William Kittredge

William Kittredge (born 1932) is an American writer from Oregon, United States. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up on a ranch in Southeastern Oregon's Warner Valley in Lake County where he attended school in Adel, Oregon, and later would attend high school in California and Oregon. At age 35 he retired from ranching and enrolled in Iowa Writers' Workshop at University of Iowa where he completed his MFA. He taught creative writing at University of Montana. Kittredge's father Oscar was friends with leadership in the Republican Party in Oregon. Oscar was to be picked up by Oregon Governor Earl Snell for a hunting trip in October 1947 when the plane Snell and Oregon Secretary of State Robert Farrell, among others, crashed en route, killing all four on board. Two years later, in 1949, William entered Oregon State University in Corvallis. He became a major voice with his 1987 collection of essays, Owning It All, about the modern West. He followed with his famous book, Hole in the Sky: A Memoir.


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