We have an official RWW Facebook page! Check it out (and like it) here. Soundings staff encourages everyone to visit the new Rainier Writing Workshop Facebook page, which is now populated with many of Soundings’ greatest hits.


Sydney Elliott (2015) was a presenter on interdisciplinary teaching strategies at the regional CCHA (Community College Humanities Association) conference in Portland, OR.

Nancy Geyer (2013): Her prose poem, “Home Depot,” won first place in Chautauqua’s 2012 flash writing contest (theme: Journeys & Pilgrimages). Her essay, “Wall Texts,” won the Iron Horse Literary Review‘s 2012 Discovered Voices Award in Nonfiction and will appear in an upcoming all-nonfiction issue.


Katie Eberhart (2010): Her poem, “Antler Campground,” placed third in the Free Verse Category, and her poem, “Time Of Pines,” placed third in the Members Only Category of the Oregon Poetry Association 2012 Poetry Contest. Her poem, “Efficiency Is A Force of Nature As Well As Economics,” is a Finalist in the Crab Creek Review 2012 Poetry Contest.

Kathleen Flenniken (2007) and her collection Plume were recently featured on National Public Radio. To hear the feature and read about it go to NPR’s website.

Anne McDuffie (2007) is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist grant from 4Culture for her poetry project, “Deep Geography,” a collaboration with abstract painter, Ann Vandervelde.

Rebecca Saxton (2012) now teaches composition courses as a new member of the Northwest Indian College faculty. Also, she recently participated in the 100k Poets for Change event at Hugo House, Seattle, WA.

Tina Schumann (2009) was named a finalist in the 2012 Poetry Contest. Poems to appear in Jan 2013 issue. AND her manuscript of poetry, Praising the Paradox,
was cited as a “remarkable” book manuscript in the Tupelo Press July 2012 open reading period.

Joanna McNaney Stein (2008) has become a contributing freelance writer
for with a recent post appearing in July.

Natalie Haney Tilghman (2011) won second place for her Young Adult story, “Whale Boy” (published in CICADA magazine), in the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Magazine Merit Awards.

Cameron Walker (2008): Her essay “Auditing Astronomy Class” received an honorable mention in the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Awards.


David Allan Cates: His fourth novel, Ben Armstrong’s Strange Trip Home, is now available and is currently reviewed at

Rebecca McClanahan and Scott Russell Sanders will be the featured speakers at the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, May 17-19, 2013 in Ashland, Ohio. For more information, or to register: River Teeth Journal Conference.

Holly Hughes (2006) and Brenda Miller will be reading from their book The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, at Elliot Bay Books, Seattle, WA, Dec 2nd at 2 pm.