- Lesley, Craig
- Craig Lesley Papers
- 1995-2007 (inclusive)19952007
- 1.7 linear feet, (4 hollinger boxes)
- Collection Number
- Craig is the author of four novels and a memoir, along with numerous other works. The Craig Lesley Papers, which date from 1995 to 2007, houses materials related to author Craig Lesley's books, Storm Riders and Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Craig Lesley was born in The Dalles, Oregon in 1945. Lesley and his mother spent his childhood living in several towns throughout Eastern Oregon, including Madras, Pendleton, and Baker City. In 1963 he moved to Walla Walla to attend Whitman College, where he served as student body president in his senior year. After graduating from Whitman in 1967, Lesley went on to attend the University of Kansas, graduating with a Masters in English in 1970, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating in 1980 with a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing.
Craig is the author of four novels and a memoir, along with numerous other works. With his wife, Katheryn Stavrakis, he has also edited two anthologies of short fiction. Twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, he has received a Breadloaf Fellowship, three Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Awards, the Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award for Best Novel, and an Oregon Book Award. In addition, Lesley has written book reviews for the New York Times and the Washington Post. He has been the recipient of several national fellowships. In 1991, Lesley was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Whitman College.
Since the 1970s, Lesley has served as Writer-in-Residence at Lewis and Clark College, and as Hallie Ford Professor of English at Willamette University. He also taught in the English department at Whitman College as an interim professor during the 2001-2003 school years. He has served as Senior Writer-in-Residence at Portland State University and as a faculty member of the Pacific University Masters in Fine Arts Program.
Lesley currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Katheryn Stavrakis, and has two adult children.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The Craig Lesley Papers, which date from 1995 to 2007, houses materials related to author Craig Lesley's books, Storm Riders and Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood. Published in 2000, Storm Riders follows a single father struggling to raise his adopted Native American son, who was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. This collection includes Lesley's research materials on fetal alcohol syndrome, handwritten drafts and revisions, and a galley copy of the book. Published in 2005, Burning Fence: A Western Memoir of Fatherhood is a memoir about the men in Craig Lesley's life and a portrait of the rural Northwest communities he grew up in. This collection includes Lesley's research materials, and handwritten drafts and revisions for the book. Also included is correspondence, documentation of book awards Lesley received, and publicity and press clippings related to both books.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The donor retains copyright of the works. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Whitman College and Northwest Archives.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Craig Lesley on December 21, 2020. The accession number associated with this donation is 2020-016.
The original order of the material was maintained. Materials were transferred into archival boxes and folders, and folder titles were supplied by an Archivist.
Published copies of Craig Lesley's novels were removed from the collection and cataloged.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||1||Burning Fence: Appearances and presentations||2005-2007|
|1||2||Burning Fence: Correspondence||2004-2005|
|1||3-7||Burning Fence: Draft copy with handwritten revisions||circa 2001-2005|
|1||8-11||Burning Fence: Galley of next to last draft||circa 2001-2005|
|2||1||Burning Fence: Publicity||2005, 2007|
|2||2-3||Burning Fence: Handwritten notes and drafts||circa 2001-2005|
|2||4-5||Storm Riders: Appearances and presentations||2000-2001|
|2||6||Storm Riders: Awards||2000, 2005|
|2||7||Storm Riders: Correspondence||1998-2005|
|2||8-11||Storm Riders: Draft||circa 1995-2000|
|3||1-4||Storm Riders: Galley||circa 1995-2000|
|3||5-8||Storm Riders: Handwritten notes and drafts||circa 1996-2000|
|3||9||Storm Riders: Publicity||2000-2001|
|4||1-2||Storm Riders: Research materials||circa 1996-2000|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Fathers and sons
- Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders
- Oregon--Social life and customs
- Novelists, American--20th century--Biography