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We are building an intimate world-class literary experience on one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  We hope you'll join us—April 13th thru April 15th 2018—in celebrating these authors, poets and the written word. Please check back in or stay in touch on Facebook to keep up to date on added authors, poets and literary figures.  Confirmed authors include Jami Attenberg, Kevin Clark, Tara Conklin, Kim Fu, Samuel W. Gailey, Iris Graville, Thor Hanson, Scott Hutchins, Adam Johnson, Jill McCabe Johnson, Gilbert King, Robin Sloan, Willy Vlautin, Urban Waite, Jonathan White, Charise Mericle Harper, Lilliam Rivera, Bruce Holbert and more...


Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-Winner

Pulitzer-winning author Gilbert King is the author of Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America, a New York Times bestseller, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2013, and is currently being adapted and developed for film by Lionsgate.  Devil in the Grove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, is a gripping true story of racism, murder, rape, and the law.  It brings to light one of the most dramatic court cases in American history, and offers a rare and revealing portrait of Thurgood Marshall that the world has never seen before.  His first book, The Execution of Willie Francis was published in 2008 and his newest book, Beneath A Ruthless Sun, will be released in April 2018.  


Jami Attenberg, NY Times bestseller

Jami Attenberg is a New York Times bestselling author of six books: Instant LoveThe Kept ManThe Melting Season, New York Times bestseller The MiddlesteinsSaint Mazie, and national bestseller All Grown Up, which was published in March 2017 in the US and the UK, and in Italy, Germany, France, Holland, Poland, Russia, China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Portugal and Hungary in 2018. Her newest novel, All Grown Up, is already on several "best books of the year" lists, including ElleChicago TribuneVol 1. Brooklyn, and Book Riot, and summer reading lists from Bust and Vogue UK


Kim Fu is a Canadian-born writer living in Seattle, WA. She is also Associate Editor of Maisonneuve magazine. Her first novel For Today I Am a Boy won the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and long-listed for CBC’s Canada Reads. Her second novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore will be published in early 2018. Her first poetry collection How Festive the Ambulance received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, and includes a 2017 National Magazine Awards Silver Medal winner and a Best Canadian Poetry 2016 selection. Fu’s nonfiction credits include the Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, Hazlitt, NPR Books, and republication in Best Canadian Essays. 

Adam Johnson, Pulitzer-Prize winner, National Book Award

Adam Johnson is the Phil and Penny Knight Professor in Creative Writing at Stanford University. Winner of a Whiting Award and Fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the author of several books, including Fortune Smiles, which won the 2015 National Book Award, and the novel The Orphan Master’s Son, which was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. His fiction has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, Harper’s Magazine, Granta, Tin House and The Best American Short Stories. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages.

ROBIN SLOAN, NY Times bestseller

Sloan's first novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, was a New York Times Best Seller, and translated into more than twenty languages.  His newest book, Sourdough, was named one of the best books of 2017 by NPR, San Francisco Chronicle, Barnes & Noble, Southern Living, and earned a place on Amazon's 20 Best Books of 2017.  Sloan's 2009 novella Annabel Scheme was an early Kickstarter success and still claims a special place in his heart.


Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See, said this of Victor LaValle, "If the literary gods mixed together Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, the result would be Victor LaValle."   LaValle is the author of the short story collection Slapboxing with Jesus, four novels, The EcstaticBig MachineThe Devil in Silver, and The Changeling and two novellas, Lucretia and the Kroons andThe Ballad of Black Tom.  He is also the creator and writer of a comic book Victor LaValle's DESTROYER.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Whiting Writers' Award, a United States Artists Ford Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Shirley Jackson Award, an American Book Award, and the key to Southeast Queens.  


Award-winning actress, Miranda Otto, is well known for her recent critically-acclaimed role in Showtime's Homeland, and her performances based on characters from underlying literary works, including her roles as poet Elizabeth Bishop in the book-to-film adaptation Reaching For The Moon; Éowyn in the Lord Of The Rings series; and supporting roles in The Thin Red Line based on the novel by James Jones; and War of the Worlds, a film directed by Steven Spielberg, loosely based on the novel of the same title by H. G. Wells.

Tara Conklin, NY Times Best Seller

Tara Conklin’s first novel, The House Girl, was a New York Times bestseller, #1 IndieNext Pick, Target book club pick and was translated into seven languages.  Her second novel, The Last Romantics, is forthcoming in February 2019 from William Morrow/Harper Collins.  Her work has been widely anthologized, most recently in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home.  She’s a member of Seattle7Writers and the recipient of a 2015 Artist Trust GAP grant.  

