As we head into our 40th conference year, we're proud of the literary community our conference has fostered over the years. That fellowship is what poet, essayist, and novelist Jill Koenigsdorf especially appreciates about her three conference experiences. She recalls [...]
We're delighted to partner with the St. Helena Public Library for a third year to present a free class spotlighting the conference's fiction and poetry faculty. Bay Area poet and teacher Caroline Goodwin will lead the classes, which will be [...]
The 39th conference will be held July 28 - August 2, 2019. The faculty:Poetry: Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Jane Hirshfield, Major JacksonFiction: Lan Samantha Chang, Ryan Harty, Mitchell S. Jackson, Julie OrringerNEW! Translation: Howard Norman Applications open in January. Meantime, [...]
Howard Norman received the Harold Morton Landon Prize in translation from the Academy of American Poets, a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, a Merrill Foundation Fellowship, [...]
Carl Phillips, referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” has authored 14 books of poetry and several works of criticism and translation. His recent poetry collections include: Wild is the Wind (2018), Reconnaissance [...]
Archive: Literary Events Past Readings, Lectures, and Speakers 2018 Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Jane Mead, Carl Phillips, Lan Samantha Chang, Lauren Groff, Mat Johnson, Howard Norman 2017 Eavan Boland, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Matthew Zapruder, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho [...]
Thanks to our faculty, participants, and community supporters for a wonderful 38th conference! Check out our Facebook page for a gallery of conference photos ... we wish you a fruitful new year of writing!
Program Director Anne Evans authored this tribute. Jack Leggett at the 2014 conference. (Photo by Mary Shea) John Leggett, or Jack as we all knew him, was co-founder and Program Director of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference from 1987 until [...]
Assistant Fiction Director Patrick Vogelpohl penned this profile of Ayana Mathis. Before Ayana Mathis earned praise for her debut novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, she was a standout student at the 2011 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference. “She was clearly [...]
Thanks to poetry assistant Iris Dunkle for updating this profile. Poet, essayist, teacher, translator: Jane Hirshfield’s writing persona is multi-faceted, her body of work diverse. But if there is a unifying element in her pursuits, it lies in her formative [...]
This is a re-post of conference media manager Catherine Thorpe's 2011 profile. Lan Samantha Chang was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, to Chinese immigrant parents. Growing up, she experienced both the Chinese cultural traditions her family upheld and Midwestern [...]
Thanks to conference assistant Kathleen Winter for providing this updated profile. Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry: Holding Company (Norton, 2010) and Hoops (Norton, 2006), both finalists for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature-Poetry, and [...]
Thanks to fiction assistant Patrick Vogelpohl for penning this profile. Countless writers find inspiration in their family histories. However, no one draws from their lineage quite like Christopher Tilghman, a long-time conference faculty favorite who returns this summer after an [...]
Oprah announces conference alumna Ayana Mathis' debut as the second pick for Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Our alumni have hardly been hibernating during the autumn and winter months. Since our last update we've received word of publications and accolades galore [...]
We continue to hear good publishing news from alumni -- including the latest crop of participants from 2012. Fiction writer Kirstin Chen, who was in Lan Samantha Chang's workshop this year, learned while at the conference that her debut novel [...]
For last year's conference, fiction and poetry assistant Jeannie Kim-McPherson penned this introduction to Lan Samantha Chang's work. Lan Samantha Chang's stories have appeared in The Atlantic and twice in The Best American Short Stories, and her books have won [...]
Born in California's Mojave desert with roots in the South, schooled in Virginia and California, now living in Rhode Island, but frequently traveling abroad: Forrest Gander's itinerant physical existence is mirrored in his writing, which travels widely. Gander has authored [...]
Tayari Jones was heard on NPR today with this essay about the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. She writes and speaks with the elegance and heart-breaking honesty so present in all her work.
We recently heard from Valerie Fioravanti, (participant in 2009), that her first book,Garbage Night at the Opera, won the 2011 Chandra Prize and is forthcoming from BkMk Press. Congratulations are in high order! Valerie seems to be the [...]
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