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Thursday, September 27, 2012 Free Press Page 7 A lifelong writer, EWU teacher earns second runner-up title for fiction award By JAMES EIK StaffReporter Polly Buckingham, writing is a life-long intrinsic passion Buckingham, a Medical Lake resident and senior lecturer at Eastern Washington University, was recently announced as runner-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 runner-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 limes 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, liming 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, including 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 magazine is set for its 12th edition this fall. "I count my productivity in writing not by what rve Writing for 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 m 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 writing, short stories, fiction workshops and other classes 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 starling 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 writkng 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. "I've runinto 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, Buckingham has around 100 pieces of writ- hag in the mail, 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- ingworld has chKnged dramatically. The introduction of e-readers and tablet computers like the Nook, Kindle and iPad have transformed the landscape in just the past three to four years, making it easier to purchase books on the go. Opportunities for publication have also increased for some writers through e-readers, but Buckingham hopes small publishers aren't relying on e-book sales. right reasons Polly Bucking ham enjoys the sunlight pouring in from the "I don't think it's a reliable thing yet," she said. For Buckingtmm, 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 init 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 listening 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 Photo by James Elk 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 dose 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. James Elk can be reached at james@c~ss.com. WEST PLAINS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS Ifyour club or organization's meet- Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. Cheney Good Sam'ers Masonic Temple, 106 College Ave., ing time has changed, or you currently in the B~etz Library. General mere- Meets the second Tuesday ofexcept for the months of July and are not listed in this column, call 235- bership meeting meets are the last every month at 7 p.m., at Cheney August. 6184. Monday of the month, everymonth Care Center, 2219 N. Sixth St. Call Cheney Recycling Center at 4 p.m. at Betz Library. chapter president Alan Vickers at Opennoonto5p.m.onWednes- CHENEY Boy Scout Troop 356 299-9002. day, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.- A1-Anon Meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Cheney Girl Scout Troop 5584 p.m. , Saturday, 100 Anderson Meets every Monday from 6:30 at the Cheney Community Church, MeetsthefirstandthirdWednes- Rd. p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Lu- 1307 Third St. (use Second Street en- day of each month at Salnave El- Cheney Rotary theranChurch,639ElmSt.Formore trance). For information call or text ementary School at 6:30 p.m. For Meets at noon, Tuesdays at information, call 235-5385.Rick Campbell at(509) 481-8172. more information contact Janet at Gatto's Pizza. Visit www.cheney- Alcoholics Anonymous Cheney Cemetery Association559-5418 or Kris at 235-5366. rotary.dry. Meets Mondays and Fridays Meets every third Wednesday of Cheney Historical Commis- Cheney Senior Meal from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the United each month at 5:30 p.m. inthebase- sion OfferedMon.throughFri.,ll:30 Methodist Church, on the comer ment of Boots Insurance Agency, The commission meets the first a.m.to 12:30p.m.attheCheneyCare of Fourth and G streets in Cheney. 217 Third St. Thursday of each month at 5:15 p.m. Center. A $3 donation is helpful. All meetings are open. For more Cheney Clothing Exchange in council chambers at City Hall, 609 For more information please call information, call 235-9015. Located at 620 Third St. in the Second Ave. The public is always 235-6196. The Allen and Trudy Mat- lower level of the Wren Pierson welcome. Cheney-Spokane Chapter, Ice tausch Veterans of Foreign Wars Community Center. Open Wednes- Cheney Historical Museum Age Floods Institute No. 11326 days from noon to 6 p.m. Residents The museum at 420 First St. is The Board of Directors meets Meets the second Saturday of can pick up clothing or drop off do- open for summer hours Thursday the first Thursday of every month each month at 10 a.m. at the Ameri- nations during those hours onlv. - Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other at 10 a.m. in the Farmers Insurance can Legion Hall, 116 College Ave. Cheney Country Quilters times may be arranged by appoint- of Cheney conference room, 513 American Legion Post #72 Meets at I p.m. Mondays at Ben ment. For more information call First St. For more information, call Meets every third Thursday of Franklin, 6 E. Cheney-Spokane Rd. 235-9015 or 235-6999.. Melanie Bell at 9544242 the month at 6 p.m. at the Legion Cheney/EWU SCOPE Cheney Knit-Wits Cheney TOPS Hall, 116 College Ave. For further Meets the fourth Thursday of MeetsthesecondSundayofeach Meets Monday at the Cheney information, call 235-6181 or go to each month at the office, located at month, 24 p.m., to knit and talk. For Faith Center at 300 N. Second St. www.legion.org, click on "Find a 612 Third St. in the lower level of the information ca11235-2220. Weigh-in from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 Post," typein"Cheney" forcityand Wren Pierson Community Center. Cheney Library p.m., meeting from 6:30 p.m. to "WA" for state, hit enter, then click Phone and fax number is 559-5679. Preschool story times (ages 2-5) 7:30 p.m. For more information, call on"Newsletter." Open on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. are at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays 235-4469. American Legion Auxiliary Public welcome. Contact Patricia and Preschool Play and Learn sto- Cultural Arts Guild Meets every second Tuesday of Thomas, president, at 209-6889.. rytime is at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays Meets each month. For more in- the month, 6 p.m. at the Legaon, 116 Cheney Food Bank at the Cheney Library, located at formation, call Richard at 217-2132. College Ave. Open 9 a.m. to noon the first 610 First St. Cheney Frayed Edges Quilt Betz Elementary School PTA four Wednesdays of the month in Cheney Masonic Lodge Guild The PTA will hold six meetings the lower level of the Wren Pierson Temple Lodge No. 42 meets the Meets the first Mondav of each a year, September through May, Community Center, 624 Thirdfirst Thursday of each month at 7:30 month at Cheney United Methodist excluding April. Meets the first Street. p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Church, 6:30 p.m. New members always welcome. Call 2354124. Cheney Kiwanis Meets at 7 a.m. Thursdays, sec- ond floor of Willow Springs Station, 809 First St. Visit www.cheneyki- wanis.org. 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 Cen- 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 Moder~ dentistry with old fashioned care Mostdental insurances accepted, ,, preferred,provider forTricarelnsurance ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS Airway Heights Family Dentistry 9713 W. Sunset Hwy. 509-456-4220 Small Town Girls - New Location & More Vendors! 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