Northwest Literary Presentation by Professor, Writer and Editor George Venn
George Venn, Professor Emeritus at Eastern Oregon University, poet, essayist, literary historian and editor, will present his newest anthology Beaver’s Fire. The book gathers 27 prose works first published by 24 northwest editors, and it includes essays on Chief Joseph, William Stafford and C.E.S. Wood, interviews with Carolyn Kizer, Ursula LeGuin and Richard Hugo, and public addresses on Nez Perce myth, regionalism and Wallace Stegner.
Thomas J. Lyon, editor of several works on Western American literature, is one of many in the literary community praising the new collection: “Beaver’s Fire is an inside look at the tremendous, mind-boggling variety of Pacific Northwest literature,” Lyon writes. “Venn is both practitioner (poet, essayist, teacher) and cool critic. He calls up a whole, mysteriously vibrant, growing region. His inner world, revealed in his own poems and little introductions to each writer, brings a sharp sense of place.”
Free and Open to the Public