Duane Poncy is a lifelong activist and writer living in Portland, Oregon with his wife Patricia J. McLean. He is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma). He and Patricia are co-authors of Bartlett House, a Will Adelhardt / Lucy Hidalgo Mystery. They have been activists in the Portland, Oregon literary scene and were the editors of Raising Our Voices, an Anthology of Oregon Poets Against the War in 2003. It was recognized by Poetry Northwest and the Oregon State Library as a notable Oregon literary work on the 150th Anniversary of Oregon statehood, in 2009.
Born in San Bernardino, California in 1948, Duane attended Davidson Elementary School through the sixth grade and Arrowview Junior High through the 7th grade. In 1961, the family moved to Fontana, California, then the next year to Bend, Oregon, where he graduated from Bend High School in 1966.
He raced quarter midgets competitively at the age of eight and made it to regional competition in Las Vegas. He was active in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in San Bernardino, and played cornet in the school orchestra. In 9th and 10th grade he was a member of Bend Senior High School Future Farmers of America and studied vocational agriculture. He and his brother, Michael, worked and managed the 108 acre family farm throughout their high school years, while their father worked full time at the mill.
In 1972, he married his first wife, Lane Hamby, in Bend, Oregon. They divorced in 1995. He married again in Portland, Oregon in 1999 to Patricia Joanne McLean, a native of Prineville, Oregon.
He attended college off and on through 1975, when he graduated from Southern Oregon State College with a bachelors degree in Political Science.
He's held a wide variety of jobs, including ski lift operator, farm hand, dishwasher, custodian, CNC operator, fork lift operator, plastics mold fabricator, and paid organizer for activist organizations. He founded and edited a number of publications, and has worked as an organizer and activist for many environmental, peace, and social justice groups and campaigns. He was an organizer and past president of AFSCME 1958, a sixty-member labor union of college support staff at Central Oregon Community College in the late 1970s, and was the Marion County (Oregon) Chair of the Jesse Jackson Campaign in 1988.
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