Amy Schutzer is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. Her first novel, Undertow, was published in 2000 (Calyx Books). More information about “Undertow.”

Her second novel, Spheres of Disturbance published in 2014 (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press), and was an Oregon Book Award Finalist. It is available at bookstores and

While her second novel, The Color of Weather remains unpublished, it was a finalist in the 2010 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest, judged by Marge Piercy. She has finished her fourth novel, The Autobiography of My True
Self, and looking for a publisher.

Her chapbook of poetry, Taking Down the Scarecrows, was published by Finishing Line Press (July 2011). More info:

The 29th Street Writers continues to be an integral part of Amy’s writing life and is a remarkable confluence of talented women dedicated to the craft and love of words.

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Ellen Goldberg started writing seriously as a teenager to save her life. It worked, since she’s still alive and keeps writing and reading her poetry. She studied writing and radical political activism at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her first books were Naming: An Anthology of Eight Women, Rocking The Boat and Meeting Street. Besides writing, Ellen has taught poetry writing in the schools and community and organized poetry readings in Portland for many years, such as the Wayback and Of Course I’m a Feminist. She won the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize for her book, Each Perfect One (Seven Kitchens Press), is the editor of the chapbook, Of Course I’m a Feminist (The Poetry Box) and has been published in journals such as Calyx, Windfall, Gertrude, Silo, and Lyric Garden. Ellen is devoted to poetry for the way it combines politics, humor, beauty, and the victory of the human spirit again and again, line by line, against all odds.

Ila Suzanne Gray’s is the author of several poetry chapbooks. Her writing has appeared in the journals Windfall, Fireweed, We’Moon, Sister Spirit, and, Beltane Papers and published in the anthologies We Are Everywhere, Writings By & About Lesbian Parents; Dreaming, An Almanac of Lesbian Lore and Vision; Common Lives, Lesbian Lives; Wild Witches Don’t Get the Blues;and Raising Our Voices, an anthology of Oregon poets against the war. Ila collaborated with Kay Gardner on an oratorio entitled “Ouroboros—Seasons of Life” which was performed at the National Women’s Music Festival. Her prose, poems and art are intimate details of a life lived with intention and purpose.

Kathleen Haley, a recently retired executive for health-related boards and yoga teacher, has been writing on weekends and evenings for decades. Poems and memoirs of family, intimacy and love blossom from the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest and a lake in Pennsylvania. She has been published in the Journal for the Humanities, the Oregonian and Clackamas Review. Thanks to her teachers and the 29th Street Writers she continues to learn the craft.

Kathleen Saadat began writing in her teens. As an adult, she has contributed articles and essays to political publications. She works for world peace and social and economic justice. Frequently a teacher, joining the 29th Street Writers put her in the position of student. She has grown to enjoy the learning.

Sharon Wood Wortman, the author of The Portland Bridge Book, began writing and seriously reading poetry in 2003. Her poems and creative nonfiction have been published since in — among other places — The Sunday Oregonian, Calyx, and Windfall. She’s been awarded three Regional Arts & Culture Council (Oregon) grants, one of which was to write and stage her one-woman show, “The Bridge Lady,” performed at Portland’s Shoebox Theatre in 2009. She’s now looking for a publisher for thirty of her “reclamation” poems, a CNF piece about her body as a geological site published by Calyx in 2016, and a story she told for “The Moth” in 2011 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall that had nothing to do with an attack by a serial killer in 1969, nor being in her sporty red Mazda RX-7 when it was repossessed while she was sitting in it in the early 1980s. Working title: “My Overnight Recovery in 30 Years, the Collected Sharon W.W.” Being a member of the 29th Street Writers equips her to part the waters of her responsibilities as wife, sister, niece, mother of four, grandmother of 11, great-grandmother of one, and as yet-to-fully-retire bridge maven long enough she can grab onto floatation devices study enough to rescue time for her to write.

Mimi Maduro cherishes words, metaphor, language, poetry. How words are placed alongside each other to create meaning, how poems can transfix and transform human beings—this is what calls her to pen and paper, and to the 29th Street Writers. She writes about observed moments—who and what touches her deeply yearning to discover what is beneath the surface. She continues to write as a path to inner knowing and beauty. She is currently compiling a manuscript of her poems written over the past twenty five years.