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Matt Love Keynote speaker at Summer in Words 2014


ImageMatt Love lives in Astoria on the Oregon Coast and is a lifelong educator and publisher of Nestucca Spit Press. He’s the author/editor of 11 books about Oregon. In 2009, Love won the Oregon Literary Arts’ Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for his contributions to Oregon history and literature. His latest book is Rose City Heist: A True Crime Portland Tale of Sex, Gravy, Jewelry and Almost Rock and Roll. His website is

From Of Walking in Rain:

I want to be the Tom Petty, Henry Miller, Harriet Tubman, Steve Prefontaine, Gale Sayers and Daniel of the lion’s den of Oregon rain. Rain plays chess and solitaire with you at the same time. Rain sets up spontaneous stages for unrehearsed performances. Rain brings mountains down to the sea. All my great notions manifest in rain. Threat of rain culls the weaklings. Rain strops those who walk into it. I have divined many of life’s most important intentions in rain. Using an umbrella is like turning off the light before sex. What would happen to our country if we elected a President from the Oregon Coast who knew rain and loved it? I love the smell of wet dogs in the morning—it smells like victory. I’d rather fall in love with a woman of rain, not the sun or moon, but of course, rain isn’t for everyone as I have discovered. Rain portends nothing. It means everything.

Here Matt Love’s blog.

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Summer in Words 2014


We’re finalizing the line up of speakers for Summer in Words 2014 and next comes jigsawing together the schedule. This year we’re bringing back three of the favorite speakers from past conferences, because their practical wisdom,  passion, and commitment to the written word have lingered on.  There will be a special focus on craft and genre this session, so plan on in-depth information helpful for your writing projects.  Registration opens on April 1, 1014. Here are some of our speakers:


Kelly Brown Williams













Cathy Lamb







Randall Platt

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