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Doe Tabor

The daughter of a bartender who was the the only single mom among 2000 residents of Red Lodge, Montana, Doe Tabor got married at 14 to a Viet Nam vet with PTSD. "I called him Buck and he called me Doe," says Tabor, born Dorene O. Ewing. At 16 she got a divorce and ran off with their baby daughter to the wilds of Wyoming. "He was serious about killing us," she says. "He killed himself 14 years later." Tabor studied vet tech in Demopolis, Wyoming, then worked in animal health for 16 years, mostly in Eugene after her arrival in 1977. A novel-writing class at LCC in 1995 led to the publication of Do Drums Beat There, the story of a Lakota girl, a psychedelic journey, and the occupation of Alcatraz, nominated for an Oregon Book Award in 2001. Energized by literary success and the Bush election, Tabor has leapt into activism, from Truth in Voting in '01 to the Code Pink occupation of Hilary Clinton's office early this year. She is also writing her second novel, Tug of War. "It's about Buck and me," she says. "It's about how war ripples through society when soldiers come home."

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 19 April 2007

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