Learn the craft of writing at Compose!

The Clackamas Community College English Department will host its annual Compose Creative Writing Conference on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

For further details, please view our event poster.

Cost: $20
Location: Clackamas Community College, Roger Rook Hall,
19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, OR.


Oregon Literary Fellowship!

We are thrilled to announce the Clackamas Literary Review is a recipient of the 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Publishers! This is an incredible honor. Thank you Literary Arts!

And thanks to our poets and writers who trust us with their words. And to our unstoppable student editors who make sure those words get published. They are who make our work possible, and worth it.

2018 Reading Period

Our reading period for the 2018 issue has ended. Our thanks to all the incredible authors who shared their work with us. Final selections will be made over the next several weeks and notifications will follow. Our faculty and student editors look forward to publishing this year’s issue!

Website updates!

Publishing is a collaborative effort: authors, editors, and book designers working together to connect readers with profound literary experiences. Building such a thriving publishing community is our top priority here at the CLR. To this end, our fabulous student editors have done some great work updating our website with a new resource listing, including interviews with our authors, local and national book award contests, and writing and publishing opportunities at CCC. We’ll update this listing throughout the year, so do check back often.

And get ready for our 2018 submission window, opening soon!

CLR Reading!

The Clackamas Literary Review hosted a reading at the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Oregon City, Oregon this week! It was a great success! Thank you Paulann Petersen, John Sibley Williams, Joe Ballard, Nick Conrad, and Miranda Schmidt for helping to make this evening memorable!


About the Authors

Heather Charton

-Author of “What We Knew”

What was the inspiration for What We Knew?
My dad has an unusual hobby: fireworks. But he is not the only one. A few years ago, he became a card-carrying member of Pyrotechnics Guild International and then convinced my mom and me to attend a couple of their conventions with him. At these conventions, the fireworks were amazing, but the people were incredible, too. Their delightful passion for all things “pryo” were the beginnings of “What We Knew.”
The point of view came next. I’m a small-town Midwesterner, which makes it hard to get away from the effects—both good and bad—of community. I am fascinated by a town’s group mentality, the way it’s alliances shift and develop. In “What We Knew,” I used the focal point of fireworks to play with that social dynamic.
What made you decide to become an author?
When I started my undergraduate program at Kent State, I knew that I loved words and that I wanted to be a teacher. Then I took Joey Nicoletti’s Intro to Creative Writing course. He opened up to me the idea that I could not only teach others to love and use words but that I could also use them myself. He showed me that being a writer was a possibility. After his class, I still loved words and I still wanted to be a teacher, but I also wanted to be a writer. I took every writing class I could at Kent and then pursued my MFA at Lesley University.
Do you have any other pieces you’re intending to release soon or are working on?
I had another short story—“Grounded”—published in Bird’s Thumb this February. I currently have a few short stories in the submission process and am beginning to look for an agent for my first novel.