Manzanita Writers Press is a literary publisher and nonprofit arts organization located at Manzanita Arts Emporium, a creative community center in historic downtown Angels Camp. We bring writers, readers and artists together through workshops, anthologies, book publishing, referrals and events in the Mother Lode region of California. Our location in the scenic, rural Sierra Nevada foothills of Calaveras County is inspirational to the many writers who reside here and in the surrounding rural counties.

Manzanita Writers Press has published 20 books, with several more in the works for 2017 and 18. We have organized readings, workshops and events in the region, held writing contests, and promoted the literary and visual arts in Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne Counties. Manzanita publishes works by regional writers and those with a connection to the Mother Lode and Sierra. MWP also prints Manzanita: Poetry and Prose of the Mother Lode and Sierra, a series of literary community anthologies that represent writers across the nation writing about this region. Our latest anthologies, Out of the Fire, Pieces Vignettes, and A Taste of Literary Elegance: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, and our other publications, are available for purchase on our website and through Amazon and Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, CA.

We founded Manzanita Arts Emporium, the fine art gallery, bookstore & publishing office in October, 2015, not even a month after the Butte Fire ravaged our community Sept. 9- Oct. 1. We, along with our artist friends, wanted to create a place of beauty after all that devastation. 

Special thanks to our newest major sponsor of the Manzanita Arts Emporium and Manzanita Writers Press for their dedication to the arts in Angels Camp and Calaveras County:

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MWP Board of Directors 

Monika Rose . . . President, Founding Director, Editor-in-Chief

Joy Roberts . . .  Treasurer, Finance Manager, Editor

Suzanne Murphy . . . Vice-President, Public Relations Director, Editor

Stephen Archer . . . Secretary, Program Director

Jennifer Hoffman . . . Technology Consultant, eBook Designer, Editor

Chrys Mollett . . . Musical Events Coordinator,

                                   Gallery Assistant 

Callie Kitchen . . . Tri-County Consortium Director

Nonvoting Board Members-at-Large

Joyce Dedini . . . Graphic Designer

Jackie Rogers . . . Grants

Sally Kaplan . . . Grants Assistance