Art of the Word


Omar El Akkad Omar El Akkad has won 2018’s Ken Kesey Award for Fiction for his debut novel, American War. He was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Doha, Qatar until he moved to Canada with his family. He is an award-winning journalist and author who has traveled around the world to cover many of the most important news stories of the last decade. His reporting includes dispatches from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, the military trials at Guantànamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolution in Egypt and the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, Missouri. He is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He has been interviewed by Lulu Garcia-Navarro on NPR and American War has been described as a “masterful debut.” He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about Omar here.

joe-wilkinsJoe Wilkins won the 2017 Stafford/Hall Prize in Poetry for his book, When We Were Birds, (University of Arkansas Press) edited by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Other recent publications include Wilkins’s memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, capturing life in eastern Montana, a poetry collection, Killing the Murnion Dogs, a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award, and Notes from the Journey Westward, winner of the White Pine Press Poetry Prize and the High Plains Book Award. When We Were Birds part of the Millers Williams Poetry Prize Series, edited by Billy Collins, won the 2017 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in a host of  magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern ReviewThe Missouri ReviewHarvard Review, TriQuarterlyOrion, The Sun, High Country News, and Slate.

Cadena-Duelen_colorDanielle Cadena Deulen was a 2017 finalist for the Oregon Book Award in Poetry for Our Emotions Get Carried Away Beyond Us (Barrow Street) and 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient. Danielle Cadena Deulen is the author of two other books as well: The Riots (U. of Georgia Press, 2011), which won the AWP Prize in Creative Nonfiction and the GLCA New Writers Award; Lovely Asunder (U. of Arkansas Press, 2011), which won the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and the Utah Book Award. She has been the recipient of a U. of Wisconsin Creative Writing Fellowship, three Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her poems and essays have appeared in many journals, including The Iowa ReviewThe Kenyon ReviewThe Utne Reader, and The Missouri Review, as well as several anthologies, including Best New Poets, and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essays.  She is the poetry editor of Acre Books and lives in Salem, Oregon where she teaches for Willamette University. 

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