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 2022 Jack Straw Writers
Helen Anderson portrait

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Jessica Gigot portrait

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Danielle Hayden portrait

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Erin Langner portrait

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Jory Mickelson portrait

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Emily Parzybok portrait

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Vincent Rendoni portrait

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Ruth Schemmel

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Recent Posts About This Program
The 2022 Jack Straw May Reading Series

April 26, 2022

Join us in person or online, as the Jack Straw Reading Series continues for the 26th year, with a series of readings featuring new poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction from the 2022 Jack Straw Writers. Poet and program curator Michael Schmeltzer will host three readings with the writers, in person in the studio and streamed […]

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Grid of the 2022 Jack Straw Writers: Ally Ang, Katharine Strange, Jory Mickelson, Danielle Hayden, Julie Feng, Helen Anderson, Jessica Gigot, Emily Parzybok, Vincent Rendoni, Erin Langner, Carrie Beyer, and Ruth Schemmel

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Announcing the 2022 Jack Straw Writers!

January 11, 2022

Curator Michael Schmeltzer has selected the 2022 Jack Straw Writers! Our fellows this year are Helen Anderson, Ally Ang, Carrie Beyer, Julie Feng, Jessica Gigot, Danielle Hayden, Erin Langner, Jory Mickelson, Emily Parzybok, Vincent Rendoni, Ruth Schemmel, and Katharine Strange. Our writing fellows will be hard at work for the next few months writing and […]

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Michael Schmeltzer portrait

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Jack Straw Writers SPL Reading on YouTube!

December 2, 2021

If you missed the November group reading with E.J. Koh and our 2021 Jack Straw Writers, our friends at Seattle Public Library have made it available for you to watch whenever you want, right here: Enjoy! And thank you, as always, to our brilliant curator E.J. Koh and the wonderful 2021 Jack Straw Writers.

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EJ Koh holds up a copy of the 2021 Jack Straw Writers Anthology, in a video still.

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