Shaggy Dog Press is pleased to announce publication of our 25th anniversary anthology, Writing It Right: Reflections From the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Tim Sandlin’s introduction is followed by prose and poetry from past conference attendees: participants, faculty, staff and volunteers.
The well-published and critically acclaimed are joined in the 100-plus pages by long-time attendees and first-timers. Writing It Right features poetry faculty, like Naomi Shihab Nye, Laurie Kutchins, and Eric Paul Shaffer, next to novelists, like Malcolm Brooks and David Abrams, who found their first publication by showing up for the conference.
This is a democratic collection of words inspired by the conference, by the writers and by the beauty of this place. Again and again throughout the anthology, the writers aver the importance that the conference has had and continues to have to their writing life. Again and again, they say they will be back. We love the fact that people come back year after year.
There are also photos and illustrations that the editors and designers of the book hope have captured the atmosphere of the conference and of Jackson Hole.
Too many poignant moments are recreated in Writing It Right that to pick out just one to encapsulate the collection is difficult. So I choose two, and only because both of them mention Tim Sandlin, and there would be no conference without Tim Sandlin.
This is from Kim Strellis who attended in 2010 and after a hiatus in 2015. In her own words:
I attended another of Tim’s unions of wit and talent. I realized I had missed out on other growth conferences by waiting. I didn’t need to write anything–just attend, soak up knowledge and advice, and enjoy.
And this from Naomi Shihab Nye, who has only come as faculty in 2012, but who says she will come back anytime:
Tim Sandlin gives the simplest, most no-nonsense introductions for writers getting ready to speak. What a relief. Those of us who have sat through one million literary introductions, often more puffed than a pillow, felt grateful for this. Tim always starts on time. These were just two things to admire about the organizer of one of the nicest writing conferences I will ever attend on the Planet Earth.
The anthology is available for purchase ($14.95) online now at Shaggy Dog Press (shaggydogpress.org) And will be for sale during the conference. Since $10 of each sale goes directly to the Jackson Hole Writers (which organizes the conference), the book will not be available on Amazon. You can even press the orange Buy Now button on the conference’s home page and get there as well.
Thanks especially to Susan Marsh, Lisa Newcomb and Libby Treadwell for making this book possible by their caring edits and their lovely design work. And to Greg Brazelton for his cover photo of Mount Moran.
But a special thanks goes out to all who contributed to this anthology. We hope this will only be the first collection celebrating writings from the conference. Next time, more of you who have attended the conference, in whatever role, will want to submit.
–Connie Wieneke, JHW