F257. Mountain Writers Center – A Nonprofit Model (1993–2003)

A107-109, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Friday, March 29, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


After twenty years of building a regional network, in 1993, Mountain Writers opened the first writer’s center in Oregon, immediately increasing funding for NW literary activity—readings, workshops, craft talks—featuring acclaimed poets and writers: Bei Dao, Lucille Clifton, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, David James Duncan, Jack Gilbert, Yusef Komunyakaa, Denise Levertov, Louis Simpson, James Tate, C.K. Williams, and hundreds more. Former Center staff, faculty, and students discuss the impact.



Dorianne Laux’s new and selected poems, Only as the Day Is Long, is forthcoming. She teaches for the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.

Joseph Millar's fourth collection is Kingdom. He teaches in Pacific University Low residency Program. He is a NEA and Guggenheim recipient.

Michael Robins is the author of four poetry collections, including In Memory of Brilliance & Value and People You May Know (forthcoming). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Jennifer Grotz is a poet, translator, and director of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conferences. She teaches at the University of Rochester.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center