Teachers & Staff

Patrick Dundon

Teaching Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Patrick Dundon is a graduate of the MFA program at Syracuse University where he served as Editor-in-Chief for Salt Hill Journal. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The CollagistBOAAT, Sixth Finch, The Adroit Journal, Birdfeast, DIAGRAM, Word Riot, and elsewhere. He studied in the Poets Studio from 2013-2015. He currently lives, writes, and teaches preschool in Portland, OR.

Teaching Philosophy: "I believe that the largest obstacle we face as writers is ourselves, specifically our desire to create a "finished" and "good" poem or story. Yet getting out of our own way can be more difficult than it seems. I strive to create a classroom environment in which we immerse ourselves in the messiness of the creative process, diving headlong into language and allowing ourselves to make interesting, fruitful mistakes."

Omar El Akkad

Writing Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Omar El Akkad's debut novel, American War, received the 2018 Oregon Book Award for fiction. Omar was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in the Middle East before moving to Canada. In a ten-year career as a reporter, he covered stories across the planet — from the war in Afghanistan to the military trials in Guantanamo Bay, the Arab Spring revolutions in the Middle East and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Omar is a recipient of the National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting for his coverage of the “Toronto 18” terrorism arrests. He has also won the Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prize for young Canadian journalists, and has been nominated for several National Magazine Awards. He is a graduate of Queen's University.

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. 

Liz Lampman

Teaching Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Liz Lampman is a poet, essayist, and former fellow of The Attic's 2013-2014 Atheneum program. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, Lunch Ticket, The Missing Slate, Gulf Stream Lit Mag, Timberline Review, New Territory and other publications. She has worked in an editorial capacity with Tin House and Cimarron Review and she holds an MFA from Oklahoma State University. In 2016, she was awarded Reed Magazine's Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry. 

Lee Montgomery

Adjunct Fellow at the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters

Lee Montgomery 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. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop, Montgomery has been the fiction editor for the Iowa Review, the editor of the Santa Monica Review and the editor of numerous 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). For the last ten years, Montgomery has been at Tin House as the associate publisher and editorial director of Tin House Books, executive editor of Tin House magazine, and founding director of the Tin House Writers Workshop. Lee's work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times magazine, Glimmer Train, Black ClockIowa Review, Denver Quarterly, Story Magazine, Alaska Quarterly, the Santa Monica Review and the Antioch Review, among many others.