Antonia Angress

Writers Workshop participant '19

Her debut novel, Sirens and Muses, will be published by Penguin Random House in July, 2022.

Jeanine Stevens

Poetry Participant, '07, '10 '14 '17

Her chapbook, Ornate Persona, is soon to be released by Clare Songbirds Publishing.
This chapbook features poems influenced by dance, film, art, literature, starring Nijinsky, Apollinaire, Siddhartha, Chagall and others. The poem sequence, “Six Paintings by Miss X,” was started at Community of Writers in 2010 at Kazim Ali’s workshop.

www.claresongbirdspub.com

Marilyn Kallet

Poetry Workshop participant '05, '98, '96.

Her 19th book, Even When We Sleep, was recently published by Commonwealth Books, Black Widow Press. It is her 8th book of lyric poetry.

http://marilynkallet.com

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshops Participant, '11, '12, '14, '16

Her novel-in-progress Proposition has been selected for fiscal sponsorship by Fractured Atlas.
Proposition follows the sex-trafficking epidemic in Oakland from the dual perspective of survivors striving to create a better world for themselves and white-savior activists oblivious to the ways they perpetuate systemic inequality, and is based on her essay, “Dancing on the Blade,” for which she received the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Award for Nonfiction.

https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/project-niner
Attended with the help of George Pascoe Miller Scholarship, Carlisle Family Scholarship, Eshleman Scholarship

Antonia Angress

Writers Workshop Participant '19

Her debut novel Sirens & Muses will be published by Ballantine/Random House on July 12, 2022. She is on tour promoting the book and will be doing events in Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Cape Cod, Stillwater, MN and Northfield, MN. See her website for more details. 

http://antoniaangress.com
Attended with the help of O'Dwyer Scholarship

Tara Betts

Poetry Workshop Participant, '09

Her latest full-length poetry collection Refuse to Disappear (Word Works Books, 2022) was selected for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection and is the June 2022 selection for The Rumpus Poetry Book Club.

https://wordworksbooks.org/product/refuse-to-disappear/
Attended with the help of Cave Canem scholarship

Karen Moulding

Writers Workshops Participant, '07,'08,'10

Her short story, “We Will Live Here Forever,” has been published in the KGB Bar Online Literary Review and appears in the April 2022 issue.

http://kgbbarlit.com

Lauren Barbato

Writers Workshop Participant, '17

She was a finalist in Phoebe’s 2022 short fiction contest. Her story, “We Can’t Live Without the Birds and Animals,” appears in the Spring 2022 issue of Phoebe.

http://phoebejournal.com/we-cant-live-without-the-birds-and-animals/
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Marilyn Kallet

Poetry workshop participant '96, '98, '05

Her eighth book of poems, Even When We Sleep, will be published on June 1st from Commonwealth Books/Black Widow Press, Boston. These are bluesy love poems, songs of healing, poems of Jewish identity. The title comes from Paul Eluard’s line, “Even when we sleep we watch over one another.”

https://marilynkallet.com/

Danny Kraft

Poetry Participant, '19

He has started Di Freyd fun Yidishn Vort/The Joy of the Yiddish Word, a free online newsletter of Yiddish poetry in translation.

https://danielkraft.substack.com/

Andrew Tonkovich

Fiction Workshop participant; Fiction workshop teaching staff

His essay on Michelle Latiolais’ novel SHE appears in a new collection, The Many Voices of
the Los Angeles Novel (Cambridge Scholars Press). The essay, “Ariadne’s Thread or Things Befall Apart (Together) in L.A.: She by Michelle Latiolais,” appears alongside laudatory meditations on the work of writers Wanda Coleman, Joan Didion and Carolyn See, among others.

Lawrence Coates

Writers Workshop Participant '18

His story “The Ferry and the Road,” which appeared in Story in 2021, was named a Finalist for the 2022 Spur Award in Short Fiction, given by Western Writers of America. The story was workshopped at the Community of Writers in 2018. It is also the first chapter of his novel-in-progress.

https://westernwriters.org/2022/03/2022-spur-award-winners-announced/

Tim Wendel

Fiction Workshop participant '87, '88; Screenwriting Workshop participant '07

His latest novel, Escape from Castro’s Cuba, received the Professional Achievement Award for Johns Hopkins University faculty. In addition, the novel was a finalist, and the only work of fiction, selected for the Casey Award, given annually to the best baseball book.

http://www.timwendel.com

Corey Campbell

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

Her short story “In a Burning Volcano” appeared in Salamander, issue #53 (Fall/Winter 2021-2022). It was a finalist for the Salamander 2021 Fiction Prize.


