Mission

Old Growth Northwest cultivates a diverse ecosystem of writers and readers by advocating, creating spaces, and sharing skills to promote underrepresented voices. As a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2012 and headquartered in Seattle, Old Growth Northwest serves the greater Pacific Northwest region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska.

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An old-growth forest is the best-known type of complex ecosystem – a masterpiece of nature. It’s a place where a massive variety of organisms coexist and compete in an amazingly complex web of relationships. It’s the most diverse type of habitat on earth, and yet it’s also among the most stable: every creature thrives just by doing what it does best.

We think that’s how the literary ecosystem should be, too. By supporting writers and promoting their work throughout all stages of the literary process, we work to build an ecosystem that equals an old-growth forest in its diversity, its interdependence, and its potential to be the kind of self-sustaining community where writers of all kinds can thrive.