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Bette Lynch Husted's collection of memoir essays, Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land, was a finalist for both the 2004 Oregon Book Award and the 2005 WILLA Award (Women Writing the West) in creative nonfiction. A poetry chapbook, After Fire, was published by Puddinghouse in 2002; Triplopia nominated her poem "Tending Adobe" for a Pushcart Prize. Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Oregon Humanities, Fourth Genre, Prairie Schooner, Northwest Review, Natural Bridge, and other journals. She was a 1994 Fishtrap Fellow.

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19 Feb 2024

That was Father—a storm in a drought, a comet in the night. Acting first, thinking later, carried on not by foresight, but on luck’s slippery feet. And so we were not as surprised as we should have been when, one warm night in our tenth year on the mountain, Father showed us the flying machine.
The first time I saw stone and Bone in ocean
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