Attended with the help of Isobel English Scholarship

Diane Wolff

Writers Workshop participant '83; Screenwriting Workshop participant '84

Her Palace Drama Fish Shoes has been posted on the story platform Wattpad in episodes. “What happens when the daughter of Emperor Khubilai Khan must persuade her father to listen to her husband, the King of Korea and desist from invading Japan by sea? To read it for free, download the Wattpad app and go to Historical Fiction.

http://www.dianewolff.com

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshop Participant '72, '73

His fourteenth book, a story collection titled San Francisco, will be published on June 1, 2022. It is so titled because every story takes place in that city. One of the stories, “Crusts of Bread and Such,” will appear in the Fall 2022 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader.

http://www.terenceclarke.org

Sholeh Wolpé

Writers Workshsop Participant,'04

Her most recent book Abacus of Loss: A Memoir in Verse (University of Arkansas Press, March 2022) is hailed by Ilya Kaminsky as a book “that created its own genre—a thrill of lyric combined with the narrative spell.” A short film about the book marries her poetry and voice to music and film: https://youtu.be/0iHMAZwYrhw

http://youtu.be/0iHMAZwYrhw

Alix Christie

Writers Workshop Participant '00

Her short story “Everychild” won the 2022 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize in fiction from the Missouri Review and appears in the spring 2022 issue. Her second novel, a family epic of the fur trade set in the 19th century Pacific Northwest, will be published in spring 2023 by High Road Books, an imprint of the University of New Mexico Press. Her latest book, “Toxic: A Daughter’s Memoir of Desertion”, is out on submission.

http://gutenbergsapprentice.com

Gretchen McCullough

Writers Workshop Participant, '06, '08, '19

Her translation with the poet, Mohamed Metwalli’s book, A Song on the Aegean Sea will be published by Laertes Press, May 2022.

https://www.laertesbooks.org/egret-chapbooks

Stella Santamaria

Poetry Workshop participant '21

Her “zip ode” was selected as the week 1 spotlight poem for WLRN/ O, Miami Zip Ode Project and featured on air and on instagram for the O, Miami Poetry Festival. She will be reading her poem in the virtual Zip Odes Finale on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 PM ET.


Attended with the help of Ancina Family Scholarship

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshop Participant, '14

His short story ‘Vermin’ was published in the 2021 issue of Descant.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops participant '08

His essay, “The Wonderful World of Beverly Hills,” was published in the winter 2022 issue of Mason Street Review. In March, 2022, his essay, “The Hamburger,” appeared in Ink, a Hippocampus anthology.

Daniel Pope

Writers Workshop participant, '19, '21

His short story, “Good Neighbors,” which was chosen as a finalist for the 2021 Narrative 30 Below Contest, was published as a Story of the Week in Narrative Magazine in April 2022.

https://www.danielpopewrites.com/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Stella Santamaria

Poetry Participant, '21

Her poem was selected for the WLRN/ Zip Odes Project for the O, Miami Poetry Festival.


Attended with the help of Ancinas Scholarship

Anna Hogeland

Writers Workshop Participant, '19

Her debut novel, The Long Answer, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books (Penguin Random House) on June 21, 2022.

http://www.annahogeland.com
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship

Ruben Quesada

Poetry Workshop participant '07

His anthology of edited essays, Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry, will be published by the University of New Mexico Press this November.

Ruben Quesada

Poetry Workshop participant '07

He has a new poem “My Mother Is a Garden” in Issue 41 of The Adroit Journal.

https://rubenquesada.com/
Attended with the help of UC Riverside scholarship

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Poetry Workshop participant '92, '00, '09, '13, '20

She is retiring in June after nearly 50 years of university teaching. She is currently coediting an anthology of eco-poetry, prose, and art from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and the Southern US for the journal Global South; and coediting a Literary Field Guide to Mississippi. She will be in residence at Storyknife, the women writers’ retreat in Homer, Alaska, in October 2022, where she’ll work on a new book of poems.

