Marianne Klekacz lives, writes, and gardens in Oregon's Coast Range Mountains on a little valley that runs off the west slope of Mary's Peak. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have been published in "The Oregonian" and a variety of literary journals and anthologies including Cloudbank, Oregon Literary Review, Windfall, Manzanita Quarterly, and CALYX Journal. Marianne's first chapbook, Life Science, won the 2003 Edna Meudt Memorial Award and was published by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. A full-length collection, When Words Fail, was published in 2009 by Dancing Moon Press. Marianne earned a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Marylhurst University and an M.F.A. in Writing from Pacific University. She has served on the boards of the Mountain Writers' Series in Portland and of Writers on the Edge in Newport. She is a past president of the Oregon State Poetry Association.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets