Writer Melissa Stephenson

Writer Melissa Stephenson is one of this year's featured writers at the fifth-annual Writers Day event, which will be held virtually at 2 p.m, Saturday, Oct. 17, through Southwestsern Oregon Community College and the Coos History Museum.

COOS BAY — Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Coos History Museum present the fifth-annual Writers Day, virtually this year, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Everyone is welcome to join for readings from writing contest winners and special guest speakers Peter Nathaniel Malae, Melissa Stephenson and Nastashia Minto.    

Peter Nathaniel Malae is the author of the novels, "Son of Amity" (Oregon State University Press, 2018), "Our Frail Blood" (Grove/Atlantic, 2013), "What We Are" (Grove/Atlantic, 2010); the story collection, "Teach the Free Man" (Swallow/Ohio University Press, 2007); and the play, "The Question" (2015), each of which won a few awards.  He is a former John Steinbeck, Oregon Literary Arts, Arts Silicon Valley and MacDowell Colony fellow.   

Melissa Stephenson earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in Fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Ms. Magazine and Fourth Genre. Her memoir, "Driven," was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. She lives in Missoula, Mont. with her two children. 

Nastashia Minto is the author of "Naked: The Rhythm and Groove of It. The Depth and Length to It." An African American woman born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents, she grew up in poverty and around drugs, alcohol and family violence. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Minto has been writing since she was 9 years old, and has found that her writing offers her a way to help others. Her work has appeared in Gobshite Quarterly, Portland Metrozine, SUSAN The Journal, and the Unchaste Anthology. She is a popular featured reader at Portland reading series including Grief Rites and Incite. 

The writing contest closed Sept. 30. Registration to join Writers Day virtually will be to the day of the event, Oct. 17. This event is free, but donations will be accepted. Visit https://cooshistory.org/writers-day for event details and to register. For questions, contact Noelle Ebert at 541-888-7431 or noelle.ebert@socc.edu

Special thanks to Cranberry Sweets & More, Charleston Marine Life Center, and 7 Devils Brewing Co. for sponsoring prizes. 




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