Molly Giles

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Her fifth story collection, Wife with Knife, won the Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize and is being published both by Leapfrog Press in the US in November 2021 and by Can of Worms Press in the UK in 2022.

mollygiles.com

Louis Edwards

Writers Workshop teaching staff '06, '10, '22

His novel, Ramadan Ramsey, was recently selected by Publisher’s Weekly as one of the 20 best works of fiction of 2021.

Tom Lutz

Writers Workshop teaching staff '17, '19, '21

The third volume of his travel series, The Kindness of Strangers, was published in October, 2021.

http://tomlutzwriter.com

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop participant '03, '04; Writers Workshop teaching staff '14, '15, '16, '18, '19, '20, '21

Her feature in Alta Journal, “The Safe Place That Became Unsafe,” won Folio’s national award in the category of Best Investigative Reporting.  This is the story about a predatory pastor who abused generations of Chinese boys and a follow-up to her book, The White Devil’s Daughters.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop participant '93; Co-director of the Fiction Workshop

Her short story, “Everyone was Singing Freiheit,” appears in the fall 2021 issue of Air/Light magazine.

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop Participant 1993, 94, 97, Teaching Staff

Cai Emmons’ fifth book of fiction, the novel Sinking Islands, was published on Sept. 14, 2021. In addition, she has two novels forthcoming in 2022, Unleashed from Dutton, and Hair On Fire from Red Hen Press.

http://caiemmonsauthor.com

Tiphanie Yanique

Writers Workshops Participant '05/ Writers Workshops Staff '15, '21

Tiphanie Yanique’s new novel, Monster in the Middle, will be published by Riverhead Books on October 19, 2021.

https://www.tiphanieyanique.com/

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop participant '93, '94, '98; Writers Workshop teaching staff '08, '10

Her newest novel, Sinking Islands, will be published by Red Hen Press in September, 2021.

DeWitt Henry

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff

The concluding collection of his trilogy of memoirs, Endings & Beginnings: Family Essays, was published in April, 2021, by MadHat Press, with an introduction by John Skoyles.

http://www.dewitthenry.com

Andrew Tonkovich

1993

His short story “Bone Saw,” a fantastical political meditation responding to the murder of journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi appears in the recent Technology issue of ZYZZYVA.

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Gerald Haslam (1937-2021)

Writers Workshop teaching staff '05, '09, '10

He is the winner of the 2021 AASLH Award of Excellence for Individual Achievement, in recognition of his decades-long career.

Amy Tan

Writers Workshops Participant '87, frequent Writers Workshops Special Guest, Member of Board of Directors

A new documentary, Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, recently premiered on PBS. Amy Tan is an intimate portrait of the groundbreaking writer that interweaves archival imagery, including home movies and personal photographs, animation and original interviews to tell the inspiring story of Tan’s life and career. To watch, click here.

Tiphanie Yanique

Her new novel, Monster in the Dark, will be published by Penguin in October, 2021.

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

His newest book, Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads, will be published on April 15 by Bower House Books (hardcover) and Tantor Media (audio). This is longtime staff member Smith’s fifth nonfiction book, in addition to his five suspense novels.

http://www.martinjsmith.com

Rhoda Huffey

Writers Workshops Participant, '85/ Writers Workshop staff, 2000 onward

Rhoda Huffey’s novel 31 Paradiso will be published by Delphinium Books in the spring of 2022.

http://
Attended with the help of attended on UCI scholarship

Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshop participant '93; Writers Workshop teaching staff

His short story and novella collection, Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations, was published in November, 2020, from What Books Press. The collection features eight short stories which appeared originally in Ecotone, Juked, Orange Coast Review, Faultline and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and a novella featuring the famous alpine lake. Realism and absurdism, unrealism and political autobiography all mixed up for our weird moment. Cover art by the legendary Gronk.

