S135. The Lifeblood of Regional Literary Celebrations

E147-148, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Accessible, regional literary celebrations nourish readers and writers alike. A panel of festival organizers, from a wide variety of organizations, will speak to the hows and whys of their literary shindigs, share their deep-in-the-trenches experiences in getting these celebrations off the ground, and discuss the perks and drawbacks of running these types of organizations.


Alessandra Simmons is a poetry editor for cream city review and an English PhD candidate at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She has poems published in the Florida Review, The Other Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, Rabbit Catastrophe, WomenArts Quarterly, and other journals.

Jenni Moody is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Booth, and Aquifer: The Florida Review Online, among others. She attended the MFA program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Clarion West Writers Workshop.

Laura Solomon is the author of three books of poetry. She’s worked with a number of literary journals and small presses, including Verse, Verse Press (now Wave Books), and the Georgia Review. She and her partner Jenny Gropp are the executive directors of Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.

Elizabeth Evans Sachs is a professor of English Literature and creative writing at Niagara County Community College; she is also a variously published writer, and the current chair of the Washington Island Literary Festival on Washington Island, Wisconsin.

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a member of Woodland Pattern Book Center's Board of Directors. His book So What is available via Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center