Author Tina Ontiveros will read from her award-winning memoir “Rough House” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History.
The free event is part of LCSC’s Visiting Writers Series.
Ontiveros, a writer, teacher and author, grew up living below the federal poverty line, mostly with her single mother on the edge of the Oregon desert, according to an LCSC news release. She lived with her constantly migrating dad at times, in small timber towns around the Pacific Northwest. Today, she lives near the bottom of Mount Hood and teaches writing and literature at Columbia Gorge Community College in The Dalles, Ore. She received her bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst University, in West Linn, Ore., and her master’s in nonfiction writing at Goddard College in Vermont.
“Rough House” was named an October 2020 Indie Next Great Read. Ontiveros also is the winner of a Pacific Northwest Book Award and is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her essay “The Life We Pay For” was a top 10 most read of the 2019 Oregon Humanities Magazine.
She contributed an essay on teaching and being taught to the LCSC student publication Talking River Review.