About the Program

Each year twelve writers 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 2024 Jack Straw Writers
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Recent Posts About This Program
The Jack Straw Alumni Poetry Series

April 4, 2024

The Jack Straw Writers Program is still going strong in its 28th year, and we are proud of the work our program alumni continue to produce. The Jack Straw Alumni Poetry Series is a chance to catch up with some of our poet alumni and celebrate their recent books. We are amazed – and yet […]

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Announcing the 2024 Jack Straw Writers

January 5, 2024

This year’s Jack Straw Writers Program Curator, Nisi Shawl, has selected the 2024 Jack Straw Writers! We’re thrilled to welcome our new writing fellows: Amontaine Aurore, E.J. Batiste, Catherine DeNardo, Josh Griffin, Becca Rose Hall, Elyse Hauser, Stacy Nathaniel Jackson, Allison Masangkay, Gabriel Moseley, Mary Pan, McKenna Princing, and Jarrett Ziemer. Our writing fellows will […]

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Announcing Summit Sound, a public audio gallery at the Seattle Convention Center

December 19, 2023

Jack Straw is thrilled to announce Summit Sound, an audio gallery at the new Seattle Convention Center Summit Building on Pine St. Summit Sound was envisioned by the SCC Art Program as “an outdoor space where residents and visitors can immerse themselves in one of our region’s revered creative disciplines–sound.” As the new home to […]

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Categories: Art and Heritage Partnerships, Artist Support Program, Writers Program, Youth Education Programs

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