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Brian Doyle was an essayist, novelist, poet, and editor of Portland, the alumni magazine of the University of Portland. Though a longtime Oregon resident (and “quietly very proud,” he said, to be considered an Oregon writer), he was born and raised in New York, one of eight children in an Irish Catholic family. His novels include Mink River, The Plover, and the young-adult book Martin Marten. His work first appeared in The Sun in February 2010, and he was a frequent contributor until his death from brain cancer in May 2017.