Write On, Door County is pleased to be a collaborative partner in the annual Washington Island Literary Festival. Generational: How We Build, Grow, and Change is the theme for the 7th annual Washington Island Literary Festival. This year’s authors are Paula Carter, Jane Hamilton, Rebecca Makkai, Bao Phi, Scott Russell Sanders, and Luis Alberto Urrea.
A community creative lab will be held on Thursday, September 19th. Writing workshops will be offered on Friday, September 20th. Author talks and panel discussions are scheduled for Saturday, September 21st. An optional brunch concludes the Festival on Sunday, September 22nd. Author events are held at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. Workshops and social events are held at various venues around the Island.
For more information or to register, visit Washington Island Literary Festival.
Paula Carter is the author of the flash memoir collection No Relation. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Based in Chicago, she is a part of the storytelling community and has performed with organizations like The Moth and 2nd Story, where she is a company member. She was the 2018 inaugural artist-in-residence at Hotel Washington on Washington Island. She teaches at Northwestern University.
Jane Hamilton’s novels have won literary prizes, been made into films, have been international best-sellers, and two of them, The Book of Ruth, and A Map of The World, were selections of Oprah’s Book Club. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Allure, the Oprah Magazine, Elle, and various anthologies. Her seventh novel, The Excellent Lombards was published in April 2016. She’s taught in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, at Carleton College, and has done workshops in the US and in Italy. She’s married to an apple farmer in Wisconsin.
Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novel The Great Believers, the winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal, one of the New York Times’ top ten books for 2018, a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award, and a pick for the New York Public Library’s 2018 Best Books. Her other books are the novels The Borrower and The Hundred-Year House, and the collection Music for Wartime — four stories from which appeared in The Best American Short Stories. The recipient of a 2014 NEA Fellowship, Rebecca has taught at the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University. She is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago. Visit her at RebeccaMakkai.com or on twitter@rebeccamakkai
Bao Phi is the author of A Different Pond, a picture book which received a Caldecott honor, an Ezra Jack Keats new author honor, the Charlotte Zolotow award for excellence in children’s book writing, and six starred reviews, and two collections of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel and Sông I Sing, both of which are taught in classrooms across the country. He was Minnesota Monthly’s Author of the Year 2017 and City Pages’ Best Author 2018. He continues to tour as a featured guest speaker and artist across the country. He is the program director of events and awards at the Loft Literary Center.
Scott Russell Sanders is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto. His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012); Divine Animal: A Novel (2014); and a collection of his eco-science fiction stories entitled Dancing in Dreamtime (2016). A new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, was published in 2017. Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University. He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana’s White River Valley.
Hailed by NPR as a “literary badass” and a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Luis Alberto Urrea is a prolific and acclaimed writer who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph. A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame, Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and American mother, Urrea is most recognized as a border writer, though he says, “I am more interested in bridges, not borders.” His newest book, The House of Broken Angels, is a novel of an American family, which happens to be from Mexico. Angel de la Cruz knows this is his last birthday and he wants to gather his progeny for a final fiesta.