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This is 2012/13


A Community Guide to (theNatureofWords)

The Nature of Words: P.O. Box 56, Bend, OR 97709 Literary Arts Center: 224 NW Oregon Avenue, Bend, OR 97701 541.647.2233

2  The Nature of Words

It’s always NOW Robert McDowell, Executive Director


f it is true that we can only be awake in the moment, then that’s all the more reason to value the present with heightened humility and devotion. This is why I love the acronym—NOW—signifying that The Nature of Words is in the house with its sense of urgency, joy, and immediate presence. This new Guide reflects NOW’s ever-growing programs for students and adults throughout Central Oregon from the Washington to the California borders. These workshops, retreats, lectures, discussions, and presentations for students of public and private schools, and in at-risk and traditionally underserved areas take place in diverse educational settings such as Shepherd’s House, OSU-Cascades, COCC, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, Oregon libraries, Warm Springs, numerous grade schools and high schools, and The Storefront Project in NOW’s own literary arts center on Oregon Avenue in downtown Bend. I’m deeply grateful for our partners, sponsors, donors, board members, and advisory board members who make these opportunities possible. I am also thankful for our men-

tor/teachers who are established and highly regarded poets and writers, and of course for our Programs Director, Jamie Houghton, who is herself an award-winning poet. I’m also giving a special shout-out to our recently departed (for graduate school in Portland) Sara Roth, who did so much to procure funding for all of our projects. Most of us are aware of the world’s struggle to recover from economic meltdown. It’s a struggle that’s well documented and felt every day. In such a climate, clear, concise, and inspired communication has never been more necessary. That’s exactly what the programs and events at The Nature of Words provide. Based on the timeless teaching model of the Mentor-Apprentice relationship, Words Without Walls, The Storefront Project, Rising Star, our annual literary festival, and SpeakNOW guide participants to become more confident, better thinkers, and more effective writers and talkers. These programs create and nurture communities, be it the individual family, the workplace, or the town one lives in. We thank every one of you, every participant we have ever worked with, and we eagerly anticipate working with those we haven’t met before. Come! Join us for the discoveries and the fun that build bridges and last a lifetime.

Welcome to NOW Jamie Houghton, Programs Director

Contents Words Without Walls.............................. 3, 4 WWW Instructors.......................................5 The Storefront Project............................. 6, 7 Specialty Workshops.............................. 8, 9 Rising Star Creative Writing Competition.................................... 10, 11 SpeakNOW..............................................12 The Literary Festival........................... 13, 14 Sponsors, Donors and Board Members....15 Support....................................................16


hether you are a student, educator or just a lover of the literary arts, there is something at The Nature of Words (NOW) for you. In this community guide to our programs you will find information about NOW’s educational outreach programs including Words Without Walls writing in the schools program, Rising Star Creative Writing Competition for emerging writers, SpeakNOW spoken word competition for high school students, and year-round readings and specialty workshops for all ages at the literary arts center in downtown Bend. You will also find information about NOW’s November Literary Festival. Please contact The Nature of Words if you want more information about any of the programs in this guide or if you would like to get involved as a volunteer. Included in this guide are applications for educators to request a program at their site, as well as a donation form if you would like to support the literary arts. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Words Without Walls A Resource for Literary Arts Instruction


ords Without Walls places author/instructors in traditional and alternative education settings throughout Central Oregon for 5- or 10-day residencies providing creative writing workshops tailored to each individual site. Residencies are offered K-12, as well as to adults in correctional facilities, social welfare or habilitation programs. NOW’s roster of creative writing instructors includes writers who specialize in fiction, non-fiction, nature writing, playwriting, screen-writing, ‘zines, poetry, and spoken word. Each residency is celebrated with a performance of student work, the publication of a book bound by NOW’s in-house book binder, or the creation and display of student broadsides (a mix of words and images.) In addition, each participating student is considered for publication in NOW’s annual anthology of student writing as well as in torches n’ pitchforks, NOW’s electronic literary magazine for students in Central Oregon

The Nature of Words in the Community • • •

Each year, The Nature of Words brings the literary arts to: 3,000 people at the literary festival 2,689 students through Words Without Walls creative-writing residency program 500 students and community members through workshops and readings at the downtown literary arts center 200 students through Rising Star Creative Writing Competitions and SpeakNOW spoken word competition

founded, produced and edited by Jim Churchill-Dicks. This year, for the first time, we are also offering the option of shorter, one-or-two-day visits to schools and their communities. These visits may include options such as workshops at the school and in town at a library, bookstore, or community center, an assembly performance for the entire school, or an after-school workshop for staff on teaching creative writing. WWW’s curriculum is based on Oregon Department of Education Standards and focuses on improving use of figurative language, revision and presentation. Student writing skills and knowledge base are evaluated before and after the residency, and NOW surveys students and classroom teachers to evaluate the success of the residency.

