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Professor of English and Writing, Dr. Varon has taught at EOU since 1988. She co-directs the new Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing at EOU and is editor-in-chief of basalt, EOU’s professional literary magazine. She is also a Visiting Professor of American Literature and Culture in the Baden-Württemburg/Oregon State System of Higher Education faculty/student exchange at Ludwigsburg University of Education, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
Dr. Varon is the author of Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father (University of Missouri Press), a WILLA Award finalist from Women Writing the West. Other awards include a first place award in non-fiction from New Millennium Writing, The William Stafford Fellowship in Non-Fiction from Literary Arts, and two awards to publishers from Literary Arts for Calapooya and basalt. Her fiction and non-fiction appear in New Letters, The Northwest Review, The Seattle Review, the High Plains Literary Review, WomenArts Quarterly, The Western Humanities Review, the Oregon Encyclopedia, among others. Also a translator from the Chinese, her translation of the Tang Dynasty poet Li He are collected in The Rock’s Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He (Ice River Press).