Oregon State Penitentiary, published by Arcadia Publishing, was released on November 24, 2014. Look for it in your nearest bookstore. Click on the Oregon State Penitentiary page to see what's new.


Diane L. Goeres-Gardner was 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 was 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.  Diane gave presentations on two topics, "Frontier Justice" and "Ordinary Women. Extraordinary Events."

Diane belonged to Women Writing the West, an organization devoted to writing about the western experience, and a member of Western Writers of America. She also belonged 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.  





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.