VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver offers insights and advice from guest speakers in the ‘Writing as a Profession’ course with free public presentations. The events run from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays in the Multimedia Classroom building, room 6.
 
Jan. 22 – Sam Green, author of ten collections of poetry, presents his latest works, “Vertebrae: Poems 1972-1994” and “The Grace of Necessity.” Green lives on Waldron Island, Wash. where he is the editor and publisher of Brooding Heron Press. In 2007, Gov. Chris Gregoire appointed Green to a two-year term as the first Poet Laureate for Washington State.
 
(Sam Green, photo right)
 
Feb. 5 – Kim Stafford is a poet, essayist, and short story writer who directed the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. Stafford, has received two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his book, “Having Everything Right,” won a Western States Book Award.
 
Feb. 19 – Shawn Levy, film critic for The Oregonian, has written about film, pop culture, books and sports for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian of London, the Independent of London, the San Francisco Chronicle, Movieline, Film Comment, Sight and Sound, Premiere, the Village Voice, the Hollywood Reporter and many other publications. He has also published several books on popular culture.
 
March 5 – A panel discussion among three highly successful freelance writers: Rebecca Clarren, David Wolman and Julian Smith. Clarren is an investigative journalist and a contributing writer to numerous publications on energy, environmental health, sustainability and labor issues. Wolman is a contributing editor at Wired magazine whose work has also been published in several other magazines. His book, “Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email The Tangled Story of English Spelling,” was published in 2008. Smith is an award-winning writer, editor and photographer specializing in travel, science and lifestyle topics. The New York Times has syndicated his work worldwide.
 
March 12- Cheryl Strayed is the author of “Torch,” which was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books by Pacific Northwest authors. She has published in the New York Times magazine, Washington Post magazine, Allure, Self and DoubleTake. Joyce Carol Oates singled her out in The Best New American Voices 2003. Strayed has just completed a memoir.