Executive Committee


Ellen Waterston, President

Bend, Oregon

An award-winning author and poet, Ellen Waterston founded the Waterston Desert Writing Prize in 2015. Prior to that she founded and, for 12 years directed, The Nature of Words, a literary nonprofit based in Bend, Oregon. She is at work on her third nonfiction book, based in Oregon's high desert, and due out from University of Washington Press in 2020.

​Jeff Tryens, Vice-President

Sisters, Oregon

An economic consultant, Jeff Tryens is based in Sisters, Oregon.


Louise Hawker, Secretary

Bend, Oregon

Louise Hawker is a public relations consultant, specializing in nonprofit communications. She also compiles life histories for clients.

Gail Hill, Treasurer

Bend, Oregon

A journalist with 20 years as a reporter at the Oregonian in Portland, Oregon, Gail Hill continues to write creatively since retiring to Central Oregon.





Julia Kennedy Cochran

Bend, Oregon

Julia Kennedy Cochran was a journalist at the New York Times before moving to Central Oregon with her husband, where they started raising sheep. She is a member of several boards of regional nonprofits. She authored a memoir about her father’s role as a journalist in WWII titled Ed Kennedy’s War: V-E Day, Censorship & the Associated Press.


Jim Cornelius

Sisters, Oregon

Born in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Jim Cornelius now resides on the high desert of Central Oregon, where he is the news editor of the Nugget newspaper in Sisters, Oregon. A musician and songwriter, Jim co-founded the Sisters Folk Festival. He is the author of Warriors of the Wildlands and a contributor to Borderland Noir: Stories & Essays of Love & Death Across the Rio Grande.J





​Bart Eberwein

Portland, Oregon

Bart Eberwein is executive vice-president of Hoffman Construction Company. He was vice-chair and commissioner of the Oregon Arts Commission and commissioner of the Oregon Land Conservation Development Commission. Barton has served on the boards of Literary Arts, Architecture Foundation of Oregon, United States National Forest Foundation, and Cycle Oregon.

Ted Haynes

Menlo Park, California

While maintaining a second home in Central Oregon, Ted Haynes is also a business consultant specializing in technology companies.  He is the author of two nonfiction and two fiction books, the most recent being a collection of short stories titled On the Road from Burns.


Les Joslin
Bend, Oregon
Les Joslin is a retired U.S. Navy commander; former U.S. Forest Service firefighter, wilderness ranger, and staff officer; former Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University adjunct instructor; and writer. He has written several books, including Legendary Locals of Bend and Toiyabe Ranger, about his time with the Forest Service in Nevada.


Dick Linford

Bend, Oregon

Richard Linford founded Echo River Trips and guided groups on major rivers throughout the United States, as well as specialty trips in Turkey and Bhutan before retiring. His experiences are summarized in his memoir Halfway to Halfway.  A sequel to this collection of adventures is currently in the works.


Waterston Desert Writing Prize

Board of Directors 2019-2020