Katherin is a filmmaker and activist. She is a Co-founder of Raw Love Productions, a multimedia production company focusing on visual storytelling, and the Criminal Justice Director for Seattle Restorative Justice, a non-profit organization helping to create alternatives to our current punitive justice system using restorative practices which reverse the school-to-prison pipeline and promote racial equity and healing. She is currently producing “The Prison Within”, a documentary series examining the U.S. Justice System through the eyes and voices of those most impacted – prisoners with life sentences, survivors of violent crime, and the communities left behind.
Tracy is the Director for Old Growth Northwest’s Gay Romance initiative, which includes the Gay Romance Northwest Meet-Up, the first conference that focuses on LGBTQ romance fiction in the Pacific Northwest. Tracy has more than a decade of experience working in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on project management, event management, development, and digital outreach and marketing. She moved to Seattle in 2001 to complete her MA in Japanese Studies at the University of Washington, and never left since. Having grown up in the wilds of upstate New York, Tracy especially appreciates Seattle’s lack of snow in the winter and mosquitos in the summer. In her spare time, she loves reading genre fiction, drawing cartoony monsters, singing karaoke, and avoiding her cat when he gets “bite-y”.
Ian Greenfield has participated in or managed Old Growth programs for almost two years and is excited to join the Board of Directors. A Pacific Northwest native who has been running writing workshops since 2009, Ian wants to see literature and the arts flourish both in and between communities and cultures. He has helped dozens of writers improve their craft and has led conversations on topics ranging from publishing to what kinds of things can go in a writer’s toolkit. His specialty as a writer is fantasy and horror fiction. While his workshops focus on the craft of fiction writing, Ian is also a poet, with work recently appearing in POPLORISH and Steno.
Evan J. Peterson
Brought to life in Miami, Florida and educated at the Florida State University (MFA), Evan J. Peterson now lives and writes in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of Skin Job (2012 Minor Arcana Press) and The Midnight Channel (2013 Babel/Salvage Press), as well as volume editor of the 2014 Lambda Award finalist Gay City 5: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam (Gay City Anthologies & Minor Arcana Press). His poetry, fiction, journalism, and criticism have appeared in Weird Tales, The Stranger, The Rumpus, Assaracus, Nailed, Court Green, and Aim for the Head: An Anthology of Zombie Poetry, from which his poetry was excerpted in The New York Times. He is the new Editor-in-Chief of Minor Arcana Press, recipient of a smART Ventures grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
Massimo is an experienced leader in the technology field, with 15 years of hands-on experience in leading engineering teams. His career focuses on media content management and distribution. As a VP of Software Development at AccessIT (now Cinedigm) Massimo was a key contributor to the first successful large-scale deployment of studio certified digital cinema systems in the country. He worked with major Hollywood studios, exhibitors and standard bodies to advance the digital cinema standard now in use (DCI, SMPTE). He is currently a team lead at Intentional Software developing the next generation office productivity software. Massimo brings to every project a lifelong passion for computer science paired with a love of visual arts and the humanities.
Jessica is a Seattle native who loves reading and exploring the world around her. Her day job involves working at the intersection of publishing and technology.
Erin joined Old Growth Northwest after holding many posts in domestic and international non-profit organizations. With a range of experience in development, communications, advocacy, program evaluation, and project management, Erin has worked extensively with grassroots organizations to find community-based solutions and to provide services for those most in need. In addition to her work at Old Growth, Erin directs the Seattle branch of the Young Writers’ Academy, a creative writing enrichment program for children. She served as contributing editor of the Potomac, Washington D.C.’s literary and political review during its inaugural season. Erin holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in International Affairs from the Fletcher School, and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Past Members of the Board
Founding Board Chairperson & Executive Director
Founding Board Member
Director, Reading & Open Mic Series (Current)
Cassandra Sims Knight
Founding Board Member
Editor-in-Chief, POPLORISH (Current)
Founding Board Member