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View from house at The Rice Place
The Clackamas River, a short walk from the house
The house at The Rice Place
Living room
Clyde Rice, ca. 1984

The Rice Place

Emerging Program member

The Friends of Clyde Rice is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “To enhance understanding of the intricate bond between literature, art, and the land by maintaining The Rice Place, preserving its artifacts, and making it available to all as an historic, inspiring, and educational retreat.”

The Rice Place is located on a secluded, peaceful 10 acres of land on the Clackamas River in Carver, OR, about 20 minutes from Portland. The house at The Rice Place is the site in which the late Clyde Rice, a native Oregonian, wrote all of his books, including A Heaven in the Eye, which won the 1984 Western States Book Award for Creative Non-Fiction, judged by Robert Penn Warren. Remarkably, Clyde was in his eighties when he began writing and continued to write up to the time of his death at the age of 94. In 1992, Oregon Literary Arts presented Clyde Rice the Steward H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award, “in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon’s literary community.” The house and property at The Rice Place are specifically referred to in Clyde’s award-winning books.

In keeping with Clyde's eclectic tastes, The Rice Place hosts residencies not only for writers, but also for graphic artists, filmmakers, musicians, naturalists, photographers, and performing artists of various stripes. Our motto—“A Safe Haven for All Who Create”—pretty much says it all. We also partner with other Oregon organizations such as The Attic Institute and the Mountain Writers Series, both of which have used The Rice Place as a venue for writing workshops.

As an emerging program, we are still exploring long-term models for residencies at The Rice Place. At present, we solicit a suggested donation from residents to cover the cost of utilities and other ad hoc expenses. An application form is on our website at


Portland, Oregon: United States

The Rice Place is located on a secluded, peaceful 10 acres of land on the Clackamas River in Carver, OR, about 20 minutes from Portland.

Contact Information

520 Yamhill, Roof Ste 1
Portland, Oregon 97204
United States
Tel: 503-239-9174