Authors Gather at PSU for Oregon Writing Festival This Past Weekend

owf 2019 author signing

Where could hundreds of young students from throughout the state flock to hear incredible writers Kim Stafford, Graham Salisbury, and Rosanne Parry? This past Saturday, PSU was just the place to foster a love of poetry and prose for budding scholars in grades 4-12.

PSU College of Education (COE) and the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) teamed up to host the 35th Oregon Writing Festival.

The event, held annually on the first Saturday in May, this year featured three keynote speakers: Stafford, the Oregon Poet Laureate and author of 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do, for grades 9–12; Salisbury, a children writer known for Under the Blood Red Sun, for grades 6–8; and Parry, a children’s author known for A Wolf Called Wander, for grades 4–5.

After the speeches, each student attended two break-out sessions that the keynote speakers and teacher-authors led. Students even were afforded the opportunity to delight in a book signing with these extraordinary writers. For more information about the Oregon Writing Festival, visit the OCTE webpage.

For story ideas for the PSU College of Education, contact Jillian Daley at

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