On Friday April 10th 2015, CPAH presented our seventeenth annual "HomeWord Bound" at the Oregon Zoo (Cascade Crest Banquet Center), 4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland 97221.
The featured speakers for our 17th annual HomeWord Bound fundraiser were:Smith Henderson
Smith Henderson’s acclaimed debut novel, “Fourth of July Creek,” was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014, one of the Washington Post 10 Best Books of 2014, one of The Economist’s Books of the Year (top 10 in fiction), and No. 3 on the Oregonian’s Top 10 Northwest Books of 2014. Henderson is the recipient of the 2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award in fiction. He was a 2011 Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University, a 2011 Pushcart Prize winner, and a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas. He currently works at the Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency, where he contributed to the 2012 Emmy-nominated “It’s Halftime in America” Super Bowl commercial with Clint Eastwood. His fiction has been anthologized and published in American Short Fiction, One Story, New Orleans Review, Makeout Creek, and Witness. Born and raised in Montana, he now lives in Portland.
Award-winning author Lois Leveen dwells in the spaces where literature and history meet. A confirmed book geek, Leveen earned degrees in history and literature from Harvard, the University of Southern California, and UCLA, and taught on the faculty of UCLA and of Reed College. Her debut novel “The Secrets of Mary Bowser,” was selected as one of the Oregonian’s Top 10 Northwest Books of 2012, and her latest novel, “Juliet’s Nurse,” was published in 2014. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Review of Books, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic and on NPR, as well as in numerous literary and scholarly journals and in film and performing arts festivals. Leveen gives talks about history and literature at libraries, bookstores, universities, museums, teacher training programs, and conferences throughout the United States and the world. She lives in a bright green house in Portland with a charming, bipedal Newfoundlander.
Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita (2010-2014), has six full-length books of poetry, most recently "Understory" from Lost Horse Press in 2013. She also contributed to the 2014 anthology "The Knotted Bond: Oregon Poets Speak of Their Sisters." Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the Internet's Poetry Daily. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. As Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate, she traveled over 27,000 miles within Oregon, visiting all of its 36 counties to give workshops, readings, and presentations at schools, libraries, and community centers. Petersen serves on the board for Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January William Stafford Birthday events.
CPAH presented Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten with the Friend of Affordable Housing Award.