Oregon Book Award Nominees Carrie Seitzinger, Jean Esteve, Kerry Cohen, and Aria Minu-Sepehr will read from their works.
Carrie Seitzinger is a finalist in poetry for her book Fall Ill Medicine. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook The Dots Don’t Connect. She is the cofounder and editor of the arts and culture magazine Nailed.
Jean Esteve grew up on Long Island, studied art at Cornell University’s School of Architecture, and now writes and paints in Waldport, Oregon. She is a finalist in poetry for her book, Off-Key.
Kerry Cohen has authored six books, including three young adult novels. She is a 2013 Oregon Book Awards finalist for her books Seeing Ezra and Dirty Little Secrets.
Aria Minu-Sepehr started a second life in America at ten as a political refugee fleeing fundamentalism in his homeland. Professionally, he has strived to bring a greater understanding of Iran and the Middle East to his new home and to highlight the respect that exists between East and West outside politics. He is a finalist in creative nonfiction for his memoir, We Heard the Heavens Then.
This program was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.