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How to apply for a residency T

he Nature of Words accepts applications year-round for residencies. To apply, contact Jamie Houghton, Programs Director, at or call 541.647.2233 to obtain an application. Each 10-day residency costs NOW approximately $2,000. While each school or program is asked to fund one-quarter of its residency, all requests are considered regardless of ability to pay, and scholarships are considered upon request. Grants and individual and business donations help to offset the cost or may offer to sponsor a site’s residency.


Anthology of Student Writing

ote to Self is the third edition of The Nature of Words annual anthology of student writing. This collection offers participants in NOW’s programs the chance to have their writing professionally published, and offers students a tangible outcome for each workshop. The winning entries of the annual Rising Star Creative Writing Competition are featured, along with the winner of SpeakNOW, and students from Words Without Walls and The Storefront Project. When a student realizes that not only does their opinion matter but that they are now able to express themselves with confidence using poetry it is a tremendous joy to observe- to see that same student supported by an entire classroom or even entire schools because they took the risk and spoke up, is one of the best kinds of heart ache I have ever experienced.” Jason Graham, Words Without Walls Author/Instructor

The Words Without Walls residency was a fabulous way to end the year and a way for students to be able to voice their truths at a time of year when expectations and apprehensions are high.Their words were joyful and grateful and honest.” -Sally Pressler, Bend Senior High School English Teacher


Erik Mendez

What I’m about to lectur e is not a coo coo conjectu re I’m going to talk about my family. My family is like a mana tee floating about like a sea star in what you call an ocea n but I call “el mar.” My family is stuck togeth er like a piece of metal with a bolt. We are never going to cra ck or ever going to fault. You cannot prove me wr ong even though this is not a song. My family is NOT a broke n circuit because when we go tog ether to a supermarket we always make sure tha t we are close by because we never want a sudden goodbye. Family is wherever I fee l that I can express what is me not where I try to be so meone else.

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Words Without Walls Instructors Rachel Lee-Carman is a writer and artist living in Bend, Oregon. She publishes the ‘zine Show & Tell and has taught classes and workshops through The Nature of Words’ Storefront Project, Young Musicians and Artists, Cascades Academy, Atelier 6000, the High Desert Free Skool, Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School and a variety of other places. Unselfconscious sharing and connecting community through art is a large theme of Rachel’s teaching and work. Kim Cooper Findling’s work has appeared in Horizon Air, Oregon Quarterly, Runner’s World, Hip Mama, Sky West, The Best Places to Kiss NW, High Desert Journal and more, and she is the author of Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler, and Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir. Kim was the 2011 winner of the Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest. Jason Graham (aka Mosley WOtta), is a poet, performer, and painter. Graham has played Sundance Film Festival, Music Fest Northwest, and TED X. Graham received the 2011 “Arts Beautification and Culture” award from the City of Bend and spoke on the “Mixed Experience Panel” with New York Times bestselling author Heidi Durrow at The Nature of Words 2011 literary festival. Graham has been a featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat.” Jamie Houghton graduated from Smith College with a degree in English Literature in 2006, where she represented Smith on the 5-College team at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in San Marcos, Texas that same year. She has performed and placed in poetry slams in Vermont, Massachusetts, Texas and Oregon, and her work has been published online in High Desert Journal, Folly, La Fovea, and qarrtsiluni. She has been teaching workshops of her own design since 2006. She writes book reviews for High Desert Journal and serves as their Web Editor. John Martin is a published poet and fiction writer. He writes general interest articles for The Bend Bulletin and several regional magazines. He teaches creative writing for Words Without Walls and The Storefront Project at regional middle and high schools and alternative programs as well as the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras, Oregon.

