CORVALLIS, Ore. - Clemens Starck, an award-winning author who works as a carpenter at Oregon State University, will read from his new book, "Studying Russian on Company Time."

The reading, which is free and open to the public, will run from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, in the Memorial Union lounge on the OSU campus.

Starck's previous book, "Journeyman's Wages," was published in 1996 and received the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association, as well as the Oregon Book Award for poetry.

In his new book, he describes his obsession with the Russian language and his visits to that country.

His Oregon State University appearance, sponsored by the OSU Book Store, will follow a two-week swing of eastern Oregon and Washington. Starck's schedule of readings and appearances on that trip includes:



  • A reading on April 22, at 7 p.m., Waucoma Bookstore, 212 Oak Street.
  • A visit to Hood River Valley High School as part of the Rural Readers program, April 26, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.


  • A visit with home school students as part of the Rural Readers program, April 27 at 1 p.m.


  • A reading at Columbia Gorge Community College on April 28 from noon to 2 p.m.
  • A visit to The Dalles High School on April 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. as part of the Rural Readers program.



  • A three-day workshop at The Timbers resort, April 23-25.
  • A reading at Stevenson Community Library at 7 p.m. on April 26.


  • A three-day Beargrass Naturalist Writers Workshop at the Mount Adams Center, 2455 Highway 141, from April 30 to May 2.

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Clem Starck, 541-737-4168