Keynote Speaker


We really appreciated our Keynote speaker this year at the 36th Annual Northwest Booking Conference!



Tod Marshall

Washington's Poet Laureate

Director of Writing Concentration                                                                       
Professor of English, Gonzaga University     


Tod Marshall was born in Buffalo, NY.  His first collection of poetry, Dare Say, was the 2002 winner of the University of Georgia’s Contemporary Poetry Series. He has also published a collection of his interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (EWU Press, 2002), and an accompanying anthology of the interviewed poets’ work, Range of Voices (2005). 

These volumes include interviews with and poems by Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Robert Wrigley, Brenda Hillman, Dorianne Laux, Kim Addonizio, Ed Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, and others. In 2005, he was awarded a Washington Artists Trust Fellowship. His second collection of poetry, The Tangled Line (Canarium Books, 2009) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. 

His most recent collection, Bugle, was published by Canarium Books in 2014 and was the 2015 winner of the Washington State Book Award.  

In 2015, he was awarded the Humanities Washington Award for creativity and service.  He lives in Spokane, Washington, and teaches creative writing and literature at Gonzaga University where he is the Robert and Ann Powers Chair in the Humanities.  

From 2016-18, he will serve as Washington's Poet Laureate.