Featured Poets

Silverton Poetry Festival 2017 

Annie Lighthart lives in Portland, Oregon, where she conducts workshops with Mountain Writers and through Road Scholar programs. Throughout her career her youngest student was six and her oldest eighty-nine. Airlie Press published her first book of poems in 2013, Iron String. Her poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and anthologized in the Poems for Patience project at Galway University Hospitals in Ireland.

Cindy McCain is a forest ecologist as well as a poet. She has been featured in many poetry readings in the mid-Willamette Valley and published in Blue Heron Journal. While poetry has been her major focus, she has explored other media as well. Her most recent stay at the Spring Creek Project’s Shotpouch Creek Cabin produced a video bridging stop motion and written work. 

Jim Merrill has held a variety of jobs from technical writer to ESL teacher for adults from South America and Japan. While enrolled in the Jack Kerouac School, Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, he met Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and William Burroughs. His poems have appeared in The XY Files: Poems on the Male Experience, Colorado North Review, and Bombay Gin.

Marjorie Power, after many years in the Northwest, moved to Denver, Colorado. But her newest collection, Seven Parts Woman, published by WordTech Editions in Cincinatti, Ohio, reflects the landscape of the Oregon coast and the Willamette Valley. Other poems appear in six chapbooks, one other full-length  collection, and numerous journals and anthologies

Joanna Rose is the author of the award-winning novel Little Miss Strange. Her essay “The Thing with Feathers” was listed as a Notable in 2015 Best American Essays. A book reviewer for The Oregonian and a contributor to its “Poet’s Corner,” Joanna’s poetry and prose have appeared in Bellingham Review, CloudBank, Windfall, and Cream City Review, among many others.

Suzanne Sigafoos is the author of Held in the Weave, a chapbook published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in The Oregonian, Windfall, Manzanita Quarterly, Battery Review, and in two anthologies. Her essay “Green,” published in Bellingham Review, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-founder of River Rock Writers in Portland, Oregon.

Ann Staley, author of three poetry collections, Primary Sources, Instructions for the Wishing Light, and Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert, has published both poems and essays in Verse Weavers, Connotations, and Windfall. During four decades she has taught at the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, numerous school districts, community colleges, and four universities.

Anita Sullivan, a founding member of Airlie Press, won the Western States Book Award in 1986 for her first book of essays, The Seventh Dragon: The Riddle of Equal Temperament. She is also the author of three poetry chapbooks, a fantasy novel, an essay travel book, and four collections of poems, including Garden of Beasts.

Pepper W. Trail, a poet as well as a biologist for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has had poems published in Rattle, Comstock Review, Atlanta Review, Spillway, Borderlands, and Windfall among others. They have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and Best of the Net awards. His collection Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award.

John Sibley Williams is the editor of two Northwest poetry anthologies and the author of nine poetry collections, including Disinheritance and Controlled Hallucinations. He has been nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize and has won many awards, among them the Phillip Booth Award. He is widely published in journals such as RHINO, Third Coast, and The Massachusetts Review.