Penelope Scambly Schott


Penelope Schott 2Penelope Scambly Schott received an Oregon Book Award for her verse biography of Anne Hutchinson, A Is for Anne: Mistress Anne Disturbs the Commonwealth. Penelope has published a novel and several poetry collections. Her most recent is How I Became an Historian. She lives part-time in Dufur, Oregon where she writes, climbs “D” Hill, teaches an annual poetry workshop, and watches the wheat grow.

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Are you more likely to buy a print book or an ebook?

I have never bought an ebook. I hate reading on a screen. A book is athang and I need to hold athang.

Who’s your muse?

My dog is my muse.  I wander around and sniff a lot.

What book made the biggest impression on you as a kid?

When I was about 11 I read Conrad’s Lord Jim and decided that I needed to live an heroic life.