Community and the Western Landscape

Craig Lesley

River Song and Winterkill


  • A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest; born in The Dalles and currently living in Portland, Oregon.
  • Married, with two daughters.
  • Received a Doctorate in Human Letters from Whitman College, an M.A. in English from University of Kansas, and an M.F.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst..


  • Worked eight years for the Deschutes River Guide Service in Oregon.
  • Teaches creative writing at Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon; currently (i.e., in 2000), writer-in-residence and Ford Professor of English Literature at Williamette University, Salem, Oregon (e-mail:
  • Both Winterkill and River Song won Best Novel of the Year from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers' Association.
  • The Sky Fisherman nominated for the Oregon book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.

Major Writings

Winterkill (1984)
River Song (1989)
The Sky Fisherman (1996)
Storm Riders (2000)

Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (edited and introduced by Craig Lesley)
Dreamers and Desperadoes: Contemporary Short Fiction of the American West (edited by Craig Lesley)


Retired Discussion Series

Debbie Sturman, Director
425 South Main Street, P O Box 510
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