Ellery Akers

Art of the Wild teaching staff '94

Her new poetry book, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine; Naomi Shihab Nye, the NYT editor, described the book as “powerful.”

http://www.elleryakers.com

Kazim Ali

Poetry Workshop Participant ;98, Poetry Workshop teaching staff '10, '12, '16, '18

His newest collection of poetry, The Voice of Sheila Chandra, was published by Alice James Books in October, 2020.

http://http://www.kazimali.com/chandra.html

Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshop participant '93; Writers Workshop teaching staff

His short story and novella collection, Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations, arrives in November, 2020, from What Books Press. The collection features eight short stories which appeared originally in Ecotone, Juked, Orange Coast Review, Faultline and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and a novella featuring the famous alpine lake. Realism and absurdism, unrealism and political autobiography all mixed up for our weird moment. Cover art by the legendary Gronk.

Michelle Latiolais

Writers Workshop teaching staff, special guest

Her short fiction will appear in the LA Issue of ZYZZYVA, issue no. 119, due November, 2020.

Oakley Hall

Co-Founder of the Community of Writers and Writers Workshops Staff Member.

His classic proto-postmodern novel Warlock, is featured in Library of America’s new anthology, The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940s & 50, edited by Ron Hansen (September, 2020). The book also includes The Ox-Bow Incident (Van Tilburg Clark), Shane (Schaefer), The Searchers (Le May).
Read Thomas Pynchon’s 1965 review of Warlock. 

https://www.loa.org/books/631-the-western-four-classic-novels-of-the-1940s-50s

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff; Writers Workshop Participant, '91, '92

Her poem “On the Origin of Karl Marx” appears in So It Goes, the annual literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

https://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/ninth-edition-contributors/
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship and Ancinas scholarship

Claudia Rankine

Poetry Workshop participant '93; Poetry Workshop teaching staff '07

Her new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, was recently published by Graywolf Press.

http://claudiarankine.com/

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Writers Workshop teaching staff '18, '19; Writers Workshops in the Virtual Valley special guest '20

She was recently awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction published in 2019 for her novel The Revisioners.

Alice Jones

Poetry Participant, '88, '89. Teaching Staff, Writing the Medical experience

Her newest collection, Vault, was recently published by Apogee Press. A poem in the book, “Spell,” won the first annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Prize.

http://www.apogeepress.com

Robert Stone

The Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction is a vast collection of Robert Stone’s nonfiction, from war reporting to literary criticism, and was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in March, 2020. Stone was a staff member from the very early years, and a longtime friend of the Community of Writers

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Stone_(novelist)

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop participant '03, '04; Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '14, '15, '16, '18, '19

Her newest book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was recently awarded two Golden Poppy Awards, in the Regional Book and Non-Fiction categories. The Golden Poppy Awards honor books published each year by Northern California authors and artists chosen by independent booksellers throughout Northern California.

Tom Lutz

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '17, '19

His new novel, Born Slippy, was published by Repeater Books/Penguin Random House in January, 2020.

Edan Lepucki

Writers Workshop participant '07; Writers Workshop teaching staff '14, '18

She edited the upcoming book, Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them, which is due out April, 2020, from Abrams Image. 

Brenda Hillman

Director of the Community of Writers Poetry Program

She was recently awarded the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This award goes to a poet of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies.

Don Mee Choi

Poetry Workshop Staff '14

Her newest book of poetry, DMZ Colony, forthcoming from Wave Books in April, 2020, recently received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Writers Workshop teaching staff '18, '19

Her novel, The Revisioners, recently won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction.

Elizabeth Tallent

Writers Workshop teaching staff '16, '18

Her new memoir, Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, was published in February, 2020, by HarperCollins.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop participant; Co-Director of the Fiction Workshop.

Her poem, “Imagining my Grandmother on the Laredo Bridge, 1917,” was recently published in the Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop '93, '94, '97, Teaching Staff 2010

Her short story collection, Vanishing, won the 2019 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, and was published in March, 2020. Sinking Islands, the sequel to her novel Weather Women, will be published in early 2021. She is pleased to be an Authors Guild ambassador for the new Portland, Oregon chapter.

http://caiemmonsauthor.com

Cathy Park Hong

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff '11, '16

Her new book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, will be published by One World on February 25, 2020.

Max Byrd

His newest book, Pont Neuf, has just been released as an Amazon Audible Original, and will be published in hardback July, 2020.

Vanessa Hua

Writers Workshop participant '08, '17; Writers Workshop teaching staff '19

Her book of short stories, Deceit and Other Possibilities, recently rereleased with three additional tales, received a starred review from Kirkus.

