Susan Pesznecker is a fourth-generation Oregonian whose grandparents and great-grandparents settled and farmed the land in what is today known as Malin. She is a registered nurse and a college English teacher, earning an M.A. in nonfiction writing from Portland State University in 2007. Susan currently teaches composition and creative writing at Portland State University and Clackamas Community College. She is the author of Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink (Llewellyn, 2009) and has published nonfiction essays in Oregon Quarterly and Oregon Humanities.
In 1909, the Czechoslovakian Colonization Club of Swanton, Nebraska, sent three men on a search for arable land in the American West. Vaclav Vostrcil, J.A. Sobotka, and Frank Zumpfe sought a place for the club’s immigrant colony to settle. After surveying potential locations in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and …