Claire Bidwell Smith
Claire is the award winning author of two books of nonfiction: The Rules of Inheritance & After This: When Life is Over Where Do We Go? Claire lives in Los Angeles and is a mother of two daughters and a therapist specializing in grief. Claire returns to Write with her lessons on the craft of Memoir and the process of publication. Check our website for more information.
Joy Prouty is a mother to 5, photographer, and writer based in Tennessee. As the owner of Wildflowers Photography, Joy travels the country documenting people in a profound way. Her images tell stories like no other and her work and stories have been featured in places such as People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, and numerous other high profile blogs and magazines.
Kate Lebo is the author of two cookbooks, Pie School (Sasquatch Books) and A Commonplace Book of Pie (Chin Music Press). Her essays and poems have appeared in Best American Essays, Best New Poets, New England Review, Willow Springs, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and Gastronomica, and she writes the "Cooking the Books" column for the Spokesman-Review. In 2017, Sasquatch Books will release Pie & Whiskey, an anthology co-edited with Sam Ligon and based on their popular Pie & Whiskey reading series. She lives in Spokane, Washington.
Mikey Gervais is a Seattle-based musician known for stately piano melody, smooth vocals, beautiful lyrics, and guitar at the height of the Northwest folk scene. Gervais is a master of the song craft that was born from an early obsession with harmony, re-imagining Righteous Brothers songs in minor keys, to a passion for old-school blues and folk, to 40's and 50's schmaltz, 80's and 90's punk, to the independent music that surrounded him during his formative years in Seattle, Washington. Gervais plays with Seattle-based band Mikey and Matty. Currently, Mikey is on European Tour with The Head and the Heart.
Faustine Hudson, born in Las Vegas NV, is an internationally-touring drummer. Hudson is also a Ugandan Musician Exchange Artist who launched a community service project for young women in the African Village of Awake in the Otuke District in Northern Uganda.
In 2015 Hudson embarked on her first trip to Uganda, Africa in support Maureen Brotherton’s music exchange with the Village of Awake in the Otuke District. She launched a community service project called "Operation Menstruation" raising funds to purchase and deliver reusable menstruation pads made by Afri-pads for the woman and young ladies of the Village of Awake in the Otuke District of Northern Uganda. Faustine Hudson raised over $5,000 which provided 650 girls a years worth of reusable menstruation kits. In 2016, Hudson returned to Uganda raising another $5,000 for "Operation Menstruation"
Living My Truth: FALCO; Finding Intentional Alignment Within the Artistic World. Mikey & Faustine will lead a workshop on music and songwriting. They will also share their experience on their work as Musican Exchange Artists in Uganda and discuss Faustine’s work through her successful “Operation Menstration,” a program that not only gives young women access to necessary supplies and information, but allowsthem to make regular school attendance.
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.