Jane Ciabattari

Writers Workshops teaching staff, '16

Her new story collection in progress was a finalist for the 2018 Dzanc Short Story Collection Prize. New stories include “Swarm,” upcoming in The Slag Review print edition (published online in March 2020), and “Acqua Alta,” published online in BigOther in September, 2019.

https://bigother.com/2019/09/27/acqua-alta-by-jane-ciabattari/

Sharon Olds

Poetry Workshop staff

Her newest book, Arias, was recently published by Penguin Random House.

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Teaching Staff

A selection of her poems will be featured in Persimmon Tree. Poems are forthcoming in Plume and The New Yorker.

http://www.psjones.com

Harryette Mullen

Poetry Workshop teaching staff '06, '14

A poem of hers was chosen for poets.org’s Poem-a-Day by Ruth Ellen Kocher and Francisco Marquez. It will be featured on August 2, 2019.

https://poets.org/poem-a-day

Andrew Tonkovich

Fiction participant '94; Writers Workshop teaching staff

His new book, The Dairy of Anne Frank (and More Wish Fullfilment in the Noughties) is out now. Tonkovich is the longtime editor of the Santa Monica Review and host of Bibiocracy Radio, a weekly books show on Pacifica’s KPFK in Southern California.

Janet Fitch

Writers Workshop participant '93, Poetry Workshop participant '17, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '01, '02, '04, '06, '08, '09, '13, '15, '17

Her newest novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, the  sequel to her best-selling novel The Revolution of Marina M., was published by Little, Brown & Co. in July, 2019.

https://www.janetfitchwrites.com/

Jane Ciabattari

Writers Workshops teaching staff, '16

Her new short story collection-in-progress, Arabella Leaves & Other Stories, was a finalist for the Dzanc Short Fiction Award. Her short story “Swarm” was published in The Slag Review on March 1, 2019. Her short story “Brooklyn After the Fall” was included in a flash anthology commissioned for Independent Bookstore Day in 2018, and also published in The Literary Hub.

https://slagreview.com/2019/03/01/swarm/

Forrest Gander

His newest book, Be With, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshops Participant, '03, '04, Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

She was interviewed by KQED Forum host Michael Krasny about her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019). The book was also reviewed in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section, which called it “meticulously researched and inspiring.”

http://juliaflynnsiler.com/events/

Janet Fitch

Poetry Workshop participant '17; Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '01, '02, '04, '06, '08, '09, '13, '15, '17

She recently celebrated the 2oth anniversary of the publication of White Oleander. It was released in May, 1999 from Back Bay Books.

Alex Espinoza

Writers Workshop Participant '04, '05, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '13, '15, '17

His newest book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, will be published in June, 2019, by Unnamed Press.

http://www.alexespinoza.com/

Varley O’Connor

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '04, '12; Participant '88, '89

Her fifth novel, The Welsh Fasting Girl, will be published by Bellevue Literary Press in May 2019.

http://www.varleyoconnor.com/

Rachel Howard

Writers Workshop participant '13, Writers Workshop teaching staff '17, '19

Her new novel, The Risk of Us, was released from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April, 2019.

http://rachelhoward.com/

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop participant '03, '04, Writers Workshop teaching staff '14, '15, '16, '18

Her newest book, The White Devil’s DaughtersThe Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, will be published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing in May, 2019. 

https://juliaflynnsiler.com/

Max Byrd

Writers Workshop participant '83, Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

His newest novel, The Sixth Conspirator, will be published in August 2019 by Post Hill Press.

http://www.maxbyrdbooks.com/

Edie Meidav

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '16, '18

She is the co-editor, along with fellow Community of Writers alum Emmalie Dropkin, of the new anthology Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance. It will be released from the University of Massachusetts Press in March, 2019.

https://www.ediemeidav.com/strange-attractors/

Janet Fitch

Writers Workshop participant '93, Poetry Workshop participant '17, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff

Her newest novel, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral, the  sequel to her best-selling novel The Revolution of Marina M., will be published by Little, Brown & Co. in July, 2019.

https://www.janetfitchwrites.com/

Tom Barbash

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '14, '16, '18

His newest novel, The Dakota Winters, will be published in December, 2018, by HarperCollins.

