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Michael Mills: Instructor of English and Art at Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington. Author and Editor of the Raymond Carver podcast.

Elaine Nussbaum: Received a Certificate of Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and a MFA in Writing from Pacific University. Her book of poems, “Poems in the Key of D-Flat” was published in 1992.

Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith: Historian, past Adjunct Professor of History, Loyola Marymount University. “The Wisdom of Columbia County” is a poem of seven verses which creates a narrative for her beloved Columbia County. It was written at the request of the Board and the Artistic Director of the Columbia Chorale of Oregon-- River City Singers, with a view to commissioning it as a choral composition.

Kevin Bryant Lay: Composer, writer, guitarist. Kevin has taken the poem, "The Wisdom of Columbia County,” and set it to music to be performed by the Columbia Choral of Oregon.

Deborah Steele Hazen: The third generation of her family to own and operate The Clatskanie Chief newspaper, Debbie sold the paper in 2014 after five decades as a journalist. In her retirement, she is a freelance writer and researcher; president of the Clatskanie Historical Society, docent of The Castle, vice president of the Clatskanie Foundation, and director of the Columbia Economic Team.

Brian Bagdonas: Co-owner and printer at Craft Printing House, Brian is a board member and volunteer for the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, a working museum that uses its collection and programming to show the evolution of a craft and industry spanning multiple generations, while keeping alive the foundry equipment and skills for use today and into the future. 

Jeremy Furnish and Amanda Garrett: Born and raised in Portland, Jeremy is a multimedium visual artist and designer currently living and working in the Columbia River Estuary of Northwest Oregon. In his Clatskanie community, Jeremy serves on the Clatskanie Arts Commission and as director of the Clatskanie Mural Project. Amanda Garrett, previously from New York City and Paris, France, is a glass artist, singer, and musician who has been a lead artist on the Raymond Carver mural.


Erika Weisensee: Former writing professor, professional grant writer.

Estrella Brown: Retired teacher and poet.

Carolyn Caines: Retired teacher and poet

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