Letter from Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Retreat Center

Dear Friends,

Spring is just around the corner, and Hedgebrook’s six cottages are humming with life. Our 2010 season opened in February with two Master Classes led by Theresa Rebeck and Carolyn Forché, and our first enthusiastic group of writers-in-residence.

We will bring 100 writers to Hedgebrook this year, the most in our history in any given year.

Consider the creative energy that will be generated in each cottage by those writers as they wrestle their stories, poems, plays, screenplays, memoirs, essays, graphic novels and works of non-fiction to the page.

Now, envision a literary tidal wave sweeping the world as their work finds its way to readers and audiences of all ages and all walks of life.

We know that the power of a single story, well told, can be transformative.

Imagine the impact of 100 powerful stories.

You’ll have some opportunities in 2010 to experience the tidal wave that begins on Whidbey Island: spoken word poets Mayda del Valle and Staceyann Chin rocking Seattle’s Town Hall in April, our four Women Playwrights Festival writers sharing their works-in-progress at ACT Theatre in May, award-winning writer/performer Sarah Jones presenting a workshop of her one woman show at ACT in August, and readings by alumnae happening all across the country.

Read more – and catch the wave whenever and wherever you can.


Amy Wheeler

Executive Director & Alumna

About Splabman

Poet & interviewer Paul E Nelson founded SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival. Since 1993, SPLAB has produced hundreds of poetry events & 600 hours of interview programming with legendary poets & whole systems activists including Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Diane di Prima, Daphne Marlatt, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Barry McKinnon, José Kozer, Brenda Hillman & many others. Paul’s books include American Prophets (interviews 1994-2012) (2018) American Sentences (2015) A Time Before Slaughter (2009) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (2013). Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia (2015), 56 Days of August: Poetry Postcards (2017) and Samthology: A Tribute to Sam Hamill (2019) Make it True meets Medusario (2019), he’s presented poetry/poetics in London, Brussels, Nanaimo, Qinghai & Beijing, China, has had work translated into Spanish, Chinese & Portuguese & writes an American Sentence every day. Awarded a residency at The Lake, from the Morris Graves Foundation in Loleta, CA, he’s published work in Golden Handcuffs Review, Zen Monster, Hambone, and elsewhere. Winner of the 2014 Robin Blaser Award from The Capilano Review, he is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia and lives in Rainier Beach, in the Cascadia bioregion’s Cedar River watershed.
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