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Tebot Bach announces

The 2019 Bill Ransom Founders Scholarship
sponsored by Tebot Bach and Centrum


Bill Ransom is the founder of the Port Townsend Writers Conference. He was born in Puyallup, Washington, in 1945, and he began employment at the age of eleven as a farmworker. He attended Washington State University on track and boxing scholarships, and the University of Puget Sound on a track scholarship. He was a firefighter, firefighting basic training instructor, and CPR instructor for six years; and an Advanced Life Support Emergency Medical Technician for ten years in Jefferson County, Washington. He volunteers with humanitarian groups in Central America. Ransom has published six novels, six poetry collections, numerous short stories and articles. “Learning the Ropes” (Utah State University Press), a hybrid collection of poetry, short fiction and essays, was billed as “a creative autobiography.” His poetry has been nominated for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

2019 Scholarship Information:

The 2019 recipient will receive a scholarship to attend the Port Townsend Writers Conference in Port Townsend Washington, July 14-21, 2019. The scholarship covers the cost of the morning workshop of choice, the afternoon workshops, travel expenses, meals and lodging. The recipient may, at her or his own discretion, travel to Port Townsend prior to the workshop, to attend some or all of the conference events which occur prior to July 14th at her or his own expense.

Application Information:

The competition is open to all poets writing in English who reside in the United States, and who have not published more than one full length book. Financial need is not required, but will be a factor in the selection. Applicants must submit: (1) a brief biography (250 – 500 words); (2) a letter stating the applicant’s objective in attending the workshop and his or her financial need, if any; and (3) a sample of 6 poems. Any submissions that are incomplete or otherwise do not comply with these requirements will not be considered.

Applicants must submit all documents via email by March 1, 2019 To :

Jordan Hartt:

Pease direct any questions to Mifanwy Kaiser:

Each application will be reviewed and judged on a blind basis. Any current or former students of Bill Ransom, Jordan Hartt, Mifanwy Kaiser and any current or former volunteers, board members or officers of Tebot Bach and Centrum are not eligible to apply. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by May 1, 2019.

About Tebot Bach:

Tebot Bach is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and broaden the audience for poetry. As a literary arts education non-profit that gives local, national, and international poets a venue for publishing and distribution, and sponsors workshops and readings.

About Centrum

Centrum, in partnership with Fort Worden State Park, is a gathering place for artists and creative thinkers from around the world, students of all ages and backgrounds, and audiences seeking extraordinary cultural enrichment. Centrum promotes creative experiences that change lives.

Located in Port Townsend, Washington, Fort Worden—a turn-of-the-century army base–offers an unmatched combination of natural beauty and historic interest. Acres of saltwater beaches, wooded hills, and open fields are framed by stunning vistas of the Olympic and Cascade ranges and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It’s a place where the land stops, the sea begins, and the mind keeps going.

Over the past three decades Centrum has gathered hundreds of thousands of individuals—great artists, creative thinkers, ardent students, and passionate fans—who have transformed Fort Worden into a legendary site of creative learning and interaction.