Merilee Karr (nonfiction) now a community writer for The Oregonian!

Nonfiction WEGOnian and medical doctor Merilee Karr was selected to be one of The Oregonian newspaper's first dozen community writers.

Along with eleven other writers, she'll be writing an op-ed piece every week for twelve weeks. A few of their pieces, at most one a week, will see print in the Sunday Oregonian, but all of them will be on the Oregonian Opinion Blog, where readers can comment.

Also, Silence Kills, the book about medical error and communication in which she wrote the first-prize-winning essay, is out. Amazon and most bookstores won't have it until the end of November, but the distributor is already shipping it.

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