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A view of Willapa Bay.


Members of our Board meet every second Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm to plan programming, events, workshops, and literacy outreach efforts. Board Members serve two-year terms and are elected in accordance with our bylaws. We post Director vacancies here and in our emailed newsletters. We extend a huge thank you to all past Board Members for their service!

Photo of Marianne Monson

Founder and President

Marianne (she/her) is the author of twelve books for children and adults with an emphasis on women's history. Her book Frontier Grit, released in 2016, was nominated for an Amelia Bloomer award by the American Library Association. Marianne holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught writing at a number of colleges and universities. When she moved to Astoria with her two teenage children in 2017, she felt for the first time she was truly home.

Photo of Bunny Keterman


Bunny loves living in the Pacific Northwest and moved here in 2021, ultimately because of losing her home in the Paradise Camp Fire. The highlights of Bunny’s career include being an EMT/firefighter, a high school history teacher, and a CPS social worker. Bunny’s 46 year dream of becoming a writer finally came to fruition in 2022 when she published her website/blog, The Absurdess, which contains her humorous stories, as well as tools and resources for those who, like Bunny, are living with PTSD, depression, and “dis”ability.

Photo of Karen Baltier-Long


Karen lives in Hammond, OR with her husband and two rescued chihuahuas. She has dabbled in writing since she was very young and would like to devote more time to this in the future. She spent most of her career working as an Administrator at various California law firms, but is happy to be living on the beautiful Oregon Coast now. In her spare time, she organized a book club that has been going strong for two years here locally. She enjoys travel and is a film fanatic who enjoys all types of films except horror films!

Photo of John Ciminello

At-Large Member

John Ciminello grew up on the East Coast, but he and his wife have resided in the Pacific Northwest for forty years. He is a retired attorney who practiced law in Oregon for a number of years before transitioning to nonprofit management. He served as CEO and COO of an 8.5 million nonprofit for more than fifteen years. John has published two poetry collections and regularly contributes to journals. He believes poems are everywhere and in everyone.

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Director of Communications

Mike Francis is a longtime journalist and communicator who lives in Astoria. He has worked as a
reporter and editor for newspapers including the Business Journal of Portland, the (Bend)
Bulletin, the Kansas City Star and The Oregonian, where he worked for more than 20 years. He
also has worked in radio, for technology startups, and most recently, Pacific University. He has
published several short stories based on his experiences as an embedded reporter in Iraq.

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Digital Media Coordinator

Flax Glor has won awards for his short films and narrative music videos, which have been screened at venues such as the Cannes Independent and Bay Area Short Film Festival. He has been featured on The Red List through Coverfly and was a semifinalist at the Big Apple Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He is the author of Filmmaking Simplified, recently completed a Master’s degree in screenwriting, and lives in Astoria while working as a script analyst for a company in Hollywood.

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Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader Human Rights Award for 2016. He was knighted by the Royal Rosarians of Portland in 2017. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the Ted Talk book, The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology best-selling City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, Human the Movie, and much more.

Photo of Logan Garner


Logan Garner lives and writes in Warrenton, Oregon. With a background in conservation, science communication and grant management, he works as the Youth Programs Manager for the Local Workforce Development Board. His poetry and fiction have been featured in the Elevation Review, Flying Island, The Purpled Nail and others. The 2023 recipient of the Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize, his first poetry collection is Here, in the Floodplain (Plan B Press, 2023).

Resource Council
Dayle Olson
Kathleen Sullivan
Michael Murdoch

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