Lilliam Rivera, Author, Pushcart Prize winner

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult novel available now from Simon & Schuster. The novel was nominated for a 2017 Best Fiction for Young Adult Fiction by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Named a "2017 Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam is also a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner and a 2015 Clarion alumni. She was part of the PEN Center Emerging Voices Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Lenny Letter, Tin HouseLos Angeles Times, and USA Today. Her second young adult novel, Dealing In Dreams, is forthcoming by Simon & Schuster in March 2019.


Winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition, Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives was published by Pleiades Press.  His first full-length collection, In the Evening of No Warning (New Issues Poetry and Prose), earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets.  Clark also won the Angoff Award for best contribution to The Literary Review, an Artsmith fellowship, and a Bread Loaf fellowship.  The author of three chapbooks, Clark’s poems and essays about literature have appeared in such journals as the Georgia ReviewIowa ReviewAntioch ReviewPloughsharesGulf CoastNew York QuarterlyDenver Quarterly, and Contemporary Literary Criticism.  

WILLY VLAUTIN, AUTHOR, singer, songwriter

According to author Barry Gifford, "Willy’s voice is pure and his stories universal.  He never loses hope or heart and I believe every word he’s written..."  Born and raised in Reno, Nevada, Vlautin started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager and quickly became immersed in music. It was a Paul Kelly song, based on Raymond Carver’s Too Much Water So Close to Home that inspired him to start writing stories. Vlautin has published four novels: The Motel Life (2007), Northline (2008), Lean on Pete (2010), and The Free (2014). His fifth, Don't Skip Out On Me, is due out in February 2018. The Motel Life was adapted to the big screen in 2013 and starred starring Emile HirschStephen DorffDakota Fanning, and Kris KristoffersonLean on Pete has been adapted to film as well, and is set for release in 2018.  

URBAN WAITE, "Best book of the year"—esquire

"A hell of a good novel, relentlessly paced... there's just no let-up."  So said Stephen King of Urban Waite's debut novel, The Terror of Living, which was also named a Best Book of the Year by Esquire, The Boston Globe, and Booklist.  His second novel is The Carrion Birds, a finalist for the New Mexico and Arizona Book Award, and was called "a candidate for best crime book of 2013" by the New York Journal of Books.  Sometimes the Wolf, released 2014 was picked as a Best Book of the Year in The Sun Sentinel and LitReactor.  Far Cry Absolution, his newest book, will be released February 13, 2018. Waite's novels are available in more than twenty countries worldwide.


Bruce Holbert is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop.  His award-winning fiction has appeared in The Iowa ReviewHotel AmerikaOther Voices, The Antioch ReviewCrab Creek ReviewThe Spokesman ReviewThe West Wind ReviewCairnRiverLit, Del Sol, and 94 Creations.  His non-fiction has appeared in The New Orleans ReviewThe Spokesman Review, The Daily Iowan, Quarterly West, Ducts, The Sante Fe Writers Project, River Lit, The Portland Review, The San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review and The New York Times and his poetry in RiverLit, The Bacon Review, The Big River Poetry Review.  His first two novels, Lonesome Animals and Hour of Lead were released by Counterpoint Press.  His third novel, Whisky, will be released March 2018.


Iris Graville is a bookseller and creative nonfiction writer from Lopez Island, WA. She holds an MFA in writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and is the publisher of SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. Iris’s first book, Hands at Work, received several accolades, including a Nautilus Book Award. In 2016, she again collaborated with photographers, as well as a chef, for her second book, BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community. Her memoir, Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance, was published by Homebound Publications in 2017. Graville’s essays have appeared in The Examined Life Journal, Alimentum, Spry Literary Magazine, The Lindenwood Review, and SHARK REEF Literary Magazine.

Scott Hutchins, Author,  former Truman Capote fellow

Scott Hutchins'  work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Catamaran, Five Chapters, The Owls, The Rumpus, The New York Times, San Francisco Magazine and Esquire, and has been set to improvisational jazz.  He is the recipient of two major Hopwood awards and the Andrea Beauchamp prize in short fiction.  His novel, A Working Theory of Love, was a San Francisco Chronicle and Salon Best Book of 2012 and has been translated into nine languages. 

Samuel W. Gailey, Author, Screenwriter

Samuel W. Gailey is the critically acclaimed debut author of Deep Winter, a novel described by The New York Times as being "Beautifully written..." and by Esquire as “Enthralling and suspenseful...”  His second novel, The Guilt We Carry, will be released later this year by Oceanview Publishing, and was recently released in France entitled Une Question de Temps.  Deep Winter has been optioned by film producer Kim Zubick (The Zookeeper's Wife) and Oscar-nominated director Paula Van Der Oest.  Samuel was raised in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania (population 379), which serves as the setting for Deep Winter. 

