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About the Chuckanut Writers Conference

The 2018 Chuckanut Writers Conference is the eighth annual event hosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. At the conference, you'll find the resources and encouragement you need to turn inspiration into action. The conference includes two days of breakout sessions, author panels, keynote addresses, and readings.

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About Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is a comprehensive two-year college serving over 12,000 students annually. Set on a 72-acre campus, considered by many to be the most picturesque in the state, WCC offers transfer degrees, professional technical training programs and Community & Continuing Education (lifelong learning) courses. The Community Education mission statement: We are sincerely dedicated to serving our community by offering quality lifelong learning experiences that are relevant, accessible, enjoyable, and enriching.

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About Village Books

Village Books was founded in 1980 by Chuck and Dee Robinson, and as of 2017, is under new ownership and the stewardship of Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and Sarah Hutton. Village Books is a community-based, independent bookstore with two locations: the flagship store is located in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, Washington and its second location is in the historic Waples Mercantile Building in Lynden, Washington.

Since 1980 it has been Whatcom County’s “Community Bookshop for Browsing.” Village Books has received many awards, including multiple Mayor's Arts Awards, the Tourism Business of the Year by the members of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was recently named one of five finalists for the Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year. The store was also honored as the 2008 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business in Washington State.

Village Books’ mission is “building community, one book at a time,” which it does daily through a dedicated staff, by collaborating with numerous community organizations and through its Literature Live author event series, through which it hosts over 350 authors each year. Village Books is excited to co-present the Chuckanut Writers Conference, and eager to help it prosper for many years to come. 

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Kaitlyn Teer — Conference Chair

Kaitlyn TeerKaitlyn is delighted to serve as conference chair for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. She teaches writing at Western Washington University. She has also taught for the Loft Literary Center and as a teaching assistant at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

She earned an MFA in creative writing from WWU, where she served as managing editor of the Bellingham Review. Her creative nonfiction has won essay prizes and Pushcart Prize nominations from journals like Fourth Genre and Prairie Schooner. Her essay "Drawing a Breath" was included in the anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays (University Press of Colorado, 2017) and was a notable in the 2017 Best American Essays anthology.



Paul Hanson — Owner, Village Books

Paul-HansonPaul is one of three co-owners of Village Books and programmer for the Chuckanut Writers Workshops and Classes. Before arriving in Bellingham in 2011, Paul was the long-time manager of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island.

He is a writer and publisher, former President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and past core team member of Fields End, a writers’ community on Bainbridge Island. Paul has been one of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Coordinators since 2012.




Shandeen Gemanis — Manager, WCC Community & Continuing Education

Shandeen-GemanisShandeen is the manager of WCC's Community & Continuing Education Program. She has served WCC for more than 20 years, creating lifelong learning opportunities for the residents of Whatcom County. She has been one of the Chuckanut Writers Conference coordinators since 2012 and oversaw attendee relations at the inaugural conference in 2011.






Mary Vermillion — Marketing Director, Village Books

Mary-VermillionA journalist turned marketer, Mary Vermillion writes non-fiction and, as marketing director at Village Books, helps to create community through good books and conversation.