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Peter Donahue is the author most recently of Salmon Eaters to Sagebrushers: Washington's Lost Literary Legacy (Washington State University Press, 2019), based on his Retrospective Review column in Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History.


He is also the author of Three Sides Water (Ooligan Press, 2018), a trilogy of short novels; the novels Clara and Merrit (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010) and Madison House (Hawthorne Books, 2005, winner of the Languam Prize for American Historical Fiction); and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms (Missing Spoke Press, 2000).


In addtion, he has co-edited, with John Trombold, two literary anthologies, Reading Seattle and Reading Portland, both published by the University of Washington Press. In Fall 2015, he published, with co-editor Sheela McLean, an abridged and annotated version of Seven Years on the Pacific Slope (Shafer Historical Museum), a memoir by Mrs. Hugh Fraser about life in the Methow Valley between 1905 and 1912.


From 2005 to 2018, he wrote the Retrospective Review column for Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History, published by the Washington State Historical Society. His many short stories and critical articles have appeared in such literary and scholarly journals as Connecticut Review, South Carolina Review, Interim, Washington Square, Chiron Review, The Southern Quarterly, The Midwest Quarterly, and Writing on the Edge. From 2012 to 2014, he was on the roster of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau with his talk titled "Washington History and Historical Fiction."


Peter has degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University of Washington, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma State University. He lives in the Methow Valley on the eastern slope of the North Cascades and teaches English at Wenatchee Valley College-Omak in the Okanogan Valley.

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