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R.B. Moreno
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Fastwrite: Election Night
This month, on the campus where I teach English, we're studying "living sources." Fieldwork, et cetera. Today I asked students to write for 10 minutes in a notebook about something or someone you've overheard in the past 24 hours. "Give your topic a face," ...

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Snap Box
RBM has a new short story, "Snap Box," in the current issue of Drunken Boat . An excerpt: But this too is probably a false picture. This town, like Isabel and maybe Aurelia, shares its name with debutantes—the daughters of Percy, the transcontinental tycoon...

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Fall Readings at #PAMLA2015 and #WesternLit2015
A father-son portrait from "Thanksgiving for Aurelia" November 8, 2015 -- This fall, RBM brought new chapters of a prose manuscript-in-progress, The Land of Infinite Variety, to the Pacific and Ancient and Modern Language Association's 113th annual conferen...

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at an Island
July 10, 2015 -- From a week of kayaking the  Salish Sea  with a Sigma zoom lens (100-300 mm), thirteen views of Sucia Island, an early home to the Lummi people . The island's cryptic geology, which alarmed Spanish explorers , owes its designs to intertidal...

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The View from (Another) Long Island
May 25, 2015 -- Pictures from a long weekend exploring Washington's Long Island , where lumber production doubled in the postwar years, and surrounding Willapa Bay , one of North America's most extensive estuaries.

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The Agronomist as Hero
February 6, 2015 -- RBM is thrilled to have new nonfiction, "The Agronomist as Hero," featured in the current issue of Quarterly West, a literary journal based at the University of Utah. Here's a brief excerpt: My father stands at another intersection, insp...

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The View from The Empress
November 10, 2014 -- Over the weekend, RBM attended the Western Literature Association's annual conference, hosted this year by the University of Victoria's Department of English at  The Empress hotel on Vancouver Island. Along with panels ranging from indi...

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#AWP14
Join RBM, other creative writers at the University of South Dakota , and friends for a reading tonight at the Festival of Language, now in its sixth year, at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Seattle. RBM will open the off-site e...

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Photo of the Day
February 8, 2014 -- The view from Portland, Oregon, and Day 3 of the winter storm few in Portlandia, not even William Riker, want to call Orion .

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Here's a friend's compelling profile of a young couple living on the streets in Portland, Oregon. Having watched police break up a small camp under Route 99E on Wednesday morning, +Kate Horton's work lends this winter's homelessness some valuable context.
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