Jack Straw Writers Program

The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers.

The 2020 Jack Straw Writers / Jack Straw Writers Events

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.

To date, the Jack Straw Writers Program has included almost 300 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres. Writers Program participants have included novelist Harold Taw (2011), poet Rebecca Hoogs (2008), legendary Litmus Inc. founder Charles Potts (2007), Seattle Poet Populist Jourdan Imani Keith (2006), Stranger Genius Award recipient for poetry John Olson (2004), Kathleen Flenniken (2002), Floating Bridge Press founder Peter Pereira (2001), Writers In The Schools founder Kip Robinson-Greenthal (2000), and humorist David Schmader (1998).

Top row: 2009-2017 Jack Straw Writers reading, writing, and recording at Jack Straw Cultural Center (photos by Sherwin Eng); Bottom row, L-R: 2015 Jack Straw Writers (photo by Levi Fuller); 2012 Jack Straw Writers at the Royal Room with the Bushwick Book Club Seattle (photos by Melissa Thompson); 2018 Jack Straw Writers at Jack Straw with the Bushwick Book Club Seattle; 2017 Jack Straw Writer Wancy Young Cho reading at the Jack Straw May Reading Series

2020 Jack Straw Writers Program

The 2020 Jack Straw Writers, selected by Curator Anastacia-Renée, are Rob Arnold, Ebo Barton, Jeffrey Cheatham II, Ching-In Chen, Elaina Ellis, Michelle Goodman, Maisha Manson, Wryly McCutchen, Troy Osaki, Helen K. Thomas, Jose Trejo Maya, and Arianne True.

Anastacia-Renee, photo by Brad Curran
2020 Writers Program Curator Anastacia-Renée is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a TED Speaker, The Deep End podcast Co-host, two-time Pushcart nominee and writer and director of 9 Ounces, A One Woman Show and Queer, Mama, Crossroads.  She is the author of Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. Her writing has appeared in anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and: Ms. Magazine, Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, The Fight & the Fiddle, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch, Glow, Mom Egg Review, The Magazine of Glamorous Refusal, Pinwheel Journal, Reality Beach and more. She teaches multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and conferences.


Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of the Jack Straw Writers Program.

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About the podcasts

Jack Straw Cultural Center produces SoundPages, a podcast featuring excerpts from live readings and interviews highlighting literary artists from the Jack Straw Writers Program.



Previous Jack Straw Writers Program

2019 Writers
2016 Writers
2015 Writers
2014 Writers
2012 Writers
2011 Writers

2009 Writers
2008 Writers
2007 Writers
2006 Writers
2005 Writers
2004 Writers
List of writers to date

Jack Straw Writers Program Events

Jack Straw May Reading Series
Fridays, May 1, 8, and 15
Jack Straw Cultural Center, 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattl