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Wordfest Staff

Shelley Youngblut
Wordfest CEO
Brian O'Neill
General Manager and Fund Development

Rita Sirignano
Media Relations
Everett Wilson
Marketing and Communications Manager

Ellen Bilben
Operations and Youth Program Manager

Board of Directors

Michelle Clarke
Board Chair
Andrew MacPherson
Vice Chair
Sarah Guina
Deborah Bartlett
Board Member
Lori Egger
Board Member
Erika Ho
Board Member
Shawna Stirrett
Board Member

Artist Inquiries

With very few exceptions, authors who participate in Wordfest are promoting new works. We ask all authors who would like to be considered for participation in Wordfest to have their publisher or publicist send hard copy review materials as early in the publication process as possible. Wordfest does not review manuscripts in electronic form. Writers publishing work in a digital format (e.g. an e-book) are invited to print and mail a hard-copy version of their manuscript for review. Due to the number of submissions we receive we are unable to return review materials.

If you are an artist, presenter or publisher who is confirmed as a participant in this year’s upcoming Festival, and you wish to connect with us, please send an email to Shelley Youngblut at

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