The Writers

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M. E. Bergstrom

M.E. has bribed her way out of a speeding ticket in Morocco, given a wedding speech in Shanghainese, and impersonated a firefighter in France. She has talked herself into a lot of excellent situations and is always on the look-out for more. She writes both fact and fiction in the Bay Area.



Lowrey Brown

Lowrey writes, ages, and is managed by her cat in Portland, Oregon. From a background in engineering, biology, and consumer advocacy, her work explores the uneasy relationship between what we humans are and what we experience ourselves to be. Her writing has appeared in The Oregonian and The Valley Journal, and her poetry is included in A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park.


Dan Coxon

is the editor of the award-winning anthology Being Dad: Short Stories About Fatherhood (Best Anthology - Saboteur Awards 2016) and a Contributing Editor at The Lonely Crowd. He lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost six years, but now resides a few miles south of London, England. His writing has appeared in Salon, The Portland Review, Spartan and Daddy Cool among others, and has been performed at Liars’ League events in London and Hong Kong. He has also taken part in Lit Crawl events on both sides of the Atlantic.


Kristin Everhart

Kristin Everhart works in social work, serving adults with developmental delays. She has been attending workshops with PDX Writers for about a year now, which she really enjoys. She has a dog named Tolstoy, but he’s not as good a writer as Leo.


Peter Francis-Mullins

Peter lives in South London, UK and was a teacher working with special-needs teens, apart from the years he looked after his own kids full time. Neither from Mars nor Venus, more somewhere beyond the orbit of Neptune, he mostly writes these days. Has had stories read at events, published online and in print. 



Liam Hogan

Liam Hogan is a London-based writer (and host of Liars’ League London). Winner of Quantum Shorts 2015 and Sci-Fest LA’s Roswell Award 2016, he’s been published at DailyScienceFiction and in more than a dozen anthologies. Find out where at happyendingnotguaranteed.


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Marc Janssen

Marc is alive somewhere. There is proof hidden on the internet and in print at such periodicals as The Rio Grande Review, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Off the Coast, Cirque Journal, and The Ottawa Arts Review, as well as in the anthologies Manifest West, Green is the Color of Winter and The Northern California Perspective. If that is not proof enough, he also organizes the Salem Poetry Project, a weekly poetry reading in Salem, Oregon. So come down some Thursday, let’s hear your stuff and you will probably see him.



Cassandra Longest

Cassandra Longest was born in a small town in Eastern Oregon. She graduated with a BA in English from Colorado State University and now works as a part time bartender, and part time aspiring writer. Compass Lines was inspired by her time as a military wife and her observations of life at Fort Hood. Today, Cassandra resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Greg and their two cats.



Liam Lund

Liam Lund is a playwright, unpublished novelist, artist, and news junkie. Those are the things that bring him joy and frustration, but no money. He endures a dayjob that provides him money and frustration, but no joy. He is a member of the Shakespeare Liberation Army, a group that writes and performs educational Shakespeare plays in public schools. He has lived in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years and is beginning to suspect his growing collection of grey hair is directly correlated with his rent.


Vanessa McKiel

Vanessa McKiel actually holds three citizenships by virtue of birth, parentage, and marriage. She holds three degrees from three different Canadian Universities. She has worked as an Outward Bound instructor in British Columbia, a family doctor in Oregon, and has just started a third career as a writer. She lives on the green edge of a mossy forest in Portland, Oregon with her three children, three chickens, and her one eternally supportive husband. These days she usually travels on her American passport, in case you were wondering.


Hamish Rickett

Hamish Rickett is an anesthesiologist on the lam,
a second year fiction candidate at University of Montana’s Creative Writing program, and an Oregonian missing the warm liquid winters of home.


Lois Rosen

Lois Rosen’s second poetry book, Nice and Loud, was published by Tebot Bach (2015). Traprock Books published her first book Pigeons (2004). A founder of Salem, Oregon’s Peregrine Writers, she leads writing workshops for the Institute for Continued Learning at Willamette University. The Rainier Writing Workshop awarded her an MFA in fiction (2010). She’s taught English as a Second Language in Japan, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and at Chemeketa Community College. Her stories and poems have appeared in over a hundred journals.


Evelyn Sharenov

A native New Yorker, Evelyn now lives and writes
in Portland, OR. Her stories and essays have been published in Glimmer Train, Oregon Humanities Magazine, The NY Times and been cited by Best American Short Stories. She has received fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, the Vermont Studio Center and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. Most recently her work has appeared in the Dr. T J Eckleburg Review out of Johns Hopkins University. She had the honor of bring invited to read her work there and traveled to Baltimore this past October for the event. She has also had a short story included in the Opiate Journal which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for this coming year, as well as a short story in the Bellevue Literary Review. She belongs to the NBCC and Northwest Assn. of Science Writers.


Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including Having Everything Right: Essays of Place, and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches writing at Lewis & Clark College, and at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.


Jenna Thompson

Jenna Thompson is a writer and teacher who lives, works, and plays in Portland, Oregon. Portland has always been her home. She earned her MFA from Pacific University in Forest Grove in 2012 and now teaches at Warner Pacific College. When she is not writing or grading papers she is probably outside with her two sons, taking a long walk, typing letters on her grandpa’s old Underwood, or planting something in whatever bit of dirt she can find.