JUNE 21 TILL 24 — 2018

Welcome to a long weekend of writing

Come write, workshop, letterpress, talk, eat, sleep, walk, and unearth ideas.

The Farm is a 365 acre former dairy and pasture on the Stillaguamish River that is reverting to wilderness. This may also be the task of the writer—to allow cultivated syntax go to seed. To till and harvest in the wilds of language.

Open to writers of all genre and stages of their career Till offers writing practices, feedback opportunities, and work spaces.

Workshops will be offered throughout the weekend by Summer Karaskova, Stacey Levine, Zachary Schomburg, and Elissa Washuta. A letterpress workshop will take place Sunday morning with Kate Fernandez during which we will print the covers for the chapbook publication which will be released later in the year.

The last night of the residency our workshops leaders will present a public reading of their work after dinner.

Dinners will be provided each evening by Erin Brindley, the artistic director of Cafe Nordo. BYO drinks and food for other meals. There is a big glorious kitchen.

Dorm style sleeping arrangements are available in the Farm’s buildings and there is ample room for camping.

Bring writing utensils, boots, a warm jacket, and a sense of adventure. There are many miles of trail and beach.

Till then…
Arne and Chelsea

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Arne Pihl is an writer, woodworker and curator. He was a Jack Straw Writer and two-time participant in the (now defunct) Seattle International Poetry Festival. His work has appeared in City Arts, Vox Populi, LOCUSPOINT, on city buses, in vending machines, and as installation art for the inauguration of the City of Seattle’s All Rise project. A Northwest native, he lives in Seattle when the days are long and bright, and in a tiny, off grid cabin in the Mojave desert when they are not.

Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is the author of the chapbooks, Thunder Lizard (H_NGM_N, 2016) and Adventures in Property Management (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Recently she programmed Cadence: A Video Poetry Festival in collaboration with the Northwest Film Forum. She has received support from Jack Straw Cultural Center, from Artist Trust, and from the Cornish College Arts Incubator. She’s received writing residencies from Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale Foundation. Werner-Jatzke has taught creative writing through Seattle Central Community College and served on the board of Lit Crawl Seattle. Her writing has appeared in Cream City Review, Bodega, Hobart, Sonora Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others.


Kate Fernandez is a visual artist and cultural entrepreneur who has been spreading the gospel of letterpress for nearly ten years, teaching printing throughout the Pacific Northwest. the Director of Interpretation at the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture. She received a BA in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and studied typography and design at the School of Visual Concepts.

Summer Karaskova is a writer, translator and somewhat private person living in Seattle, Wa. Her work has appeared in Fog Machine, Smalldoggies, Everyday Genius and elsewhere, including multiple glitter-heavy GeoCities websites. Summer’s latest project, Letterbox, promotes small press one rare find at at time.

Stacey Levine is the author of four books of fiction. Her story collection THE GIRL WITH BROWN FURwhich was longlisted for The Story Prize, was also shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award in 2012. Her novel FRANCES JOHNSON was shortlisted for the Washington State Book Award in 2005, and her collection MY HORSE AND OTHER STORIES won a PEN/West Fiction Award. MY HORSE and Levine’s novel DRA—  were published by the much-lauded Sun & Moon Press in the 1990s. A Puschcart Prize nominee, her fiction has appeared in the Denver Quarterly, Fence, Tin House, The Fairy Tale Review, The Iowa Review, The Notre Dame Review, Yeti, and other venues. Levine received a Stranger Genius Award for Literature in 2009 and her fiction has been translated for Japanese and Danish publications.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a novel, Mammother (Featherproof 2017), and four books of poems published by Black Ocean. His next book of poems will be published by Black Ocean in the spring of 2019. He is also an illustrator and a teacher, and he co-does a small poetry press called Octopus Books from where he lives in Portland, OR.

Elissa Washuta is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of two books, Starvation Mode and My Body Is a Book of Rules, named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction, forthcoming from University of Washington Press. She has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Trust, 4Culture, Potlatch Fund, and Hugo House. Elissa is an assistant professor of English at the Ohio State University.


Erin Brindley founded Ripple Productions in New York City in 2003 where she began integrating dining and theater to critical acclaim winning the Backstage Award for Most Memorable Play of 2004 for Innocent When you Dream. In 2007 she returned to her hometown of Seattle to become Managing Director of Circus Contraption and then moved Ripple Productions to Seattle to create Café Nordo. Developing the concept with Terry Podgorski, she has produced and directed all eight shows and designed menus for each, wearing more hats than a haberdasher. She holds a BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and taught herself a thing or two about cooking along the way due to a healthy appetite and a passion for the delicious.