Robert McDowell is the author of five books of poetry, the co-author of two volumes of literary theory, co-translator of a collection of stories by Ota Pavel and the editor of three anthologies. His new book of poetry, The World Next to This One, will be published in Ireland in 2013 by The Salmon Publishing Co. His poems, stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in hundreds of anthologies and periodicals here and abroad. For twenty-two years, he served as a founder and executive director/publisher of Story Line Press, a non-profit publisher of serious literature. While there, he selected and guided into print 250 books, including volumes by five US Poet Laureates, six Pulitzer Prize winners, and a Nobel Laureate John Mounts has written and/or produced more than 75 television shows and commercial videos for local and national broadcast, specializing in cultural documentaries and ocean sports programming. Over the past 20 years, he has interviewed more than 800 people on camera, ranging from children to celebrities. A Telly Award and Pele Award winner, John has had three documentaries featured in the Hawai’i International Film Festival entitled: Pele the Fire Within, Na Himeni O Ka Ekalesia and Beach Break. Ellen Waterston, a New Englander who married and moved to the ranching West, grounds her writing in both of those cultural and geographic landscapes. Her award-winning essays, short stories and poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and reviews. Waterston has published two full-length poetry collections, both winners of the WILLA award; Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, as well as a memoir and a collection of personal essays.

Thank you for the opportunity to be involved with The Nature of Words program at our school.Through your guidance and ability to match my class with a professional author, I was able to teach valuable writing lessons to my students that provided a powerful voice they might not have found.” -Todd LaFrenz, Rimrock Expeditionary Alternative Learning Middle School Teacher

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The Storefront Project T

he Storefront Project began in 2010 offering free, after-school creative writing classes for middle and high school students every Monday and Thursday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at NOW’s Literary Arts Center in downtown Bend. Classes are taught by regional authors, and focus on developing critical thinking skills and expanding awareness of the literary arts through a fun, project-based curriculum around a variety of genres. The Nature of Words is pleased to recognize Umpqua Bank and Central Oregon Radiology Associates and Bend Broadband as sponsors of The Storefront Project.

The Literary Arts Center also serves as a community resource. Located in the heart of downtown Bend, it is available for rental for events or meetings. Visit our retail center to purchase guest author books to begin reading for this year’s literary festival, or unique journals, art, NOW merchandise and more.

Green is My Escape Helena Plummer, The Storefront Project Student

NEW The Storefront Project for ages 9-12 Offered by NOW through Deschutes Parks and Recreation Youth Enrichment programs, this eight-week workshop will focus on in collaborative story writing and book-making with NOW’s book binder, as well as individual fiction and poetry projects. This class will run from September 11- October 30, 2012, from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Please register through Deschutes Parks and Recreation:

Green is my Escape. Packed in the jeep for hours until solitude is found sweetly, touching the fingertips of a quiet lake, as my bare feet begin to melt into the crackled earth, I forget all responsibilities. I wander on top of the water, falling, with each step. into fish and large snakes. I am buried in a nest of smoke and mud and coffee grounds. For a long, dry moment I am a lake. I am a fish. I am a grain of sand. I am a snake. When I start to return, back into my own body, back into the tight jeep, back into my worries, I start to forget that quiet lake.

The Storefront Project allows me to tap into my inner creativity.” – Cannon Clarke, Storefront Project student

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Special Thanks to The Storefront Project 2012 Instructors Micah Bournes Michele DeSilva Katie Eberhart Elijah Goodall Mick Green Jasper Hawkins Derek Sitter Susan Strauss Alex Weiss

“I am definitely not afraid to branch out with my writing and try new genres and techniques thanks to The Storefront! I had a great time trying all the different prompts and learning from the teachers there.” – Marlee Norr, The Storefront Project student

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Upcoming classes:

Poetry and Poetry Broadsides with Jamie Houghton and Atelier 6000

November 19, 26, 29 at The Nature of Words December 3,4,6 at Atelier 6000 $140 including supplies Registration opens October 15, 2012 Poet and spoken word artist Jamie Houghton and Atelier 6000 Printmaking Studio and Gallery will offer this joint workshop exploring a series of prompts in this 6-session series to open up your creativity and unlearn what you think you know about poetry. Each student will create at least one hand made professionally printed broadside.

2012/13 Workshops The Story You Came To Tell

(Dates TBD):

with Ellen Waterston Taught by Author Ellen Waterston, founder of The Nature of Words. Register through Central Oregon Community College.

