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. A keynote address will be given by award-winning Young Adult author and poet Ron Koertge. A full list of guest faculty will be announced soon, and registration will open this summer, but for now save the date!

Ron Koertge is the author of 19 books of poetry and many celebrated novels, including Stoner & Spaz, Strays, and The Brimstone Journals, all American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults; Shakespeare Bats Cleanup, an American Library Association Top Ten Sports Books for Youth Selection; and The Arizona Kid, an American Library Association pick for “one of the ten funniest books of the year.” A two-time winner of the PEN Literary Award for Children’s Literature, Ron lives in South Pasadena, California.

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 Tonyan Coffee, and support from the Wrightwood Blues Society, Wrightwood Arts Center, Wrightwood Certified Farmer’s Market, Village Grind, Inlandia Institute, Big Pines Movement Arts, the San Bernardino County Library, and Wrightwood Lodging.


Our newest sponsor, the recently opened Applewood Inn, still has rooms available for those staying in Wrightwood the entire weekend—but the bed and make-your-own-breakfast inn sells out quickly, so book your room today!

You can also check Wrightwood Lodging (call Kris McCurdy: 760-249-1001) for listings of cabin rentals, the Canyon Creek Inn, the Rhinestone Rose, or search Air BnB.