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Tracy Daugherty Oral History Interview. June 2, 2015

Tracy Daugherty Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Janice Dilg.

June 2, 2015

Location:  Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Tracy Daugherty (b. 1955) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing, having taught and written at OSU from 1986 to his retirement in 2013. The author of four novels, four short story collections, a book of essays, and three biographies, Daugherty also played a key role in the creation of a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Oregon State. Among many other accomplishments, Daugherty has received the Oregon Book Award four times, most recently in 2010 for his biography of the author Donald Barthelme, Daugherty's mentor. His interview focuses on his development and methods as a writer, the evolution of the Creative Writing program at OSU, and the important role to be played in academia by citizen-scholars.