Featured artists 2022
Timothy Egan comes from a family of nine, with a mother who loved books and a father who had the Irish gift of finding joy in small things.
He is the author of nine books, most recently A Pilgrimage to Eternity. The Immortal Irishman was a New York Times best seller. His book on Edward Curtis, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, received the Carnegie Award for best nonfiction. His account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time, won the 2006 National Book Award, and he was featured prominently in Ken Burns’ 2012 documentary The Dust Bowl.
A lifelong journalist, Egan was a national correspondent and opinion columnist for the New York Times, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 with a team of reporters for the series “How Race Is Lived in America.”
Father of two and a third-generation Westerner, Egan lives in Seattle, a literary city that once named May 12 a day in his honor—alas, with no exemption from parking tickets.
Nicola Griffith is a native of Yorkshire, England, where she earned her beer money teaching women’s self-defense, fronting a band, and counseling at a street drugs agency before discovering writing and moving to the US. Her immigration case was a fight and ended up making new law: She was the first openly queer person for whom the State Department declared it to be “in the National Interest” to live and work in this country.
In 1993, a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis slowed her down a bit, and she concentrated on writing. Her novels are Ammonite (1993), Slow River (1995), The Blue Place (1998), Stay (2002), Always (2007), Hild (2013), So Lucky (2018), Spear (April 2022) and Menewood (2023). She has won the Washington State Book Award (twice) and the Otherwise/Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, the Premio Italia, the Lambda Literary Award (six times), and others.
Now a dual US/UK citizen, she holds a PhD from Anglia Ruskin University, is married to writer Kelley Eskridge, and lives in Seattle. Most of the time she is happily lost in the seventh century (researching her ongoing series about Hild), emerging occasionally to enjoy a ferocious bout of wheelchair boxing, drink just the right amount of beer, and take enormous delight in everything.
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Rosanne Parry grew up in Oregon loving its rainy days, wild places, and many libraries. She spent her first years as an elementary teacher in Taholah, Washington, enjoying the hospitality of the Quinault Nation and the spectacular landscape of the Olympic Rainforest.
Parry is the author of seven novels for young readers, including the New York Times best sellers A Wolf Called Wander and A Whale of the Wild, which have been translated into 14 languages. Her first picture book, Big Truck Day, will be published in September 2022.
Parry is a part-time bookseller at legendary independent bookstore Annie Bloom’s. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in Portland, Oregon, and writes in a treehouse in her backyard.
Unfortunately, Danzy Senna’s appearance has been canceled due to illness. We wish her well, and we apologize to our audience for any inconvenience.
Danzy Senna is an American novelist, born in 1970 and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine, where she received several creative writing awards.
She is the author of five books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novels Caucasia, Symptomatic, and her most recent, New People, named one of the best books of the year by Time, Vogue, and the New York Times.
Senna is a recipient of the Whiting Award and the Dos Passos Prize for Literature. She teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
One of the preeminent Latinx playwrights at work today, Octavio Solis has written more than 25 plays exploring the boundaries of Mexican American identity in the United States. His works include Mother Road, Hole in the Sky, Quixote Nuevo, Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, June in a Box, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, La Posada Mágica, and Man of the Flesh and have been mounted across the country by leading theater companies including the Yale Repertory Theater, Teatro Dallas, the California Shakespeare Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he is an artist in residence.
Solis has received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Texas State University Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, the Pen Center Literary Award for Drama, the National Latino Playwriting Award, the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, and the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, among many other honors.
He is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum, and member of the Dramatists Guild. He served as a creative consultant for the Disney/Pixar blockbuster Coco, for which he voiced the character of the Arrivals Agent. His memoir, Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, received the 2018 Silver Indies Award for Book of the Year.
Vauhini Vara is the author of The Immortal King Rao (2022), which Justin Taylor described in the New York Times as “a monumental achievement.”
She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her fiction has been honored by the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the O. Henry Prize, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has also written and edited nonfiction for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine; her essay “Ghosts,” published in The Believer, will be anthologized in The Best American Essays 2022.
Vara is the secretary for Periplus, a mentorship collective serving writers of color, and a mentor for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s Book Project.
Photograph by Rachel Woolf