Current/Upcoming Events


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Presenter/Workshop Leader, the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Offering afternoon workshops including “Writing Sex (Love Optional)”,“Beginnings and Endings”, and  “Break the Sentence Habit.”  Monday July 14th, Tuesday, July 15th, and Wednesday, July 16th at Fort Worden State Park, WA. Check conference schedule for more details.

Past Events


“How Can Publishing Suit Your Purpose?”The Dean’s Lecture Series presented by W.W.U.’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences in conjunction with the City of Bellingham,Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm, Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.

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Reading, AWP off-site with “Press 53, Prime Number, & Bellevue Literary Review ” at Kell’s Back Bar, Seattle, on Thursday, February 27th, 6:00 pm.

“The Soldier’s Perspective: How Creative Writing Serves Vets & They Serve Each Other,” Panel at AWP 2014, Seattle, on Saturday, March 1st, 10:30:AM – 11:45:AM, Room LL4, Western New England MFA Annex, Lower Level.

Port Townsend Writers Conference, July 10-20. Offering afternoon workshops including “Sex & Death.” Check conference schedule.

Winner of the Goldenberg Award in Fiction, judged by Jane Smiley, for “The No-Tell Hotel,” forthcoming in The Bellevue Literary Review,” Spring 2013.

Article in Poets & Writers Magazine: “View from the Bluff: The Port Townsend Writers Conference.” March/April issue.

Presenter at the Associated Writing Programs Conference, March 10, 2013, “Warriors Remember: Approaches to Narrative Memoir for Veterans.”


Winner of the Red Hen Press Story Award for “Fuck! You Till Next Christmas,” published in The Los Angeles Review, Fall 2012.

Reading at Village Books for the launch of the new literary journal, Conversations Across Borders with Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Satantani Dasgupta, Jordan Hartt and Jeremy Voigt, Saturday, April 28th at 4:00 p.m.

Presenter/Workshop Leader, the Chuckanut Writers Conference 2012, Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd, Bellingham, WA.

Presenter/Workshop Leader, the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Friday July 30th and Saturday, July 21st, Fort Worden State Park, WA.


Workshop at the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference “How To Set Up An Author Blog Tour,” Saturday, August 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Article in Poets & Writers Magazine: “Conferences in the Pacific Northwest.”
March/April issue.


Judge, Crab Creek Review Fiction Contest.



Get Lit! Festival Reading with Martha Silano, April 18, 2009

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Get Lit! Panel, “Writers Don’t Just Write, They Submit” with Ken Letko, Charles Baxter, and Martha Silano, April 18, 2009

Get Lit! Panel, “Women Writing Fiction” with Jane Smiley, Laurie Notaro, and Midge Raymond. Spokane, WA, April 17, 2009


Creative Writing Sampler at Western Washington University with Suzanne Paola, Brenda Miller, Bruce Beasley, Carol Guess, Oliver De La Paz, Nancy Pagh, Carlos Martinez, and Sara Stamey
Bellingham, WA, May 22, 2008

Article in Poets & Writers Magazine: “Rising in the West: Washington’s Get Lit!, the Montana Festival of the Book, and Oregon’s Wordstock.” March/April 2008.


Wordstock: Portland’s Annual Festival of the Book
Portland, OR, November 8-11
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Montana Festival of the Book
Missoula, MT, September 13-15
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“The Write Question,” Montana Public Radio, September 13
Interview with Cherie Newman

Third Place Books
Lake Forest Park, WA, July 23

Chuckanut Radio Hour
Broadcast on KMRE 102.3, Bellingham, July 21
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Elliott Bay Book Company
Seattle, WA 98104, July 13

Jack Straw Writers Program Reading Series
Jack Straw Productions
Seattle, WA, May 17
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Article in Poets & Writers Magazine: “Northwest Passages: Six Indie Publishers Find Their Way,” September/October 2005