Oregon Book Award Finalist Floyd Skloot Reads at Bend and Sisters Libraries

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  10/13/2009

Deschutes Public Library welcomes Oregon poet and creative non-fiction writer Floyd Skloot for two readings. Floyd will read from his poetry including his most recent work at the Bend Public Library on October 21 at 6:30 pm and at the Sisters Public Library on October 22 at 12:00 noon. These programs are free and open to the public and books will be available for sale at both readings.

Skloot has published fifteen books and won three Pushcart Prizes, a PEN USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Booksellers Association Book Awards, two Oregon Book Awards, the ForeWord Magazine Poetry Book of the Year Silver Award, the Emily Clark Balch Prize from Virginia Quarterly Review, and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner. He was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award in 2003, for his memoir In the Shadow of Memory, which was also a finalist for the PEN Award for the Art of the Essay. His work has been included in The Best American Essays, Best American Science Writing, Best Spiritual Writing, Best Food Writing, The Art of the Essay, and In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction, among other anthologies.

Skloot was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1947, and moved to Long Beach, NY, ten years later. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in English, and completed an M.A. in English at Southern Illinois University. From 1972 until becoming disabled in 1988, Floyd worked in the field of public policy in Illinois, Washington, and Oregon. He began publishing poetry in 1970, fiction in 1975, and essays in 1990. In May, 2006 received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Franklin & Marshall College.

An Oregonian since 1984, Floyd moved from Portland to rural Amity when he married artist Beverly Hallberg in 1993. They lived in a cedar yurt in the middle of twenty hilly acres of woods for 13 years before moving back to Portland. His current projects include new poems for a seventh collection, which he hopes to complete by 2010, and new essays. The Wink of the Zenith: The Shaping of a Writer’s Life, published by University of Nebraska Press,is an Oregon Book Award finalist for the Sarah Winnemucca Creative Non-fiction Award.

For more information about this or other library programs please call 312-1032. People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 312-1032.

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