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About the Chuckanut Writers Conference

The 2019 Chuckanut Writers Conference is the ninth annual event hosted by Whatcom Community College and Village Books in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. At the conference, you'll find the resources and encouragement you need to turn inspiration into action. The conference includes two days of breakout sessions, author panels, keynote addresses, and readings.

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About Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA, is regularly recognized as one of the top 150 community colleges in the nation by the Aspen Institute. The College, a destination for cybersecurity, healthcare and business studies, offers a four-year bachelor of applied science degree, transfer degrees, career preparation, online courses and community education classes. WCC’s accomplished faculty and staff serve 11,000 students annually. For more information, visit whatcom.edu.

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About Village Books

Founded in 1980, Village Books and Paper Dreams is a community-based, independent bookstore and gift shop with two locations: the flagship store in the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham and its second location in the iconic Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden. Co-owners Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton and their staff continue the mission to “build community, one book at a time” established by founders Chuck and Dee Robinson. The award-winning bookstore hosts more than 350 author events each year. Village Books supports writers with space to connect and create, professional services to publish and promote their work, and the Chuckanut Writers Conference and a series of writing classes all year-round in collaboration with Whatcom Community College. Learn more at villagebooks.com.

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Kaitlyn Teer — Conference Chair

Kaitlyn TeerKaitlyn is delighted to serve as conference chair for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. She teaches writing at Western Washington University. She has also taught for the Loft Literary Center and as a teaching assistant at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

She earned an MFA in creative writing from WWU, where she served as managing editor of the Bellingham Review. Her creative nonfiction has won essay prizes and Pushcart Prize nominations from journals like Fourth Genre and Prairie Schooner. Her essay "Drawing a Breath" was included in the anthology Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays (University Press of Colorado, 2017) and was a notable in the 2017 Best American Essays anthology.



Paul Hanson — Owner, Village Books

Paul-HansonPaul is one of three co-owners of Village Books and programmer for the Chuckanut Writers Workshops and Classes. Before arriving in Bellingham in 2011, Paul was the long-time manager of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island.

He is a writer and publisher, former President of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, and past core team member of Fields End, a writers’ community on Bainbridge Island. Paul has been one of the Chuckanut Writers Conference Coordinators since 2012.




Shandeen Gemanis — Manager, WCC Community & Continuing Education

Shandeen-GemanisShandeen is the manager of WCC's Community & Continuing Education Program. She has served WCC for more than 20 years, creating lifelong learning opportunities for the residents of Whatcom County. She has been one of the Chuckanut Writers Conference coordinators since 2012 and oversaw attendee relations at the inaugural conference in 2011.






Mary Vermillion — Marketing Director, Village Books

Mary-VermillionA journalist turned marketer, Mary Vermillion writes non-fiction and, as marketing director at Village Books, helps to create community through good books and conversation.