Author Ontiveros to read award-winning memoir on April 14 – Lewis-Clark Valley Community

Lewis Clark State College

LEWISTON, Idaho — Pacific Northwest author Tina Ontiveros will read from her award-winning memoir “Rough House” April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History.

The event, part of the LC State Visiting Writers series, is free and open to the public.

Ontiveros is a writer, teacher and author. She was raised below the federal poverty line, mostly living with her single mother on the edge of the Oregon desert. Sometimes she also lived with her constantly migrating father in small forest towns in the Pacific Northwest. Today, she lives near the base of Mount Hood and teaches writing and literature at Columbia Gorge Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree from Marylhurst University, located in West Linn, Oregon, and then her master’s degree in non-fiction writing from Goddard College in Vermont.

Ontiveros is a Pacific Northwest Book Award winner and an Oregon Book Award finalist. His essay, “The Life We Pay For,” was among Oregon Humanities magazine’s 2019 10 most read.

“Rough House” was released in the fall of 2020 and was named October 2020’s Indie Next Great Read. The book shares Ontriveros’ memoir that is more than just a chronicle of hardship. In the book, Loyd is an itinerant lumberjack in Pacific Northwest lumber towns in the 1980s and 1990s, living in trailers and shelters he built for his family. Loyd becomes more nomadic as the lumber industry dies and crystal meth begins to spread through the area. Stuck in a permanent migration between sobriety and chaos, he starts over again. Throughout the book, he destroys and rebuilds relationships with Alcoholics Anonymous, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and his children.

The book is told through her daughter’s eyes with a child’s sense of awe.

Ontiveros’ work also appeared in issue 51 of LC State’s student publication, Talking River Review. She wrote an essay on teaching and teaching for the publication.

LC State COVID-19 protocols will be followed for this event. Participants can view these protocols on the college’s coronavirus resource page.



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