastslikt Cultural Institute storyteller John Bevis; cowboy poet Lonnie Shurtleff; founding director of Fishtrap, Rich Wandschneider; local publisher and author David Memmott; Northwest Photography Archive Director John Laursen; and local writers Bette Lynch Husted, Keith Kurts, and Jack Lorts along with songwriters Dakota Brown and Luke Basie.