The Authors of Oregon Encyclopedia


Susanne Kindi Fahrnkopf was the office and financial manager for the Siskiyou Project for 12 years from 1997-2008, after completing a degree in Business Administration at Rogue Community College. She has been a resident of the Illinois Valley for 29 years, during which she raised four children in her little cabin by the East Fork of the Illinois River in Takilma. Kindi is an advocate for the beautiful Siskiyou Mountains with her art and poetry. Kindi’s poetry has been published in five anthologies, and she self-published her first book, Siskiyou River Reflections, in 2006. 


Michele Field is a writer and a student at Portland Community College working toward an Associate's Degree in Web Design and Development and Multimedia.


Janet Filips is a former staff writer and editor at The Oregonian newspaper, the (Eugene) Register-Guard and the Dayton Daily News. Her travel, food and health pieces have appeared in Sunset, Cure, MIX and Shape magazines and newspapers including the Denver Post, the Palm Beach Daily News and San Diego Union-Tribune. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton, Janet has won numerous national and regional awards in Oregon and Ohio for her journalistic work. The Portland resident is now a writer for CareOregon, where her focus is Oregon’s Health CO-OP.  Janet is a member of Women in Portland Publishing and Portland Culinary Alliance.


James Finley is an English instructor at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, and lives in Portland, Oregon. His articles and reviews have appeared in Columbia, American History, Wild West, and Oregon Quarterly. He was one of the co-authors of Caverns, a collaborative novel written in 1989 by Ken Kesey and a team of graduate writing students at the University of Oregon.


Jim Fisher was raised in Klamath Falls, graduated from Oregon State University College of Fiorestry, and worked thirty-four years with the Oregon Department of Forestry, retiring as public affairs director in 1990. He is now a free-lance writer living near Sisters in Central Oregon.


Andrew Fisher grew up in Portland, received his Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University in 2003, and now teaches at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His research interests focus on modern Native American history, environmental history, and the American West. He is completing his first book, Shadow Tribe: The Making of Columbia River Indian Identity (University of Washington Press, 2010), which examines off-reservation communities and processes of tribal identity along the Mid-Columbia. 


Joe Fitzgibbon has a B.S. degree in education from University of Dayton, with majors in English and political science, and an M.A. degree in literature from University of Oklahoma. He received NEH grants to study at Yale and NYC and is currently a writing instructor at Portland Community College. He worked as a journalist for the Oregonian for over twenty-five years and is the author of Persona Writing and Advanced Persona Writing (Sundance/Boston). He is currently working on a book on the history of Oregon's movie theaters.


Born in Oregon's capital city, Eileen G. Fitzsimons grew up in many small towns in Western Oregon, and earned Bachelors degrees in history and art from Portland State University. As a gyppo historian she has conducted research on various subjects, primarily architectural history, including many National Register nominations. For more than twelve years she wrote a regular history column in her neighborhood newspaper, The Bee. She served as a member of the Oregon Historic Trails Advisory Committee and is involved in the Sellwood-Westmoreland History Committee. 


Donald L. Fixico is Distinguished Foundation Professor of History at Arizona State University and a native scholar (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole). He is a policy historian and ethnohistorian, and the author and editor of more than a dozen books, which include Termination and Relocation: Federal Indian Policy, 1945-1960 (1986) and Treaties with American Indians: An Encyclopedia of Rights, Conflicts and Sovereignty, 3 vols., editor, (2007). His recent works are Indian Resilience and Rebuilding: Indigenous Nations in the Modern American West (2013) and Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos and Reality (2013).


Bruce Flath is cataloger at the Mount Angel Abbey Library.  He was born in Portland and has a B.A. in Anthropology from Portland State University and a Master in Library and Information Studies degree from UC Berkeley. He is active in the International Relations Round Table of the Oregon Library Association and has taught English as a Second Language in Portland-area community colleges as well as for the Beaverton Literacy Council. He lives in Beaverton.


Judy Fleagle graduated with an AA from Bakersfield College and a BA from San Jose State University, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in English. She then taught 1st and 2nd grades in Los Gatos, California, for twenty-two years and, after moving to Florence, Oregon, worked as an editor and staff writer for Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines for the next twenty-one years. Since retiring in 2009, she has authored Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges, working with researcher Richard Knox Smith. She has an abiding love for McCullough bridges and a great respect for Conde B. McCullough.


Susan Fletcher is the author of eight books for young readers, including Dragon’s Milk, Shadow Spinner, and Alphabet of Dreams. Her novels have won two Oregon Book Awards.


Patrick Forster is the Director of Continuing Education at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He holds an MA in history from Portland State University.


Andrew G. Fountain is a professor of geology and geography at Portland State University. He has studied glaciers since 1980, when he first joined the U.S. Geological Survey in Tacoma, Washington. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, he joined the USGS National Research Program in Denver before returning to the Northwest in 1993. Fountain has studied glaciers in the Arctic and is currently working in Antarctica. He has studied glacier change in the American West for the past three years.



James Fox was special collections librarian at University of Oregon's Knight Library from 1989 to 1993. After a seven-year stint at the University of Michigan, he returned to Eugene and since 2000 has been the head of Special Collections and University Archives. He has served on the editorial boards of the Oregon State University Press and the Knight Library Press. He is an avid flyfisher who plies Oregon's mountain and coastal streams at every opportunity.


Oregon native Gus Frederick works as a Multimedia Specialist for the state of Oregon. His background includes working as a graphic artist, animationist, filmmaker and photographer. A long-time local history enthusiast, he continues to be fascinated with many of the incredible stories from the Silverton Country. He is author of the 2006 annotated re-issue of Homer Davenport's 1898 book "Cartoons." His latest book, "Silverton" is a recent release from Arcadia Publishing's "Images of America" series. His current projects include the collected writings of Dr. Timothy W. Davenport and a video documentary on his son, Homer. He lives in Silverton.


Megan K. Friedel is Curator of Photography at History Colorado. Prior to her current position, she worked as photo archivist at the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Oregon Historical Society, where she curated the exhibition, Carleton Watkins: Stereoviews of the Columbia River Gorge, and co-authored, with Terry Toedtemeier, an award-winning article on Watkins's stereo photography of the river in 1867.  Megan holds a B.A. from Amherst College, as well as an M.A. in History and an M.S. in Library and Information Sciences, both from Simmons College.


Elaine S. Friedman is the author of The Facts of Life in Portland, Oregon (1993) as well as several articles on librarianship. Before moving to Portland, she worked as a librarian at the University of Michigan Graduate Library and the Princeton University Computing Center. In Oregon, she served as a data administrator for the Center for Urban Education and as head librarian for Ater Wynne LLP. She is currently a freelance writer and researcher.


Ann Fulton (March 10, 1950 - May 15, 2011) was an intellectual and social historian with extensive experience in public history. Her projects included Historic American Buildings Survey-Timberline Lodge, prepared for the National Park Service and the Forest Service (1995); Historic Features Report for SR 14 Corridor Management Plan (1997), prepared for the Washington Department of Transportation; and Columbia County Historic Context Statement and Site Inventories (1998), prepared for the State Historic Preservation Office of Oregon. Her work also appeared in American Indian Quarterly. Fulton also researched the oral tradition of Pacific Northwest indigenous peoples while teaching at Portland State University.