Laura Secord

Poetry Workshop Participant '00, '03

Her new historical novel-in-verse, An Art, a Craft, a Mystery (Livingston Press, 2022), is
a family saga told in a series of short poems. A hybrid of poetry, historical fiction and feminist literature, it tells the stories of two real women, Lydea Gilbert and Katherine (Kate) Harrison, who lived along the frontier of the Connecticut River in the mid 1600s. They were healers, midwives, farmers and ordinary women who faced the struggles and joys of life in a wild new land. They were women in a puritan culture, women of intuitive genius and healing powers, who lived through times where feminine power and the value of women’s lives was suspect and condemned.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/laura-secord/an-art-a-craft-a-mystery/

Mary F. Burns

Writers Workshops Participant, '05

Her fourth historical mystery in the John Singer Sargent/Violet Paget series is out now! The Eleventh Commandment was dubbed by Kirkus Reviews as “A thrilling whodunit and an edifying work of historical fiction….an exceedingly intelligent and entertaining novel.”

https://www.maryfburns.com

Caroline Kim

Writers Workshops Participant, '18, '19

Her short story “Motherhood” appears in the Spring 2022 Issue of STORY Magazine.

http://www.carolinekim.net

Victoria Dalkey

Poetry Participant '92

Her poem Making Love I Remember a Dark Wood appears in the Spring 2022 issue of Birmingham Poetry Review number 49.

Sergio Reyes

Poetry Workshop Participant '20, '21

In April 2022, Rosebud Magazine published “The Forbidden Kingdom”, a poem selected as finalist in the 2021 Rosebud Poetry Contest.

Sergio wrote this poem, originally entitled “Monday blob” for a Monday morning workshop led by Camille Dungy in 2020. By coincidence, Lester Graves Lennon also attended this workshop. Later that year, he assumed the role of Poetry editor for Rosebud Magazine and judged the poetry contest.

Issue #69 of Rosebud Magazine is currently available at Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Jennifer Egan

Writers Workshop participant '89

Her new novel, The Candy House, was published on April 5, 2022 from Scribner’s.

Sharon Olds

Poetry Workshop teaching staff

She is the recipient of the 2022 Frost Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement in poetry, and will be honored at a benefit put on by the Poetry Society of America on May 12. Named for Robert Frost, and first given in 1930, the Frost Medal is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in American poetry and is awarded annually at the discretion of the PSA’s Board of Governors. Previous winners of the award include Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, and most recently, N. Scott Momaday.

Emily Perez

Poetry Participant, '10, '18

Her second full-length book of poetry, What Flies Want, was chosen by judge Brenda Shaughnessy as the winner of the Iowa Prize. Poet Wayne Miller calls it “a broad and ambitious book well-tuned to the concerns of the present moment as it attends in smart and nuanced layers to sexual violence, constructions of gender, the complexities of race, the disappointments and redemptions of marriage, and the entwined hopes and fears of raising boys in a world where ‘every man’s a ticking bomb.’” The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and the University of Iowa website, and it will be available in May, 2022.

http://www.emilyperez.org

Dan Alter

Poetry Workshop participant '11, '14, '18

His newest collection of poetry, My Little Book of Exiles, was recently published by Maida Vale.

Ellen Bravo

Writers Workshops Participant, '99, '00, '01

She has a new novel out, Standing Up: Tales of Struggle, written with her husband Larry Miller. Inspired by five decades of organizing, Standing Up is about those who clean bloody hospital sheets, forge parts for sewer pipes, arrange flights, or process checks — all while caring for kids, holding relationships together and wrestling with multiple forms of oppression. As the characters stand up, slow down, form unions, leave an abusive relationship or just stir up good trouble, they entertain and enlighten and encourage us to love deeply, as we continue the fight for justice. Best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard calls it “Shocking, terrifying, inspiring and deeply felt lives of the unsung.”

http://www.ellenbravo.com

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Workshop participant '91, '92, '94; Poetry Workshop teaching staff '16

She is being honored at The Poetry Project Gala in New York City on April 8. More details can be found here: https://www.poetryproject.org/gala?token=5de6c2883029110cb33f6ec372915af1ac1545ae

