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Thirteenth Annual Oregon Quarterly Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest
Winning and finalist essays from the 2012 Northwest Perspectives Essay Contest.

Robin Cody was this year’s contest judge.


Open Category

1) Mary Funk, “Killdeer”

2) Mary DeMocker, We, the Good People”

3) Adam David Nilsson, “Reciprocity”

Student Category

1) Rachel Hammer, “Because It Is There”

2) Janie Kliever, “All That Jazz”

3) Amy Shannon, “We Are So Small Here”


Melvin Adams, “The Circus Comes to My Small Oregon Town”

Kelli Grinich, “Two Fly Over the Empty Nest”

Kristianne Huntsberger, “Stones We Carry”

G.B. Lawrence, “Sweet Tea and Shoestrings”

Jane Love, “Towelheads: A Love Story”

Scott F. Parker, “On the Gentle Sand, Facing In or How You Never Stop Becoming Who You Are”


























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