Presenters for the 2016 North Coast Redwoods Writers' Conference

Keynote Speaker: Dahlynn McKowen
Dahlynn McKowen Dahlynn McKowen calls Crescent City her second home, as her parents live in the beautiful seaside city. Currently the CEO and publisher of Publishing Syndicate, Dahlynn has been a freelance travel writer, author, ghostwriter, and copy editor for more than 25 years. With her husband Ken, she spent 10 years as a consultant and co-author with Chicken Soup for the Soul books, sharing many bylines with the founders of the series. Dahlynn’s integrity and reputation is such that she has ghost-written for a former U.S. president and more than 24 Fortune 100 and 500 corporate founders and CEOs.
Marsha de la O
Marsha de la O Marsha de la O’s new book, Antidote for Night, won the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award and was published by BOA Editions. Her first book, Black Hope, received the New Issues Poetry Prize from the University of Western Michigan and an Editor’s Choice Award. Her work has been anthologized in Intimate Nature: The Bond Between Women and Animals (Ballantine), and Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems from California (Greenhouse Review Press). She won the 2014 Morton Marcus Poetry Award and the dA Poetry Prize. De la O and her husband, Phil Taggart, edit the literary journal, Askew.
J. Lynn Bailey
J. Lynn Bailey J. Lynn Bailey, northern California resident, used Ferndale, CA as the inspiration for her novel, Black Five, the first in a four-novel book deal with Poorhouse Publishing. Future installments in the young adult series, The Black Blood Chronicles, are due out in the next three years.
Midge Raymond
Midge Raymond Midge Raymond is the author of a short-story collection, Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction, and a novel, My Last Continent. Her writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times magazine, Poets & Writers, and many other publications. She has also published two books for writers, Everyday Writing and Everyday Book Marketing. Midge lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she is co-founder of the boutique publisher Ashland Creek Press.
Ken McKowen
Ken McKowen Ken McKowen is thrilled to be part of 2016’s North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference. An author and photographer for nearly 40 years, Ken, along with his wife Dahlynn, has won two national awards for his travel books Best of the California Coast (2015) and Best of California’s Missions, Mansions and Museums (2006). Ken retired from California State Parks in 2006 after serving as a ranger, then marketing manager and media specialist for 30 years. With more than 25 books to his name, and countless magazine articles, Ken is always on the lookout for his next great travel book.
D.L. Snell
D.L. Snell D.L. Snell is the critically acclaimed author of multiple novels and short stories. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Kevin J. Anderson’s Blood Lite series. He has co-authored Pavlov’s Dogs, with Thom Brannan, and Demon Days, with Richard Finney. He edited Best Tales of the Apocalypse. Snell also has had success writing under the pen name David Jacob Knight.

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