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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Members of our Board meet every third Wednesday of the month at 5pm 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 monthly newsletter.

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Founder and President
MARIANNE MONSON

Marianne is the author of eleven 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 teaches at Clatsop Community College. When she moved to Astoria with her two teenage children in 2017, she felt for the first time she was truly home.

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Vice President
LAUREN MALLETT

Lauren (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, birth doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, The Seventh Wave, Salamander, Passages North, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016, 2019, and 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. www.laurenmallet.com

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Secretary
VACANT

Interested in joining the Writer's Guild Board of Directors? Reach out! We're searching for our next Secretary and hope to ring in the new year with a fresh face. A passion for reading, writing, and cultivating both is all that's required to join our volunteer-led Board of Directors. Inquire at info@thewritersguild.org

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Treasurer
MEG REEN

Meg is a retired CPA who has a special fondness for creative people and especially for the Writer's Guild of Astoria. She has many years of experience helping nonprofits reach their goals. She is also an amateur musician and book lover.

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Marketing Director
MICHAEL MURDOCH

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Publicity and Technology
NIKOLE YOUNG

Nikole is a Katherine Dunn Scholar in Pacific University’s MFA program, an associate editor at the Northwest Review, and an elected Board Member for the Clatskanie Library District. In addition to being an alumnus of Stanford’s Online Writers’ Workshop, Nikole earned her BA in writing from Indiana University. Her proletariat upbringing and climate-conscious Oregon sensibilities inform her writing.