Wordstock Festival Showcases PSU Authors, April 23-24
Author: Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: April 21, 2005

Portland State University faculty will be among the 200 authors speaking and reading from works in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s stories, cooking, and more at this weekend’s Wordstock Book Fair, April 23 and 24 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Wordstock Logo The Wordstock Book Fair is the culminating event in what's being billed as "Portland's Annual Festival of the Book"—the inaugural Wordstock Festival, which runs from April 19–25, 2005. In addition to authors, panel discussions, and celebrity readings, over 100 booths will be set up featuring publishers, bookstores, writing organizations, the libraries and more.

For a complete listing of scheduled events and venues, or to learn more about the authors participating, visit Look for these Portland State faculty members and instructors (and their books) if you go:

Diana Abu-Jaber will be reading from her critically acclaimed The Language of Baklava on Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Abu-Jaber is the author of the novels Arabian Jazz and Crescent; she teaches writing at Portland State.

Whitney Otto will participate in a screenwriting panel at noon on Saturday, April 23. She will also read from her fiction later that day at 3 p.m. Otto is the author of How to Make an American Quilt and A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity; she teaches writing at Portland State.

Michele Glazer and Primus St. John will be reading from their poetry on Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m. St. John’s collections of poetry include Communion: Poems, 1976-1998; Dreamer, Love Is Not a Consolation: It Is a Light, and Skins on the Earth. Glazer has published the collections It Is Hard to Look at What We Came to Think We'd Come to See and Aggregate of Disturbances. Both teach poetry at Portland State.

Turiya Autry will be performing with Walidah Imarisha at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. The women’s “Good Sista/Bad Sista” blends slam poetry with traditional spoken word. Autry teaches courses in Women’s Studies and Black Studies at PSU.

Co-authors of Two Centuries of Lewis and Clark, William Lang and Carl Abbott, will speak at noon on Sunday, April 24, as part of the Oregon Historical Society Press’s “Lewis & Clark Anniversary Panel.” Lang teaches history at Portland State; Abbott teaches Urban Studies and Planning.

Craig Lesley and Robin Cody will be reading on Sunday, April 24 at noon. Lesley is the author of the novels Winterkill, Storm Riders, River Song, and The Sky Fisherman. Cody is the author of Ricochet River (being reissued this year by PSU’s Ooligan Press) and A Voyage of a Summer Sun, a nonfiction account of canoeing down the Columbia River. Both teach writing at Portland State.

Lake Boggan, a book marketing agent for Portland’s Timber Press, will participate in a panel discussion on book marketing, Sunday, April 24, at noon. Boggan teaches book marketing classes in the Publishing program at Portland State.

Craig Ryan will speak on “Up and Down Exploration” Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. Ryan is the author of the biography Magnificent Failure: Free Fall from the Edge of Space and The Pre-Astronauts: Manned Ballooning on the Threshold of Space. He teaches writing at PSU.

Ooligan Press, the general trade press at Portland State, will have a booth at the Oregon Convention Center where visitors can learn more about the press’s current catalog and books in production, including a reissue of Robin Cody’s Ricochet River (recently selected by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission as one of 100 books exemplifying the best of Oregon’s rich literary heritage). Ooligan is dedicated to publishing books that honor the cultural and natural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, as well as to teaching the art and craft of publishing through the Department of English and the Center for Excellence in Writing’s degree program in book publishing.