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 Nelson: Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos. Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily. *MOOC = Massive Open Online Course
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