kristen millares young

Kristen Millares Young is the author of Subduction, a novel forthcoming from Red Hen Press on April 14, 2020. A prize-winning investigative journalist, book critic and essayist, Kristen serves as the 2018-2020 Prose Writer-in-Residence at Hugo House. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the Guardian, the New York Times, Poetry Northwest, Crosscut, Hobart, Moss, Proximity, KUOW 94.9-FM, the Miami Herald and TIME Magazine. Her personal essays are anthologized in Pie & Whiskey, a 2017 NYT New & Notable Book, and Latina Outsiders: Remaking Latina Identity (Routledge, June 2019). 

 Kristen was the researcher for the NYT team that produced “Snow Fall,” which won a Pulitzer and a Peabody in 2013. Her stories have been recognized by the Society for Features Journalism, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Kristen has been a fellow at UC Berkeley’s Knight Digital Media Center, the Jack Straw Writing Program, and the University of Washington Graduate School, where she was a Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Scholar. 

 Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a 2003 degree in History and Literature, earning her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in 2012. She teaches creative writing in English and Spanish at Hugo House, the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference and the Seattle Public Library. Kristen serves as board chair of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit news studio she co-founded in 2009. InvestigateWest’s reporting has led to the passage of fifteen new laws to improve the environment and the lives of foster families, people of color caught in the criminal justice system, health care workers, and advocates for government transparency.

More info at kristenmyoung.com

Kristen will be leading a workshop entitled Let the Story Surprise You, a lesson that guides writers through the ethics of transgression as they gather elements to set a story in motion.


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Nick Jaina

Nick Jaina is an author and musician born in Sacramento and currently residing in no particular place. His first novel, Hitomi, is a sprawling ode to music, love and beauty. It will be published in early 2020. His memoir Get It While You Can was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.

He has released several albums and co-founded a ballet company. He teaches writing workshops around the world.

More info at nickjaina.com

Nick will be leading a workshop on The Modes of Writing, an experience designed to help writers of all genres bring gravity and momentum to their work.


Alex Niedzialkowski

Alex Niedzialkowski is a Seattle-based Storyteller, Songwriter, and Musician in the northwest folk-inspired indie scene. Her band Cumulus released their debut album, I Never Meant it To Be Like This, to fantastic acclaim. Her sophomore album Comfort World continues to offer up dynamic indi-pop sounds that burst with energy and poetry. Alex will lead a workshop on songwriting and perform an intimate concert for our 15th Write in Doe Bay’s Yoga Studio.

Learn more at cumulusband.com


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Douglas Cole

Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry and a novella. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Louisiana Literature and Slipstream. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net and received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry. He lives and teaches in Seattle.

Learn more at douglastcole.com


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Phil Elverum is a songwriter from Anacortes, Washington who writes and records under the name Mount Eerie. Since at least 1997 he's been a participant in the rich and bristly world of independent music in the Pacific Northwest, releasing widely praised albums on K Records in Olympia and on his own label, P.W. Elverum & Sun. 2001's the Glow pt. 2 (under the name "the Microphones") and 2017's A Crow Looked At Me are the most well-known, but the discography is deep and weird. The writing is an ever evolving exploration between boundlessness and intimacy. Somehow touching into the universal and existential with the vocabulary of household specifics (or sometimes about the banalities of death, grief, love, parenting, etc.), the songs create and inhabit their own world. Phil will be teaching Making Meaning Out of Life: Memoir as Art.