Thor Hans0n, Author & Biologist

Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and an independent conservation biologist based in the San Juan Islands.  He teaches field courses, reviews for academic journals, consults for conservation groups and government agencies, and is a sought-after public speaker.  His recent book, THE TRIUMPH OF SEEDS won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science and the Pacific Northwest Book Award.  Accolades for his prior book FEATHERS included the John Burroughs Medal, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Washington State Book Award.  Hanson is also the author of THE IMPENETRABLE FOREST and the illustrated children's favorite BARTHOLOMEW QUILL.


As founder and former director of the Resource Institute, a nonprofit educational organization based in Seattle, Washington, Jonathan White spent eleven years building a seminar program aboard the schooner Crusader in the Pacific Northwest, about subjects ranging from navigation, anthropology, and whale research to poetry, writing, music, and photography.  Jonathan’s first book, Talking on the Water, grew out of these experiences. In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides.  He delves into how the threat of sea level rise is changing human culture – the very old and very new.  Tides recently received a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association book award. 

This Is the Place: Women Writing About Home, authors

Editor, biographer and essayist Margot Kahn, and acclaimed authors Tara Conklin, Jane Wong, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Elisabeth Eaves, lend a diverse range of voices to a subject that remains at the core of our national conversations. What makes a home? What do equality, safety, and politics have to do with it? And why is it so important to us to feel like we belong? Read more about these critically-acclaimed authors on our Behind-The-Scenes blog. 

Writing Humor Is No Joke, authors

A panel of published humor writers (Mark J. Ferrari, Shannon Page, Karen G. Berry, Spencer Ellsworth, and Tina Connolly) will discuss processes and principles useful in crafting everything from a brief smirk to a guffaw as needed in short stories and novels. Insight will be offered on everything from the practical employment of surprise, pacing, and ‘comic devices,’ to when and how to keep absurd plot and dialogue credible or make credible dialogue and plot absurd. 


A panel discussion on how writers use their exterior surroundings to explore interior landscapes.  Authors will share how contemporary writers use setting to work with themes involving science, myth, history, politics, or family. The panel will also engage participants with generative exercises relevant to writing about one’s environment. Panelists: Jennifer Bullis, Gail Folkins, Derek Sheffield. Moderated by Allen Braden.


Editors and publishers discuss the joys and challenges of editing literary journals and small presses, including how they curate and tips on submitting.  Panelists include Christine Holbert from Lost Horse Press, Matt Muth from Pacifica Review, Derek Sheffield from, and Stephanie Barbé Hammer and Lorna Reese from SHARK REEF Literary Magazine. Moderated by Jill McCabe Johnson of Trail to Table Press.

Jill McCabe Johnson, POET, editor

Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown, her second full-length poetry collection, and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, which was awarded the 2014 Silver Award in Poetry from Nautilus Book Awards.  Jill is also the author of the nonfiction chapbook Borderlines. She serves as series editor for the "Being What Makes You" anthologies from the University of Nebraska Gender Programs, including the anthologies Becoming: What Makes a Woman (2012), essays and poems of pivotal life experiences that make us who we are today, and Being: What Makes a Man (2015), with meditations on the common phrase "Be a man." 

Rick Barot, poet, editor

Rick Barot has published three volumes of poetry: The Darker Fall, Want, and ChordChord received the UNT Rilke Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and two editions of the Best American Poetry series.   His fourth book of poems, The Galleons, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2020.

Tina Schumann, poet

Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections, As If (Parlor City Press, 2010) which was the recipient of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2016) which won the Diode Editions Chapbook Contest for 2016, and Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019). Her work received the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal, a Pushcart nomination and finalist status in the 2013 Terrain.orgAnnual Poetry Contest, as well as honorable mention in The Atlantic 2008 poetry contest. 

josh mohr, author, editor

Joshua Mohr is the author of the memoir "Sirens" (2017), as well as five novels including "Damascus", which The New York Times called "Beat-poet cool." He’s also written "Fight Song" and "Some Things that Meant the World to Me," one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as "Termite Parade," an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times.  His novel "All This Life" won the Northern California Book Award. He is the founder of Decant Editorial. 

kaitlyn teer, essayist and writer/editor

Kaitlyn Teer works as an English instructor at WWU and is available for freelance writing and editing projects.  Her essay, “Drawing a Breath,” was included in the anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays, originally published by Prairie Schooner, which awarded it the Bernice Slote Award.  Her lyric essay “Ossification” was a finalist in the Passages North essay contest and winner of Fourth Genre’s 2015 Michael Steinberg Essay Prize. Other work has appeared or is forthcoming in Camas, Midwestern Gothic, and Sweet.

