Lilly Ledbetter reading
GUEST SPEAKERS: RAISING LILLY LEDBETTER EDITOR AND PUBLISHER
Christine Holbert, founding director of Lost Horse Press and founder of Spokane’s Get Lit! Literary Arts Festival, earned her MA in Publishing from Eastern Washington University. In a Mennonite-built log cabin in Sandpoint, Idaho by the shores of 43-mile-long Lake Pend Oreille, Holbert reviews and edits manuscripts, designs book covers and text pages, typesets, designs catalogs, promotes Lost Horse books, manages marketing activities, oversees interns and volunteers, and negotiates with distributors, bookstores, printers, authors, and other publishers. She has guided to completion such outstanding titles as Raising Lilly Ledbetter edited by Carolyne Wright and Nasty Women Poets edited by Julie Kane and Grace Bauer. In the 20 years since she established the Press, Holbert has published over 125 books of poetry and fiction, many of which have won national awards.
Carolyne Wright’s most recent book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. Author of ten collections and chapbooks of poetry, five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a book of essays, she teaches for Seattle’s Richard Hugo House. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, Wright lived in Chile on a Fulbright Grant during the Salvador Allende’s presidency. She is the recipient of grants from the NEA, 4Culture, and Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, and of an Instituto Sacatar residency fellowship in Bahia, Brazil.
FEATURED READERS: CONFLUENCE POETS
Subhaga Crystal Bacon is the daughter of working people, immigrants, sewing factory forebears over many generations, laborers, farmers, clerks, and housekeepers. She is the first of her family to have graduated college and worked, mostly, with her mind rather than her body. She is currently a teacher of writing at the Wenatchee Valley College in Omak, and County Liaison for In the Forefront, a suicide prevention effort focused on Okanogan County Schools. She is the author of Elegy with a Glass of Whisky and numerous poems that have appeared in print and electronic editions here and abroad.
Vicky Douxmont is a writer and new mom to her four month old son, Tioga. Originally from Hong Kong and the UK, Vicky lived and worked as a teacher and researcher in Rhode Island, Hawaii and Virginia, before choosing, together with her husband Peter, in 2016, to call the Methow Valley home. An avid backpacker and runner, Vicky cherishes the valley for its proximity to the mountains, as well as its nurturing local community and strong environmental ethic. As classroom, garden, and playground for her writing, mothering and outdoor adventures, Vicky cannot think of a better place to live.
Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was awarded the 2018 Editor’s Choice Poetry Prize from Willow Books for Inlay with Nacre: The Names of Forgotten Women which explores the global oppression of women. She received the 2017 Oregon Book Award for Drama and a 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet for her collection, the small claim of bones (Bilingual Press/Arizona State University), which placed second in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. A founding member of Confluence Poets, Cindy teaches poetry to youth through Methow Arts and organizes the Valley’s annual William Stafford Birthday Reading.
Christine Kendall’s debut poetry collection, Resting in the Familiar, is available at Trail’s End Bookstore. Her poems have appeared in the chapbook Talk, Clover: A Literary Rag, Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, the Sue C. Boynton 2009 chapbook and five-year anthology, Phrasings, Whatcom Writes One Book Together, Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Trial by Fire: The Methow Valley’s Summer of Disaster, 56 Days in August, and Methow Arts Alliance’s Art Magazine. Three of Christine’s poems were selected by five artists for the collaborative exhibit Visions of Verse at Confluence Galley in 2014. She is a founding member of Confluence Poets.
Kelleigh McMillan has been hard at work all of her adult life. Farming captured her spirit in the early ‘90s and she has been growing food ever since. Woven in and out of this agrarian existence are spending time with her family, writing poetry, finding mentors for at-risk teens, making silver jewelry and, most recently, raising awareness towards fair and just politics. When the farm is under blankets of snow, Kelleigh travels around Okanogan County to teach poetry workshops to students of all ages. A founding member of Confluence Poets, she hopes to finally publish a book of poems, at the great urging of her two teenage children, who are also poets.
Sam Owen has published a chapbook, Facing the Weather Side, and has been selected for two artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. Her work was displayed in the collaborative art and poetry exhibit Visions of Verse at Confluence Galley in 2014. Sam is a founding member of Confluence Poets and the former poetry editor for Methow Valley News. She studied Creative Writing under Nelson Bentley at the University of Washington.
Julianne Seeman’s first book, Enough Light to See, won the Anhinga Award for Poetry and was published by Florida State University Press. She is the recipient of the William Stafford Award from Washington Poets Association as well as other awards and grants from the King County and Seattle Arts Commissions. Her work has been widely published in literary journals, including Crab Creek Review and Kansas Quarterly. Julianne is retired from Bellevue College where she taught creative writing for 40 years.