From the archives of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, we’re pleased to present a craft lecture by Pam Houston, given at the 2012 Conference.
Pam Houston is the author of two collections of linked short stories, Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat; the novels, Sight Hound and Contents May Have Shifted; and a collection of essays called A Little More About Me, all published by W.W. Norton.
Her stories have been selected for volumes of Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Short Stories of the Century. She is the winner of the Western States Book Award, the WILLA award for contemporary fiction, and The Evil Companions Literary Award and multiple teaching awards.
She is the Director of Creative Writing at U.C. Davis and teaches in The Pacific University low residency MFA program. She lives on a ranch at 9,000 feet in Colorado near the headwaters of the Rio Grande.