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.


Marc Cozza

Marc isn’t capable of writing his own bio even though he calls himself a writer. He was born in a totally boring place near Pittsburgh. Then lived with no heat and studied Graphic Design in Philadelphia during an extremely cold winter when his girlfriend dumped him. He fulfilled his dream of living in NYC designing record covers for forgotten musicians before realizing the record business was listing like the Titanic. He created book covers for Jonathan Lethem, Heidi Julavits, Haven Kimmel and others along the way but none of their writing skills rubbed off on him. He’s currently a creative director in Portland, Oregon where he lives with his wife and three daughters writing bad bios, short fiction and visiting old relatives through memoir. That’s it. Big deal.



Elizabeth Danek

Elizabeth Danek is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills MA Humanities program. Her
work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times West MagazineThe Writer, and VoiceCatcher, among others. She teaches high school English in
Portland, Oregon.



Todd Davidson

Todd Davidson is a Portland, Oregon-based writer for advertising, branding and design. Mostly, he writes stories for companies and causes with interesting stories to tell. Occasionally, he writes very short made-up stories about humans, their extraordinary gifts and their spectacular failings. Todd is often asked the time of day by complete strangers, and because he prefers walking to driving, he has amassed dozens of iPhone photographs of lost single gloves. He grew up in Louisiana and becomes a microscopically more accomplished husband and parent every day.



Laurie Sandra Davis

Haplessly shanghaied by the Gods of Writing to do their filthy bidding—damn them!—Laurie reluctantly writes, all the while, eyeing opportunities to escape her divine captors. Her writing has appeared nowhere (unless you count countless scrawled screeds on restroom walls). Pursued by the Gods, she trekked through St. Louis humidity to hipper-than-thou Brooklyn through Boston’s Big Dig, then along L.A.’s frightening freeways. Finally she found haven in Portland. “The Gods of Writing will never find me here! Ha Ha Ha Ha. No seriously, I’m safe here, right? Oh no, they’re…”



Beth Fernandez Everett

Beth is the author of the Lee Harding mystery series. She’s won awards for her book, Dead on the Dock, from Writer’s Digest, and also for her short story, Where Charlotte Lay, from Women on Writing. Her new book, Elaborate Relics, is due to be released in 2018. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a Realtor and Airbnb host. She is currently working on a television pilot.


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. 


Rebecca Haas

Rebecca Haas has lived in Ohio, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Colorado and Rhode Island, and she’s lived in Portland, Oregon the longest and she’s not leaving. Her writing has appeared in The Boston GlobeThe Providence JournalThe Oregonian
Willamette Week and The Oleander Review.



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.


Anna S. King

Anna has been pushing words around since she was a kid (and deeply regrets not copyrighting her teenage-angsty book about young people ruling a post-viral dystopian world). She’s weathered the transition from manual typewriters to the distractions of the internet, and wonders if we’d all be better off with our old correction-tape IBM Selectrics. She has a number of dangling projects: a collection of “let’s just call it fiction” stories, erotic literature, a coffee table art book on taboo culture, and experimental vignettes mirroring life milestones. If only she didn’t also have to work.



Gregg Kleiner

Gregg Kleiner is the author of the novel, Where River Turns To Sky (HarperCollins), which was a finalist for both the Paterson Fiction Prize and the Oregon Book Award, and was optioned for a feature film by Fox Searchlight. Please Don’t Paint Our Planet Pink!, his first book for kids (and their adults!), is about climate change and asks what might happen if we could see CO2… if it were, say, pink? He has worked as a wildlife biologist, freelance journalist, dairy goat farmer, and father. He now resides near the confluence of the Marys and Willamette rivers, and his writing has appeared in Orion, The Sun, Saturday Evening Post, Whitefish Review, Oregon Quarterly, Forest Avenue Press, and elsewhere.



Steven Lohse

Steven Lohse, is a chef and writer in Portland, Oregon. He has had work published in Stringtown, The Wandering Hermit Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He was a former editor of Muzzle Literary Magazine, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest. The piece “What We Burned And Why” is the opening of a yet unpublished novel.



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.


Raymond Mitchell

Easing gingerly back from his Portland, Oregon private practice in couples counseling, Raymond remains irresistibly drawn to expanding consciousness of those pregnant spaces that lie between people, places, things, and moments in time. For him, writing is essentially a new form of his word play in the realm of relationships. So he’s still listening, but this time for voices that tell stories he can share. An exhaustive catalog of his publications may, with monumental luck, materialize sometime in the unforeseeable future.


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Anne ONeill

Anne has been a story addict for years. She’s a consumer of films and books, thinking them an interesting distraction from work. Late in life she’s realized stories are the valued core of our humanity. Stories are how our brains evolved to learn. Stories confirm our values and sharing them brings us together as a people. So now that she’s retired she makes the time to write her own stories. She’s taught high school history, Peace Corps, been a full-time mom, an electronics engineer, a global traveler for work and a Neighborhood Emergency Team Leader for the city. This last roll inspired her story.


Betsy Porter

Betsy grew up in Texas, but now she’s here, living and writing in Vancouver, Washington. She was an Atheneum Fellow at Portland’s Attic Institute in 2014-15. She writes at the Pinewood Table and volunteers for Write Around Portland, a non-profit that brings free creative writing workshops to low-income housing communities, correctional facilities and other social service agencies. She is fascinated by the strangeness in all of us. This is her first (!) publication. She would like to thank her lovely family.


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.



Jean Rover

Jean Rover lives and writes in Salem, Oregon. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and business periodicals. She is an award-winning fiction and business writer. She has also authored a chapbook, Beneath the Boughs Unseen, featuring stories about society’s invisible people. Her novel manuscripts, Touch the Sky, and its sequel, Ready or Not, are looking for publishers.


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.



Christi R. Suzanne

Christi is a writer who grew up in the dry heat of the Arizona desert with roots that point back to Ohio. She moved to the Pacific Northwest over sixteen years ago for a mistier climate and now resides in Oregon. Christi has work in Midwestern Gothic, the online journals Foliate Oak,The Gravity of the Thing, and Crack the Spine among others. She is a member of The Order of the Good Death founded by Caitlin Doughty. In addition, she is working on a new novel.

Incidentally, she is a sleeping dog enthusiast. Visit her website:


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.



Amreen Ukani

Amreen Ukani is a fiction writer, editor, and publishing nerd masquerading as a technical writer (she’s in it for all the snacks). She has an MFA in Fiction and an MA in Publishing from Portland State University. Although she’s been living in Portland for more than 7 years, she’s originally from Atlanta, GA, and she still firmly believes that spring should start earlier than June.


Omie Wallace

Omie Wallace is a beekeeper in Locust Grove, Virginia. She lives with her husband, young son, and their three old rescue dogs.