Book of Poetry by MHCC Writing Instructor Available this Fall

Posted: June 26, 2012  

Jodie MarionMt. Hood Community College (MHCC) instructor Jodie Marion will have her chapbook of poetry, “Another Exile on the 45th Parallel,” published in the fall.

The publishing house, Floating Bridge Press, also awarded Marion with the Paula Jones Gardiner Award in 2011. Her work will be available in September through the Seattle-based publisher’s website, floatingbridgepress.org.

The plot rotates around a married couple from two different cultures, and how they face the obstacles and dilemmas married people encounter. “They’re both poets in a way. They’re both flawed,” she says of her two main characters. “It’s a strange collection,” Marion explains. “The book is about the conflict we have with our imagined lives and the material world.”

Marion received her master’s degree and much of her writing foundation, in her home state of Florida. An MHCC instructor since 2001, she teaches technical writing, composition, poetry and Spanish.

As a writer herself, she finds it much easier to empathize with her students. “Writers struggle mightily with trying to capture something in the truest way possible,” she explains. Her students appreciate her understanding as well as her dedication to their success. One notes, “She is one of the rare teachers you wish you could get for all of your classes.”

For Marion, writing has been a way to keep track of her thoughts and express herself. When her work became much more poetic in her thirties, she began exploring the world of creative writing. Editing and revising her poetry with Oregon and Washington Poet Laureates Paulann Peterson and David Biespiel prepared her work for submission to be published.

As for the award and pending publication of her book, Marion says, “Of course I was delighted! But I also feel like I have a lot more work to do.”

For students interested in creative writing and pursuing publication, Marion advises patience and a lot of solitude. “There are many different readers and aesthetics. Be patient, and find your readership.”

For information on writing classes at Mt. Hood Community College, please visit mhcc.edu/schedule.

By Teresa Lane  

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