Martha Gies
Martha GiesPhoto: Emily Thayer Campbell
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
- Antonio Machado

Martha Gies is an Oregon author whose work, both fiction and nonfiction, has been published widely over the last four decades in newspapers, magazines and literary quarterlies, including Gettysburg Review, OrionThe Sun, and Zyzzyva. Her book Up All Night, a portrait of Portland, Oregon, told through the stories of 23 people who work graveyard shift, was selected by both the Oregonian and the Statesman-Journal as one of the Ten Best Pacific Northwest Books of 2004. Gies is a winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Project and has had a screenplay in development at Sundance Institute. She has also received grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and a fellowship in creative nonfiction from Oregon Literary Arts. She studied writing with Raymond Carver and Maria Irene Fornes.

Gies taught creative writing classes in the short story and literary essay for 20 years at Marylhurst University and for the graduate writing program at Lewis & Clark for seven. Over the last four decades, she has also taught workshops at Haystack, the Attic, Oregon Writers Workshop, Oregon Writers Colony and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.

Following a long involvement with migrant farmworkers, Gies scripted the film ¡Aumento Ya!, a documentary about successful labor organizing on Oregon farms. She has traveled in Central Europe and along the eastern Adriatic shore, as well as to Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. She has made several trips to India, teaching workshops in both Kerala and Rajasthan; and before the ravages of NAFTA and U.S. drug policy, she made 30 trips to Mexico, where she was a foreign observer for the 1994 federal elections, taught English in a Oaxaca barrio, and interviewed human rights workers in Chiapas.

Gies currently teaches creative writing privately in Portland, Oregon, and led the first Traveler's Mind workshop to Mexico in 2000. For a list of her Portland classes or links to some of her work online, visit

Assisting with Logistics in Calcutta

Calcutta native Sukanya Ghosh will assist with translation from the Bengali, and navigation across the city's chaotic roadways during the 2018 workshop, our third in India. Sukanya finished her B.A., with honors, from Gokhale Memorial Girls' College in 2015 and is completing her M.A. at Calcutta University in June 2017, earning both degrees in English literature. She recently joined the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Free Coaching Centre as a volunteer teacher of under-privileged children. Sukanya is a swimmer, amateur painter and sometime stage actress, though her first loves remain reading and writing. She has published two articles on Shakespeare and, presently, her favorite poet is T. S. Eliot.

Photo: Martha Gies
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