Jack Straw announces 2008 Writers Program participants

March 21, 2008

Jack Straw Productions is proud to announce the literary artists selected by curator Judith Roche for the 2008 Jack Straw Writers Program. They are Wendy Call, Janna Cawrse, Kevin Craft, Sharon Cumberland, Waverly Fitzgerald, Merna Ann Hecht, Rebecca Hoogs, Brian McGuigan, Jennifer D. Munro, Ghida Sinno, Judith Skillman, and Michael Spence.

“There are too few ways to honor literary artists,” says Roche. “The Jack Straw Writers Program addresses that by providing promotional opportunities for some of our area’s finest writers, and the Program’s emphasis on oral presentation helps return poetry and story to its origins in the oral tradition.”

The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to encourage the creation of new literary work; and to provide new venues for the writer and their work. The program was created in 1997, and each year a single curator selects 12 writers/writing teams out of dozens of applicants based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers.

This year’s writers will participate in various activities that include voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, the May Reading Series, the annual Jack Straw Writers Anthology, and the Jack Straw Literary Podcast series.

This year’s May Reading Series will take place:

Thursday, May 15, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 21, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 29, 7:30pm

All readings are open to the public and are hosted at Jack Straw Productions (4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle). Admission is a suggested donation of $5, and comes with a free copy of the anthology. These live performances are recorded for future production as podcasts, radio features, and other noncommercial new media content.

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