Festival schedule 2022
Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4
From the Lit Walk to Words Onstage, your festival weekend is booked.
Highlights by the day
LIT WALK | Fri evening
Three phases of readings by local and regional writers, hosted at six different venues around the village of Eastsound. Free to the public
ORCAS HIGH | Fri afternoon
Celebrated YA authors Mary Cronk Farrell, Jen Longo, Diana Ma, and Kelly McWilliams in conversation about how stories have changed their lives. Reserved for Orcas Island High School students and faculty; closed to the general public
Lit Walk details
PHASE ONE | 5–5:45 p.m.
123 N Beach Rd.
Eastsound, WA 98245
Bill Carty, Mary Cronk Farrell, Jen Longo, and Susan Slapin
Orcas Island Public Library
500 Rose St., Eastsound, WA
Readings by Orcas youth writers
Tide Pool Coffeehouse
365 N Beach Rd., Eastsound, WA
Heather Durham, Iris Graville,
Kip Robinson Greenthal, Teresa K. Miller, and Matthew Sullivan
PHASE TWO | 6–6:45 p.m.
249 Prune Alley, Eastsound, WA
Readings from the new anthology “Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses from the Gloomy Northwest,” with Maya Jewell Zeller, Margot Kahn, Laura Read, and Nathaniel Youmans
296 Main St., Eastsound, WA
Andrew Altschul, Tara Conklin, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Rosanne Parry
109 N Beach Rd., Eastsound, WA
Wendy Call, Diana Ma, Jennifer Perrine, and Raven Chronicles Press authors Kathleen Alcalá and Phoebe Bosché
PHASE THREE | 7–7:45 p.m.
249 Prune Alley, Eastsound, WA
Readings, music, and conversation with the cofounders of St. Ōde Press and contributors to “Ōde: Orcas Island,“ with Ayn Carrillo-Gailey, Toby Cooper, Sara Farish, Theresa Marl, and Jill McCabe Johnson
68 N Beach Rd., Eastsound, WA
Kelly McWilliams, Amanda Moore, Abigail Prout, Caleb Tankersley, and Neal Thompson
Lit Fest programming
Visit our Featured Artists and Guest Artists pages to learn more about this luminous lineup at Orcas Center.
MAIN STAGE | 10–10:50 a.m.
The Survival of Humanity Needs a New Story
Timothy Egan, Thor Hanson, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Emily Strelow
The American ethos of growth and ambition has reshaped our lands and our lives and led to extraordinary innovation, but the cultural and ecological costs have been high. To avoid collapse, we need a new story and a new set of values. How will we tell that story—and will enough people listen?
BLACK BOX | 11–11:25 a.m.
A Conversation with Danzy Senna
Hosted by Scott Hutchins
This appearance has been canceled due to illness. We apologize for any inconvenience.
MAIN STAGE | 11–11:50 a.m.
Women Who Confound Expectations
Sonora Jha, Kristen Millares Young, Laura Read, and Alexandra Teague
The patriarchy has defined womanhood and literature for millennia. This panel of fierce, award-winning women writers will give brief readings and engage in an intersectional conversation that invites the audience to think about how writing can confound expectations and resist patriarchal pressures.
BLACK BOX | 11:30–11:55 a.m.
A Conversation with Timothy Egan
Hosted by Neal Thompson
BREAK | 12–12:30 p.m.
Enjoy delicious Salvadoran food from Johanna’s Catering, available for purchase on Orcas Center’s outdoor patio.
MAIN STAGE | 12:30–1:20 p.m.
What’s Love Got to Do with It: Telling Stories About Relationships
Liz Asch, Frances Badalamenti, Danielle Frandina, Emily Kendal Frey, and Dao Strom
Our lives are occupied with relationships, from the ecstatic to the devastating. How do we express that intimacy in writing? In this panel, authors of prose and poetry come together to explore the ever-shifting nature of love in their work.
BLACK BOX | 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Joys of Reading and Writing Nonhuman Animals
Kiik Araki-Kawaguchi, Jessica Gigot, Margot Kahn, Becky Mandelbaum, and Caitlin Scarano
In the face of climate change and biodiversity loss, how do we better understand and share space with nonhuman animals? This panel of Washington authors will share why they write about nonhuman animals and how these animals have shaped their creative identities and development.
MAIN STAGE | 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Writing Is a Political Act
Andrew Altschul, Kristen Millares Young, Jennifer Perrine, and Octavio Solis
In what ways does the solitary act of creation speak to the larger fate of our world? Four writers from varied backgrounds will discuss the interplay between their work and the larger political context. Expect a lively conversation on the responsibility—and irresponsibility—of the artist.
BLACK BOX | 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Inheriting the Earth: West Coast Poets on What Gets Handed Down
Bill Carty, Teresa K. Miller, Amanda Moore, and Michael Schmeltzer
Within families, communities, and ecosystems, what gets passed down can be a gift or a burden—or both. In their new collections, these poets examine crises and triumphs that echo across generations. Together they’ll explore how they work with their inheritances, from heirlooms to trauma.
MAIN STAGE | 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Hiding in History: Uncovering Women’s Untold Stories
Kelli Estes, Nicola Griffith, Mia Lipman Irwin, Ashley Sweeney, and Vauhini Vara
Historical fiction toes a unique line between truth-telling and storytelling. When you hold someone else’s era in your hands, how do you carry it responsibly? These novelists will shine a light on how the lives of women from bygone days inspired their work—and why their stories deserve to be told now.
BLACK BOX | 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Sing in Me, Muse: How Songwriters Craft Their Stories
Olivia Awbrey, Kíque Lopez, Dao Strom, and Mandy Troxel
From the earliest ballads to Pulitzer-winning hip-hop, songwriting in America has centered on voices telling stories. These accomplished singer-songwriters will reflect on translating their personal experiences into music, and the resonant truths that a killer song can reveal.
MAIN STAGE | 3:30–4:20 p.m.
Where You’re Coming From: An Exploration of Family, Heritage & Place
Tara Conklin, Anne Liu Kellor, Donna Miscolta, and Caitlin Scarano
How do writers reclaim their own pasts as they build worlds and the people in them? These authors of memoir, fiction, and poetry will talk about obstacles they’ve faced, how their families and roots play into their work, and how they gave themselves permission to tell stories that have historically been silenced.
BREAK | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Stroll through the village of Eastsound to see what catches your eye, or book a table in advance at one of the island's renowned restaurants.
BLACK BOX | 4–4:25 p.m.
A Conversation with Nicola Griffith
Hosted by Jule Treneer
WORDS ONSTAGE | 7:30 p.m.
Join authors Timothy Egan, Nicola Griffith, Octavio Solis, and Vauhini Vara, plus singer-songwriters Olivia Awbrey, Kíque Lopez, Dao Strom, and Mandy Troxel, for an unforgettable night of literature and music.
MAIN STAGE | 4:30–5:30 p.m.
“Retablos”: A Staged Reading of Octavio Solis’s Memoir in Fragments
Directed by Bruce Langford and featuring Paula Gutierrez Latorre, Bruce Langford, Kíque Lopez, Sofia Poe, Octavio Solis, and Regina Zwilling.