festival planners

It takes a village (or close-knit archipelago) to pull off a literary arts festival on a remote island. And that's exactly what our all-volunteer board of directors and advisors has set out to do. 


Board of Directors



Jule Treneer, OILF President and Co-Founder, is a writer and financial advisor who splits his time between Orcas Island and Paris, France. His writing and poetry have appeared in N+1, The Rumpus, Triple Canopy, The New York Sun, Snorkel, and Funny or Die. As Western Europe correspondent for The Faster Times, he wrote a weekly column that ranged from politics and economics reporting to lifestyle and culture pieces on books, films, and sports. He is Chief Risk Officer at Madrona Partners, a family office specializing in long-biased global macro equity investing. He brings all his passion and energy to bear in overseeing OILF. Prick him and he bleeds Lit Fest.



Scott Hutchins, OILF Vice President and Co-Founder, is a former Truman Capote fellow in the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University. His work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, CatamaranFive 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. In 2006 and 2010, he was an artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 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. He lives in San Francisco.

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Samuel W. Gailey is the critically acclaimed author of Deep Winter (Penguin | Blue Rider Press), a novel lauded by all major book critics and described by The New York Times as “beautifully written” and by Esquire as “enthralling and suspenseful.” Deep Winter has been optioned by film producer Kim Zubick (The Zookeeper's Wife) and Oscar-nominated director Paula van der Oest. Sam also helps other writers hone their craft through NovelLab.co for adults and kids. His work on the Lenny Dykstra memoir House of Nails earned a spot on the New York Times bestseller list for three consecutive weeks in 2016. Before writing novels, he worked as a screenwriter, developing shows for Showtime and Fox. You can read more about Sam's upcoming novels and his writing at SamuelWGailey.com.



Iris Graville is a writer, book artist, and Quaker from Lopez Island who believes everyone has a story to tell. She is leading the board's efforts to highlight local and regional artists. Iris’s first book, Hands at Work, is a collection of dramatic black-and-white portraits by Summer Moon Scriver, along with beautiful companion profiles by Iris that tell the stories of people who work with their hands. It was awarded 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, and she has been reading her work to standing-room-only crowds. She holds an MFA in writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts and is the publisher of SHARK REEF literary magazine. To learn more about Iris, visit her website.



Theresa Harris has been an entrepreneur and a teacher and is now a writer in the throes of completing her first memoir, an intimate reflection on her childhood traumas and a moving study on the existential idea that although we are biologically wired to protect our children at all times, that task is impossible. In addition to being the OILF Board Director in charge of hospitality, she is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Before she began writing her memoir, she earned a master's in teaching from the University of Washington and founded Thrive Art School and Thrive Art Online. Her articles on creativity have appeared in ParentMap, Seattle’s Child, and Red Tricycle, among other publications. She moved to Orcas Island with her family in 2016 and does her best writing in the tree house that she and her husband built for their two wild boys.  

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Mia Lipman Irwin

Mia Lipman Irwin is an editor and writer based in Seattle. After earning her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University and her editorial wings at UC Press and Avalon Travel Publishing, she served as reviews editor and copy chief at San Francisco magazine, executive editor at Canteen magazine, senior editor at Yesler, and literature panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in Kirkus Reviews, The Seattle Review of Books, Omnivoracious, and Modern Farmer, among other places, and she hosts the reading series Lit Fix. By day, she’s the director of content at the University of Washington. By night and weekend, she’s thrilled to help OILF celebrate literary voices from across the Pacific Northwest and around the world.



Jill McCabe Johnson is the author of Revolutions We'd Hoped We'd Outgrown and Diary of the One Swelling Sea, which was awarded the 2014 Silver Award in Poetry from Nautilus Book Awards, and she serves on the OILF Board of Directors. 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 and is the founding director of the nonprofit Artsmith, which provides artist residencies, a reading series, workshops, and other educational events. She earned her MFA in creative writing at Pacific Lutheran University and her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln, where she served as the Louise Van Sickle Fellow in Poetry. Jill is dedicated to protecting the beauty and riches of our planet for future generations. And eating good food. These endeavors are not mutually exclusive.

Advisory Board



Shannon Borg is a poet, wine writer, and an OILF Board Director representing the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau and helping with marketing. She has a PhD in poetry and literature from the University of Houston and an MFA in poetry from the University of Washington. She has published three books: Chefs on the Farm: Recipes and Inspiration from the Quillisascut School of the Domestic Arts, The Green Vine: A Guide to West Coast Organic, Biodynamic and Sustainable Wines, and Corset, a book of poems. Her articles on wine, food, and travel have been published in SeattleWashington Tasting RoomWine Press NorthwestNW Palate, and other magazines. Her poems have been published in The Paris Review, London Review of Books, Poetry Northwest, and other journals.



Ayn Gailey's memoirish first book, Pornology: A Good Girl's Guide to Porn (Running Press U.S. | Random House U.K.), has been published in multiple languages and is slated to be adapted into film in 2018. Ayn earned a master's from Harvard and an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, and she has edited critically acclaimed books and written for magazines including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Alegria, and Documentary. Along with Samuel W. Gailey, she is a cofounder of Orcas Pact and NovelLab.co for adult writers and its not-for-profit workshop for kid novelists. She is currently finishing her first novel while helping other writers and brands see their dreams come true. Her most recent editing and ghostwriting projects with Penguin and HarperCollins have led to authors' earning national praise for their work, as well as spots on the New York Times bestseller list. You can read more about Ayn at her website and blog, The Honest Woman