Evie Shockley

Poetry Workshop participant '99, Poetry Workshop teaching staff '9, '10, '13, '15, '18

Her book semiautomatic won the Legacy Award for Poetry from the Hurston/ Wright Foundation.

Alex Espinoza

Writers Workshop Participant '04, '05, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '13, '15, '17

His newest book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, will be published in June, 2019, by Unnamed Press.

http://www.alexespinoza.com/
Attended with the help of the UC Irvine Scholarship for MFAs.

DeWitt Henry

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff, '94, '95, '96, '97, '98.

His new collection, Sweet Marjoram: Notes and Essays, will be published this October by Plume Editions/Mad Hat Press.

http://www.dewitthenry.com

Forrest Gander

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff

His new collection, Be With, will be published by New Directions in August 2018.

http://forrestgander.com/

Josh Weil

Writers Workshop Staff '17

His 2017 short story collection The Age of Perpetual Light was awarded the California Book Award in Fiction.

ww.joshweil.com

Evie Shockley

Her new collection of poetry, semiautomatic, was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Evie will be back on staff this summer at the 2018 Community of Writers Poetry Workshop.

http://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2018

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Teaching Staff, 2016

She received the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and a 5-week Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Fl. Poems: “After Hell” The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, “Good Bourbon Helps” and “The Room Behind the Room” Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts: Truth to Power, Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; “Morning Song” w/art work by Yuko Otomo, WORD: An Anthology A Gathering of the Tribes. Poems in journals including translated poems in http://www.recoursaupoeme.fr/ Numéro spécial – juillet-août : n. 176 “L’Esprit de New York et ses poètes”; Green Mountain Review; Paterson Literary Review, and Brooklyn Rail.

http://www.psjones.com

Gregory Pardlo

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff '17

His memoir, Air Traffice: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, was published this month by Knopf. Pardlo was on staff at the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop in 2017.

http://pardlo.net/

Kazim Ali

Poetry Participant '98; Poetry Teaching Staff '10, '12, '16, '18

He is featured in the March/ April issue of The American Poetry Review. Kazim will be joining us again this summer on staff at the Poetry Workshop.

http://www.kazimali.com/index.html

Sands Hall

Writers Workshops Participant and Staff

Her memoir, Flunk. Start.was published by Counterpoint Press in March, 2018.

http://www.sandshall.com

Sands Hall

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff and Past Participant

Her memoir, Flunk. Start., published March, 2018, was recently named one of the top 10 best books in spirituality and religion for Spring 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly. 

http://sandshall.com/

Edan Lepucki

Writers Workshop Participant '07, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '14, '18

Her most recent novel, Woman No. 17, published by Hogarth in 2017, is now out in paperback. Woman No. 17 was named a notable book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, POPSUGAR, and the Washington Post. People Magazine picked it as the May selection for the Book of the Month Club. 

http://www.edanlepucki.com/

Rachel Howard

Writers Workshop Participant, '13, Writers Workshop Staff, '17

Her novel The Risk of Us sold to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for publication in Spring 2019. It’s about a woman who longs to be a mother; the troubled child she and her husband take in from the foster care system; the inevitable tests children bring to a marriage; and the limits of human empathy coupled with the joys of new parenthood, and was pitched as appealing to fans of Jenny Offill, Rachel Cusk, and Sheila Heti.

http://www.rachelhoward.com
Attended with the help of Carlisle Scholarship

Brenda Hillman

Poetry Teaching Staff, Poetry Guest Director

Brenda Hillman’s new collection, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days  was published by Wesleyan Poetry (Wesleyan University Press) in February 2019.

http://www.brendahillman.net/index.html

Glen David Gold

Writers Workshops Participant, '96, '97 / Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

His memoir I Will Be Complete will be published by Knopf in June 2018.


Attended with the help of The UC Irvine Scholarship

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshops Participant, 1972, 1973. Special Guest, 2013, 2014.

His new book, New York: Stories, was published by Astor and Lenox on November 1, 2017. Publishers Weekly says “This gem of a collection by Terence Clarke celebrates the art, passions, and people of New York City.” Kirkus Reviews says “Tales like these feel like new takes on classic stories of New York by Salinger or Capote—fine company, all in all.”

http://www.terenceclarke.org

Sandra Scofield

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Her craft book, The Last Draft: A Novelist’s Guide to Revision, has been published by Penguin.

http://sandrajscofield.com

Sands Hall

Writers Workshops Participant, Teaching Staff

Her memoir, Flunk. Start., will be released by Counterpoint Press in March, 2018.
www.sandshall.com

Janet Fitch

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, ’89/ Poetry Participant '17

Janet Fitch’s novel, The Revolution of Marina M., set during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution was published in November, 2017 by Little Brown and Co.

https://www.janetfitchwrites.com/

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshop '92; Faculty member since 2002

Globe Pequot published Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee in November 2017, Martin J. Smith’s collection of journalistic essays spanning his 31-year career in the American Southwest, with a foreword by David L. Ulin. “[…] Smith’s true gift resides in his empathy—in the gentle way he forces us to see grace and redemption in the lives of people whom most of us would be inclined to mock.”—Steve Hawk, former editor of Surfer and Sierra magazines.

http://www.martinjsmith.com

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop Participant '04, '05, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff, '14, '17

Julia Flynn Siler is a Logan Nonfiction Fellow this the fall. Along with 18 other celebrated journalists, she will be using the time to complete her work of narrative investigative history, Daughters of Joy: America’s Other Slaves and Their Fight for Freedom (forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf). For more information, please visit http://careyinstitute.org/

http://http://careyinstitute.org/news/logan-nonfiction-program-announces-fall-class-of-fellows/

John Harvey

Poetry Participant '95, Writers Workshop Staff '97

His new book, Going Down Slow and Other Stories, will be released by Five Leaves Publications in November, 2017.

http://mellotone.co.uk/

Amy Tan

Writers Workshop Participant '87, '90, Special Guest

Her new book, a memoir entitled Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir, was released by HarperCollins in October, 2017

https://www.amytan.net/

Diana Fuller

Diana Fuller is producing the film, Once Was Water, directed by Christopher Beaver. Once Was Water is a lively solutions-oriented documentary that tells the story of how the driest city in America, in the middle of the Mojave desert, leads the way in sustainable water conservation.  

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/229357749

http://www.wherethereoncewaswater.com

John Daniel

His poem “After the Wedding” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. The podcast can be found here: http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20170810/

http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20170810/

Elizabeth Rosner

Writers Workshop Participant '82, '83, '87, Poetry Participant '99, Teaching Staff '06, '15

Her new book, Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was released from Counterpoint Press this month.

http://www.elizabethrosner.com/index.html

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop teaching Staff & Participant '04, '05

She was awarded the 2017 Mayborn Fellowship in Biography for her third book. She’ll be recognized at next month’s Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference in Grapevine, Texas, where such masters as Sebastian Junger (A Perfect Storm), Katherine Boo (Behind the Beautiful Forevers) and Charles Johnson (Middle Passage) will be keynote speakers. More information please visit http://bit.ly/2qKoH4V

http://bit.ly/2qKoH4V
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Jordan Fisher Smith

Writers Workshop Participant '01/ Teaching Staff '14 '16

His book, Engineering Eden, won the 2017 California Book Award Silver Medal for nonfiction.

http://jordanfishersmith.com/

Sands Hall

Writers Workshops participant '89/ Teaching Staff

Her memoir, Flunk. Start., has been purchased by Counterpoint Press for publication in January 2018. Sands is represented by Michael Carlisle at Inkwell Management.

 

www.sandshall.com

Sandra Scofield

Writers Workshops, Teaching Staff

Her eighth book of fiction, Swim: Stories of the Sixties, will be published May 15.

http://www.sandrajscofield.com

Edan Lepucki

Writers Workshops Participant 2007, Teaching Staff

Edan Lepucki’s second novel, Woman No. 17, was published by Hogarth/Crown in May, 2017.

