Housing Hosts Sought for Writers' Conference 

    Volunteers receive free admission to conference events
    Residents of Napa, St. Helena and the surrounding areas can attend portions of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, July 22-27, for free if they offer a spare room for an out-of-town conference attendee to use during the conference week.
    The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, now in its 32nd year as one of the nation’s most prestigious summer writing programs, is sponsored and hosted by Napa Valley College, with activities centered at the Upper Valley Campus in St. Helena.
    Out-of-town attendees can either stay in local hotels or with community hosts who have a spare room and a desire to support the local literary arts. Priority for community housing is given to scholarship recipients who otherwise would be unable to afford the conference. Conference attendees are responsible for their own transportation and food beyond conference-supplied meals. They’re individually screened and matched to potential hosts.
    Community housing hosts can attend for free eight daytime lectures and four evening readings featuring conference faculty members – a $250 value.
    Serving as conference poetry faculty are Eavan Boland, of 10 books of poetry, including Domestic Violence and Against Love Poetry and director of the creative writing program at Stanford University; Forrest Gander, , whose Core Samples from the World was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize; Brenda Hillman, author of eight volumes of poetry, including Pieces of Air in the Epic and Loose Sugar; and Arthur Sze, recently elected a chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, author of The Gingko Light and Redshifting Web.

    Fiction faculty members include Kevin Brockmeier, author of the novels The Illumination, The Brief History of the Dead and The Truth About Celia; Ron Carlson, author of ten books of fiction, most recently the novel The Signal (2009), and director of the graduate writing program at UC Irvine; Lan Samantha Chang, director of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of Hunger, Inheritance and All Is Forgotten, Nothing Is Lost; and Tayari Jones, whose 2011 novel Silver Sparrow was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award and hailed by author Alexander Chee as “a love letter to America and about America in a way I hadn't really seen before.”
    To volunteer as a community host, contact Christine Palella, housing coordinator, via email at For further conference information, visit or