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Join date: Jan 25, 2021

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Growing up the oldest of 12 on a small ranch near Mount Saint Helens, I returned to the Pacific Northwest with my wife, Amanda Powell to teach Literature and Folklore at the University of Oregon in 1990 after living various adventures in San Francisco, Denver, the Ozark mountains, Los Angeles, Boulder, Chicago, and Cambridge, MA. My stories, mainly about growing up on Cowlitz Prairie and then being a Franciscan nun, appear in magazines including Blue Line, Soundings, Mount Hope, and Slippery Elm (where the story here, “At the Door” was published).

I have written many scholarly and historical works including a book on historical ballads and stories of cross-dressing women, Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850 ( ). An avid musician, I perform and compose songs and hymns and have recorded two albums: Dangerous Examples—Fighting & Sailing Women in Song and The Aunties Song Kettle—Songs for Kids of All Ages (downloads and cd’s available from ) My ranch childhood in a beautiful place with a diverse, lively, and musical family and my early experience as a Franciscan propel my passion for storytelling, for women heroes, and for the culture, history, and stories of our past.

Dianne Dugaw

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