Janet Fitch

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, ’95

Janet Fitch’s novel The Revolution of Marina M. set during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution, will be released on November 7, 2017 by Little Brown and Co.  Fitch’s punk-rock novel, Paint It Black, has been adapted into ta feature film which will be released in May.

http://janetfitchwrites.wordpress.com

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Participant ’91,’92,’94 / Poetry Teaching Staff

Poet and playwright Patricia Spears Jones is the the 2017 recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. The judges praised Jones for her “sophisticated and moving” work. Her books of poems are Painkiller, Femme du Monde and, most recently, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems.  “Patricia Spears Jones’ poems are made of fever, bones, and breath. The fever of eros, the bones of family and friends, and the breath of everyday existence. She is an accessible poet, but never boring,” the citation reads. “More of us should know who she is, and even more should read her.”

Robert Hass

Director of the Poetry Program, and Staff Poet

His new book, A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into The Formal Imagination of Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. From the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, an illuminating dissection of poetic form, traditional and modern.

http://barclayagency.com/site/speaker/robert-hass
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Kazim Ali

Poetry Participant, '98; Poetry Staff, '10, '12, '16

Kazim’s new novel written in the form of a string quartet, The Secret Room: A String Quartet, has been published by Kaya Press. He also edited a collection of essays, Mad Heart Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali, published in April 2017 from the University of Michigan Press.

http://kaya.com/books/the-secret-room/
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Elizabeth Rosner

Writers Workshop Participant,'82,'83,'87; Poetry Participant,'99; Teaching Staff

Elizabeth Rosner’s first book of non-fiction, entitled Survivor Café: the Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, will be published in September 2017 by Counterpoint Press.

http://www.elizabethrosner.com

Kazim Ali

Poetry Participant, '98; Teaching Staff

Kazim Ali’s poem, “Refuge Temple,” is in the April edition of Poetry Magazine. The poem reflects on the houses of poets–specifically Lucille Clifton’s home in Buffalo and C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander’s home in Barrington.

http://www.kazimali.com/index.html
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Gerald Haslam

Writers Workshops, Teaching Staff

Gerald Haslam’s 2016 novel, Grace Period (Univ. of Nevada Press), won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Fiction.

Robin Romm

Writers Workshops Participant, '03; Teaching Staff

Robin Romm has edited Double Bind: Women on Ambition, an anthology of personal essays by brilliant women on the subject of striving. It will be published in April by Liveright/Norton.

Also, Robin and her partner, Don Waters, had a baby girl in August. Sylvie Jacquelyn was born August 27, 2016 and is a total joy.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop Participant, '92, '93; Staff

Lisa Alvarez’ s flash fiction story “Intro to Women’s Studies or Too Much Margaret Atwood” appeared in Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories & Essays, published in December by The Rattling Wall and PEN Center USA. She is pleased to note that Community of Writers staff Janet Fitch and Andrew Tonkovich have poems in the anthology along with the contributions of many Community of Writers alums. Lisa attended the Community of Writers with the support of a UCI scholarship and the Ancinas Scholarship.

https://penusa.org/event-only-light-can-do

Louis B. Jones

Writers Workshop Participant, '89, Staff

Louis B. Jones has an essay on Jane Austen in the Winter 2016 Three Penny Review, and a piece on Plato for the upcoming Spring, 2017 Three Penny Review issue. Louis originally attended the Community of Writers with the support of a UC Irvine Scholarship.

 

http://louisbjones.com
Attended with the help of UC irvine Scholarship

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop Participant '92, '93; Staff

Lisa Alvarez’s poem, “At The Free Clinic, 1977,” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature. She is also happy to note a number of other alums are in the same issue. Lisa attended the Community of Writers with the support of a UCI scholarship and the Ancinas scholarship.

http://huizachemag.org/current-issue/
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship, Ancinas scholarship
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Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Workshop Participant, '91,'92,'94, Staff

Patricia Spears Jones’s poem, “Etta James at the Audubon Ballroom,” is included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XLI.

http://psjones.com/

Lisa Alvarez & Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Lisa Alvarez and Andrew Tonkovich look forward to the early spring arrival of their co-edited book from Heyday, the first-ever literary anthology of Orange County, California. Featuring nearly 200 years of writing from and about the County, this collection includes work by Community of Writers staff and alums, as well as co-founder Oakley Hall. Publication date of Orange County: A Literary Field Guide is February 1, 2017. Thanks to all our fellow Communitarians for suggestions and direction, especially Heyday founder and frequent workshop guest Malcolm Margolin.

