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Writing Fellows

Writing Fellows offer workshops in fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, or poetry, as well as in general literary subjects such as publishing or literature. These fellows bring fresh perspectives and special energy to Attic workshops, and give you an opportunity to work closely with some of the best up-and-coming writers in the Northwest as you broaden your literary community, as well.

Meet the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters' Writing Fellows

 

Wayne Gregory

Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

A participant in Attic Institute workshops with senior fellow Merridawn Duckler and associate fellow Ariel Gore, Wayne Gregory was a 2010-2011 Atheneum Fellow and also a 2011-2012 Hawthorne Fellow. Wayne's work has appeared in The Sun, Alltopia, Ashe Journal, The Hawthorne, the Lambda award-winning anthology, Portland Queer, and the forthcoming anthology, Fashionably Late. His memoir, The Tongues of Men and Angels, has just been published by Rebel Satori Press. The story takes place in the evangelical South of the sixties and seventies and chronicles the beginnings of Wayne’s struggle as an adolescent, his budding sexuality, and how he hid his homosexuality from others and from himself for years until he was finally forced out in middle age. Wayne has taught at Willamette University and currently works at Portland State University. He is a linguist, a proud grandfather, and a card-carrying member of the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. Originally from Louisiana he now lives in Portland, Oregon.

Emily Harris

Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Emily Harris is a reporter and producer for Reveal. She previously served as an NPR international correspondent, based first in Berlin and later in Jerusalem. Her 2014 coverage of Gaza was honored with an Overseas Press Club citation. She also was part of the NPR team that won a 2004 Peabody Award for coverage in Iraq. Harris lived in and reported from Russia during the upheaval of the 1990s. In the U.S., she covered a range of beats for NPR’s Washington desk and reported jointly for NPR and PBS’ “Now” with Bill Moyers. Harris helped start and host “Think Out Loud,” a daily public affairs talk show on Oregon Public Broadcasting. She worked to evaluate and share new financial models for journalism as editorial director of the Journalism Accelerator startup. She’s drafted a screenplay about relationships born in war and collects audio stories of awful and mind-changing moments in peoples’ lives.

Carol Hendrickson

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Assistant to the President of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Carol Hendrickson was the Executive Assistant to the Dean of the OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU for eight years and supported six consecutive Presidents of Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI) prior to its 2001 merger with OHSU. She has studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah and Portland Community College, where her love of everything green and growing led her to Landscape Architecture.  She is a long-time student of the Portland Chapter of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana.  Carol’s literary activities include five years of Women’s Life Writing classes by Marie Buckley through Hillsboro Parks & Recreation.  Her additional creative activities include Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging), gardening and ballroom dancing.

Zahir Janmohamed

Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Zahir Janmohamed's writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, Boston Review, Guernica, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Racialicious, and many other publications. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, where he was the inaugural recipient of the Anne Cox Chambers fellowship for long-form journalism, as well as from the VONA workshop for writers of color. He previously worked in the United States Congress, where he was a senior foreign policy advisor, and at Amnesty International, where he was one of the organization’s youngest directors. He currently co-hosts a podcast about race and food in Portland called “Racist Sandwich.”

Karen Karbo

Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Karen Karbo is a member of the Attic Atheneum faculty. Her most recent book in what she calls her kick ass women books is Julia Child Rules, due out in 2013. Other books include: How Georgia Became O'KeeffeHow to Hepburn, published in 2007, hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "an exuberant celebration of a great original," and The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, published in 2009, was a Nielsen Bookscan bestseller. 

Karen's first novel, Trespassers Welcome Here, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a Village Voice Top Ten Book of the Year.  Her other two adult novels, The Diamond Lane and Motherhood Made a Man Out of Me, were also named New York Times Notable Books.  Her 2004 memoir, The Stuff of Life, about the last year she spent with her father before his death, was an New York Times Notable Book, a People Magazine Critics' Choice, a Books for a Better Life Award finalist, and a winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction.  Her short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, salon.com and other magazines.

She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. 

