August 20, 2009

Writers on the Edge Elects Cindy Hanson as New Director

Exciting news for Writers On The Edge, the umbrella organization of the award-winning Nye Beach Writers' Series. Cindy Hanson, a member of the nonprofit's board since February 2007, has been elected its new director. She replaces Matt Love, WOE director from May 2008 through July 2009.

Cindy Hanson, whose day job is public relations manager and photographer for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, has also been a professional female voice talent in television and radio for over 25 years, working for KINK-FM, in Portland for 14 years. In 2001, Hanson took a leap of faith and found herself living on a bluff where the forest meets the ocean just north of Newport. Re-assembling a coast career led to television and media sales, public relations, and as a television reporter/producer for the Oregon Coast Show. In 2005, she was hired by the Oregon Coast Aquarium to manage the Aquarium's media relations and publicity. Hanson continues to do voice over work and professional photography. She is also a poet and can often be found reading her works of wit and compassion at the Nye Beach Writers' Series open mic. Writers On The Edge is honored to have such an accomplished individual at its helm.

"I am privileged to be serving in this capacity for an extraordinary literary arts organization," said Hanson. "I have long admired Carla Perry and her tireless work in bringing so many diverse writers here, and exposing Lincoln County youth to the joys of writing. I'll do my best to support the existing efforts of Writers On The Edge and look forward to whatever comes next. I'd also like to invite everyone to come and join us at the Writers' Series events - we really have a lot of fun!"

Writers On The Edge is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that oversees the Nye Beach Writers' Series, in-school mini-workshops, after-school writing clubs, adult workshops, open mics, and special literary events. Writers' Series programs have been held the third Thursday of every month, year-round, since 1997. The organization is entirely volunteer run. Carla Perry, the organization’s founder, received the Governor's Art Award and the Stewart Holbrook Special Award for her outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary arts.

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Cindy Hanson ~ Photo Credit Carla Perry