~Who Are We~

MISSION: Creative Colloquy fosters the writing community in the South Sound through unique literary events and publications.

Creative Colloquy was founded in February of 2014 with the intention of fostering relationships built upon the mutual admiration of the written word and providing a platform to highlight literary talent in the South Sound.

We do this in a number of ways including the online literary site focused on short fiction, novel excerpts and essays but also including poetry and other prose penned by writers who reside in the Pacific Northwest. Creative Colloquy also boasts an annual print literary review and occasional audio collections like, Valentine’s Day Massacre at the Narwhal. Collections like these can be expected throughout the year to encourage local scribes to become both engaged and invested in the local creative culture and to share their words with a welcoming audience.

Reading events occur the third Monday of every month at Black Kettle Bites and Brew in Tacoma Washington. These readings feature authors published on the website followed by an open mic and occasional live music intermissions. Our gatherings aim to lure writers out from the solitary activity of writing itself to connect with like minds and fuel inspiration and love of their craft.

The Creative Colloquy team is a deeply passionate but dedicated crew of writers themselves who invest countless hours and resources into these efforts to help promote the talented scribes in the area. Other special events are coordinated on a case by case basis always keeping our vision in mind, ultimately to play as a platform to help the literary culture flourish and gain a sense of community.

Though we haven’t gained 501c3 status yet, thanks to the fiscal sponsorship of Shunpike you can make a tax deductible donation. All funds help to keep Creative Colloquy a sustainable beast and are applied to publishing costs, podcast and website hosting and event production.

Thank you immensely in advance.


The Team

Director/Event Producer/Founder: Jackie Fender (Casella) has been a resident of Tacoma and surrounding areas since she was just a glimmer. She’s a freelance editorial writer with columns among the pages of  Tacoma Weekly, the Weekly VolcanoCity Arts Magazine, South Sound Talk, Post Defiance, South Sound Magazine and the South Sound Users Guide.  Jackie is a self professed creative community enthusiast and strives through various projects to foster the positive growth of the Tacoma community culture. Other creative/community endeavors have included  Tacoma ART BUS/Duchess of Downtown Tours, Wrist Magazine, Art on the Ave and non-profits Peace Out and Puyallup Main Street Association. You can follow her personal musings at jackiefender.com


Joshua Head ShotAssistant Director: Joshua Swainston has worked as a mechanic, merchant sailor, courier, loan shark, club promoter, Ryder truck rental agent, McDonald’s grill cook, taxi driver, valet, coffee roaster, wine distributor, psychologist assistant, UPS man, Disney Store stock boy, and played Santa Claus. His short stories and flash fiction are printed in Open Thought Vortex, The First Line, The Seattle Star, as well as others. While writing editorials for the Weekly Volcano, he won a Washington Press award for his piece about Ivan the Gorilla, “The Silverback of South Tacoma.” His first novel, The Tacoma Pill Junkies, was released in February of 2013. Find out more about Joshua at joshuaswainston.com.

The Board


Nick_Stokes_look_2_800x532Nick Stokes has worked as a high school physics teacher, a wilderness ranger, an apple picker, a trail crew leader, a stable hand, a corn detassler, a tribology researcher and is still a mule packer. For more information on his fictions, plays and prose visit nickstokes.net. His novel, Affair, first serialized by The Seattle Star, is available at Amazon, The Nearsighted Narwhal and King’s Books in Tacoma and elsewhere.



Sandy King moved from the Dairy State to the Pacific Northwest nearly three decades ago. Although she misses family members back East and occasionally pines for a good cup of beer cheese soup, she now calls Tacoma home and is an avid fan of the plethora of arts events and activities that Grit City has to offer, engaging whenever possible. She has been published in local projects such as Wrist Magazine, the Tacoma Laureate Listening Project, and Creative Colloquy Volume 2, and has had the honor of being a featured reader for Tacoma City Ballet’s Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree and the Creative Colloquy Lit Crawl. Sandy resides in a modest apartment in the Tacoma Center area, and enjoys writing, drawing, swimming, dancing, Sunday lunches with her adult son, and learning to sing.


Jonny_Eberle_Headshot_SquareJonny Eberle is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Arizona, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Northern Arizona University. He lives in Tacoma with his wife and three typewriters. He blogs at www.jweberle.com.


Editorial Committee:

Managing Editor: Christian Carvajal is a writer, actor and director whose debut novel, Lightfall, is in print from Campanile Books. Since his 2008 arrival in Olympia, he’s released a nonfiction guide to Genesis and the Gospels (Rereading the Bible) and, under the pen name Lynn Savage, a satirical novel called Mr. Klein’s Wild Ride. He’s a feature writer for the Weekly Volcano, specializing in fine arts and travel, and he freelances for educational companies in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2015, Weekly Volcano readers honored him as “Best Writer” in Olympia.


Daniel Person is a journalist living in Tacoma. He has written for publications across the West, including Outside Online, Cowboys & Indians, and High Country News. His story about Blackfeet tribal members using traditional practices to address PTSD was recently featured in the anthology Montana: Warts and All. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest. Lastly, though his employer wouldn’t use that term, he is news editor at Seattle Weekly.


profile2 Elizabeth Beck is a Gig Harbor writer who likes to share scratched-out and blacked-over words. A deep love for the South Sound Region is only exceeded by her passion to expose the immense talent found there. Her poetry and short stories have been featured at WRIST Magazine, Underneath the Juniper Tree, The Laureate Listening Project, The Washington State and Gig Harbor History Museums, TAM, The Washington State Department of Commerce, and glimpsed floating down storm drains. Hold her work up to the light at americanogig.wix.com/elizabethbeck.


Christina Butcher is a freelance writer and veteran from Chaparral, New Mexico. Before serving as a linguist in the U.S. Army, she worked on cultural preservation projects and developed a passion for storytelling and community involvement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from New Mexico State University and a certificate in storytelling and content strategy from Washington State University. She lives and writes in Tacoma, Washington. Christina’s work can be found here (www.writebrave.org).


Events and PR Team:

IMG_6936Jennifer Preston Chushcoff is a word nerd with a Halloween heart. She was born and raised in Southern California and continued her trek north after attending UC Berkeley. Jenn has been frolicking in the woods and water of the Pacific Northwest ever since. She’s an award-winning author, artist and Master Gardener with work in anthologies, journals and children’s books. Her nature-inspired art appears in galleries and private collections. Jenn is excited to connect the South Sound community and has enjoyed watching CC rise from the waters like a mighty literary kraken. Stalk her: www.byJenn.com. Say hello: contact@byjenn.com.