We’re very excited to announce our 2015 Writer-in-Residence, Shya Scanlon! Shya is the author of FORECAST, and his forthcoming novel, THE GUILD OF ST. COOPER will be released Spring 2015 from Dzanc Books.

2015 Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who made the 2015 Fundraiser a resounding success! If you’d like to get involved with APRIL, or if you’d like to make a charitable donation, please click the Donate tab at left. Thank you!

Our Mission

is to connect readers with independent literature and the authors and publishers of this relevant and vitalizing work.

Our Vision

As motivation for our programming, APRIL envisions:

Our Values

APRIL values…


Whether you’re a small press, an author looking to read or just a curious bibliophile, we’d love to hear from you!

Feel free to email us, or head to our Facebook page. On Twitter: @APRILfestSEA.



2014 Volunteers

Caitlin Smelser, Emily Wittenhagen, James Ganas, Hannah Clark, Justin Duffus, Richard Chiem, Bill Doerfield, & Lillian Nickerson.

Extra-double-shoutouts to the wonderful photo/video wizards Leighan Schreiber, Colleen Zickler, Dylan Haydu, Rachel Robinson, and Cassie Bell. Sparkle Leigh earns a special commendation for make-up application in the line of fire.


2014 Donors

Channing Redford & Jim Braddock, Ben Blum, Lillian Nickerson, Hollis Hill, Kellen Braddock, Rahel Tesfahun, William J Graham, Susan Fitzgerald, Patricia Dinger, Anne Michelson, Kim Selling, Nancy Cassanova, Chris Burlingame, Leighan Schreiber, Matt Nelson, Catherine Graham, Kenny Coble, Lacey Jane, Darren Focareta, Ross McMeekin, Sierra Stinson, Cara Beth Rogers, Amber Nelson, Ed Skoog, Bernardo Malfitano, Tim Hayden, Alison, Kelly Froh, Catie Young, Spike Friedman, Nicholas Stokes, Kate Lebo, James Ganas, Publishing Genius, Jerry Richard, Jake Uitti, Diana Salier, Alex J. Parton, Brittany Dennison

2013 Donors

Brittany Dennison, Channing Redford, Susan Graham, Alan Bransted, Peter Kane, Penelope Mitchell, Karen Allman, Patricia Dinger, Benjamin Blum, Darren Davis, Bruce Holbert, Richard Vanderknyff, Everett Ehrlich, Greg Flores (and all of HOARSE), Summer Robinson, Nancy Casanova, Hannah Clark, Edmund Zagorin, Bryan Ohno, Lauren Davis, Hollis Hill, Kelly Froh, Bill Carty, Chris Prandoni, Matthew Simmons, Nancy Ramsey, Christine O’Connor, Rebecca Brown, Greg Bem, Kelly Roesing, Samuel Moss, Ramzy Suleiman, Edward Wolcher, Nate Sloan, Cheri Walters, Matt Nelson, Ava Cole (Ms. Meow Meow), Lauren Othon, Kerri Ladish, Zachary Schomburg

2013 APRIL Salon Donors:

Lauren Davis, Justin Duffus, Jeremy Springsteed, Willie Smith, Kellen Braddock, Jay Yenkich, Ava Cole, Nicole Bernard, Sam Moss, Calvin Pierce, Richard Chiem, Alan Bransted, Thomas Walton, Jessica Severance, Aidan Fitzgerald, Joseph Lambert, Adam Boehmer, Jamie, Sarah Lloyd, Elizabeth Cooperman, Brittany Dennison, Marlin Standingfish, Frances McCue, Garth Brewe, Rich Smith, Alex Garland

2012 Donors

In our first year, we raised more than $5000 via Kickstarter, all thanks to our incredibly generous donors.

APRIL graciously thanks:
Marie Slaight, joshuA, Aidan Fitzgerald, Anthony Fleming, readlearnwrite, Rick VanderKnyff, Kate Sullivan, Jeffrey Simmons, Susan Graham, Ken Austin, Kara Marie Cooperrider, Stephanie Pereira, Lauren Davis, Neil Ferron, Jessica Massart, Jamey Braden von Mooter, Lynne Nugent, Flying Object, Diane Cook, Darian Gee, Melissa Gira Grant, Scott Burau, Dennis Yang, Stone Soup Theatre, Charles Alvis, Jeff James, Katie Seling, Gretchen Kolderup, Lloyd Cargo, Matt Rowe, Michael Lieberman, Katie Woodzick, Rebecca Meredith, Charles Karasek, Jenny Hayes, Futurepoem, Kelly Carlos, Brittany Dennison, Claire Fox, Gregory Laynor, Dan Brady, Jennifer Abel Kovitz, Amy Helen, Joy Ralph, Lys Ruben Blanc, Edward Mullany, Stephen Dossick, Peter Olson, Pietro Conforto Bardellini, Courtney Johnson von Nieda


APRIL has been lucky enough to work with some amazing organizations in Seattle and beyond. Thank you to:

Richard Hugo House
The Stranger
alice blue


The 2014 festival has come and gone! Check back in this space for any APRIL offseason events.

The 2014 schedule.
The 2013 schedule.
The 2012 schedule.