Past Board Members
Allison Durazzi is a marketing consultant specializing in social media and digital communication strategies. As a writer and poet, her creative work is concerned with how personal narratives shape the ways in which we effect social change.
Allison’s experience in the Seattle arts community spans more than two decades and includes work with ACT Theatre, Bumbershoot, and The Seattle Poetry Slam. She’s served on the boards of Omnidawn Publishers, Red Sky Poetry Theatre, and Northwest Bookfest, and is Managing Editor of NAIL Magazine. Allison is an alumna of Antioch University Seattle, Seattle Central College, and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts. When she's not reading, Allison is scoping out the newest indie ice cream shops in Western Washington.
Hanady Kader is a public relations professional and non-fiction writer in Seattle. Her work has been published in the Seattle Times, Roads & Kingdoms, Pacific Northwest Magazine, SOUND Magazine, and Paste Magazine. She enjoys reading and writing stories about urban green spaces, environmental issues, food, and other subjects that all humans can bond over. You can find her writing about these subjects in northwest Seattle whilst nibbling on the city’s best almond croissant.
Hanady holds a master’s degree from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from the University of Washington. She was the Opinion Editor and a columnist at The Daily of the University of Washington. She received the Farhat Ziadeh Distinguished Community Service Award in 2009. Hanady is a lifelong Seattleite.
Colin was born and raised in Wickenburg, Arizona, before moving to Seattle in 2004. He graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and held positions as a Research Assistant for the Arizona State Senate, radio personality in South Bend, Indiana, and janitor in Seattle. He received a Graduate Certificate in Editing from the University of Washington and has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. Colin is currently an educator and received an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the University of Washington, Bothell.
A former writer-in-residence for the Richard Hugo House and past editor of Real Change newspaper, Bob's credits also include creating and producing the guerilla haiku installation SLUG, the theater project Fringe the Puyallup!, the New Orleans-Seattle arts exchange Bilocal, and the visual arts (and conservation) project Flight Path. As an arts presenter, Bob co-founded the Seattle Poetry Festival, curated literary and other arts programs for Bumbershoot (2004-2009), and was Program Director at Town Hall Seattle.
Bob holds a BA from Georgetown University in English Literature, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist for Washington State in 1989. He was the founder of the non-profit The Common Acre, which works to synthesize arts and agriculture, and is a past board president at Seattle City of Literature. He currently runs the small business Urban Bee Company.
Eric Reyonolds began his career at Fantagraphics Books as an intern in 1993. Since then, he has taken the roles of The Comics Journal news editor, director of marketing and public relations, and now serves as associate publisher.
Fleetwood Robbins worked as a publicist for Del Rey Books, an editor for the Random House Publishing Group, and as a developmental editor for Wizards of the Coast. He worked alongside authors such as R. A. Salvatore, Paul Kemp, Troy Denning, Mathew Stover, and Laura Resnick to develop shared world series for Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. Robbins also worked as the developmental editor for The Mongoliad Cycle by Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, et al. and the subsequent Foreworld Saga spin-offs. More recently, he was a literary agent at Waxman Leavell.
JC Sevcik holds degrees in writing from Emerson and Goddard College. As a digital journalist, he’s covered US News for the Daily Dot and United Press International and likes to write about social justice, the surveillance state, same-sex marriage, gender equity, the legalization of marijuana, politics, protestors, and the police behaving badly. His work has also appeared in the Stranger. He’s currently finishing his first book, a memoir about his experience in the troubled teen industry.
Garth Stein is the author of four novels: A Sudden Light, The Art of Racing in the Rain, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and Raven Stole the Moon. The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold more than 4 million copies in 35 languages, and spent more than three years on the New York Times bestseller list. It has inspired a Young Reader edition as well as a children’s picture book adaptation, a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle, and is currently in development with Universal Studios for a major motion picture.
Garth is also the author of a full-length play, Brother Jones, which had its premiere in Los Angeles at Theater of Angels in 2005, and was described as “brimming with intensity,” by The Los Angeles Weekly. Brother Jones served as inspiration for Garth’s latest novel, A Sudden Light. Before turning to writing full-time, Garth was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. Garth is co-founder of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit organization dedicated to energizing readers and writers and their communities by providing funding, programming, donations of free books to those in need, and generally inspiring enthusiasm for the written word.
Alix Wilber is a writer and nonprofit arts professional in Seattle, Washington. Her novel, The Wives’ Tale (W.W. Norton), won the 1992 Governor’s Writing Award. A short story, "Romance Languages," was adapted for theater by Book-It in 1995. In addition, she has co-produced two documentary films (Voices in Wartime, and Beyond Wartime, 2004). In addition to fiction, Alix has published essays, articles and book reviews in publications including The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, and The Seattle Times. She was also lead writer on two Microsoft CD-ROM products (remember those?): Ancient Lands and Dogs (yes, Dogs). She is a former literary editor at Amazon, and was Program Director at Richard Hugo House from 2006 to 2011.
Following graduation from Syracuse University with a B.A. in English, Alix spent four years in the Peace Corps teaching English as a foreign language, first in Morocco and then Senegal. Among her claims to fame is getting deported from fourteen African airports in two days. She received her Masters in Teaching from the School for International Training in 1988. She is currently the Grants and Communications Officer at the University of Washington’s presenting arts organization, the UW World Series. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two dogs.