2018 faculty bios will be available when registration opens January 31.
Alice B. Acheson draws on decades of working with large and small publishers, negotiating book contracts, selling subsidiary rights, and editing and publicizing books. She won a Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity, and numerous titles she publicized landed onThe New York Times bestseller list (four simultaneously).
A frequent and popular presenter at writers' conferences, Alice currently functions as a mentor/publishing consultant to help writers with marketing and publishing their books in the current climate. She points out that "Everything has changed, nothing is new." Writers need to create, edit and promote as they have done for centuries and, at the same time, navigate the changes brought on by technology to break through the noise of our culture. She has guided many clients, in individual "boot camps," to their successful attendance at writers' conferences.
Working with publishers as well, she is particularly proud of her efforts for Old Turtle, Doug Wood's debut book from a publisher who had never published a children's book nor nationally marketed any of their books. She and the publisher were passionate about the book's message: peace to all. It won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year and sold 800,000 copies prior to its sale to Scholastic for republication.
Elizabeth Austen spent her teens and twenties working in the theatre. After a six-month solo walkabout in the Andes region of South America, she began writing poetry. Elizabeth Austen served as the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-16. Her debut collection, Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She’s also the author of two chapbooks, The Girl Who Goes Alone (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and Where Currents Meet (Toadlily Press, 2010). Her poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily, in Poetry Northwest, Bellingham Review and Willow Springs. She is noted for her engaging public performances of poetry, and has been featured at Poets House in New York City, Minneapolis's The Loft, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Spokane's Get Lit!, Seattle's Cheap Wine and Poetry, and the Hugo Literary Series, among others.
She earned an MFA in Poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles. Elizabeth’s work has been supported by 4Culture, CityArtists, Artists Trust/GAP and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Whiteley Center. She was the 2007 Washington state “roadshow poet.” She produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9, and makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and reflective writing workshops for the staff.
Paula Becker is the award-winning author of Looking For Betty MacDonald: The Egg, The Plague, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and I, and co-author of The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World's Fair and Its Legacy and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's First World's Fair. An expert on the history of world's fairs, she is featured in the documentary films When Seattle Invented The Future: The 1962 World's Fair, which aired on PBS stations nationwide; and Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington's Forgotten World's Fair, which aired on Seattle's KCTS-9; and Structural Engineers of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, which she narrated. Paula Becker has written for HistoryLink.org since 2001 and is a staff historian. Her 300+ essays on the site document all aspects of Washington state history.
Daniel James Brown
Daniel James Brown taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical editor at Microsoft. He now writes narrative nonfiction books full time. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing historical events vividly and accurately to life on the page. Daniel’s most recent book—The Boys in the Boat—has spent over two-and-a-half years on the New York Times bestseller list. The Boys in the Boat was also the ABA’s 2014 “Indie’s Choice” nonfiction book of the year and won the 2014 Washington State Book Award in nonfiction. His two previous books—Under a Flaming Sky and The Indifferent Stars Above—were also finalists for the Washington State Book Award. Daniel lives in the country outside of Seattle with his wife, two daughters, and an assortment of cats, dogs, chickens, and honeybees. When he is not writing, he is likely to be birding, gardening, fly-fishing, reading, or chasing bears away from the beehives.
Jonathan Evison is the New York Times Bestselling author of All About Lulu, West of Here, The RevisedFundamentals of Caregiving, and This is Your Life, Harriet Chance. His fifth novel, Mike Munoz Saves the World, is scheduled to publish in 2018, followed by The Dreamlife of Huntington Sales in 2020. He has written for The NewYork Times, Washington Post, NPR, Salon, and The Wall Street Journal. Sherman Alexie has called Evison "the most honest white man alive."
Waverly FitzgeraldWaverly Fitzgerald loves research as much as writing, which is sometimes a problem. She has written one non-fiction book, Slow Time (2007) and fourteen novels, of which nine have been published by publishers as diverse as Doubleday and Kensington. Her essays and poems have appeared in Facere and Raven Chronicles. For her essays on urban nature, she has been awarded a fellowship from Jack Straw Cultural Center, a grant from Artist Trust and residencies at Hedgebrook and the Whiteley Center. She has presented at international and national writing conferences and taught for various continuing education programs including the UCLA Writers Program and the University of Washington Extension. She currently teaches online for Creative Nonfiction magazine.
