Welcome to the 6th Annual Ashland Literary Arts Festival! This year’s event focuses on independent story and thought throughout the entire Cascadia region, celebrating not only books, but all forms of expression: literature, poetry, journalism, art, lyrics, comics, film, and documentary. We invite you to come on in, explore the festival schedule, and find the stories that speak to you!

Frances McCue

Chin Music Press
Poet, Essayist

Frances McCue is a poet, essayist, reviewer and arts instigator. From 1996-2006, she was the founding director of Richard Hugo House in Seattle. In 2011, McCue became the first writer to win the Washington State Book Award for one book (The Bled, a poetry collection from Factory Hollow Press) and place as a finalist for a second book (The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, University of Washington Press). The Bled also won the Grub Street National Book Prize and was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Book Award. In a review of The Car That Brought You Here Still Runs, her book about the poet Richard Hugo, critics at Rain Taxi said: “What she accomplishes is nothing short of astonishing.” Her first poetry collection, The Stenographer’s Breakfast, won the Barnard New Women’s Poetry Prize.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, October 28

12:30pm PDT