Priscilla Long

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, fiction, history, science, and memoir, and a longtime independent teacher of writing. Her seventh book is Dancing with the Muse in Old Age (Coffeetown, 2022). Her two books of poems are Holy Magic (MoonPath Press) and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write book is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer’s Life. Her guide for creators of all kinds is Minding the Muse (Coffeetown). Her book of memoirist essays is Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press). Her first book was a scholarly history, Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry (Paragon House). Her awards include a National Magazine Award. As well, ten of her essays have been honored as “notable” in various editions of the Best American Essays. She wrote a science column for The American Scholar online that ran for 92 weeks and may still be viewed: She has an MFA from the University of Washington and grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, USA. For more info go to

2024 Presenters

Erica Bauermeister

Rena Priest

Jessica Gigot

Cami Ostman

Becky Mandelbaum

Kim Hudson

William Kenower

Priscilla Long

Brooke Warner

Sati Mookherjee

Elaina Ellis

Melissa Johnson

Thor Hanson

Grant Faulkner

Paul Hanson

Amanda Stubbert

Scott Eagan

Chloe Hovind

Lisa Dailey

Stephanie Dethlefs


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