Lane Community Writers Series

5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 6, 2016

Room 421, LCC Downtown Campus

101 West 10th Avenue, Eugene OR

Eric Alan  –  Valerie J. Brooks  –  Mike Copperman

Eric Alan is an author, photographer, broadcaster and lyricist. His first book of prose and photography, Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, received wide national acclaim. Its sequel, Grace and Tranquility, paired with a music CD with international recording artists Gypsy Soul. His third book took him into the world of Major League Baseball: This Is Our Time! captured the unique saga of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. He currently works with National Geographic photographer Dewitt Jones on the “Celebrate What’s Right with the World” project. He’s also the primary music, arts and culture reporter for NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene, Oregon, after a long tenure as music director of Jefferson Public Radio. 

Valerie J. Brooks is a literary activist and award-winning author who has published in Scent of Cedars: Promising Writers from the Pacific Northwest and in France, a Love Story: Women Write About the French Experience. She served as Associate Fiction Editor on Northwest Review and co-founded Willamette Writers Speakers Series. Recently she completed Stealing Paris, a novel, and was awarded a Playa residency to work on Vida Flats, a memoir of her early tumultuous years as a single mom from the East Coast trying to make a home in 1970s rural Oregon. (Photo by Shannon O’Dell)

Michael Copperman has taught writing to low-income, first-generation students of diverse background at the University of Oregon for the last decade.  His prose has appeared in The Oxford American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Waxwing, and Copper Nickel, among other magazines, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission. University Press of Mississippi just released his memoir of the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta, Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta.

Eric Alan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9o0LcK2PBg

Valerie Brooks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qheH7V_GqXU

Mike Copperman – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X80lB6q0SE

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