Michael McGregor is an essayist, journalist, memoirist, biographer, fiction writer, and professor of nonfiction writing in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Portland State University. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University.
The Dude Ranch
The Dude Ranch was Portland’s premier jazz venue in the days just after World War II, when jazz clubs proliferated along North Williams Avenue, the center of the city’s African American community. In the early post-war years, racism, redlining (banks' refusal to lend money to people living in certain …