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Creative Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Fri, April 23 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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Join the five finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award in Creative Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work.

Judges: May-Lee Chai, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Heather Sellers

Sierra Crane Murdoch of Hood River, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman’s Search for Justice in Indian Country (Random House)
Ruby McConnell of Eugene, Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life (Overcup Press)
David Oates of Portland, The Mountains of Paris (Oregon State University Press)
Melissa Matthewson of Ashland, Tracing the Desire Line: A Memoir in Essays (Split Lip Press)
Ben Moon of Pacific City, Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime (Penguin Books)

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Sierra Murdoch

Sierra Crane Murdoch is the author of Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country. Her journalism and essays have appeared on This American Life and in Harper’s, The New Yorker online, The Atlantic, and VQR. She has held fellowships at UC Berkeley and MacDowell.
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Ruby McConnell

Ruby McConnell is a writer, dancer, and geologist, and the author of Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life. A 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient, her published works include professional geologic papers, personal essays, dance reviews, short stories, and her blog, Girl Gone Wild. Her work has appeared in Misadventures magazine, Oregon Quarterly, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and Fungi magazine, among others.
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David Oates

David Oates is the author of two books of poetry and four works of nonfiction, including The Mountains of Paris, Paradise Wild and City Limits. His essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Creative Nonfiction, and Orion. He was Kittredge Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Montana and is founder and general editor of Kelson Books in Portland.
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Melissa Matthewson

Melissa Matthewson's essays have appeared in Guernica, American Literary Review, The Rumpus, and Longreads, among others. Her work has earned an AWP Intro Journals award and has been listed as notable in Best American Essays. She is the author of a memoir-in-essays, Tracing the Desire Line, from Split/Lip Press (2019).
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Ben Moon

Ben Moon is a photographer, author and filmmaker who enjoys bringing impactful stories to life. Ben has lived in Oregon for over two decades and currently resides in Pacific City with his dog Nori, near the same beaches where he shared time with his late dog Denali, who was the subject of a viral short film and Ben’s recent memoir of the same name.
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