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The founder and owner of Writers' Workshoppe and Imprint Books, Anna has played with language for over fifty years and written for the last 45, which is quite a lot if you think about it. If you ask her if she’s a writer, she will say, Yes! Not because she’s published, (because she is and has the $1.75 royalty check each month to prove it) but because she writes.
Sometimes she writes art and other times she writes junk, but the point is she calls herself a writer because she writes. She writes because following words and creating story keeps her in the moment, keeps her sane and connects her to deeper levels of herself. Writing helps her make sense of the continuous flow of fragments, images and ideas streaming through space each day.
On a good day, writing thrills her with its color and beauty and perspective. On a brave day, she’ll flash light into the dark places. And then, there are the ecstatic days when writing comes fast and raw and wild and nothing else matters and when it’s all over, she is changed somehow.
She’s pleased when others enjoy her writing, which is about half the time. If they don’t like what she writes, she tells herself one of two things; perhaps they aren’t her audience, or as much as she hates to admit it, she may still have some work to do. Writing is after all, communication.
When people come into The Writers’ Workshoppe and say, “I really want to write but I doubt I could ever get published,” she’ll respond by saying something like;
“Do you play an instrument or a sport or have a craft of some sort?”
"Are you in the Seattle Symphony or with the Sounders?”
At that point they’ll get her point and consider writing just because it feels good, feels necessary.
For those of you who need something a bit more substantial, Anna has twenty-eight years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. She has published in “Literature Circles and Response", now in its 5th printing, “Practical Aspects of Authentic Assessment”, “Instructor Magazine”, the “National Council of Teachers of English Journal,” Manifest-station, Tidepools, and three of her essays will appear in the Lit Fest Press 2016 Anthology. Anna was awarded "2015 Patron of the Arts" in Port Townsend, WA. and believes art and writing are transformative.
Anna has just completed her first novel, SPLIT, a story about a woman impacted by dissociative identity syndrome and the incredible capacity of the mind to heal itself. She is represented by Gordon Warnock of Fuse Literary.
Finally, no matter one’s publishing history, Anna will continue to define a writer as someone who writes.
Peter Quinn is a poet and business person. Businessman poets are odd, but it works for him. A graduate of Lewis and Clark College, he studied with poets Vern Rutsala, Tony Ostroff and William Stafford. In 1976 he received an Academy of American Poets Award. For several years following, poet John Willson and Peter convened a poetry group called Moonphases in Portland.
At the beginning of his 35 year career in business, Peter worked as a copywriter, free lance journalist and newsletter editor. He has assisted in the editing of several books, one published by Wiley. A lifelong lover of sci-fi, historical fiction and non-fiction, he enjoys content editing works in those genres.
Peter published ‘Painting Circles on Straight Highways’ (Irenicon Press), his first full length book of poetry, in 2012. He has published in Mississippi Mud, Foxfire, the Portland Oregonian and Pacific Northwest Magazine, Tidepools, Northwinds Anthology, and the Port Townsend Leader. His work appears in A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford,
from Woodley Press. He continues to write poetry and lead workshops to feed his poetry passion.
Streets turn me at their will
And wind molds me to its form
Love tells me how not to feel
And distance begins to feel warm
The poet creeps out in explanation.