2017 Keynote Speakers:
Carolyne Wright's ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review's Book of the Year Awards. She has nine poetry volumes, five books of poetry in translation, and a collection of essays; and has received Fulbright, NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle Arts Commission fellowship, among others. She teaches for Richard Hugo House, Seattle's community literary center, for the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program, and for literary conferences and festivals around the country. Besides writing, teaching, and literary / social / environmental activism, Wright's passions include Zumba and Afro-Brazilian dance; and she has been brushing up on Portuguese in preparation for a return visit to Bahia on an Instituto Sacatar residency fellowship.
Pam Binder is an award winning and New York Times Bestselling author. Publishers Weekly has said: “Binder gracefully weaves elements of humor, magic and romantic tensions into her novels”. Drawn to Celtic legends and anything Irish or Scottish, Pam blends historical events, characters and myths into everything she writes. Pam is also the President of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, a conference speaker, and an instructor, teaching the year-long series, Write Your Story and After The First Draft. Pam is an Indie author, writes for Kindle Worlds, and has a six book contract with Wild Rose Press for her Matchmaker Cafe series.