Roosevelt High School Writers present Where the Roses Smell the Best
Where the Roses Smell the Best is a collection of poetry, prose, and vignettes about what makes Portland special. These pieces were written by students of Roosevelt High School as well as established authors and poets. The result lets you see how Portlanders see Portland’s people, places, and lifestyles. From the eccentric personalities who live among us to the natural beauty that surrounds us, this book captures Portland in its entirety. Oh, yes, it also features the rain.
Where the Roses Smell the Best is the first publication of Roosevelt High School’s Unique Ink Publishing. Unique Ink is a student-led publishing center whose mission is to work with the community to publish regional pieces. Our diverse writers use the written word to express who they are. The publishing center will enable youth and adult writers to powerfully raise their voices.
We believe developing strong, confident writers who proudly express their beliefs and knowledge and who value continuous improvement is central to effectively preparing students for college and life.
Featured Readers for Annie Bloom’s Books:
Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s sixth Poet Laureate, has six full-length books of poetry, the most recent being Understory from Lost Horse Press. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. She serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford.
Sybilla Avery Cook, a former school library media specialist, has just completed an updated edition of Walking Portland. It was published in April, 2013, by Globe Pequot Publishing, Guilford, CT. Best known for her books about the Battle of the Books program, she’s written on a variety of subjects for magazines, including book reviews, travel, and humor. Her next project returns to her long time love of children’s literature. Drawn Together is a biography of Berta and Elmer Hader, Caldecott winning writers & illustrators in the 1900s.
Thea Constantine is a writer and certified Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) facilitator with PDX Writers whose short stories have appeared in In Focus, the quarterly magazine of the PEN Cyprus Center, Stellazine, and Roving Writers. She is currently at work on her first novel.
Emma Oliver is financial director at an advertising agency in the daytime and a writer at night. Emma is from Mexico and her work has been published in English and Spanish. She is currently working on her second novel, about four women in Portland and their quest to get a green card.