My new book, Oregon State Penitentiary, published by Arcadia Publishing, was released on November 24, 2014. Look for it in your nearest bookstore or contact Diane for an autographed and personalized copy. Click on the Oregon State Penitentiary page above and see what's new.
Diane L. Goeres-Gardner is a fifth-generation Oregonian, as her ancestors settled in Tillamook County in 1852. She began writing at an early age, winning her first writing contest at age 12.
She is an '84 M.A. graduate of the University of Oregon where she did intensive study under poet Ralph Salisbury. In 2002 she won 1st place in the Oregon State Poetry Contest narrative division with "Racing the Antelope."
Between September 2007 and September 2009 Diane was a Chautauqua speaker sponsored by the Oregon Council For Humanities. Although the Chautauqua program has been discontinued, Diane is still available to give presentations on either of two topics, "Frontier Justice" or "Ordinary Women. Extraordinary Events." Please contact Diane to schedule an appearance.
Diane belongs to Women Writing the West, an organization devoted to writing about the western experience, and is a member of Western Writers of America. She also belongs to the Willamette Writers, a writing organization based in Portland, OR.
In 2005 Caxton Press released her first book, Necktie Parties: A History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851~1905. In May 2009 Caxton released her second book, and a sequel to Necktie Parties, entitled Murder, Morality and Madness: Women Criminals in Early Oregon. Each book sells for $16.95.
Besides writing and doing research, Diane enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, and reading. She has two married daughters and a wonderfully supportive husband. They live along the Umpqua River in a little valley carved out by the river and bordered by enormous Myrtle wood trees. Her constant companion is Cody, a miniature poodle-mix, whose single-minded devotion to his daily walk keeps her active.
On September 6, 2014, Diane made a television appearance on the Travel Channel's The Dead Files. She was featured as the guest history expert on a story about Roseburg, Oregon.
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Oakland, OR 97462
Diane is no longer able to do presentations due to health issues. She can still be reached by email to buy signed copies of all her books.