About the Chuckanut Writers Conference
The 2020 Chuckanut Writers Conference is the tenth 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, as well as additional options pre- and post-conference.
Whatcom Community College and Village Books are committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the community feels welcome to participate in the Chuckanut Writers Conference, free from harassment and discrimination. We welcome people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, religions, ages, genders, sexual orientations, marital status, veteran status, abilities, and disabilities.
The Chuckanut Writers Conference is held on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island, and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all of the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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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.
About Village BooksFounded 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, in collaboration with Whatcom Community College, the Chuckanut Writers Conference and a series of writing classes all year-round. Learn more at villagebooks.com.
Kaitlyn Teer — Conference Chair
Kaitlyn 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 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 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.
Chuck Robinson - Founder, Village Books
Chuck, along with his partner Dee, founded Village Books in June 1980. Chuck is an eclectic reader who is often in the midst of several books. Since selling the store to Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and Sarah Hutton, Chuck consults with small businesses and nonprofits, and puts in a lot of miles on his bicycle.