Public lectures & readings

Outdoor reading at the Napa Valley Writers' ConferenceThe conference offers book-lovers and writers in the Napa Valley and North San Francisco Bay Area a wonderful opportunity to hear readings and lectures by world-class authors of poetry and fiction.

Here is the lineup of readings and lectures for the 2015 conference:

Reading Schedule

Sunday, 26 July 2015
Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena | Map

Our opening reading this year will begin with a tribute to conference co-founder Jack Leggett at 7 p.m., with the reading to follow.

  • Remembering Jack Leggett: Readings and Remembrances
  • Poetry reading by Mary Szybist
  • Fiction reading by Michelle Huneven

Monday, 27 July 2015
Domaine Chandon, 1 California Drive, Yountville | Map

Wine reception at 7:o0 p.m., reading at 7:30

  • Poetry reading by D.A. Powell
  • Fiction reading by Lan Samantha Chang

Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Beringer Vineyards, 2000 Main St., St. Helena | Map

Wine reception at 7:00 p.m., reading at 7:30

  • Poetry reading by Arthur Sze
  • Fiction reading by Robert Boswell

Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Solage Calistoga, 755 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga | Map

Wine reception at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7

  • Poetry reading by Jane Hirshfield
  • Fiction reading by Antonya Nelson

 

Admission for each evening event, including Sunday’s tribute and reading, is $15 at the door payable in cash or by check, and free for students with valid ID. Conference participants receive free admission to all events.

Lecture Schedule

All lectures take place at the Napa Valley College Upper Valley Campus, 1088 College Ave., St. Helena.

Monday, 27 July 2015

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Arthur Sze
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Robert Boswell

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Jane Hirshfield
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Antonya Nelson

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

  • Poetry — 9–10 a.m.: Mary Szybist
  • Fiction — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Michelle Huneven

Thursday, 30 July 2015

  • Fiction — 9–10 a.m.: Lan Samantha Chang
  • Poetry — 1:30–2:30 p.m.: D.A. Powell
  • Participant Reading — 2:45-4:15 p.m. (Free and open to the public)

Members of the public may attend the lectures for $25 apiece, $90 for the four-lecture series in either poetry or fiction, or $175 for all eight lectures. Students with valid ID are admitted at a cost of $15 per lecture. Conference participants receive free admission to all events.

 

 

Past readings and lectures

2014
Kazim Ali, Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, Michael Byers, Lan Samantha Chang, Ayana Mathis, Justin Torres

2013

Camille Dungy, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Yiyun Li, Christopher Tilghman

2012

Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Arthur Sze, Kevin Brockmeier, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Tayari Jones
 
2011
Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, D. A. Powell, David St. John, Daniel Alarcón, Lan Samantha Chang, Adam Haslett, Michelle Huneven
 
2010
Michael Byers, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Arthur Sze, C.D. Wright
 
2009
Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson, ZZ Packer
 
2008
Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ehud Havazalet, Ann Packer, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Paul Lisicky
 
2007
Dan Chaon, Laura Kasischke, Antonya Nelson, Christopher Tilghman, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Dunn, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell