Advancement News

We’re delighted to announce that UW Press Advisory Board member Mike Repass has made a major gift to the press to establish the Michael J. Repass Fund for Northwest Writers. This new fund will focus on books about the history and culture of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Established in 2013, the University of Washington Press’s Northwest Writers Fund supports the work of some of the region’s most talented nonfiction writers. The fund was launched with a generous matching gift from longtime press supporters Janet and John Creighton. Several UW Press board members contributed, including Linda and Peter Capell, Ruth and Alvin Eller, and Mike Repass, as did other friends and supporters in the community. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to everyone who has given to the fund, which has enabled us to provide advances to the authors of six projects thus far to help them complete their research and writing.

The first two books developed with the fund’s support, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle's Topography by David B. Williams and Reclaimers by Ana Maria Spagna, were published last fall. Garth Stein praised Too High and Too Steep as a “wonderful, fascinating, and surprisingly poignant rendering of the birth of Seattle. . . . I loved this fabulous book, and consider it required reading for anyone interested in the Northwest and the history of American cities.” Reclaimers is a beautifully wrought account of ordinary people up and down the West Coast doing extraordinary work to reclaim and restore their land and rivers. Kim Stafford wrote, “These stories restore our faith in sacred land, and in ourselves. Dawn may yet illuminate what has been reclaimed.” Both books are due out in September, and we look forward to hosting readings and other events with the authors. Please check back soon for more information.

To contribute to the Northwest Writers Fund or for more information, please contact Meredith Wisti at 206-543-3056 or