Rome Prize Winner T. Geronimo Johnson teaches fiction in the MFA program at OSU-Cascades. His second novel, Welcome To Braggsville, was longlisted for the 2016 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and listed by the Huffington Post as 9 of 16 “books about race that every white person should read.” The Washington Post listed Welcome to Braggsville as one of the 10 best books of 2015, calling it “the most dazzling, most unsettling, most oh-my-God-list-up novel you’ll read this year.” Johnson has been compared to Tom Wolfe, Mark Twain, Toni Morrison, Don DeLillo, David Foster Wallace, Normal Mailer and Ralph Ellison.
Chicago born, Oregon grown Jason Graham, aka MOsley WOtta, is a critically acclaimed mixed media artist. He has worked as an “Art Ambassador” for Rise Up International in association with the US Embassy: Fiji, Australia, Nauru, and the United Arab Emirates. His work has been featured on TEDx, PBS, Street Con Dubai, Soul Pancake, SOFAR Sounds. He is an Oregon Humanities conversation project leader. MOWO is a recipient of the 2019 OAC Individual Artist fellowship Grant. He was elected the first Creative Laureate of Bend Oregon. His latest project, “WHAT COMES AFTER” is set for release 2019.
Nicole J. Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster and professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival. Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters and teaches at California College of the Arts MFA in Comics program. You should read her new graphic memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home, right now.
Christopher Boucher is the author of the novels How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive (Melville House, 2011), Golden Delicious (Melville House, 2016) and Big Giant Floating Head (Melville House, 2019). Chris teaches in the MFA program at OSU-Cascades and is the managing editor of Post Road Magazine.
Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland-based installation and public artist who focuses on making creative projects with communities. The core of his art stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant. His projects explore the effects of our current culture of consumption and issues of identity, memory, history and the meaning of community in a global culture.
Trevino L. Brings Plenty, MFA, was born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, Eagle Butte, South Dakota. A Mnikȟówožu Lakota, Brings Plenty is a filmmaker, musician and poet. Brings Plenty’s books are Wakpá Wanáǧi Ghost River (2015) and Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012), both from Backwaters Press.
Lindsay Wong holds a BFA in Creative Writing from The University of British Columbia and an MFA in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University in New York City. Wong has been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Kimmel-Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, Caldera Arts in Oregon, and The Studios of Key West, among others. The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug-Raids, Demons, And My Crazy Chinese Family is her debut memoir. It was a finalist for the Writers Trust 2018 Hilary Weston Prize in Nonfiction.
Jamila Osman is a writer and educator living in Portland, Oregon. Her work spans a broad range of issues, ranging from the tension between place and identity, to immigration and border justice, to education and race. Her essays and poems have appeared in numerous literary and news publications, including Al Jazeera, Boaat Press, Catapult, and Teen Vogue. She has received fellowships and residencies from Caldera, Djerassi, the Macdowell Colony, and other places. She is currently working on a memoir chronicling her parents’ displacement from Somalia, and the death of her sister Ayan in 2014. It is a meditation on the ways trauma and memory are passed on across geography and between generations.
Emily Carr writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems. Her newest book, whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet—, is available from McSweeney’s. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary. Emily’s Tarot romance, Name Your Bird Without A Gun is forthcoming from Spork in 2019. Emily's experience teaching music to Quaker children encourages her to think of writing workshops as laboratories: spaces for exploration, imagining together, sharing what we’ve created and thinking metacognitively about what happens in these inventive moments.
Beth Alvarado teaches in the MFA at Oregon State University – Cascades. In Anxious Attachments Beth Alvarado writes about wildfires and preemie grandchildren, heroin addiction and water in the desert and improbable love. Francine Prose says of this book, “Beth Alvarado writes so clearly and honestly about some of the best and worst things that can happen to a person that her essay collection seems like a marvelous gift.” Alvarado’s previous books include Anthropologies: A Family Memoir and the story collection, Not a Matter of Love. Her fabulist and feminist Jillian in the Borderlands: a cycle of rather dark tales is forthcoming in 2020.