Sharon Wood Wortman

Photo by Ed Wortman

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.