Bill Mawhinney

After a varied career as teacher, construction estimator, technical writer and corporate trainer, poet Bill Mawhinney came to the Olympic Peninsula in 2005. Bill has published two collections of poetry. His poems have appeared in Heron Dance, Windfall, and Minotaur. He curated and hosted Northwind Reading Series at Northwind Arts Center for 13 years. In 2011, the Port Townsend Arts Commission named him Angel of the Arts.


So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

The lost commencement address by Tom Robbins

Photo of Tom Robbins by Dan Wallen. Used with permission of University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections MPH1272 When I was the editor of the...

The Insights of Tralfamadorians and Quakers

Port Townsend author JoAnne Tompkins's novel What Comes After was the winner of the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize runner up in fiction award...

Managing Fishermen, Just for the Halibut

Sometime soon, halibut will return to tables from Port Townsend to Manhattan. It will be excellent fish, pearly white, never frozen, fresh off the...

Cherishing Our Actual Lives Beneath the Clouds

I lived most of my life in the Southwest, far from the upper left-hand corner of this country.  How did I encounter Mike O’Connor...