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YWA Glitterary Word Festival

YWA Glitterary Word Festival


YWA Glitterary Word Festival April 5-27, 2013

responding to art with writing, responding to writing with art

An exhibit of art-word pairing, held at DIVA art gallery in downtown Eugene

• YWA Anthology II, Drawn to the Word ten years of great writing by Lane County young people-- Young Writers Association has been publishing kids and teens for TWENTY years! The exhibit celebrated our second anthology. Place an order for this beautiful book by clicking here for the Drawn to the Word page.

• Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate gave poetry writing workshops to adults, and to Mixed Generation writers

 • YWA Fantastic Ekphrastic Contest Winners' Reading: Munch, Dali, daVinci, Harper… young people wrote poems and stories in response to visual art. Place an order for the Winners' issue of UpStarts by clicking here. 

 YWA Glitterary Word Festival is a program of Young Writers Association. Festival 2013 was hosted by DIVA Center, and funded in part by support from local businesses.

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for making the 2013 festival possible!

The poet laureate position is a collaborative project of the state's five statewide cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities and State Historic Preservation Office. The position is funded by the Oregon Cultural Trust and managed by Oregon Humanities. More information on the poet laureate program and history is found at http://www.oregonpoetlaureate.org/.

DIVA Center


Wells Fargo Bank

Sunrise Asian Foods

Unique Eugene  

Rainbow Optics

Friendly Street Market

Catherine Ballard

Kitty Pappas

Linda Johnson

Lord Leebrick Theatre

Jerry’s Home Improvement Center 

Euphoria Chocolates



YWA Glitterary Word Festival April 2012-- multi-day literary arts festival

~Inspired by the YWA 2012 Creative Writing Contest "Many Voicings"

Author Gary Soto spent a few days in Lane County for the 2012 YWA Glitterary Word Festival. Soto was born in Fresno, CA to working class Mexican-American parents. He is a bi-lingual, award-winning writer whose work crosses a variety of genre, from children’s books, to young adult fiction to poetry. He is the author of eleven poetry collections for adults, most notably New and Selected Poems, a 1995 finalist for both the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the National Book Award. His poems have appeared in many literary magazines, including Ploughshares, Michigan Quarterly, Poetry International, and Poetry, which has honored him with the Bess Hokin Prize and the Levinson Award and by featuring him in the interview series Poets in Person. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. For ITVS, he produced the film “The Pool Party,” which received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence. In 1997, because of his advocacy for reading, he was featured as NBC’s Person-of-the-Week. In 1999, he received the Literature Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Author-Illustrator Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association, and the PEN Center West Book Award for Petty Crimes.


The 2012 Glitterary Word Festival  produced by Young Writers Association

 Made possible in part by a grant from

Lane Arts Council with support from the City of Eugene Cultural Services Division

Glitterary Sponsors

• Eugene Public Library and Friends of the Library

• KLCC Public Radio, 89.7

• Robertson/Sherwood Architects

• Wells Fargo Bank

• Sunrise Asian Foods

• Rainbow Optics

• UO Duckstore

• Tsunami Books


Glitterary Contest Prize Donors

• Skipping Stones Magazine

• Metropol Bakery

• Sweet Life Bakery

• Off the Waffle

• Oregon Art Supply

• Lord Leebrick Theatre

• Papa’s Pizza

• UO Duckstore

• McMenamins

• J. Michaels Books

• Laughing Planet

• Full City Coffee/Palace Bakery

• Barry’s Bakery

• Holy Cow Restaurant

• Euphoria Chocolates

• Kitty Pappas

• Eugene Toy and Hobby

• World Café Bakery

Glitterary Luncheon Reception Donors

• Sy’s Pizza

• Friendly Street Market Eugene

• City Bakery

Nancy's Yogurt/Springfield Creamery

• Jerry’s Home Improvement

• Hand-fashioned Award Certificates by Linda Johnson


THANK YOU for making the multi-day

literary arts festival possible!


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