"A Wicked Evening" with bestselling author Amy Stewart, May 11, 6:30 p.m.
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: April 30, 2012


Wicked Bugs

“A Wicked Evening” with bestselling author Amy Stewart
Friday, May 11, 6:30 p.m., First Unitarian Church, Portland

WHAT: Amy Stewart, a New York Times bestselling author who writes about the perils and pleasures of the natural world, will deliver a public presentation, “A Wicked Evening with Amy Stewart” on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Eliot Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., Portland, Ore.

COST: Admission is $10 at the door and free for PSU students (with PSU student ID).

CONTACT: Members of the media interested in interviewing Amy Stewart should contact David Santen, 503-725-8765, (Visit for her previous media appearance.) 

Stewart is the inaugural Tin House Writer-in-Residence at Portland State University this spring, a partnership between PSU’s MFA program in creative writing and the Portland-based publishing enterprise Tin House ( 

Amy Stewart

Stewart is author of three New York Times bestsellers: Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful in the Business of FlowersWicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities; and, most recently, Wicked Bugs: The Louse that Conquered Napoleon's Army and Other Diabolical Insects. Her next book, The Drunken Botanist (2013) reveals “the dizzying array of plants that humans have, through ingenuity, inspiration, and sheer desperation, contrived to transform into alcohol”.

She has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and every national garden magazine, includingFine Gardening, where she is a contributing editor. 

Stewart is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the American Horticulture Society's Book Award, and a California Horticultural Society Writer's Award. Stewart lives in Eureka, California, with her husband Scott Brown, where they own an antiquarian bookstore. 

Photos and images of Stewart and her books are available for download at

Follow Amy Stewart’s chronicles of her time in Portland at Tin House and PSU:

Established in 2010, Portland State University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program builds on a long-running master’s program in writing and community connections. The program offers concentrations in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Its faculty includes Diana Abu-Jaber, John Beer, Tom Bissell (affiliated), Paul Collins, Charles D’Ambrosio, Michele Glazer (program director), Craig Lesley, Michael McGregor, A.B. Paulson and Leni Zumas.

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