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Tom Spanbauer

Sat, Nov 7, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
1126 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Portland writer Tom Spanbauer (I Loved You More) is a critically acclaimed author of five novels, a beloved mentor, founder of the Dangerous Writing workshops, and the winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Awards’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award. At least forty of his Dangerous Writing students have published books. Spanbauer will be interviewed by his student Suzy Vitello (The Keepsake).

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Tom Spanbauer

spanbauer_cover_webTom Spanbauer grew up on a farm twelve miles outside Pocatello, Idaho.  He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School and Highland High School.  In 1969, he received his BA in English Literature from Idaho State University.  Tom served two years in the Peace Corps in Kenya, East Africa. He returned to Idaho until 1978, when he decided he needed to get out of that state.  He moved to New Hampshire, then Vermont, then Key West, Florida.  In 1988, Tom studied at Columbia University while waiting tables at Café Un Deux Trois and Odeon and being a super of five buildings on East Fifth Street.  In 1988, he received his MFA from Columbia in Fiction.  In 1991, Tom settled in Portland, Oregon where he teaches Dangerous Writing in the basement of his house.  Forty (more or less forty—-he’s lost count) of his students have published novels and/or memoirs.  His novels include Faraway PlacesThe Man Who Fell In Love With The MoonIn The City Of Shy Hunters, and Now Is The Hour.
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Suzy Vitello

Vitello_Cover_webSuzy Vitello’s award-winning short fiction has appeared in Mississippi Review, Plazm, Tarpaulin Sky, various anthologies and other literary journals. She has been a prize winner in The Atlantic Monthly Student Fiction Contest, and has been a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts grant. She holds an MFA from Antioch, Los Angeles, and is a long-time coordinator of and participant in an infamous workshop in Portland, whose members, past and present, include Chuck Palahniuk, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake and others. She is the author of three young adult novels: THE MOMENT BEFORE, THE EMPRESS CHRONICLES, and THE KEEPSAKE; and a chapbook of short stories, UNKISS ME. Suzy lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son and a dog named Ruby. Website  
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