Robin Cody was born in St. Helens and raised in Estacada. A freelance writer, he has been a high school English teacher, a dean of admissions at Reed College, a baseball umpire, a basketball referee, and a school bus driver. The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission in 2005 picked his novel, Ricochet River, as one of the 100 essential Oregon books. His Voyage of a Summer Sun won the Oregon Book Award for literary nonfiction in 1996. Another Way the River Has is a collection of short, true stories.
Estacada (pop. 3,400 in 2018) sits on the right bank of the Clackamas River, just 30 miles from downtown Portland. The name, pronounced Esta-CAY-da, comes from a Spanish word for staked out, as territory, and may have been borrowed from Llano Estacado in Texas. The town was founded …
Literary Arts is a nonprofit arts organization with a mission to enrich the lives of Oregonians through language and literature. Its programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, Oregon Book Awards and Literary Fellowships, and Writers in the Schools. The organization began in 1984 with a small lecture series that brought …