Jack loved to tell the story of meeting Dave Evans at the Napa Post Office in 1987, manuscripts in hand, ready to send to publishers. Dave was a poet and teacher at Napa Valley College, and he had recently founded the Napa Valley Poetry Conference. Jack himself had recently retired to Napa after serving as the Director of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop for eighteen years. Before leaving the Post Office that day, these two gregarious and forwarding-thinking men agreed to add a week of fiction to the poetry conference and to run it together.
We’re celebrating our 35th anniversary year with a stellar faculty featuring a number of seasoned Napa veterans.
- Fiction: Robert Boswell, Lan Samantha Chang, Michelle Huneven, Antonya Nelson
- Poetry: Jane Hirshfield, D.A. Powell, Arthur Sze, Mary Szybist