Sean works directly with Andrea of Andrea Hurst & Associates managing editorial and consulting services for clients, developmentally editing books, and teaching classes. Sean scouts for strong adult and YA books to represent through the agency, specializing in the following genres: Sci-Fi/fantasy, thriller, women's fiction, and suspense/thriller. He looks for books full of multidimensional characters, engaging plots, original voices, and deep themes across all age groups. When not agenting or editing, he is an author of YA science fiction and fantasy.
President of Andrea Hurst & Associates - www.andreahurst.com, www.andreahurst-author.com
Andrea works with both bestselling and emerging new authors to help polish their work, obtain publication, increase sales, and build their author brand. She brings over 25 years experience in the industry as a literary agent, developmental editor for publishers and award-winning authors, a bestselling Amazon author, instructor for MFA creative writing programs, and a webinar presenter and for Writers’ Digest.
Andrea’s self-published book, The Guestbook is an Amazon bestseller with over 1300 reviews and made to the top ten Kindle Bestsellers, and was named a bestselling self-published title by Shelf Awareness and IndieReader.com.
As a literary agent, she selectively represents high profile adult nonfiction and well-crafted fiction to major publishers including the Amazon imprints. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic network, and in the NY Times.
Dan LarnerPlaywright, actor, screenwriter, theatre scholar. Daniel Larner taught scriptwriting at Western Washington University for 40 years. His plays and a teleplay have been published and produced. He has a radio play, Night Light, in production for broadcast in 2017, and a play commission from a Seattle foundation. His scholarly work is widely published in refereed journals, in the US and abroad. He recently taught a scriptwriting workshop for Chuckanut Writers/Whatcom Community College. His students’ work has been produced and published in various places across the country.
Samuel Ligon is the author of two novels—Among the Dead and Dreaming and Safe in Heaven Dead—and two collections of stories, Wonderland, illustrated by Stephen Knezovich, and Drift and Swerve. He edits the journal Willow Springs, teaches at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, and is Artistic Director of the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.
Gary Copeland LilleyGary Copeland Lilley is a North Carolina poet living in the northwest. His publications include three collections: The Subsequent Blues, Alpha Zulu, and High Water Everywhere. His new collection, The Bushman's Medicine Show, is forthcoming from Lost Horse Press in 2017. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, and has been poetry faculty at the Warren Wilson College Undergraduate Writing Program, MFA poetry faculty at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. He is not an ordinary guitar tramp.
Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author, teacher of writing, and writer of science, poetry, history, fiction, and creative nonfiction. New in 2016: Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press). Her poetry book is Crossing Over: Poems (U of New Mexico Press). She is author of The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life and a scholarly history book, Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House, 1989). Her science column appeared for 92 weeks on the website of The American Scholar. Her MFA is from the University of Washington and she serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.
Kelly Magee is the author of Body Language (UNT Press 2006), winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, The Neighborhood (Gold Wake Press 2017), and A Guide to Strange Places (Red Bird Chapbooks 2017), as well as several collaborative books, including With Animal (Black Lawrence Press 2015) and The Reckless Remainder (Noctuary Press 2017), both co-written with Carol Guess. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Gulf Coast, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, Passages North, Indiana Review, Booth, Barrelhouse, and others. She teaches creative writing and queer literature at Western Washington University. Find links to her writing at kellyelizabethmagee.com.
Tod Marshall grew up in Kansas. His books of poetry include Bugle (Canarium Press, 2014, winner of the 2015 Washington State Book Award), The Tangled Line (Canarium Press, 2009), and Dare Say (University of Georgia Press, 2002). He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002) and an attendant anthology of work by the interviewed poets, Range of Voices (EWU Press, 2005). He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches at Gonzaga University. From 2016-18, he is serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate.
Anis Mojgani is an American Black and Persian poet, visual artist and musician based in Oregon. Anis––a two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker––has been characterized as a "geek genius" with "fiercely hopeful word arias." Born and raised in the Southern U.S, he graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sequential Art. He has been awarded residences from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. He has performed for audiences as varied as the Getty Museum, Pickathon, and the United Nations, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in such journals as RATTLE, Paper Darts, ForkliftOhio, Thrush, and Bat City Review, amongst others. Pulling inspiration from his Black and Iranian heritage, his childhood memories, his worldview, love, and existence, Anis takes seemingly commonplace subject matter and sculpts inspiration from them. Weaving dream-like tales that dip into imaginative imagery, Anis’s poems make the ordinary almost surreal and, through jolts of wide-eyed writing and striking honesty, make that which is fantastical remarkably relatable. Both innocent and heartbreaking, introspective and curious, the humanity his work carries causes listeners to remember and experience a childhood that is not their own but feels like it was. In the words of Tony Hoagland, “Anis Mojgani restores us to the genius of child-mind—his poems are heroic adventures that take us outward and upward for our own collective good.” Anis is the author of four books, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under The River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch, and his latest Pocketknife Bible––a fully illustrated poetry memoir. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland.
Kathleen Dean Moore
Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., is a philosopher, environmental activist, and essayist, best known for award-winning books about our cultural and spiritual relation to the natural world. Among them are Riverwalking, winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award; Holdfast, recipient of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award; Pine Island Paradox, winner of the Oregon Book Award for Creative Nonfiction; and Wild Comfort, a finalist for the same award. Distinguished Professor of Environmental Ethics at Oregon State University, Moore’s love for the reeling world has led her to a new life of climate writing and activism. Her recent book, Great Tide Rising: Toward Clarity and Moral Courage in a Time of Planetary Change, follows the pivotal Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril. Her newest book is a novel, Piano Tide, the story of a transformative act of resistance to corporate plunder in the northwest rainforest country. She writes from Corvallis, Oregon and from a small cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Alaska.
Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and internet yeller. Her work on race, feminism, mental health, parenting and culture has been featured in The Guardian, Washington Post, NY Magazine, The Stranger, Reader's Digest, TIME Magazine, MTV and more. She was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People by Seattle Magazine and has appeared on the HLN Network, CBS Evening News, The Moth Story Hour, This American Life and more. Ijeoma is the Editor at Large at The Establishment. You can find her on twitter at twitter.com/ijeomaoluo and her book, So You Want To Talk About Race, will be released in 2017 from Seal Press.
RENA PRIEST writes poetry and fiction. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and has taught various topics in writing and the humanities at Western Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and Fairhaven College. Her poetry chapbook, Patriarchy Blues, will be released on MoonPath Press in June 2017.
Patriarchy Blues is a tip of the hat, to the resilience and strength of the subterranean homesick matriarchy. It is a jarring, unapologetic, and sometimes humorous look into the lives and minds of people seeing and reacting to the less-than-ideal social and cultural situations they find themselves participating in.
Andy RossAndy Ross opened his literary agency in 2008. Prior to that, he was the owner of the legendary Cody's Books in Berkeley for 30 years. His agency represents books in a wide range of non-fiction genres including: narrative non-fiction, science, journalism, history, popular culture, memoir, and current events. He also represents literary, commercial, historical, crime, upmarket women’s fiction, and YA fiction. For non-fiction Andy looks for writing with a strong voice, robust story arc, and books that tell a big story about culture and society by authors with the authority to write about their subject. In fiction, he likes stories about real people in the real world. Tawni Waters, author of the acclaimed YA novel, Beauty Of The Broken [Simon / Pulse, 2014], winner of the International Literacy Association YA Award, said this about Andy: “Since the day I signed with him, Andy has been an amazing friend, ally, and editor. He fell in love with Beauty of the Broken when it was in raw form and spent months helping me hone and polish the manuscript. He has a keen eye and is able to expertly assist both with global editorial issues and line editing. Before I met Andy, Beauty of the Broken had been represented by another agent and had failed to sell. However, within weeks of submission, Andy's edited manuscript garnered interest from several major publishing houses. Shortly thereafter, we signed a contract with Simon Pulse. I have no doubt Andy's edits were the thing that gave Beauty of the Broken the polish it needed to sell to a mainstream publisher.”
Andy is the author of The Literary Agent’s Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal. He has participated in writers conferences throughout the country and has taught classes about writing book proposals, composing query letters, working with agents, and getting published. His popular blog, “Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts About Books and Publishing”, has received over 400,000 unique views.
Authors Andy represents include: Daniel Ellsberg, Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, Anjanette Delgado, Elisa Kleven, Tawni Waters, Randall Platt, Mary Jo McConahay, Gerald Nachman, Michael Parenti, Paul Krassner, Milton Viorst, and Michele Anna Jordan. Andy is a member of the Association of Author Representatives (AAR).
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