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Thursday, September 27, 2012 A lifelong writer, EWU teacher earns second runner-up title for fiction award By JAMES EIK Staff Reporter ".or Polly Buckingham, writing is a life-long ! intrinsic passion. JL Buckingham, a Medical Lake resident and senior lecturer at Eastern Washington University, was recently announced as rtmner-up in the 2012 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her submission "The Stolen Child and Other Stories." This is her second time receiving rtmner-up status in the contest, one that she's followed for a number of years. Winners of the award receive full publication for their submissions from the University of Georgia Press. Growing up in suburban Illinois, Buckingham recalls bringing some of her first stories up to her third-grade teacher and by the fifth-grade, she was writing regularly. "I stayed up all night a number of times and then produced these 20-page handwritten stories," she said. At the age of 14, her family moved to Florida, where she eventually graduated from college and took a four- month road trip driving across the country, timing her stops in cities hosting writing Conferences. At those con- ferences, especially in the different sessions, Buckingham said she fell further in love with writing. Eventually ending her journey at the Oregon coast, she worked a series of jobs, induding spending time at a public radio station in Astoria before moving to Seattle for four years. A career as a writer requires healthy productivity, sending out stories for contests and publication letters. For Buckingham, coming to Eastern as a graduate student was an effort to increase her productivity as a writer. Dur- ing her time in Seattle, she became editor of the annual literary magazine StringTown, which debuted in 1998. After being on hiatus for a few years, the magamne is set for its 12th edition this fall. "I count my productivity in writing not by what I've Free Press Page 7 Writing for the right reasons done in a day, but by what I've done in a year," she said. "What I noticed when I was in Seattle was my productiv- ity was down for the first time ever." The move paid off in more ways than one. Her productivity increased and she also received a job at the university in 2001, eventually moving into her current position as senior lecturer. "I did not expect to be teaching after graduate school," she said. "I don't even remember applying." Buckingham teaches creative wrilg* short stories, fiction workshops and other dasses at Eastern. At first, it surprised her how few students recognized what a short story was. Others had only one genre in mind when first starting dasses. Buckingham is a firm believer in taking a multi-faceted approach to avoid getting grounded in one genre, which can lead to creative restrictions. "If you want to write, you have to be super flexible about what you're learning," she said. Some students have a natural writing ability, but aren't able to regularly produce content, while others may not have the best set of skills at the beginning of the year, but are dedicated to the craft. Putting in those late hours, even all-nighters like Buckingham once did as a child, can make all the difference in growth as a writer. 'Tve run into some fantastic student writers; marvel- ous. But if they're not writing, it doesn't make a differ- ence," she said. "I'd rather have a student who may not start out fantastic, but is just dogged, because that's the more important piece of it." Currently, Buckinam has around 100 pieces of writ- ing in the marl, sent to various publishers and contests. The hope is to find a publisher that understands the character Of the writing and respects the craft. Since becoming an instructor at Eastern, the publish- ing world has chged dramatically. The introduction of e-readers and tablet computers like the Nook, Kindle and iPad have transformed the landscape injust the past three to four years, making it easier to purchase books on the go. Opporttmities for publication have also increased for some writers through e-readers, but Buckingham hopes small publishers aren't relying on e-book sales. 7/1:1;i: ; i00iiiiiii00ii!!i00i;iii ii::i:/:ii!ii:;ii i:iiii:iiiiiii!ii l Photo by James Elk Polly Buckingham enjoys the sunlight pouring in from the office windows at Eastern Washington University. the Spokane area is a perfect home. It's not too busy, not too quiet and access to various shopping needs is close by. "That's the thing about Spokane, you can get rural really easily," she said. Looking at the inspiration of writers like William Faulkner, Joy Williams, Jose Saramago and John Cheever, writing is at the core of Buckingham's life. Living and working in Eastern Washington, she's happy. "The reasons we write are all 100 percent intrinsic," she said. ]ames Elk can be reached "I don't think it's a reliable thing yet," she said. For Buckingham, using technology is meant to service a need. But, she stays on top of trends by attending confer- ences and workshops to help teach more effectively. "You don't do technology just because it's there, you don't engage in it just because it' s there. If it' s there to serve a particular purpose, you use it to serve that purpose/' she said. "I don't have an iPod. On the airplane, I'm listenn{g to a cassette deck, but I'm headed to a technol- ogy conference in which I'm going to learn how to teach online more effectively." Now living on lakefront property, Buckingham said WEST PLAINS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS If your club or organization's meet- ing time has changed, or you currently are not listed in this column, call 235- 6184. CHENEY Al-Anon Meets every Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lu- theran Church, 639 Elm St. For more information, call 235-5385. Alcoholics Anonymous