Jennifer Longo, Young Adult author

Jennifer Longo's debut novel, SIX FEET OVER IT (Random House Books) received starred reviews from Kirkus and The Bulletin, was selected as a 2015 Washington State Book Award finalist, a VOYA Perfect Ten, and an Indies Introduce New Voices title.  Longo's second novel, UP TO THIS POINTE (Random House Books) was selected as an Indies Next title, 2017 Washington State Book Award finalist, shortlisted for the YALSA 2017 Best Fiction Young Adult list and received starred reviews from The Bulletin and Shelf Awareness. 

Michele Bacon, Young Adult Author

Michele Bacon writes novel-length fiction for young adults and older adults; her work focuses on families, friends, and the complicated relationships therein. Michele’s first YA novel, Life Before, is about secrets and grieving. In her second novel, Antipodes, an ambitious American teen is forced to study abroad in New Zealand to improve her Ivy League prospects. Michele has visited all 50 states and dozens of countries, always eager to hear people’s stories and immerse herself in other cultures. Wherever she goes, Michele enjoys helping writers find their voices and tell their stories. And she loves coming home to Seattle.

Robert Dash, photographer, naturalist, educator

Robert Dash is an American photographer, educator, and author whose work focuses on the complex textures of micro-landscapes. His images have been published by National Geographic, TIME, The Week and Lensculture, and have appeared in galleries and juried shows in America and overseas. In 2016, he presented a TEDx talk entitled, "The Intercourse of Nature: It's What We Are." Dash is the author of a photography/poetry book entitled, On An Acre Shy of Eternity/Micro Landscapes at the Edge, a Nautilus Book Award Winner. Photographer and filmmaker Chris Jordan calls it, "A joyful, deeply insightful multi-scalar love story of verbal and visual poetry."

Charice MERICLE Harper, Award-winning Children's Author

Charise Mericle Harper makes books for children.  Sometimes she writes them, sometimes she draws them, and sometimes she does both.  Her books include, the Just Grace series, the Crafty Cat series, and picture books such as CupcakeGo! Go! Go! Stop! and The Good For Nothing Button.  Charise likes to keep busy, new books for 2017 include, Mae and June and the Wonder WheelThe Amazing Crafty Cat, The Doodle Book Of Feel Good and The Next Best Junior Chef series.  Charise loves books, but her favorite thing to do is to make comics…and sew.


The Artful Editor, Naomi Kim Eagleson (founder) and Todd Summar, are part of a book editing company in Los Angeles, California. They help writers improve and polish their books for publication, critique and edit screenplays, and edit for publishers, literary agents, and organizations. Eagleson has an MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA in English literature from the University of Hawai'i. She is the author of Radiant Field, published by Tinfish Press. Summar's work has appeared in PANKLiterary HubJoyland, and Punctuate, among others.


Norris Carlson, under the name Suzanne Heyd, is the author of the chapbooks Fascicles (Finishing Line Press), winner of the Literal Latte Poetry Award, and Crawl Space (Phylum Press). Her poems appear in Ploughshares, Spillway, Nimrod, Washington Square, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere, and her book art is included in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library collections at Yale. She has received fellowships from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Connecticut Council of the Arts, and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Norris has performed and exhibited her hybrid (sometimes collaborative) work in galleries, on stage, and ecological sites such as an abandoned slate quarry, a redwood forest, and an arroyo in the high desert. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of the Fine Arts, and lives on small organic farm on Orcas Island with her husband, the artist Peter Carlson.

CAROLYNE WRIGHT, award-winning poet

Carolyne Wright's most recent poetry collection is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). She is the author of nine earlier books of poetry, including Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (2011); A Change of Maps (2006), nominated for the LA Times Book Award, and finalist for the Idaho Prize and Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (2005), winner of the Blue Lynx Prize and American Book Award. Her poetry, essays, and translations appear in magazines such as Arts & Letters, the Iowa ReviewNew Letters, and the New Yorker, amongst others.

Getting Closer to the Source of Our Food Through Poetry and Prose

Esteemed chefs and writers Andrew BartonThe Myrtlewood Cookbook; Shannon BorgChefs on the Farm; Nick O’Connell, contributor to Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Saveur and creator of The Writer's Workshopand Christina Orchid of Christina’s Cookbook discuss cookbooks, food, wine, and travel writing, and their impact on food culture. Moderated by Iris Graville, BOUNTY: Lopez Island Farmers, Food, and Community.  

Bryan Sipe, Screenwriter

Bryan Sipe is the screenwriter to Demolition, starring Oscar nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, and Oscar winner Chris Cooper, directed by Oscar-nominee Jean-Marc Valee (Dallas Buyer's ClubBig Little Lies). Sipe is also the screenwriter who adapted The Choice, from NY Times bestselling author Nicholas Spark's novel.