Marian Pierce, Marylhurst UniversityEnglish faculty Marian Pierce will give the keynote address at Write to Publish 2017 in February.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Marian share her range of experience—in writing, editing and teaching—with our attendees,” said Write to Publish 2017 co-manager Alison Cantrell in a blog entry.

Write to Publish began as a fundraiser and open house to inform the public about the publishing program at Portland State University and its nonprofit press, Ooligan. In 2009, Write to Publish grew into a conference with the goal of demystifying the publishing industry for emerging writers. Write to Publish provides writers’ workshops, panels, vendors and speeches by authors and industry professionals. These events offer information about the state of the publishing industry and how to navigate it successfully. Past years’ panelists and speakers include Ursula K. LeGuin, Chuck Palahniuk, Bernadette Baker-Baughman, Betsy Amster, Todd Sattersten, Michael McGregor, Paul Collins, Fiona Kenshole, Allison Moon, Arthur Bradford and others.

Marian Pierce graduated from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she received the Paul Engle Fellowship. Her short story collection Finding Land: Stories of Japan was acquired by the Multnomah County Library for their ebook catalogue. Other stories have appeared in Gentleman’s Quarterly (GQ), Portland Monthly Magazine, Story, Mississippi Review, Confrontation, Puerto del Sol, Yomimono (Japan), Yoga Rahasvya (India), Creative Writers’ Handbook, Scribner’s Best of the Fiction Workshops 1997, and other publications. She has won fellowships and awards from the MacDowell Colony, Literary Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Wordstock Literary Festival, among others. Marian was also shortlisted for the David Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia as an author writing about the Far East.

Marian Pierce teaches nonfiction writing in the English Literature & Writing program at Marylhurst University. She also has a freelance editing business and has taught at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and the UCLA Extension Writing Program.