Meets Mondays and Fridays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, on the corner of Fourth and G streets in Cheney. All meetings are open. For more information, call 235-9015. The Allen and Trudy Mat- tausch Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 11326 Meets the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Ameri- can Legion Hall, 116 College Ave. American Legion Post #72 Meets every third Thursdayof the month at 6 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 116 College Ave. For further information, call 235-6181 or go to, click on "Find a Post," type in"Cheney" for city and "WA" for state, hit enter, then click on "Newsletter." American Legion Auxiliary Meets everv second Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. at the Legion; 116 College Ave. Betz Elementary School PTA The PTA will hold six meetings a year, September through May, excluding April. Meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. m the Betz Library. General mem- bership meeting meets are the last Monday of the month, every month at 4 p.m. at Betz Library. Boy Scout Troop 356 Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Cheney Community Church, 1307 Third St. '(use Second Street en- trance). For information call or text Rick Campbell at (509) 481-8172. Cheney Cemetery Association Meets every third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the base- ment of Boots Insurance Agency, 217 Third St. Cheney Clothing Exchange Located at 620 Third St. in the lower level of the Wren Pierson Community Center. Open Wednes- days from noon to 6 p.m. Residents can pick up clothing or drop off do- nations during those hours only. Cheney Country Quilters Meets at I p.m. Mondays at Ben Franklin, 6 E. Cheney-Spokane Rd. Cheney/EWU SCOPE Meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the office, located at 612 Third St. in the lower level of the Wren Pierson Community Center. Phone and fax number is 559-5679. Open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Public welcome. Contact Patricia Thomas, president, at 209-6889. Cheney Food Bank Open 9 a.m. to noon the first four Wednesdays of the month in the lower level of the Wren Pierson Community Center, 624 Third Street. Cheney Good Sam'ers Meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at Cheney Care Center, 2219 N. Sixth St. Call chapter president Alan Vickers at 299-9002. Cheney Girl Scout Troop 558 Meets the first and third Wednes- day of each month at Salnave El- ementary School at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact Janet at 559-5418 or Kris at 235-5366. Cheney Historical Commis- sion The commission meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 609 Second Ave. The public is always welcome. Cheney Historical Museum The museum at 420 First St: is open for summer hours Thursday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other times may be arranged by appoint- ment. For more information call 235-9015 or 235-6999. Cheney Knit-Wits Meets the second Sunday of each month, 2-4 p.m., to knit and talk. For information call 235-2220. Cheney Library Preschool story times (ages 2-5) are at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays and Preschool Play and Learn sto- rytime is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Cheney Library, located at 610 First St. Cheney Masonic Lodge Temple Lodge No. 42 meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 106 College Ave., except for the months of July and August. Cheney Recycling Center Open noon to 5 p.m. on Wednes- day, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. , Saturday, 100 Anderson Rd. Cheney Rotary Meets at noon, Tuesdays at Gatto's Pizza. Visit www.cheney- Cheney Senior Meal Offered Mon. through Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. at the Cheney Care Center. A $3 donation is helpful. For more information please call 235-6196. Cheney-Spokane Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute The Board of Directors meets the first Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Farmers Insurance of Cheney conference room, 513 First St. For more information, call Melanie Bell at 954-4242 Cheney TOPS Meets Monday at the Cheney Faith Center at 300 N. Second St. Weigh2in from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 2354469. Cultural Arts Guild Meets each month. For more in- formation, call Richard at 217-2132. Cheney Frayed Edges Quilt Guild Meets the first Monday of each month at Cheney United Methodist Church, 6:30 p.m. New members always welcome. Call 235-4124. Cheney Kiwanis Meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays, sec- ond floor of Willow Springs Station, 809 First St. Visit www.cheneyki- Cub Scout Pack 356 Meets the fourth Monday of each month at Cheney Cheney United Church of Christ, 6:30 p.m. For information call Lowell at 509, 939-9682. Feed Cheney Offers a free hot family meal on the last Monday of each month, September through May, at the Wren Pierson Community Con- Small Town Girls New Location & More Vendors/ Saturday, October 6 10 am-5 pm & Sunday, October 7 10 am-3 pm Reardan Community Hall  " FREE ADMISSION ter, 615 Fourth St. (Fourth and D) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free groceries are distributed after the meal. No qualifying necessary. Everyone See Clubs page 8 Dr. David Turner, DMD Modern dentistry with old fashiooed care Most dental insurances accepted, . pr.eferr, ed provider for Tricare Insurance ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dent try 9713 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220 For Early Shoppers Only, ! Doors Open from 8-10, Saturday, Only $15 Admission Includes: Early Shopping,::;:i; Breakfast & Trunk Show/Lecture:: by SandyPacker of"Sumei' Love :& , Seating .limited! 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