Windfall: January 19, 2021

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Amanda Wright Powell (she / ella / elle / ela / lei …)

Amanda W. Powell’s poems appear in the chapbook Prowler (Finishing Line), in anthologies including From Here We Speak: Oregon Poets and This Assignment is SO GAY: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, and in such journals as Agni, Catamaran, Crab Creek, Northwest Review, Ploughshares, and Sinister Wisdom. Her translations include poetry and prose by 17th-century Mexican philosopher Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (The Answer / La Respuesta, Feminist Press). She has been awarded an Oregon Literary Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, and recently the Jabberwock Review Nancy Hargrove Editors' Prize for Poetry (Fall 2020). Her in-progress translation of novelist Uriel Quesada’s Ms. Fortune Lets the Cat Out (Costa Rica) received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Writing about Prowler, poet Linda Bamber says, “Amanda Powell’s poems are dark, witty, and intimate; at once autobiographical and formally sophisticated … both deeply embedded in our literary traditions and right on the edge of contemporary poetics.” Recently retired from teaching as Senior Lecturer in Spanish literature and translation at the University of Oregon, Amanda lives with her wife Dianne Dugaw in Eugene. 

Dianne Dugaw (she, her)

Scholar, teacher, folksinger, and creative writer, Dianne Dugaw has taught English and Folklore at the University of Oregon, Harvard, University of Colorado, and UCLA and performed at colleges, libraries, conferences, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. She has recorded two musical CDs and penned songs, stories, a memoir in progress, and more than 50 articles and 4 scholarly books on historical topics including cross-dressing women heroes and the origins of musical comedy. Her creative stories have appeared in such magazines as Blueline, Slippery Elm, Mount Hope, and others. On her CD, Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song(www.cdbaby.com), she sings ballads from her book, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650–1850 (UChicago Press). “My ranch childhood in the Pacific Northwest, a large musical family, and early convent experience propel my passion for storytelling, for women heroes, and for the culture, history, and stories of our past.” Her recent historical essay, “Transcendent Ephemera: Deep Structure in Elegies, Ballads, and Other Occasional Forms” appears in the current issue of 18th-Century Life  http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00982601-8218591 Dianne lives in Eugene, Oregon with her wife of more than 30 years, Amanda Powell.