The 2010 Jack Straw Writers, selected by curator Jared Leising, are Roberto Ascalon, Brian Barr, Katherine Grace Bond, Bill Carty, Martha Clarkson, Amber Flame, Esther Altshul Helfgott, Marjorie Manwaring, Denise Calvetti Michaels, Tara Roth, Louise Spiegler, and Michael Dylan Welch.
2010 Writers Program Curator
Jared Leising is the curator of the 2010 Jack Straw Writers Program. He is the author of the chapbook The Widows and Orphans of Winesburg, Ohio. His poems have appeared in various Washington publications such as Pontoon, Crab Creek Review, Stringtown, as well as on Metro Buses and local radio. Jared was selected as a Jack Straw Writer in 2001, has worked as a writer-in-residence for Ballard and Nathan Hale High Schools, been a nominee for Seattle Poet Populist, and before moving to Seattle, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Currently, he teaches English at Cascadia Community College, and is a board member of the Washington Community College Humanities Association and 826 Seattle.