Erica Plouffe Lazure

Writers Workshop participant '18

Her short story collection, Proof of Me and Other Stories, is now available for pre-order at Barnes & Noble.com. It will be released by New American Press in Philadelphia on March 24, 2022 during AWP. To preorder: tinyurl.com/5f58mcf4

Dan Alter

Poetry participant, '11, '14, '18

His first collection of poetry, My Little Book of Exiles, comes out March 1, 2022 from Eyewear Press, London.

http://danalter.net

Ruth Kirschner

Writers Workshop Participant '01

Her play Whippoorwill is being produced by Centenary Stage Co, March-April 2022, winning the Women Playwrights Series Susan Glaspell Contest. Her most recent play, The Field, has been nominated for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

https://njtheatrealliance.org/productions/whippoorwill

Alicia Hokanson

Poetry Workshop participant '93, '97, '99, '09

Her new book, Perishable World, (Pleasure Boat Studio Press, 2021) won the 2021 Grand Prize from the international Eyelands Book Awards.

http://eyelands awards.com

Emily Pérez

Poetry Participant, '10, '18

She co-edited the forthcoming anthology The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. The anthology–a collection of poems, essays, and writing prompts–features work by several members of the Community of Writers, including Diannely Antigua, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Meg Day, Keetje Kuipers, Khadijah Queen, Chelsea Rathburn and others. The book is available for pre-order and will be released by University of Georgia Press in April, 2022.

http://www.emilyperez.org

Patricia Dunn

Writers Workshop Participant, '04

Her debut novel for adults, Last Stop on the 6 (Bordighera Press), workshopped during her time at Community Writers, was published in November, 2021.

http://patriciadunnauthor.com

Juliana Roth

Screenwriting Workshop participant '17

Her new short film Final Curtain Call, on Radio City Music Hall’s Chief organist Ray Bohr, is in post-production.

http://tinyurl.com/letsplayray
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

TN Eyer

Writers Workshops Participant, '19

Her short story, “Date of Death”, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and appears in Volume 24 of Water~Stone Review.

TN Eyer

Writers Workshops Participant, '19

Her short story “A Dying Breed” appears in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Cathy Wang

Writers Workshops Participant, '19

Her short story “ESL” will be published in the ninth issue of Huizache. During the fiction workshops of 2019, her individual conference mentor was founding editor Dagoberto Gilb. Her pen name is Cathy Lue-W.

Karen Joy Fowler

Writers Workshop teaching staff '00, '01, '03, '05, '09, '13, '18, '21

Her new novel, Booth, will be published by Penguin in March, 2022.

Caroline Frost

Writers Workshop participant '17, '21

Her debut novel, Shadows of Pecan Hollow, was just published by William Morrow! A chapter was workshopped at the Community of Writers Fiction Workshop in 2017.

Sergio Reyes

Poetry Participant, '20, '21

He recently had a poem entitled “EL Silencio” published in the online literary journal TriQuarterly. The first draft of this poem was written for a workshop led by Bob Hass during the 2020 Poetry Workshop.

He almost scrapped the poem after writing the first few lines because he felt that it had nothing to do with the pandemic or was relevant to what everyone was going through during the lockdown. However, he went ahead and wrote it because he needed to turn something in for Saturday session.

https://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-161/el-silencio

Ramona Reeves

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

She won the 2022 Drue Heinz Literature Prize for her linked short story collection It Falls Gently All Around. It will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October, 2022.

https://www.utimes.pitt.edu/news/texas-writer-ramona

Mark S. Wisniewski

Writers Workshops Participant, '91

The inaugural volume of a short story anthology, Coolest American Stories 2022, founded and edited by Mark Wisniewski, has been published and received early praise from Ben Fontain, Lori Ostlund, The Washington Independent Review of Books, and the Santa Fe Reporter. Mark’s goal is to publish “interesting, compelling storytelling that appeals to people from all walks of life,” thus, he hopes, providing a yearly collection of tales that can serve as a common ground for enjoyment rather than divide Americans nationwide.

http://www.coolestamericanstories.com///

Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshop participant '93; Writers Workshop teaching staff

The inaugural issue of his newest project, Citric Acid: An Online Orange County Literary Arts Journal of Imagination and Regimagination, features writing by Community of Writers friends Victoria Patterson, Grant Hier, Lisa Alvarez and Mary Camarillo, among OC writers sharing poetry, fiction, and memoir from and about the region.

