Priscilla Long is a writer of poetry, essays, creative nonfictions, fictions, science, and history. She has an MFA degree from the University of Washington and teaches writing.

Her guide to writing is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life. Her book of poems is Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Her collection of linked literary nonfictions is Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press). Her handbook for artists of all kinds is Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators. Her scholarly history book is Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. Long’s essays, literary non-fiction works, and poems have been widely published and have garnered several awards, including a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

She wrote an every-Wednesday column at The American Scholar website titled Science Frictions. The complete set of 92 pieces on everything from Saturn to salt may be found here.

Priscilla serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.


2009 Writers Program

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Announcing the 2023 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator

September 14, 2022

Priscilla Long is the 2023 Jack Straw Writers Program Curator! Priscilla is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, history, and fiction, and a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her seventh book is Dancing with the Muse in Old Age (Coffeetown, 2022). Her two poetry books are Holy Magic (MoonPath Press) and Crossing Over: […]

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