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.