Jessica Johnson Nominated Oregon Book Award Finalist

By Charles Claringbold|February 26, 2016News, Southeast|

PCC’s Southeast campus English Department Head, Jessica Johnson has been nominated for the Oregon Book Award.

The Oregon Book Award selects five finalists each year for the finest accomplishments in writing, for those who work in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature. Jessica Johnson has been nominated for her book of poetry In Absolutes We Seek Each Other.

Jessica Johnson received her Bachelors degree in molecular biology but left that field to pursue a graduate degree in poetry at the University of Washington. Her work has been published in Tin House, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Kenyan Review, Prairie Schooner, and Subtropics.

As a finalist for The Oregon Book Award Jessica Johnson has joined such famous Oregon writers as Ken Kesey, and Ursula K. Le Guin who have both won the award in separate categories.

The Oregon Book Award winners will be announced at the 29th annual Oregon Book Awards ceremony on April 11, 2016 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, will host the ceremony.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.Com.

This event is open to the public and PCC students are welcome to go and show support for our very own Jessica Johnson.

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About Charles Claringbold

Southeast Campus Editor, Charles was a member of the team that created, edited, and published the PCC Southeast literary journal Center Street in the spring of 2015. He is a published poet and musician who plays baritone saxophone with the PCC band at Cascade. He is also the band leader, singer, songwriter, and guitar player of Portland’s own punk rock doo-wop group Dartgun and the Vignettes. Charles returned to school after a long career as an executive chef, 30 years after graduating from high school. Inspired by their children’s success in college, Charles and his wife Christine both returned to school in the spring of 2014. Since then Charles has immersed himself in the creative writing program at the SE campus. He cites English department chair Jessica Johnson and poetry instructor John Morrison for additional inspiration and motivation. Charles plans to continue with the writing and music programs and is excited to join the of The Bridge as editor for the SE campus.