http://citricacid.ink

Claudia Putnam

Writers Workshops '12

Her personal essay, Double Negative, won the Split/Lip Press CNF chapbook contest and is forthcoming March 15, 2022. It is available for preorder starting on February 15.

https://www.splitlippress.com/double-negative

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His new translation of the classical Tamil masterpiece on ethics, power, and love, The Kural: Tiruvalluvar’s Tirukkural, was published by Beacon Press on January 11, 2022.

https://thomaspruiksma.com/kural
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Richard Sime

Poetry Participant, '16, '19

His second collection of poems, The Next Breath, will soon be his first published book (the first collection is still looking for a home) when Finishing Line Press releases the book this year.

Erin L. McCoy

Poetry Participant, 2016

Her poem, “How a lake flash-froze a herd of horses,” was selected by Kaveh Akbar for inclusion in Best New Poets 2021. This is McCoy’s second appearance in the Best New Poets anthology.

https://erinlmccoy.com/blog/best-new-poets-anthology-mccoy-poem
Attended with the help of Oakley Hall III Memorial Scholarship

Lester Graves Lennon

Poetry Participant, '99, '01, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15, '17, '19, '20

His third book of poetry, Lynchings: Postcards from America, was released the first week of January, 2022. The title section (all started in the Valley) consists of 13 poems that look at 12 lynching photographs, some of which were turned into postcards.

https://www.wordtechweb.com/lennon_postcards.html

Kelly Houle

Poetry Participant, '20

She has poems appearing in the Spring 2022 issues of Press Pause (vol 6), Radar Poetry (Issue 32 XXII), The Round (Issue XXII), Sequestrum (Issue 30), and Visitant (2/23).

https://www.kellymhoule.com/poetry.html

Melenie Freedom Flynn

Writers Workshops Participant '09, '10

She is the recipient of a generous 2022 Elizabeth George Foundation grant to support the completion of her memoir about growing up in the backseat of Delilah, her family’s big blue Ford LTD, as they moved back and forth between the Rajneesh Commune in Oregon and Las Vegas during the 1980s.


Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Caroline Frost

Writers Workshop participant '17, '21

Her debut novel, Shadows of Pecan Hollow, was just published by William Morrow. It’s a gritty Texas thriller about a fierce woman and the partner in crime she can’t escape. Caroline workshopped a chapter from her novel at Community of Writers in 2017.

http://carolinefrost.com

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Poetry Workshop participant '19

Her newest work of poetry and visual art, Her Read: A Graphic Poem, was published in 2021 by Texas Review Press.

Shangyang Fang

Poetry Workshop participant '19

His poetry collection, Burying the Mountain, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press.

Nevada McPherson

Writers Workshop Participant, '08

Her novel, Poser, will be published by Outcast Press in February, 2022.

First in a noir series called the Eucalyptus Lane Novels, set in and around Palo Alto, CA, Poser offers a “class-conscious, peeping-Tom gaze into Silicon Valley’s bedrooms and back-alleys, where dreams really do come true and unlikely, life-altering connections are made, for better—or worse.”

https://www.outcast-press.com/published-works

Fran Castan

Poetry Participant, '92

She won the 2021 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. The award includes publication in The Hippocrates Prize Anthology and 1,000 British pounds. Her poem, “Voice Mail,” was chosen from a record number of entries submitted from 30 countries to The Open Category for Poets. There was a separate division for health professionals and another for young writers of poetry. A video of Fran reading “Voice Mail,” one of a series of poems she wrote while her friend battled pancreatic cancer, can be seen on the society’s website: www.hippocrates-poetry.org.

http://www.hippocrates-poetry.org

Neysa King

Poetry Participant '20

Her first poetry chapbook, Rainbow Body, is now available for purchase. This 12-poem collection tells the story of self-discovery amidst the sex and lights of Miami Beach. You can get your copy at your local bookstore or at any online retailer. Visit www.neysaking.com/rainbow body or follow Neysa on IG @neysaking for more details.

http://www.neysaking.com/rainbowbody

Anara Guard

Writers Workshops Participant, '16

Her debut novel, Like A Complete Unknown, will be published in March, 2022 by New Wind Publishing.

http://www.anaraguard.com

Martina Clark

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

Her memoir, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, has just won an award from POZ Magazine for 2021 Best in Literature. While it holds less literary weight, it does hold high endorsement from the community of people living with HIV which, considering the subject matter of Clark’s memoir and her own life with HIV, it sends a resounding endorsement from a key readership.

http://https://www.poz.com/article/poz-awards-2021-winners
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry participant

Her self-published picture book, The Story of Doves, won Honorable Mention in the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards for Picture Books 5 & Younger.

