The Nature of Words will again present a roster of renowned guest authors at its annual literary festival November 7-10.
The ninth consecutive year of the festival will include authors from the genres of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult fiction. The Rising Star Creative Writing Competition awards ceremony, recognizing emerging writers, will be the opening event of the festival. The festival also includes one night of author readings at the Tower Theatre, lectures and workshops by the guest authors, a VIP reception and an author reception with flash readings. A Sunday guest author reading and open mic conclude the festival.
The festival will showcase these authors: (in order of appearance)
Lawson Inada is a former Oregon Poet Laureate and currently professor emeritus of writing at Southern Oregon University. Inada will be honored with the 2013 Caldera Award from The Nature of Words, in recognition of his body of work. He is the author of five books including Legends from Camp, a volume of poetry which won the American Book Award.
He also is a winner of the Governor's Arts Award (1997), the Oregon Book Award (for Drawing the Line 1997) and the Pushcart Prize (1996) for poetry. Other titles include In This Great Land of Freedom, Just Into/Nations and Before the War. Professor Inada has won two Poetry Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and his work has appeared in The Best American Poetry.
Karen Finneyfrock's debut young adult novel, The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door was published by Viking Children's Books in 2013. Her second book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost was released on Write Bloody press in 2010. She is a former writer-in-residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers-in-the-Schools program. Finneyfrock has competed in four National Poetry Slam teams and was honored as a Slam Legend at the National Poetry Slam in 2006. In 2010, Finneyfrock traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the U.S. Department of State to perform and teach poetry.