Valley Library Rotunda
201 SW Waldo Pl, Corvallis
Peter Nathaniel Malae is the author of three novels: Son of Amity
(Oregon State University Press, 2018), Our Frail Blood
(Grove/Atlantic, 2013), and What We Are
(Grove/Atlantic, 2010), which won the San Francisco Foundation's Joseph Henry Jackson Award, was a New York Times
Editors' Choice, and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers finalist. His story collection, Teach the Free Man
(Swallow/Ohio University Press, 2007), was a finalist for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award and was named a notable book by the Story Prize. His play, The Question
(2015), won the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for Drama. He is a former John Steinbeck, MacDowell Colony, and Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellow.
Clemens Starck is a Princeton drop-out, a former merchant seaman and a reporter on Wall Street. He has worked mostly as a union carpenter and construction foreman on the West Coast—San Francisco, British Columbia, and Oregon. His carpentry work also includes a long stint as a maintenance carpenter at OSU. His first book of poems, Journeyman’s Wages, received the 1996 Oregon Book Award as well as the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. His next two books—Studying Russian on Company Time (1999) and China Basin(2002)—were also finalists for the Oregon Book Award. Additional books of poems include: Traveling Incognito (2004), Rembrandt, Chainsaw (2011), and Old Dogs, New Tricks (2016). Starck has also produced two audio CDs of himself reading his poems against a musical background: Looking for Parts (2008) and Getting It Straight (2013). November 2018 is the publication date for his newest volume, Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems. It contains all the poems from his previous six books plus a few new poems. A widower, he has three grown children and lives in a 19th century farmhouse he has rebuilt on forty-some acres in the country outside of Dallas, Oregon, in the mid-Willamette Valley.
The event is free and open to the public. Grass Roots will have books available for purchase.