Jeff Adams

Writers Workshop Participant '19

His short story “The Sensible Gardener” appears in the December 2021 issue of Anti-Heroin Chic.

https://tinyurl.com/y32rhmep

Neysa King

Poetry Workshop participant '19

Her first chapbook of poetry, Rainbow Body, will be released on December 12, 2021.

Jon Riccio

Poetry Participant, '15,'19

His chapbook Eye, Romanov was published in July as one of the James Tate Prize’s shared winners (SurVision Books). His chapbook Bayou Oncology will be published in 2022 with Osmanthus Press.

https://survisionmagazine.com/books.htm

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

A.W. “Tony” Scott

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '12

His satirical short film “Representation Matters?” was named “Best Short Film” at the Atman Film Festival in Los Angeles on 10/31/21. The film also garnered nominations for “Best Script”, “Best Actor”, and won for “Best Actress” at the Atman Film Festival. The film has also been screened at the Buenos Aries Film Festival and Osaka International Film Festival, and several other festivals in the United States, earning nominations for “Best Film”, “Best Script” and “Best Director”.

https://vimeo.com/397089319

Freeman Ng

Writers Workshop participant '19

His debut picture book, a biography of the seminal haiku poet Matsuo Basho (written entirely in haiku, of course!) was released by Stone Bridge Press on October 19, 2021.

https://www.BashoPB.com

A.W. “Tony” Scott

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '12

He and his writing partner Jean Su’s pilot script “Leading Edge”, an Asian female-led one hour drama television series set in Silicon Valley, was named “Outstanding Drama Pilot” at the Catalyst Story Institute 2021 Content Festival (formerly ITV Fest) for television and web series content.

https://www.catalystories.org/award-winners

Jackie Davis Martin

Writers Workshop Participant '14

Her novel Stopgaps was published in May, 2021 and is available through Bookbaby. com or Amazon.com.

Chelsea B. DesAutels

Poetry Workshop Participant, '18

Her first poetry collection, A Dangerous Place, was published by Sarabande Books in October, 2021.

Jeff Adams

Writers Workshop Participant, '19

His short story “The Stonecutter’s Wife” appears in Otoliths.

https://tinyurl.com/4nsjahv7

Antonia Angress

Writers Workshop participant '19

Her debut novel, Sirens and Muses, will be published by Penguin Random House in July, 2022.

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.

T.A. Niles

Memoir and Nonfiction Workshop participant '21

A play he co-wrote with Linda C. Lederman, An Attitude of Gratitude, will be performed virtually on November 6. To register for the live performance, visit this link.

Amanda Moore

Poetry Workshop participant '19

Her newest book of poetry, Requeening, which was selected by Ocean Vuong as a National Poetry Series winner, was published on October 26, 2021 by Ecco.

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

Holaday Mason

Poetry Workshop participant '00, '06, '19

Her work is featured in the upcoming anthology, What Falls Away is Always: Writers Over 60 on Writing and Death. There is an in-person publication reading at Village Well Bookstore this Wednesday, October 27, in Culver City.

Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Writer's Workshop Participant, '17

Her piece “On Teaching at the End of the World” was recently published in Literary Hub’s series “Teaching Through a Pandemic” on October 18, 2021.

https://lithub.com/on-teaching-at-the-end-of-the-world/
Attended with the help of Ancinas Scholarship

Michelle Bitting

Poetry Participant '05

She was short-listed for the 2020 Montreal International Poetry Prize, and a finalist for the 2021 Coniston Prize, Ruminate’s “The Waking” Flash Prose Contest, and the 2020 Reed Magazine Edwin Markham Prize.

http://www.michellebitting.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.

