The Captured Flame

Notes on Books, Music and the Creative Force

Thirty essays and reviews on the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, John Ashbery, Ernest G. Moll, Ned Rorem, Samuel R. Delany, Alan Hovhaness, Quinton Hallett, Andrew Marvell, Pepper Trail, Reginald Shepherd, John Jay Chapman and others.

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This compelling anthology gathers together personal impressions of the Malheur-Steens country of southeastern Oregon. Contributors of poetry and narrative nonfiction include biologists, students, tourists, birders, and local residents.

Edge of Awe

Experiences of the Malheur-Steens Country


1/29/18 - New blog post!


1/22/18 - An OSU Press Interview!

The Process of Publishing: An Interview with Alan Contreras

Alan Contreras, author of Afield: Forty Years of Birding the American West, co-editor of Birds of Oregon, proofreader for the OSU Press, and private press owner, discusses the process of writing and publishing books.

"Engaging and well written"

- Grant McCreary on Afield

"Alan Contreras is one of the deans of Oregon birding"

- Corey Finger of 10,000 Birds

"His writing style is impeccable and also sane. He is deeply informed and independent..."

- Prof. J. W. Powell on College and State: Resources and Philosophies

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