2018 Terroir Speaker Biographies
Tracy Daugherty (morning keynote)
Tracy Daugherty is the author of sixteen books of fiction and non-fiction, including, most recently, The Last love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion and Let Us Build Us a City, essays on writing and literature. A five-time winner of the Oregon book Award, he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fonda Lee (afternoon keynote)
Fonda Lee is the award-winning science fiction and fantasy author of Jade City (named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, and others), as well Zeroboxer, Exo, and Cross Fire. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, black belt martial artist, and action movie aficionado.
Heather Arndt Anderson
Heather Arndt Anderson is a Portland-based food writer and culinary historian. She’s the author of four books on culinary history and has been quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, and The Atlantic. Her fourth book, Berries: A Global History, comes out in April 2018
José Angel Araguz
José Angel Araguz is a CantoMundo fellow and author of seven chapbooks as well as the collections Everything We Think We Hear, Small Fires, and Until We Are Level Again. His writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain and Prairie Schooner. He runs The Friday Influence and teaches at Linfield College.
Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call (June 2017). She has stories in many anthologies and magazines and won Portland’s Wizard World 2017 Fiction Contest. As an actress, she performed at Disneyland and Disney World, worked with Jerry Seinfeld, and screamed loudly in low-budget in horror films.
Barbara Drake, Linfield College Professor Emeritus, lives with her husband on a small farm in Yamhill County, a landscape that inspired her OSU Press essay collections, Peace at Heart and Morning Light. Drake’s most recent poetry book is Driving One Hundred, from Windfall Press. Her college textbook Writing Poetry has been in print since 1983.
Lisa Ohlen Harris
Lisa Ohlen Harris is the author of the Middle East memoir, Through the Veil, and of The Fifth Season: A Daughter-in-Law’s Memoir of Caregiving. She is a thesis advisor for the online MA in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University and an online instructor for Creative Nonfiction, working out of Newberg.
Henry Hughes is the author of four collections of poetry, including the Oregon Book Award-winning, Men Holding Eggs, and the fishing memoir, Back Seat with Fish. An active curator of angling literature, Hughes edited two Everyman’s Library anthologies, The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing and Fishing Stories. He teaches at Western Oregon University.
Emily Grosvenor is the editor of Oregon Home magazine and an essayist and feature writer based in McMinnville, Oregon. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Good Housekeeping, Sunset, Marie Claire, and Salon.com. Emily is Terroir’s publicity director.
Gina Ochsner is the author of two short story collections, The Necessary Grace to Fall (selected for the Flannery O’Connor Award) and People I Wanted to Be. Both collections received the Oregon Book Award. Gina also has two novels: The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight and The Hidden Letters of Velta B. She teaches at Corban University in Salem.
Matthew Robinson, author of the novel The Horse Latitudes (an Oregon Book Award finalist), holds an MFA from Portland State University, is co-editor of the online literary journal The Gravity of the Thing, and is an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. He lives, writes, and teaches in Portland.
Poet Joseph Stroud says, Every now and then a unique, distinctive voice will appear on the literary scene, as if from out of nowhere. Sam is a poet and visual artist from Eugene. He’s the author of Fawn Language, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, and Echolalia In Script—A Collection of Asemic Writing.
Marjorie Sandor is the author of four books of short fiction and personal essays, and the editor of the anthology, The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows (St. Martins 2015). Her awards include a National Jewish Book Award in fiction, and an Oregon Book Award in literary nonfiction. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Oregon State University.
Laura Stanfill is the publisher of Forest Avenue Press, a novelist, and the founder of the Main Street Writers Movement. She serves on the PubWest board of directors and her creative work is represented by Laurie Fox of the Linda Chester Literary Agency.
Lolly Ward’s plays include Mate (The Actors' Gang; California Institute of Technology), 72 Objects (semifinalist, O’Neill NPC), Black Press in the White House (Smith and Kraus, 105 Five-Minute Plays), and The Ethel Party (Silk Road Review). She co-founded LineStorm Playwrights and lives with her family and two chickens in Portland.