Erik Muller

Erik M rgb
Erik Muller

Erik Muller published Traprock Books (2002-2013), featuring exclusively Oregon poets, a list that includes twenty-eight titles. His criticism and reviews have appeared in FIREWEED and the newsletters of the Oregon State Poetry Association and the Lane Literary Guild. His essays on poets Vern Rutsala (1998) and Josephine Miles (2005) are part of Boise State University’s Western Writers Series. Currently, he is seeking publication for a collection titled DURABLE GOODS: APPRECIATIONS OF OREGON POETS, three of which appeared in NORTHWEST REVIEW (2006-07). The fourth essay, published by Berberis Press, Lewis & Clark College, discusses Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen’s poetry, the fifth, Clem Starck’s, the sixth and last, Lex Runciman’s.

His work as an editor of FIREWEED (1989-1998) and as a supporter of literary activity in Coos Bay (The Coos Writers Series of chapbooks, 1973-79) and Eugene (with the Lane Literary Guild) won him the Stewart Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts (2001). He retired in 2000 from a career teaching at Lane Community College (1986-2000) and Southwestern Oregon Community College (1969-1986). Harcourt Brace published his college writing text OPENING ARGUMENTS (1994).  He has been fascinated by making books, starting with mimeograph machines, moving on to letterpress and IBM Selectric typewriters and offset printing, and now computers, with the technical and design support from Herb Everett, Peace Rose Graphics. His editing of literary magazines started at Williams College (Class of 1962) and The University of Oregon (Next), where he received an MA in English (1965). After teaching English in Little Rock, Arkansas, and at University of Colorado, where he worked on but did not complete the doctorate, he began his career at Oregon community colleges (1969-2000). 

Erik, a native of Manhattan, and Ann, a native of Newport, Rhode Island, came west as soon as they were married in 1962. In 1963 they journeyed to Eugene for schooling and adventure. They returned to Oregon in 1969, to settle in Coos Bay, where their daughter and son, Eve and Daniel, were raised. A UO Russian major (1986), Ann worked as a Slavic language cataloger at the Knight Library at the University of Oregon from 1987-2003.   His poems have appeared in Jefferson Monthly, Windfall, Hubbub, Cloudbank, Beloit Poetry Journal, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review


Books & Chapbooks

Three books are done on letterpress at The Marshfield Sun Printing Museum, include: The Rainfall Regime (1973), Island Life (1976), Full Moon (1980), Banalities (1982), Entering Eastside (1985), Confluence (1992) with Peter Jensen and David Johnson (Oregon Book Award finalist in poetry), Lakes (1994) with Craig Gilbert, Kindling (1996), To the Corner and Back (2004), Green Tractors (2005), For All I Know (2008), Steps (2011), A Boy’s Eyes (2011), Never Always, Always Never (2012 ), Cinema of the Steady Gaze (2014).

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