~ May 12, 2019 Featured Readers ~
Theo Czuk & Tom Titus
Theo Czuk & Tom Titus
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Theo Czuk has served time as a counselor, a canoe guide, a social worker, a sculptor, a teacher, a pauper a poet a pawn and a king (well, not so much the king). Born and bred on the hard-scrabble streets of Detroit, Theo left home at 17 riding his thumb from sea to shining sea to see what he could see. He served time in the cityscapes of New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco before landing on the green province of Oregon.
The personification of a storyteller, Theo explores life, love and loss through literature, poetry, and songwriting as well as in live performances. Theo’s first novel, HEART-SCARRED, won the Laramie Award for Best Literary Western before turning his attention to writing his upcoming novel-noir psychological thriller, THE BLACK BOTTOM. As a musician, you may find Theo performing about town as a solo, as a duo or with his trio, Theo’s Trio.
Tom Titus is an author, runner, forager, father, grandfather, and free-range philosopher who writes at the messy interface of human experience and the natural world. Somehow he managed to corral divergent paths in music, education, and biology into a B.A. in biology at Western Oregon University and a Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics at the University of Kansas. Tom pays his bills as a geneticist and instructor at the University of Oregon. His memoir, Blackberries in July: A Forager’s Field Guide to Inner Peace, is a seasonal chronology of returning to his Oregon home ground. His writings have appeared in Oregon Quarterly magazine, Turtle Island Quarterly, and the collection Forest Under Story. He is co-creator of The Nature of Gratitude, a program of poetry, prose, music, and spoken word aimed at celebrating our grateful presence in the world. Tom loves bourbon straight, coffee he can spread on toast, and writing that makes him laugh and cry, preferably at the same time. When time and his creative urge collide, he blogs at www.tomatitus.com.