Featured Poet

Bette Lynch Husted

Bette Lynch Husted lives and writes in Pendleton, Oregon. Her works include At this Distance: Poems (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010), a chapbook After Fire (Pudding House, 2002), and a collection of memoir essays, Above the Clearwater: Living on Stolen Land (OSU Press, 2004), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and winner of the WILLA Award in creative nonfiction. A second essay collection, Lessons from the Borderlands, is forthcoming in 2011 from Plain View Press.


Her essays, poems, and stories have appeared in Northwest Review, Fourth Genre, UTNE, Prairie Schooner, Oregon Humainties, New Poets of the American West, and elsewhere. She was a Fishtrap Fellow and received a 2007 Oregon Arts Commission Award.

poems by Bette Lynch Husted

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"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