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
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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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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