2015 Keynote Speakers:

Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcala ROIKathleen Alcalá is the author of a story collection, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist, and three novels set in 19th Century Mexico. Her collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name, was published by the University of Arizona Press. A co-founder of and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Alcalá has been a writer in residence at Seattle University, Richard Hugo House, and the University of New Mexico. Her work has received two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Western States Book Award, and other recognition. Kathleen teaches in the MFA program of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island. More at www.kathleenalcala.com, including her blog, “The Clueless Eater.” Photo credit: Willie Pugh    


Karen Spears Zacharias

    Zacharais photoKaren Spears Zacharias is a former TriCity Herald columnist and reporter, and the author of several books including the best selling Mother of Rain, winner of the Weatherford Award for Best in Appalacian Fiction and a finalist for the Crook's Corner Book Prize.  Mother of Rain, the stage play, is under production by Georgia's Springer Opera House.  Karen's work has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and the Diane Rehm Show.  She lives near the big river in Oregon. Her next book, Burdy, the sequel to Mother of Rain, will be published in Fall, 2015 by Mercer University Press. Other books include: Karly Sheehan: The True Crime Story Behind Karly’s Law, After the Flag has been Folded, Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide? ’cause I need more room for my plasma TV.

You can check out more about Karen on her blog: http://karenzach.com/