Mary Welcome is a multidisciplinary rural cultural worker. As an artist- organizer, her projects are rooted in community engagement and the development of intersectional programming to address equity, cultural advocacy, inclusivity, visibility, and imagination. She brings a nuanced perspective to the contemporary field, as an organizer working in service to small towns; as a cultural producer across American geographies; and as a facilitator of place-based arts programming. She currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence for the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Her partners include Cabin- Time, Homeboat, M12 Studio, Brokeback Palouse, the Department of Public Transformation, Art of the Rural, Springboard for the Arts, and the USPS.
The artist Lynn Robb lives and works in Santa Monica, California. Her photographs and prints have been exhibited in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica. Recent projects include explorations of architectural construction and of wildfire burn sites in California. She has published two monographs of her photos: Morning Walk One, and surface | tension.
Juan Alvarado Valdivia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico to Peruvian parents and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of ¡Cancerlandia!: A Memoir and Ballad of a Slopsucker, which was a 2020 International Latino Book Award finalist for Best Collection of Short Stories – English or Bilingual. In 2021, he served as a mentor to two aspiring writers in the Latinx in Publishing Writers Mentorship Program. His short stories and personal essays have been published in Prairie Schooner, The Acentos Review, Black Heart Magazine, The Cortland Review, Mount Hope, Origins Journal, and Thread.
Jenny is a fiction writer who recently completed her first novel. She is a school and community booster, nature enthusiast, former academic, and proud parent of two young kids. She works as a freelance writer and editor.
Danya Kukafka is the author of the nationally bestselling novels Notes on an Execution and Girl in Snow, both available now. She works as a literary agent with Trellis Literary Management. Danya grew up in Colorado, and moved to New York City for school, where her love for reading and writing have taken her through nearly every facet of the publishing industry. She began as a student at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she created a major titled “The Art of the Novel.” After internships at various literary agencies, she followed that passion to Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where she was privileged to work as an assistant editor for writers like Meg Wolitzer, Paula Hawkins, Lauren Groff, Brit Bennett, Emma Straub, Gabriel Tallent, Helen Oyeyemi, Maile Meloy, Sigrid Nunez, and many more. Danya’s debut novel, Girl in Snow, was released in 2017 by Simon & Schuster—it was a national bestseller, an IndieNext Pick, a B&N Discover pick, and received favorable reviews from The New York Times (Editor’s Choice) and The Wall Street Journal, among others. Girl in Snow has been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Her newest novel, Notes on an Execution, also an IndieNext Pick and national bestseller, was reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and many more outlets. It is currently in development for a feature film.
Karen Edmonds is pursuing her interests in writing and editing after working for nonprofit organizations for twenty years. While working on her first novel, she completed a Certificate in Novel Writing through Stanford University. She is enrolled in UC Berkeley’s editing program with an expected completion date of May 2024. She works as a freelance editor for an online learning platform and a nonprofit focused on empowering BIPOC communities. She volunteers in a bookstore operated by the local library, as a coach for Girls on the Run, and as a race official for a running company. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies-Sociology from Whitman College and an MPA from the University of Montana. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and loves to spend her free time exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest
Michael Boonstra is a visual artist based in Oregon whose creative practice shifts between drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture. He is a founding member of Gray Space, a group of Oregon artists based in the Corvallis, Eugene and Roseburg areas who came...