~ April 8, 2018 Featured Readers ~
Joy McDowell & Shirley Marc
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Joy McDowell is a graduate of the University of Oregon. She often writes about people at the edge of society, those in rural, blue collar areas who struggle to survive. Her characters don’t attend Vassar or Yale. They hunt and cut meat, sometimes commit crimes and often view life as an experience to outwit.
Without sentiment she presents her miniature story poems. She has produced three chapbooks and is included in two anthologies. She won an Editor’s Choice Award for Oregon for her poem, “The Rest I Imagine” in New Poets of the American West.
Shirley Marc, former teacher, education news writer, and photographer, holds degrees in English, biology, and education from Central Connecticut State University. Life Sat Up One Night and Caught Me (2005), her book of poetry and photography, is a metaphysical journey of life. She is co-editor of When the Shadows are Long: the Poetry of Dr. William Scheld (2009). Retired in 2012 from the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society, she is the current vice president of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her poems encompass a wide range of topics from the infinitely small to the infinitely large.