Zen/Toaist Haiku Taught by Jeb Barton, accomplished Haiku poet and Zenga brush painting intructor.

Nature Writing Taught by Michelle DeSilva, two-time Rising Star Creative Writing Competition winner and current librarian at Central Oregon Community College.

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’Zine Making With Rachel Lee-Carman, author of the “Show and Tell” zine.

WOW! Week of Words W

OW Week of Words offers summer creative writing workshops for elementary age writers including story writing, book making, and other fun projects. Please check the website for updated expanded summer workshop opportunities for students of all ages.

Fiction Workshop With John Martin, poet and fiction writer, and John Mounts, fiction writer and documentary filmmaker.

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The Rising Star Creative Writing Competition T

he Rising Star Creative Writing Competition began in 2006 to honor emerging writers in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Prizes are awarded in three genres: fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry, in three age categories: 15-18, 19-25, and 25+. Entries are judged by a panel of published authors in each respective genre. First place winners receive a cash prize, a trophy, and a scholarship to the November Literary Festival. All winners are published in NOW’s annual anthology of student writing, and are invited to read their winning entry during the Rising Star

awards ceremony and reception, the opening event of the November festival. The Nature of Words would like to thank the University of Oregon for its on-going sponsorship of the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition.

And Grace Sings

Laura Winberry, Rising Star Literary Nonfiction Winner 2012 (excerpt)

I’m now passionate about poetry. I LOVED speaking my mind and showing how I felt.” – Kyle Rawdin, Pilot Butte Middle School Student

It is New Year’s Eve and I enter a wine café with a thin paper notebook an d a pen in my pocket. The space is packed, res ervation only, and rightl y so. Grace is singing ton ight. Her voice does something to call in the stars and drum the spirit from your walls. It coax es you to feel something authentic. Grace is singin g tonight. Good thing my heart needs somethi ng real. I didn’t know I was going to get this, though. One never does. Brennan tells me I can sit here and do you mind sharing a table? A gentl eman pulls out a chair and I look him in the eye and take my coat off and say hello. He slurs his speech a little and I think he’s drunk already. This early in the evenin g. I introduce myself and he hands me his name: Brent. He doesn’t offer the shake of his hand. I recognize how he guard s it, and how it doesn’t function properly. I think it’s paralyzed. And then I see how the right side of his face doesn’t smile like the rest. But that his warmth is genuine, that it’s in his eyes and from somewhere real. Like Gracie’s singing.

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2011 Risinbg Star Winners

I appreciate the opportunity to show some of my best work and even the possibility of it being published. It makes me feel like I’ve found the right niche to follow.” – 2011 Rising Star Winner Angelica Dawson, Roseburg, OR

Elijah Goodall,

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2011 Rising St

my swollen heart told me so (excerpt from winning poem by Rachel Sims)

pre-dawn dust on my shoes maps a mars-lit arroyo; i follow a path through hunchbacked piñon pines to the top of the moon-dark mountain, passing coyote-bright eyes in the scrub to summit and watch the sun rise over far-away plateaus.

Louis Vowell,

2011 Rising St

ar Winner

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SpeakNOW T

he Nature of Words’ spoken word competition for poets ages 14-18 began in 2011 to provide additional opportunities for students participating in NOW’s creative writing classes. Poets are invited to perform original work and are judged by a panel of judges on content, delivery, and audience response. The winner receives a cash prize, trophy, scholarship to an author workshop during the November literary festival, and the opportunity to perform at the festival. Spoken Word, and its most popular offshoot, slam poetry, is known for its emphasis on performance and its tendency towards social commentary.

India Chilton, SpeakNOW 2011 winner

Brooke Lynn Br

idge, 2011

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The Nature of Words Literary Festival

Central Oregon’s Premier Literary Event T

he Nature of Words literary festival is an annual 5-day celebration of the literary arts in Bend offering author readings, lectures, workshops and a gala dinner for readers and writers of all ages. Created in 2005, the festival is NOW’s flagship event and remains a favorite in the region, bringing over 3,000 attendees each year. The guest authors invited represent the best voices in fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and are selected to raise the level of discussion in the community

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2011 guest au

and offer a diverse range of topics. There is truly something for everyone at each festival, and NOW seeks to make it accessible regardless of ability to pay through scholarships and collaborations with Deschutes Public Library, COCC and OSU Cascades. Students with a valid ID or proof of studentship may attend the Tower Theater readings free! First come first serve, for more information please visit The five-day festival offers: • The Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony in the Central Oregon Community College Library. • Two nights of guest author readings and book signing at Tower Theater. • Three days of workshops and lectures on the Central Oregon Community College and OSU-Cascades campuses.

