Writer-in-residence memoir
Author: Office of Marketing & Communications
Posted: January 15, 2006

Craig LesleyThe novels of Portland State University's senior writer-in-residence, Craig Lesley-Storm Riders, Winterkill, River Song, and The Sky Fisherman-have earned a host of accolades, including a pair of nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and an Oregon Book Award. His newest and perhaps most personal, the memoir Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood (St. Martins, $24.95), is set in the rural communities of eastern Oregon. Burning Fence tracks Lesley's life through a tale of betrayal, abandonment, and redemption, capturing the rural humor of its rugged characters. The book has garnered rave reviews, including selection as a "BookSense Pick" for December. Lesley teaches fiction writing in the Department of English.