Hedgebrook

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.

Introduction to Hedgebrook

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Tamiko Beyer


What I know is, I want my writing to create shifts. I want my poetry to shift the way people perceive the world, others, nature, themselves. I want my poetry to disorient readers, and then ground them in new truths they discover: new ways of being and thinking. I want my poetry to disturb as well as delight.

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha


I think of poetry as the ultimate and most ambitious act of translation. The poem is grasping at a moment that belongs to another world – a sensory experience, a memory, an imagined life – and trying to capture it in language, to make it visible in this world.

Shobha Rao


Moments of conflict unacceptably, and always, mean that women are left the most vulnerable segment of the population. And that, to me, is a call to action. Why is the conquering of a nation tied to the sexual conquest of its women? To our brutalization? I want to know and I want outrage.

Read more interviews with Women Authoring Change on our blog.

Hedgebrook supports women so they may speak the truth, tell the messy, sometimes unpopular stories… find their voice…

~ Eve Ensler

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