Our mission is to inspire people to write and share their stories. We do this through events and workshops at our Writing Center and within the community, through our residency program, and by offering support to our writers.



By Michael Brecke | March 13, 2021 |

Water! I went into the bathroom to use the facilities and wash my face and hands. I was maybe 6 or 7 years old. I was about to flush the…

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By Michael Brecke | February 23, 2021 |

Lawrence Ferhlinghetti died today. He was 101. As a radical college student, publishing an underground newspaper, he was one of my great heroes. He was a poet and a bookstore…

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Song of the Solitary Man

By Michael Brecke | February 10, 2021 |

The land and the trees change with the seasons. The forty acres of land has been a part of my family life and lore for over 100 years. It has…

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You Got Sunshine?

By Michael Brecke | January 25, 2021 |

T.S. Eliot begins the first of The Four Quartets, “Burnt Norton,” with these opening lines:   Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time…

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Preparing for Christmas

By Michael Brecke | December 2, 2020 |

About the middle of October, every year of my 18 years in my family home, (assuming those years when I was too young to remember or experience it) my mother…

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