• A gala author dinner with a reception with the authors, a keynote speaker, brief author readings, a performance from the student winner of SpeakNOW Spoken Word Competition, and book signings. • Sunday Author Reading featuring a free reading by a guest author at Deschutes Public Library. Please visit our website for more details on additional events surrounding the festival.

The Nature of Words restored my faith in the creative process.” –Cindie O’Connor, attendee

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Collaborations in the Community T

he Nature of Words is pleased to partner with OSUCascades, the office of Multicultural Activities of COCC and the COCC Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program to provide lectures and panel discussions at a discounted price for students. In addition, NOW partners with Deschutes Public Library to offer a free reading with one or more guest author each year. NOW also offers free tickets to 100 students each night at the Tower Theater author readings with proof of student ship, and scholarships to workshops and lectures by request. Please contact info@thenatureofwords. org to inquire about scholarship availability.

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The festival is a marvel. I learn so much from watching it grow and seeing its impact on people and the region in general.” – Ellen Santesiero, attendee

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Our 2012 Sponsors and Donors Co Sponsors


OSU-Cascades, Central Oregon Community College

Abacus Photography, LLC, Allied Arts, Pandie Anderson, Pamela Andrews, Sandy and Alex Anderson, Atelier 6000, Carol Barrett, Glen Laureate and Barbara Bates, Bend Golf and Country Club, David and Linda Bilyeu, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Meyer Memorial Trust, National Bix Restaurant, Ken Brinich, Jennifer Delahunty Britz, William and Darcy Endowment for the Arts, The Starview Foundation in Support of the Burton, Karen Cammack, Cascade Professional Computing, Cascades Deschutes Land Trust, Anonymous Donor Theatrical Company, Central Oregon Pediatric Associates, Central Oregon Visitors Association, Linda Johnson and Fletcher Chamberlin, Robert W. Ex Libris and Marjorie C. Chandler Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, The Bulletin, BendBroadband, The Collins Foundation, St. Charles Health Linda Bonotto and Jerry Colonna, Bob and Wanda Coil, Leslie Conley, System, The Source Weekly Bruce and Sandra Cummings, Jim Dailing, DKA Architecture and Design, Donner Flower Shop, Dudley’s Bookshop Café, Terry Dunkelberg, Events Best Seller by Mint, Jay and Chris Schroeder Fain, First United Methodist Church, Rose and Stephen Archer, Bella Moda, Bend Radio Group, Dan Wieden Dick Falxa, Valerie Anne Wright and Patrick Flaherty, Louise Hawker, on behalf of Caldera, Russel and Leslie Hopper, Getit Cascade Publications, Shuttle, Ginger’s Kitchenware, Central Oregon Magazine, Leonard Gross, Mr. and Mrs. Julia Kennedy and Ron Stuart Gordon & Family, Mick Cochran, Cow Creek Umpqua Green, James Gregory, Beth Indian Foundation, Express and Ronald Hanson, Judith Employment Professionals, Montgomery and Phillip Margaret Heater, Herbert A. Havens, High Desert Journal, Templeton Foundation, Edna Emma Hill, Gail Kinsey Hill, L. Holmes Fund of The Oregon Pam Houston, Sue Humphrey, Community Foundation, Joolz, Karen Huck, Loren and Kinsman Foundation, Les Sally Irving, Larry Jacobs, Don Schwab Tires, The James F. and and Cam Kerr, Mona Key, Peter Marion L. Miller Foundation, Koehler, Mike and Cookie The Old Mill District, Robberson Lafferty, Lay It Out Events, Ford, Roundhouse Foundation, Rachel Lee-Carman, Leonardi Umpqua Bank, University of Media Arts, Richard and Oregon Susanne Linford, Marieluise Macht, Bob and Liz Main, Page Turner Emilie Marlinghaus, Sarah Autzen Foundation, The Phipps and C. Taylor Massey, Bend Foundation, Brooks Robert McDowell, Margaret Resources Corporation, Central McLaughlin, Rene Mitchell, Dr. Oregon Radiology