About the Program

Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator out of dozens of applicants, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers. The program features voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. Live readings are recorded, and selected portions are produced for podcasts and radio broadcast.

Meet our 2021 Jack Straw Writers

S. Erin Batiste READ MORE >

C. R. Glasgow READ MORE >

Patrycja Humienik READ MORE >

Grace Jahng Lee READ MORE >

José Luis Montero READ MORE >

Greg November READ MORE >

Tochukwu Okafor READ MORE >

Michael Overa READ MORE >

Paulette Perhach READ MORE >

Abi Pollokoff READ MORE >

Kristie Song READ MORE >

Daniel Tam-Claiborne READ MORE >

Recent Posts About This Program
Please give to support the next year of our Artist Residency Programs

November 8, 2021

Please help our essential programs for artists thrive for years to come! “Participating in this cohort has allowed me to see a wider view of the world that I’ve been so intimidated by, find my place in it and feel like I belong.” –Ebo Barton, Jack Straw Writers Program 2020 We’re launching a campaign today […]

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Categories: Artist Support Program, New Media Gallery, Writers Program

Jack Straw Writers and Bushwick Book Club 2021

October 29, 2021

Jack Straw and the Bushwick Book Club Seattle are once again teaming up to create new music inspired by the work of the Jack Straw Writers! For the second year in a row, the Bushwick Book Club and Jack Straw will share a new video every couple weeks featuring a reading from one of our […]

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Jack Straw x The Bushwick Book Club Seattle 2021-2022

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Announcing 2022 Writers Program Curator Michael Schmeltzer

October 5, 2021

We are thrilled to announce Michael Schmeltzer as the 2022 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator. Michael is a biracial author originally from Japan. He currently lives in Seattle where he serves as Editor-in-Chief of Floating Bridge Press. His forthcoming poetry book Empire of Surrender is the winner of the 2021 Wandering Aengus Book Award. Along with Meghan […]

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Michael Schmeltzer portrait

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