Presenters for the 2015 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker: Christian Kiefer
Christian Kiefer Christian Kiefer is the author of the novels The Animals (Liveright / W.W. Norton) and The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury). He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis and serves on the faculty of American River College where he is editor-in-chief of Ad Lumen Press. His poetry and short fiction have appeared recently in Zyzzyva and Catamaran Literary Review.
Ellery Akers
Ellery Akers Ellery Akers is the author of two poetry collections: Practicing the Truth, which won the 2014 Autumn House Poetry Prize, selected by Alicia Ostriker; and Knocking on the Earth, which was named a Best Book of the Year by the San Jose Mercury News. She is also the author of a children’s novel, Sarah’s Waterfall. Akers has won eleven national awards, including the Poetry International Prize, the John Masefield Award, the Paumanok Poetry Award, and Sierra magazine’s Nature Writing Award. Her poetry has been featured on National Public Radio and on American Life in Poetry, and has appeared in such journals as The American Poetry Review, The Sun, and Poetry. She is a writer, artist, and naturalist living on the Northern California coast and teaches private poetry workshops.
Midge Raymond
Midge Raymond Midge Raymond’s short-story collection, Forgetting English, received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and she is the author of two books for writers: Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Her work has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Indiana Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, The Writer magazine, and Poets & Writers, among others. A co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press, Midge taught communication writing at Boston University for six years, and she has taught creative writing at Boston’s Grub Street Writers, Seattle’s Richard Hugo House, and San Diego Writers, Ink.
Holly Day
Holly Day Holly Day’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction has recently appeared in The Tampa Review, The MacGuffin, Kiki Magazine for Girls, and Broken Pencil. She and her family currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she has taught writing classes at the Loft Literary Center since 2000. Her published books include the nonfiction books Music Theory for Dummies, Music Composition for Dummies, Guitar All-in-One for Dummies, Piano All-in-One for Dummies, A Brief History of Nordeast Minneapolis; the poetry books Late-Night Reading for Hardworking Construction Men (The Moon Publishing) and The Smell of Snow (ELJ Publications); and a novel, The Book Of (Damnation Books).
Julia Park Tracey
Julia Park Tracey Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning author, journalist and blogger. Julia was the founding editor, and later, publisher, of The Alameda Sun. Her work has appeared in Salon, Quill, and Thrillist. She is the Poet Laureate of Alameda, California, and holds a BA in journalism and MA in English. Her published work includes the novels Veronika Layne Gets the Scoop, Veronika Layne Has a Nose for News (Booktrope), and Tongues of Angels; two biographies, I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do: Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen and Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen; and Amaryllis: Collected Poems.

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