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Tenth Annual Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest
Winning and finalist essays from the 2009 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest.

Olympian marathoner and longtime Sports Illustrated senior writer Kenny Moore served as this year’s contest judge. Moore recently published Bowerman and the Men of Oregon chronicling famed UO track and field coach Bill Bowerman and the athletes, including Moore and Steve Prefontaine, who competed on his teams.


Open Category

1) Harold Toliver ’54, “Numbered Days”

2) Gail Wells, “The Ecstasy of Worms”

3) Melvin Adams, “The Wild Gods of the West and the Paradox of Beauty and Terror”

Student Category

1) Rebecca Reisbick, “The Romance of Salmon”

2) Amanda Peacher, “First Salmon”

3) Michelle Theriault, “Mud Puddle, Cherry Blossom”


Open Category

Ellie Belew, Roslyn, Washington, “Crosscut”

Robert A. Freedman, Portland, “Chasing Ducks”

Liz Harlan-Ferlo, Portland, “Gathering Anyway”

Evelyn Searle Hess, Eugene, “What Makes a Home”

Nate Liederbach, Olympia, Washington, “The Property”

Ross Maxwell ’00, Los Angeles, “Stabbing Westward: Oregon and the Pioneer Gothic”

Jamie Passaro, M.S. ’01, Eugene, “Twilight in the Logging Capital of the World”

Student Category

Dawn Pichon Barron, Olympia, Washington, “Gray Area”

Katherine Gries ’05, Eugene, “Saving the Queen”

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