Duane Poncy and Patricia J. McLean are the authors of Bartlett House, A Will Adelhardt / Lucy Hidalgo Mystery and editors of Raising Our Voices: An Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War, published in 2003 at the outset of the Invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. Raising Our Voices was honored as one of the 150 most important Oregon poetry books by the Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest, on the occasion of the Oregon State Sesquicentenniel.
Also in 2003, they founded Elohi Gadugi, a small nonprofit literary organization, and its literary publishing imprint, The Habit of Rainy Nights Press. They are editors at the press, which now includes Elohi Gadugi Journal, a literary magazine dedicated to showcasing “narratives for a new world.”
Duane, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, writes speculative fiction, fantasy, and mysteries with a literary bent. His work often contains Native American characters and themes. His current project is The Sweetland Trilogy–he has finished the first novel, Skyrmion, and is hard at work on Entanglement, the second book of the series.
Patricia is currently working on A Stranger in Town, a novel set in the fictional Eastern Oregon community of Germaine. The story was inspired by Duane and Patricia’s groundbreaking online fiction website, The Germaine Truth, which came online in 2004. She also writes poetry in addition to her longer-form writing pursuits.
Patricia and Duane live at Portland, Oregon’s Milepost 5 artists community where they host monthly literary readings, as well as classes for struggling writers.
Is Sweetland a new world ready to accept suffering humanity, or is it another kind of escape entirely?
For those left behind, the act of crossing over to Sweetland is, literally, no different than death, but Joe Larivee believes he has seen the other side, and now he must decide: is Sweetland real, and, if so, does he follow his daughter and lover and escape from the hell Earth has become, or does he stay and fight for the unfortunate ones he has spent his life serving, and, in the process, just maybe redeem himself for the betrayal which eats at his conscience?
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