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Announcing Literary Arts’ New Board Members

In December, we welcomed five new board members to Literary Arts. Join us in welcoming them:

Ann Edlen has spent three decades in marketing and advertising, and is the co-founder of Think Joule, a creative agency here in Portland. She has served on the numerous boards, including of Jesuit High School, Self Enhancement Institute, Portland Art Museum, Pacific Northwest Institute of Art, and Oregon Health and Science University. Edlen has attended our events, enrolled in our writing classes, and supported our programs for the past decade.  

“I have long admired Literary Arts’ quality programming and their commitment to the community. My passion is words, and being involved with Literary Arts is very personal to me.”


Jonathan Hill is a professional cartoonist and illustrator. His comics and illustrations have appeared in many publications and literary outlets, including Oni Press, Powell’s Books, and The Believer Magazine. In addition to his work as an educator at Oregon College of Arts and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Hill taught creative writing residencies through our Writers in the Schools program from 2012-2016. He has also served on our Youth Programs Advisory Council since 2016.  

“Working with Literary Arts over the last six years has been one of the highlights of my professional career. Serving on the Board of Directors gives me another opportunity to expand my work with Literary Arts beyond just Youth Programs and see the bigger picture of the organization.”


Earl Hines is the president and CEO of Hines Warner Wealth Management, a firm specializing in retirement planning and portfolio management. Prior to co-founding Hines Warner, Earl worked for Intel and IBM Corporation for over 17 years. He currently serves as a board member for All Classical Portland and Our House Portland, and is on the Financial and Investment Committee of the Northwest Health Foundation. He has served as Board President for CASA for Children in Multnomah and Washington Counties, and Vice Chair of Volunteers of America. 

“In our increasingly disconnected and polarized world, I believe the literary arts are more essential than ever to ensuring an open and free society. Sharing our ideas and perspectives with one another is how we build compassion and empathy, stop fearing the “other”, and ensure justice and equity for everyone.”


Corrine Oishi joined her husband’s custom residential design and construction company as the financial manager after teaching language arts at the high school level and working with continuing education students at the Opportunity School in Forest Grove. She continued to serve on community boards with hospice, Planned Parenthood, and as an “I Have a Dream” Foundation class 8 sponsor. Most recently, she has engaged her passion for public education through serving on the boards of OCF and FBO/Chalkboard. She received her BA in English from UC Berkeley and MA in English and Education from PSU. For the past forty years, her family has enjoyed living alongside Gales Creek near Forest Grove.


Dennis Steinman is one of Kell, Alterman, and Runstein L.L.P’s leading franchising lawyers and one of Oregon’s foremost civil rights lawyers. Steinman is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and has been an adjunct professor of law at Lewis & Clark Law School. He has been a long-time patron of Literary Arts, has participated in many Literary Arts writing classes, and is a member of the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships Advisory Council. 

“I want to help build a legacy to ensure readers and writers remain actively engaged in the wonders of literature.”


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