Founding Directors

Barbara March

Barbara March

Ray March

Ray March

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Board of Directors

Sharon Walbridge

Sharon Walbridge is a native of the Great Basin, raised and educated in Reno public schools. A retired educational consultant, she is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in social psychology.

Barbara March

Barbara March is a poet / journalist. She is the co-founder of the Surprise Valley Writers’ Conference and a member of the Northern California Book Reviewers where she serves as a judge for the annual NCBR poetry award. Her poems have most recently been published in the Tupelo Press 30/ 30 Project, and the anthology Invisible Memoir.

Ray A. March

is the author of five nonfiction books, including the critically acclaimed “River in Ruin: The Story of the Carmel River” (University of Nebraska Press) and a judge in the annual Northern California Book Awards. He has a degree in English Literature / Humanities from San Francisco State and graduate studies in mass communications at Sacramento State.

Advisory Board

Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen is Adjunct Assistant Professor and Pritzker Fellow, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Department of History University of California, Los Angeles.

Chris Coake

Christopher Coake is the author of the story collection “We’re In Trouble" and the novel "You Came Back." He teaches creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the winner of the PEN/Robert Bingham award, and in 2007 was named one of America's Best Young Novelists by the journal “Granta.”

Gail Mahood

Gail Mahood is a professor at Stanford University where she teaches courses ranging from introductory geology to advanced courses in her research specialty: the origins and histories of the explosive volcanoes that spread ash continent-wide and are related to geothermal systems and ore deposits of gold, silver, copper, and uranium.

Jeanie French

Jeanie French is a Retired Professor of English at the College of Southern Nevada and former poetry editor of Red Rock Review.

Sara Gooch

Sara Gooch is a head of Clear Creek Editing, based in Surprise Valley. She taught English to high school students and adults for many years before becoming a free-lance editor.

Kathryn Gessner

Kathryn Gessner teaches writing and literature at Shasta College in Redding. Her poems and essays have appeared in literary magazines; an essay, “Draw Back Blood” won the AWP Intro Awards Series.

Honorary Advisor

William Kittredge

William Kittredge is the author of novel “The Willow Field” and various fiction and nonfiction works including “The Next Rodeo: New and Selected Essays.” He taught creative writing a the University of Montana for 29 years and retired as Regents Professor of English and Creative Writing.

Paul Zarzyski

Paul Zarzyski is author, among other works of poetry, of “Wolf Tracks on the Welcome Mat,” which won the Western Writers of America’s 2004 Spur Award. In 2005 he was awarded the Governor’s Arts Award for Literature in Montana.