Kelli Russell Agodon (2007): Her third collection of poems, Hourglass Museum, has just been accepted for publication by White Pine Press and will be published late 2014 or 2015. Kelli will also be teaching at the Whidbey Island Writing Retreat, April 19-21.

Nancy Canyon (2007) will be teaching a workshop called “Wild Mind Writing: Memoir” in April at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA. Nancy and five other readers presented her poem, “My Brother,” at Speakeasy 10: Poetry Out of the Box, performance poetry in Bellingham, WA.

Kate Carroll de Gutes (2010) was awarded a fellowship from the Jack Straw Foundation. The yearlong fellowship introduces writers to the medium of recorded audio, encourages the creation of new literary work, and provides new venues for writers and their work. The program was created in 1997, and each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers.

Katie Eberhart (2010) will be presenting a workshop, “Planting Mania: Poetry, Memory, Nostalgia,” at the 2013 Northwest Poets’ Concord in Newport, Oregon, May 4, 2013.

Andrea Henchey (2010) Her poem, “The Moon is So Smart,” won the 2012 Erskine J. Poetry First Prize, and will be published in Smartish Pace.

Erin Hollowell’s (2009) Pause, Traveler, is due out on June 1 from Red Hen Press, and is the new Boreal Book for 2013.

Lois Rosen (2010) will be presenting a poetry workshop at “Fooling Around with Words” on Saturday April 13, 2013, at Linn Benton College in Corvallis, Oregon. She will be reading at the “Feast of Poets” for the Silverton Poetry Festival at Silver Falls Vineyard in Sublimity on Sunday, April 14. Lois is also the new guest fiction editor of the Gold Man Review.

Anne McDuffie (2007): Deep Geography, a collaboration with artist Ann Vandervelde and composer Janika Vandervelde, of poetry, painting and sound, was exhibited at Gallery I|M|A in Seattle, WA, January 3-31, 2013. Selected poems are included in the online catalog.

Tina Schumann (2009) is editing an anthology entitled, Two-Countries; U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents.

Hilary Schaper (2008) has been nominated by a member(s) of the Board of Contributing Editors for the Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses.

Heather Weber (2010) is writing book reviews for ForeWord magazine, with recent reviews appearing in print and online editions.


Fleda Brown and Sydney Lea have collaborated on Growing Old in Poetry: Two Poets, Two Lives, a combination memoir from two poets close to the same age, both of whom have been poets laureate of their states, talking about their lives, poetry, and the intersections of the two. This book will be released exclusively as an e-book by Autumn House Press in April. Fleda will post the link to download it as soon as it’s available.

Special Note to everyone from Fleda:
“I am so, so grateful for the emails, calls, and many gifts from all of you–faculty and students. It has been, frankly, astounding to me. But why should I be astounded? Stan and Judith have created a program that is so warm and supportive that it’s natural, I suppose to see this kind of reaction to the news of my illness. Still, I am so deeply touched by the many notes, cards, personally meaningful as well as silly gifts. I knew we were a great community. I didn’t know how much it meant to me. Thank you all. I’ll paddle-board to health on the nice, smooth lake waters of your caring. Oh Lord, I wax maudlin. All true, nonetheless.”

David Huddle has won the 2013 PEN New England Award for Best Work of Poetry, presented at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library on March 24.

Judith Kitchen’s essay “Fluid,” won the Judge’s Choice Award from “Open to Interpretation,” a juried competition of photography, poetry, and prose. Forthcoming in Fading Light, a book from Taylor & O’Neill, late 2013.

Dinah Lenney’s The Object Parade will be published by Counterpoint Press in spring, 2014.

Lia Purpura was recently a MacDowell Colony resident.

Stan Sanvel Rubin was a Finalist in the 2012 Lost Horse Press poetry competition. His manuscript, There, Here, will be published by Lost Horse Press in Fall 2013. He’ll be reading as part of the Lost Horse Press 15th Anniversary reading at the Get Lit! festival in Spokane, WA, Sunday, April 14, 2 PM.

Marjorie Sandor and Ann Powers met through RWW and now they have joined forces to create a collaborative project for their respective institutions: Oregon State University and Fishtrap. They are thrilled to announce the formation of an Arts Administration Graduate Research Assistantship position at Fishtrap for a third year OSU graduate student in the creative writing program. This position is funded by the Brisker-Steele Creative Writing Fund at Oregon State University. Jon Ross, a fiction writer at OSU, has been awarded the position for the 2013-14 school year.

Peggy Shumaker‘s new book, Toucan Nest: Poems of Costa Rica, has just been released by Red Hen Press. Book events are scheduled in Massachusetts, Alaska, California, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington, and New York. Peggy has also edited three new titles just released in the Alaska Literary Series:

Carolyn Kremers, Upriver (poems), Fairbanks
Sara Loewen, Gaining Daylight (nonfiction), Kodiak
Mei Mei Evans , Oil and Water (novel), Anchorage

See Peggy’s website for more information.