Hardcover pub. date
January 2003
ISBN 9780871143037 (hardcover)
6 x 9 inches, 240 pages.

Best Essays NW

Kathleen Holt and Guy Maynard
University of Oregon Press Foreword by Barry Lopez.

In this thoughtful collection of essays, some of the region’s most notable authors join fresh new literary voices in an exploration of life in the Northwest from rural to urban, coastal rainforest to sagebrush desert. Together, these writings form a compelling portrait of the culture and landscape of the Pacific Northwest. Contributors include Robin Cody, John Daniel, Brian Doyle, Leslie Leyland Fields, Debra Gwartney, Robert Leo Heilman, Lauren Kessler, Ana Maria Spagna, and Kim Stafford.

About the author

Kathleen Holt is a writer, editor, and creative and strategic nonprofit leader in Portland, Oregon.

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Guy Maynard is a writer and the former editor of Oregon Quarterly.

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“An acute awareness of how place informs our lives permeates Best Essays NW… a heartfelt literary exploration of life in the Pacific Northwest.”

The Oregonian

“If you know of someone who is thinking of moving to the Northwest‚ or if you just want to know more about this amazing spot we call home‚ here’s the book for you. I savored it‚ a couple of stories a night for a month. It’s lovely.”

Eugene Weekly

“A wonderful essay collection celebrating Northwest voices. Established writers offer their rich‚ profound perspectives and newcomers surprise us with fresh observations‚ recent discoveries. Together they conjure that spellbinding region of the heart known as the Oregon Country.”

–Craig Lesley‚ author of Winterkill and The Sky Fisherman

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