Presenters for the 2013 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker: Jean Hegland
Jean Hegland Jean Hegland is the author of a book of creative non-fiction, The Life Within: Celebration of a Pregnancy, and two novels, Windfalls and Into the Forest. Into the Forest has been translated into nine languages, selected for a number of campus- or community-wide reading programs, and optioned for film development. Another novel is currently with her agent. In addition to being a frequent presenter at writers’ conferences, Hegland taught creative writing at Santa Rosa Junior College for many years, and has also taught in Sicily, the Austrian Alps and for the University College of York St. John in England.
Rebecca (Becca) Lawton
Rebecca Lawton Rebecca Lawton’s collected essays about life as a white-water guide, Reading Water: Lessons from the River, was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Her work has been published in Orion, Sierra, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Shenandoah, THEMA, More, and other magazines. Lawton has won the Ellen Meloy Fund Award for Desert Writers, three Pushcart Prize nominations (in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), and other honors. Her debut novel, Junction, Utah, was released by van Haitsma Literary in January 2013, and her latest work, Sacrament: Homage to a River, is due out from Heyday Books in late 2013.
Julie Crabtree
Julie Crabtree Julie Crabtree’s first novel, Discovering Pig Magic, won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature in 2008. In 2011, its sequel, The Crepe Makers’ Bond was published by Milkweed Editions and named to Book Expo America’s top 26. Crabtree has also been published in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, Highlights for Children, MotherVerse, Green Prints, and the American Library Association’s Knowledge Quest magazine. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of California at Davis in 1992, and a paralegal certificate in 1994. Crabtree lives in Portland, Oregon.
Zara Raab
Zara Raab Zara Raab’s poems evoke the rainy darkness of the remote northern California coast where she and her family have lived for almost two hundred years. The poems are collected in two books: The Book of Gretel and Swimming the Eel. A third book, finalist for the Dana Award, is based on Rumpelstiltskin, and will appear later this year, along with Fracas and Asylum, due in early 2014. Her poems and reviews appear in River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, The Dark Horse, and Poet Lore. A contributing editor for Redwood Coast Review and Poetry Flash, she lives near the San Francisco Bay.
Jim Dodge
Jim Dodge Jim Dodge is the author of a story (Fup), two novels (Not Fade Away and Stone Junction), and a collection of poems and short prose (Rain on the River). His work has been translated into 24 languages. He lived for extended periods on a commune in Sonoma County and on an isolated in-holding on French Hill in Del Norte County. After 15 years as Director of Humboldt State's creative writing program, he recently entered the faculty early retirement program. He and his family currently reside in Arcata.
Kim Wyatt
Kim Wyatt Kim Wyatt is the publisher of Bona Fide Books. Wyatt has worked in most facets of pub-lishing, including journalism, text-book development, manuscript evaluation, and as managing editor at print and online publications. She holds a master of fine arts degree in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska, Anchor-age. Bona Fide Books is the con-vergence of her lifelong love of literature and commitment to com-munity.

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