Retreat to the Mountains

2018 Featured Writers

In addition to local artists, the fourth annual Wrightwood Literary Festival, September 29th and 30th, will feature workshops and readings by new guest faculty, including Nicelle Davis, Alejandro Escudé, and Yi Shun Lai. This year’s festival will feature two separate nature walks, one of them a return of Deborah P Kolodji’s haiku hike, and a keynote address by award-winning Young Adult author and poet Ron Koertge. Registration is open, and a few workshops are already full, so sign up now before they fill up completely!

About the Festival

The Wrightwood Literary Festival seeks to foster participation in the arts in and around Wrightwood, and to share the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains with the broader arts community. Staffed by local artists and volunteers, we offer literary readings, workshops, and forums for all ages, set high among the big pines, providing inspiration and a day to create, tell our stories, and experience nature that will have a lasting impact year-round.

Our vision is a mountain full of art and artists.

The Wrightwood Literary Festival is presented by the Rattle magazine and the Rattle Foundation, a 501(c)3, working to promote the practice of poetry—with sponsorship by the Applewood Inn, Mountain Hardware, Cinnamon’s Bakery, Jensen’s Foods, Mile High Pizza, Whole Life Soaps, and support from the Wrightwood Blues Society, Mountaineer Progress, Keyboard Arts School of Music, Wrightwood Arts Center, Wrightwood Certified Farmer’s Market, Village Grind, Inlandia Institute, Love Roots Yoga Shala, Sheldon Entertainment, and Wrightwood Lodging.


Our newest sponsor, the recently opened and beautiful Applewood Inn, was our top recommendation, but the bed and make-your-own-breakfast inn is now sold out for the weekend. Be sure to book early next year!

For other options, you may call/email Arlene Cortez (760-792-8267,, who manages several cabin rentals, or check with the Wrightwood Lodging Association, the Canyon Creek Inn, the Rhinestone Rose, or search Air BnB.