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Don Mee Choi

Poetry Workshop Staff

Don Mee Choi’s latest collection of poetry, Hardly War, was published in April of 2016 by Wave Books.

http://www.donmeechoi.com/
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Tyler Dilts

Writers Workshop Staff

Tyler Dilts’ latest novel, Come Twilight, was published in August by Thomas & Mercer. Come Twilight is the fourth book in the Long Beach Homicide series.

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Diana Wagman

Writers Workshops Staff

Diana Wagman‘s new novel, Extraordinary October, was released in October by Ig Publishing. It was recently reviewed by Kirkus: “In an auspicious debut for teens, adult author Wagman (Life #6, 2015, etc.) proves particularly adept at mixing genres and maintains a terrific balance between fantastical (and occasional macabre) happenings and genuine teen perceptions. Offbeat while also incorporating themes of tolerance, October’s tale will have readers rooting for her every step of the way.”

http://www.dianawagman.com/
Engineering Eden

Jordan Fisher Smith

Writers Workshop Participant, '01, Staff

Jordan Fisher Smith’s latest nonfiction work, Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, A Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature, was released in June by Crown.

http://jordanfishersmith.com/
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Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Participant '91, Teaching Staff

Martin J. Smith’s newest book, Combustion, was released in September by Diversion Publishing.

http://martinjsmith.com/

Sharon Olds

Poetry Workshop, Staff

Sharon Olds, a longtime Poetry Workshop staff member, has been awarded the Wallace Steven’s Award for “proven mastery in the art of poetry.” The award comes with a $100,000 cash prize.

Regina Louise

Writers Workshops Participant,'01,'14, Screenwriters Workshop, '02, Staff

Regina Louise’s essay, “I was Adopted at–41,” was recently published by Narratively, and was then picked up by the BBC World News and the interview aired on Outlook “30 Years Looking For Mum.” Her essay, “Milk Vat,” was recently published in Black Clock Journal. Regina is currently working on the first release of the nonprofit publishing company she’s founded: Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Case History of Love, Luck & Self-Determination. It is the followup to her ’03 memoir, Somebody’s Someone.

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Kazim Ali

Teaching Staff, Poetry Participant '98

Kazim Ali’s book of stories, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music, will be published in November 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. It is available for pre-order now.

http://www.kazimali.com/about.html

Gerald Haslam

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Gerald Haslam’s 2006 novel Grace Period (University of Nevada Press) won the 2016 Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Fiction from the US Review of Books.

http://www.geraldhaslam.com/grace.htm

Mary Volmer

Writers Workshop Participant, '03, '05

Mary Volmer’s second novel, Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press) is out on May 10, 2016.

http://www.maryvolmer.com

Elana K. Arnold

Writers Workshop Participant, '95,'98, and Staff

Elana K. Arnold’s latest novel, What Girls are Made Of, will be published in spring 2017 by Carolrhoda Books.

http://elanakarnold.com
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Molly Giles

Writers Workshop, Staff

Molly Giles new book of short fiction, All The Wrong Places, was published by Lost Horse Press in July of 2015.

http://mollygiles.com

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

“The Million Dollar Duck,” the documentary film based on Martin J. Smith’s 2012 book The Wild Duck Chase, about the strange and wonderful world of competitive duck painting, will have its world premiere at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January 2016. In addition, Diversion Books will release his fifth crime novel, Combustion, in 2016 as well.

http://www.martinjsmith.com

Sandra Scofield

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Her memoir, Mysteries of Love and Grief, was published in September, 2015 by Texas Tech University Press. An excerpt from the book was won the Narrative Magazine Spring Contest.

