R258. Mountain Writers Series: After 40 Years – A Nonprofit Model

Room 400, Washington State Convention Center, Level 4
Thursday, February 27, 2014
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


After its first tour for W.S. Merwin in 1976, Mountain Writers became a hub for a regional network presenting the finest contemporary writers, many just emerging into prominence. Join this discussion of cooperative scheduling to reach diverse, often under-served audiences – middle school to university, rural to urban, across six states – and its value to authors, publishers, and audiences. Panelists and writers share anecdotes as they discuss the strengths of nonprofit literary presenting.



Sandra Williams has worked with Mountain Writers Series since it began in Oregon in 1973. She has received awards and fellowships for her poetry, and her collection Detours was nominated for an Oregon Book Award in 1995.

Alice Derry’s newest collection is Tremolo. Among her other volumes are Stages of Twilight and Strangers to Their Courage. She is professor emeritus at Peninsula College in Port Angeles. For thirty years she was the driving force behind the college’s Foothills Writers’ Series.

Vincent Wixon is a scholar in the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College. He has been involved in the publication of several books by William Stafford. As a high school teacher, he worked with Mt. Writers Series Rural Outreach in bringing writers to Southern Oregon.

Cindy Stewart-Rinier graduated with an MFA from Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and she is currently a faculty member for the Mountain Writers Series.

Jonah Bornstein co-founded and directed the Ashland Writers Conference (1997-2002) and directed the International Writers Series (1993-1997). He is currently publisher and editor of Wellstone Press. He holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and has taught creative writing and literature at universities.


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Kansas City Convention Center