Assoc, Angelina Montoya, Jan Moore, P.C., Kristee Chick, Christine Marlene Morrison, OnPoint Coffin, Cushman Family Fund Front row: (left to right): Stephen Archer, Margie Robberson, Sue Fountain, Community Credit Union, Linda of The Oregon Community Orcelletto, Penny Nakamura, Kristee Chick, Margaret Wood; Back row: Max Merrill, Julia Kennedy Cochran, Foundation, Devore’s Good Newport Market, The Oren Broc Stenman, Karen Poulsen, Kristin Kovalik, Beth Patterson; Lower left: Food Store, Facebook Prineville Family, Thomas Osborne, Christine Coffin, Margi Heater Data Center, Ron and Molly JoAnn Pari-Mueller, Northeast Foerster, Sue Fountain, Cynthia Investment Management, Kirk, Kristin Kovalik and Inc., Paulina Parent Teacher Organization, Paulina Springs Books, Lee Damien Nurre, Max Merrill, Beth Patterson, Pepsi-Cola Company of Bend, Perry, Jennifer and Ron Reuter, Joanne Sunnarborg, The Pick Family Living Phoenix Inn and Suites, Jeff and Margie Robberson, Sally Russell, Samuel Trust, Lisa Pounders, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen, Sharon Reeves, Janine S. Johnson Foundation, Broc and Judy Stenman, Stephen Thompson, Matt Robberson, Roberts on Wall, Sara Bella Upcycled, Thomas J. Sayeg, Stanley and Diana Tomseth, Visit Bend, Margaret and Jim Wood and Susan Shepardson, John Skillern, J. J. Speirs, Dorothy Stenkamp, Table Tops, Inc., Tetherow Golf Club, Jacqueline Thea, Bob and Clella Chapbook Thomas, P. F. Todd, Helen Vandervort, Volcanic Theater, Ellen Waterston, Associated Students of COCC, Jeb Barton, Bank of the Cascades, George Waterston, Elizabeth Warriner, Maria Wattier, Sara Weiner and Bend Dental Group, The Casey Family Fund of the Oregon Community Joanne Richter, James and Tiffany Wood, Kyle and Sarah Wuepper, Xpress Foundation, Deschutes Brewery, Deschutes County Discretionary Grant Printing, Mrs. Vivian and Dr. Douglas Zirker Fund, Deschutes Public Library, Eriksen Wall Properties, Grace Bio-labs, The Nature of Words is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Tim and Jenny Green, Bruce Jackson, Jane and Jerry Kirkpatrick, Line Arts Commission. Design Graphics, John Martin, Edward J. Meisen, Ann Miller, Craig Moore, Multicultural Activities of COCC, Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar The Nature of Words is supported in part by a grant from Oregon Cultural Program, Mary Heather and Gavin Noble, Larry Nurre, Duane and Corinne Trust: Oregonians investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities. Paulson, Dave and Margaret Rose, Ben Schade and Schade Steel, Selco The Nature of Words is supported in part by an award from the Oregon Community Credit Union, M C Smith Sign and Graphics Company, Strictly Arts Commission. Organic, Suntrack Sound, The Trust for Public Land, Village Baker, The The Nature of Words is supported in part by a grant from Oregon Cultural Ward Family Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Writing Ranch Trust: Oregonians investing in Oregon’s arts, heritage and humanities.


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Support The Nature of Words T

he Nature of Words is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to sustain its programs.

Did you know that The Nature of Words: • Provides free creative writing instruction after school for teens? • Offers low-cost creative writing residencies to public schools and alternative educational programs through Words Without Walls? • Grants more than 200 scholarships to the November literary festival to students, veterans, and low-income attendees?

P.O. Box 56, Bend, OR 97709 Literary Arts Center 224 NW Oregon Avenue, Bend, OR 97701 541.647.2233


I want to support The Nature of Words creative writing programs for youth and adults.

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2012-13 NOW Community Guide  

the 2012-2013 Community Guide for the Nature of Words, a non-profit in Bend, OR.

2012-13 NOW Community Guide  

the 2012-2013 Community Guide for the Nature of Words, a non-profit in Bend, OR.