Lee Montgomery

Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

 

Lee Montgomery teaches nonfiction in the Atheneum. She is the author of The Things Between Us, A Memoir (Free Press, August 2006), Whose World Is This? Stories (University of Iowa Press, September 2007), and Searching for Emily: Illustrated (Nothing Moments Press, October 2007). The Things Between Us received the 2007 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and Whose World Is This? received the 2007 John Simmons Iowa Short Fiction Award and was a finalist for the Ken Kesey Award in Fiction in 2008.

Montgomery's fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Black Clock, Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Story Magazine, Black River Review, the Santa Monica Review and the Antioch Review. Nonfiction has been published in the New York Times, Alaska Quarterly, the American Book Review, Boston Magazine, Travel Holiday, 'Scape, The Hollywood Reporter, Tin House, Paris Passion, Boston Phoenix, the Oregonian, Willamette Week, New England Monthly, the Antioch Review and the anthology The Honeymoon is Over (January 2007, Warner Books).

Montgomery is also an editor. For the last ten years she has been at Tin House as the associate publisher and editor of Tin House Books and an executive editor of the magazine. Also, while at Tin House, she founded the Tin House Writers Workshop in 2003 and directed it for three years. Previous to this, she was the fiction editor at the Iowa Review, the editor of the Santa Monica Review, and various anthologies including Transgressions: The Iowa Anthology of Innovative Fiction (University of Iowa Press), Absolute Disaster: Fiction from Los Angeles (Dove Books), Woof! Writers on Dogs (Viking Penguin, September 2008).

She lives with her husband, daughter, and two bizarre schnauzers in Portland, Oregon.

John Morrison

John Morrison

Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

John Morrison's book, Heaven of the Moment, won the Rhea & Seymour Gorsline Poetry Competition and was a finalist for the 2008 Oregon Book Award in poetry. He received his MFA from the University of Alabama. John's poetry has appeared in numerous national journals including the Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, Poetry East, and the Southern Poetry Review.

A former Attic Institute Studio for Writers participant, John has taught poetry for the University of Alabama, Washington State University, and in the Literary Arts Writers in the Schools program where he served as director from 2006-2009.

WHY I LIKE TO TEACH AT THE ATTIC INSTITUTE: "What makes teaching at the Attic special has an easy answer: the writers who are curious enough to climb the stairs and join a class or workshop. Whether novice or master — and I’ve had both in the same class — everyone shares a dedication to poetry and, very quickly and deeply, to each other. Often their talent brings them to the Attic. They know they can write. They’ve seen flashes of brilliance in their metaphors, images, and in the music of their lines. Now they want to know what to do to weather the challenges and risks and write at their potential. So the workshops are always home to energetic discussions of craft and of fresh, sharp poetry (who doesn’t love that?), and home to writers poised to explore and develop a practice that can sustain their artistic life and lift their poetry to its potential. These writers are what make the Attic so special to me: they inspire me to teach my best and encourage me to write my best."

Whitney Otto

Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Whitney Otto is the author of five novels: How To Make an American Quilt, which was a New York Times Best Seller (as well as other bestseller lists) and NY Times Notable Book; nominated for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award, and adapted into a feature film produced by Steven Spielberg. Now You See Her was nominated for an Oregon Book Award, and optioned for film. The Passion Dream Book was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, optioned for a film, and an Oregonian Book Club selection. A Collection of Beauties at the Height of Their Popularity was a Multnomah County Library selection. Eight Girls Taking Pictures is being published by Scribner in November 2012. Her novels have been published in fourteen languages.

Her work has also appeared in anthologies, magazines and the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Oregonian. In 2006 she had an art exhibition of her shadow boxes at the Littman & White Galleries in Portland, OR.

Chuck Palahniuk

Associate Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Chuck Palahniuk's novels include the bestselling Fight Club, which was made into a film by director David Fincher, Survivor, Invisible Monsters, Choke, Lullaby, Fugitives and Refugees, Diary, Stranger Than Fiction, Haunted, Rant, Stnuff, Pygmy, Tell-All, and Damned. Portions of Choke have appeared in Playboy, and his nonfiction work has been published by GearBlack BookThe Stranger, and the Los Angeles Times.

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