Presenters for the 2018 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker: Melissa Hart
Melissa Hart Keynote speaker Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: Diverse Fiction to Open Minds and Ignite Empathy in Children (Sasquatch, 2019), and the award-winning 2018-19 OBOB middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016), as well as the young adult memoir Gringa (Seal, 2009) and the adult memoir Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons, 2015). She's a contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Woman's Day, The Advocate, Hemispheres, Writer's Digest, and numerous other publications. Website:
Jennifer Brozek
Jennifer Brozek Jennifer Brozek is an award winning author, editor, and tie-in author. Two of her works, Never Let Me Sleep and The Last Days of Salton Academy were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. She was honored with the Scribe Award for best tie-in Young Adult novel Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident. Her anthology Grants Pass won an Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication. In between cuddling her cats, writing, and editing, Jennifer is an active member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and International Association of Media Tie-In Writers. She keeps a tight writing and editing schedule and credits her husband Jeff with being the best sounding board ever. Visit Jennifer’s worlds at
Rob Carney
Rob Carney Rob Carney is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Book of Sharks (Black Lawrence Press, July 2018) and 88 Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2015). In 2014 he received the Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in Cave Wall, Columbia Journal, Pacifica Literary Review, and many others, and he writes a regularly featured series called "Old Roads, New Stories" for Terrain: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments. He is a Professor of English and Literature at Utah Valley University and lives in Salt Lake City.
Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Peter Brown Hoffmeister Peter Brown Hoffmeister is the author of five books, including adult novels, young adults novels, and a memoir. He's published with Random House, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Soft Skull. Hoffmeister's novels have earned starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal, VOYA, and The Bulletin, and he's earned an American Library Association distinction for "Best Fiction For Young Adults."
Carolyne Wright
Carolyne Wright Carolyne Wright's new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017), whose title poem received a Pushcart Prize and was included in The Best American Poetry 2009. Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations. She teaches for Seattle's Richard Hugo House and for national and international literary conferences and festivals. A Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes, Wright has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation (Chile, Brazil, India, Bangladesh), the NEA, 4Culture, and the Seattle Arts Commission. She has just returned from two months in Bahia, Brazil, on an Instituto Sacatar residency.

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