Phil Heldrich Creative Writing Fund

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The Phil Heldrich Creative Writing Materials Fund was founded in January 2011 for this purpose:

To provide support for the University of Washington Tacoma Library to benefit the creative writing materials collection.

This fund was established by Ken Dvorak, a friend and colleague of Phil's from the Southwest Texas Popular/American Culture Association, and has grown through the donations of friends, family and colleagues following a memorial held in Phil's honor at the UW Tacoma campus January 7, 2011.

Giving to the fund

Donors who wish may give to the Philip Heldrich UW Tacoma Library Creative Writing Materials Fund via The UW Foundation page for the UW Tacoma Library.

Or by calling the UW Libraries Advancement Office directly at (206) 616-8397.

Suggest and view materials purchased with the fund

The UW Tacoma Library welcomes your suggestions for materials to be purchased from this fund.  We are especially looking for suggestions from current students in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences program literature or writing classes or former students or colleagues of Dr. Phil Heldrich.

About Phil Heldrich

Phil Heldrich was a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Washington Tacoma. He was a dedicated and passionate educator, where he mentored countless emerging writers and scholars and served as faculty advisor for Tahoma West, the UW Tacoma literary journal.

Professor Heldrich's book of poetry, Good Friday, was published in 2000 and won the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize. His essay collection, Out Here in the Out There, received the Mid-List Press First Series award. His poetry, fiction, essays, literary criticism, and reviews were anthologized and published in such literary journals as The North American Review, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Southern Quarterly, Flyway: Journal of Writing and Environment, Seattle Review, and many others.

In 2009, he was diagnosed with cancer, and on November 11, 2010, he died at the age of 45 of complications from his illness.  The Creative Writing Materials Fund was established by a donation of the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association, of which Phil served as Executive Director.

More information about Phil can be found here: