Charles Deemer is the editor of Oregon Literary Review and the artistic director of Small Screen Video. His book Seven Plays was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His novel Dead Body In A Small Room was a finalist for Foreword Magazine's Mystery of the Year award. Three of his stories were selected to the Roll of Honor in Best American Short Stories. His play "Famililly" won the 1997 Crossing Borders international new play competition. His other books include Kerouac's Scroll (novel), Love At Ground Zero (novel), Movies They Should Have Made (screenplays), The Man who shot Elvis and Other Stories, Seattle Sonnets, and In My Old Age (poems). Deemer recently began making digital films. His DVDs include Three Digital Short Films, Deconstructing Sally, and The Farewell Wake. Deemer teaches screen writing at Portland State University.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"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