The Longer We Were There: A Literary Reading

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Date(s) - November 13, 2019
2:00 am - 5:00 am



In concurrence with Portland BookFest and Veterans Day, the Writer’s Guild of Astoria will host Corvallis’s Steven Moore, author of the new memoir The Longer We Were There, for a literary reading alongside three local writers: Heather Douglas, Kimberly O’Bryant, and Alyssa Graybeal. The Longer We Were There, Moore’s debut book, tells the true story of the author’s experience as an infantryman in the Iowa Army National Guard, from training in Iowa to disaster relief to a deployment in Afghanistan. With a keen eye and a sharp sense of humor, Moore examines the difficulty of balancing college life and military training, and the follow-on confusion of participating in a war that is both routinely violent and a tedious stalemate. In 2018, The Longer We Were There won the prestigious AWP Award for Creative Nonfiction.

Steven Moore was born and raised in southeast Iowa and served seven years in the Iowa National Guard. His essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review online, the Georgia Review, North American Review, Ninth Letter, and BOAAT, among other publications. He and his wife live in Corvallis, Oregon. Moore is available for interview.

The Writer’s Guild is a group of writers in Astoria committed to strengthening the larger community through the power of the written word. The Guild holds workshops, retreats, and monthly gatherings in the Astoria, Oregon, area. Additionally, The Guild promotes literacy in the schools and with at-risk populations through residency and workshop programming. A literate community is a thriving community. Join us.