Since its launch in June 2008, The Manzanita Writers’ Series has been dedicated to fostering the local writing community and to bringing well-known authors closer to the north coast reading public. In its eight-year history, The Writers’ Series has been tremendously successful at achieving its mission—evidenced in the caliber of authors it continues to attract.

This success continues when PoetryFest returns to the Hoffman Center for the Arts on April 22-24, 2016. This is the first, three-day, all-weekend event for the Manzanita Writers’ Series, pulling in attendees from Portland, and the local area, as well as other locations in the northwest. Event coordinators partnered with local businesses, Ocean Inn and Vino, to enhance the weekend for all participants.

Led by poets John Brehm and Andrea Hollander, workshops on “The Magic of Metaphor and “The Importance of Powerful Titles & Great Opening Lines,” offer an opportunity for both beginning and serious poets alike to practice and polish their craft.

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The public is invited to hear both award-winning poets Brehm and Hollander read from their latest collections and sign books at the Hoffman Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Admission is $7.

John Brehm is the author of two books of poems, “Help Is On the Way” and “Sea of Faith,” and the associate editor of “The Oxford Book of American Poetry.” His poems have appeared in “Poetry, The Southern Review,” “New Ohio Review,” “The Sun,” “Prairie Schooner,” “The Writer’s Almanac,” “The Norton Introduction to Literature,” and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Mountain Writers Series, Literary Arts, and The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.

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Andrea Hollander’s first full-length poetry collection received the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize; her fourth was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Other honors include two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and memoir, and poetry fellowships from the Arkansas Arts Council and Literary Arts of Portland, Oregon, where she has lived since 2011 and where she conducts writing workshops at both the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series.

Due to the popularity of this program, the PoetryFest 2016 workshops are currently full. To be put on a wait list in case of cancellations, please contact Phyllis Mannan at [email protected].

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR. Further information is available at or by contacting Phyllis Mannan at [email protected].