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April 'Conversations' focus on activist writing

Every month, Hillsboro Library’s Main Branch at 2850 Brookwood Parkway features Conversations with Writers, an event that invites authors to read and tell about their work and writing methods.

The event isn’t just a reading — it also serves as an opportunity for audiences members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles or the featured writer’s development of his or her art, all in an informal atmosphere dedicated to helping improve and better understand the craft of writing.

On April 25, the meeting will be led by two people: Rosemary Lombard and Ceidirwen Terrill. The event, titled “Hanford: Writing to Influence the Public through Fiction, Memoir and Poetry,” focuses on activist writing.

The Hanford Site is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex that was operated by the United States federal government on the Columbia River in Washington state. It was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project, and was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world. The plutonium manufactured there was used in the first nuclear bomb, Fat Man, which was detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945 at the end of World War II.

Terrill is a horsewoman, backpacker, kayaker and sailor. She has authored two memoirs/scientific studies: “Part Wild,” which was a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award, and “Unnatural Landscapes: Tracking Invasive Species.” Terrill’s essays have appeared in “Slate,” “High Country News” and “Oxford American,” among other publications, and her work has been anthologized in the collection “What Wildness is This: Women Write about the Southwest.”

She has also performed as a storyteller on The Moth Mainstage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a professor of English at Portland’s Concordia University, where she teaches environmental journalism, science writing, and memoir. Her special interests include urban ecology, urban & wild conflicts, and the connections among gender, culture, and science. Terrill teaches field courses in botanical medicine and urban ecology, and is currently working on a book about growing up during the Cold War and her family’s connection to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Rosemary Lombard has been a university teacher, biomedical librarian and naturalist, and is currently an animal behaviorist exploring turtle cognition. She is also co-director of Conversations With Writers.

Sharon Appleman, who passed away last year, wrote “Coyote Willows,” a novel about the Hanford nuclear reactor, based on its actual operation, conditions and impact on the area. The book will be available for purchase at this event.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and goes from 7 to 9 p.m.