Jane Ciabattari

Writers Workshops Participant, '77, and Staff

Jane Ciabattari’s flash fiction, “My Celebrity Goat,” appears in New Flash Fiction Review (2015). The Rumpus published an interview with her in December 2015, just in time for the first anniversary two-hour ‘Flashathon” of the [Flash Fiction Collective] reading series she co-founded with Grant Faulkner and Meg Pokrass at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco. (Twelve readers in two hours, including Molly Giles, Ethel Rohan, Kirstin Chen, Cornelia Nixon, Jane McDermott.)

http://janeciabattari.com

David Lukas

Long-time Community of Writers staff naturalist, David Lukas, has just published a book called Language Making Nature, a toolkit of techniques and insights into the highly imaginative process of word making, with a particular focus on creating new words for speaking of the natural world. This book is designed for writers, artists, and thinkers of all types, and to be a tool for creative writing programs and writing workshops at all levels.

http://www.languagemakingnature.com

Janis Cooke Newman

Writers Workshop Participant, '97,'98,'01, and Staff

The paperback of Janis Cooke Newman’s second novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, will be released by Riverhead in May 2016.

http://http://janiscookenewman.com/

Elana K Arnold

Writers Workshop Participant, 1995,1998 & Writing Workshops Staff

HarperCollins/Walden Pond Press has bought two books in the BAT Chronicles, a middle grade series by Elana K. Arnold. In the spirit of Clementine and Ramona, the books follow Bixby Alexander Tam – nicknamed BAT – a third-grader on the autism spectrum, and his funny, unexpected, authentic experiences at home and at school. The first book, A Boy Called BAT, is set to publish in 2017; Rubin Pfeffer at Rubin Pfeffer Content brokered the deal for world English rights.

http://www.elanakarnold.com

Christian Kiefer

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Christian Kiefer’s new novel, The Animals, was released by Liveright/W.W. Norton in March. He is also the winner of a Pushcart Prize for his story, “Hollywood and Toadvine,” originally published in Santa Monica Review.

http://www.xiankiefer.com

Will Allison

Writers Workshops Staff

Will Allison, a contributing editor and author at One Story, will be teaching an online class for the Brooklyn-based literary magazine entitled “Become Your Own Best Editor,” which will guide students through a case study of a One Story debut, “Claire, the Whole World,” by Jonathan Durbin.

 

http://https://www.one-story.com/index.php?page=online_class

Katie Ford

Poetry Teaching Staff

Katie Ford’s poem, “Still-Life,” which she composed at Squaw Valley in 2012, will be printed in the forthcoming textbook The Norton Introduction to Literature, Fuller and Shorter editions.

https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/blood-lyrics

Elise Blackwell

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, '88, '90

Elise Blackwell’s fifth novel, The Lower Quarter, was published in October by Unbridled Books, and received a starred review in Kirkus.

http://eliseblackwell.com

Malcolm Margolin

Special Guest, '15

After forty-one years at the helm, Heyday founder and publisher/executive director Malcolm Margolin is retiring. Heyday has begun the search for a successor, and information about the position is available at https://heydaybooks.com/executive-search/

http://heydaybooks.com/executive-search/

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshops Participant, '91,'93,'94, and Staff

Lisa Alvarez’s poem was published in the Fall 2015 Issue of Huizache.

http://huizachemag.org

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, '91

“The Million Dollar Duck,” a documentary film based on Martin J. Smith’s 2012 nonfiction book The Wild Duck Chase, will premiere in early 2016. In addition, Diversion Books will release Smith’s latest suspense-thriller, Combustion, in early 2016.

http://www.martinjsmith.com

Claudia Rankine

Poetry Teaching Staff & Participant, '93

Claudia Rankine, whose book, Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in 2015, has joined the English department at USC Dornsife as Aerol Arnold Chair of English.

http://www.claudiarankine.com
Lynn Freed

Lynn Freed

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

Lynn Freed’s story, “The Way Things Are Going”, published in Harper’s, has been awarded the O. Henry Prize.

http://lynnfreed.com
Christopher Upham

Christopher Upham

Screenwriting Teaching Staff

Christopher Upham’s film, Return to Dak To, had its Bay Area premier in April, 2015, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco.

http://www.returntodakto.com
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Elizabeth Rosner

Poetry Participant, '99, Writers Workshop Staff & Participant, '82,'83,'87

Elizabeth Rosner’s latest novel, Electric City, was released in paperback in late September, and was named as one of the best books of 2014 by National Public Radio.

http://www.elizabethrosner.com/index.html