Tiphanie Yanique

Writers Workshop participant '05; Writers Workshop teaching staff '15, '21

Her newest novel, Monster in the Middle, was recently published by Riverhead Books.

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.

Nicholas Nichols

Poetry Workshop participant '19

They were recently named the associate editor of The Offing, an online literary magazine that publishes creative writing in all genres and art in all media. “The Offing publishes work that challenges, experiments, provokes — work that pushes literary and artistic forms and conventions.”

https://theoffingmag.com/contributor/nicholas-nichols/

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshop participant '14

He was a finalist in The George Floyd Short Story Competition conducted by the Nottingham Writers Studio, in Nottingham, England. His story, ‘The Worth of a Miracle’ was included in the prize anthology Black Lives. An audio recording of the story has been posted on the Nottingham City Libraries website as part of Black History Month (celebrated in October in Britain) & can be accessed here all October.

https://www.nottinghamcitylibraries.co.uk/blacklives/

Rowena Leong Singer

Writers Workshop Participant '19

Her novel manuscript, All Manner of Beasts, has been selected as the winner in literary fiction in the 2021 Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest. In this novel, a wife becomes the hero to the husband who thought she needed saving in the midst of Japanese-occupied Philippines during World War II, while soldiers hunt for guerrillas and their supporters, making this couple their target. The excerpt she submitted for this contest is a revised version of the one she submitted for critique at the Community of Writers summer Fiction workshop in 2019.

https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest

Mandy Gardner

Writers Workshops Participant '17

Her piece, “Recovery from Simultaneous Stroke and Cardiac Arrest,” a humorous take on the traditional medical abstract and based on a true story, was recently published in the Maine Review.

https://mainereview.com/recovery-from-simultaneous-stroke/

John Foran

Writers Workshop participant '13

His newest novel, A Mistaken Hostage, was published in September, 2021.

Joshua Ferris

Writers Workshop participant '03

His newest novel, A Calling for Charlie Barnes, was published in September, 2021, by Little, Brown and Company.

Amanda Moore

Poetry Workshop (Virtual Valley), 2021

Amanda Moore’s debut collection, Requeening, selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2020 National Poetry Series was published in October 2021 by HarperCollins/Ecco.

https://amandapmoore.com/

Judy Juanita

Writers Workshops Participant '92

Judy Juanita’s poetry collection, Manhattan My Ass, You’re in Oakland, won the American Book Award 2021 from the Before Columbus Foundation. Many of the poems appear in New Verse News online. Her short story collection, The High Price of Freeways, won the Tartt Fiction Prize 2021 at the University of West Alabama [UWA] and will be published by Livingston Press [UWA] in 2022.

http://https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/judy-juanita/manhattan-my-ass-youre-in-oakland/

Elder Gideon

Poetry '21 (Virtual Valley)

Elder Gideon’s debut poetry collection Aegis of Waves  was published by Atmosphere Press, with a book launch at the Sacramento Poetry Center in August.

http://eldergideon.com

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

Deborah Dashow Ruth

Poetry Participant. 1991, ‘92, '93, ‘95, ‘98, '00, ‘01, ‘05, ‘08, ‘13, ‘15, ‘17, ‘21

A short play by Deborah Dashow Ruth is a winner in the Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 22nd Annual New Play Contest. The play is titled “The Previous Incident Versus a Recent Development,” and will be streamed sometime in the fall. Also, one of her poems was accepted for the debut issue of the Thuya Poetry Review, a new journal.

http://deborahdashowruth.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/

Stella Santamaria

Poetry Workshop Participant (Virtual Valley), 2021

Two of Stella Santamaria’s poems were published in The Acentos Review, September 2021 issue after attending Community of Writers, Poetry Program in the Summer of 2021 in the Virtual Valley.

http://www.acentosreview.com/September2021/
Attended with the help of the Ancinas Family Scholarship

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshops Participant, 1972, 1973

Terence Clarke’s latest novel is The Moment Before, was published September 15. Renowned Parisian artist Yvette Roman suffers from epileptic seizures that are preceded by extraordinary visions. Much of her work is based on those visions. While in New York City for an exhibition of her work at The Guggenheim, a painting by Yvette is delivered to her Manhattan gallery. But, Yvette has no recollection of having done it, even though the painting may be her masterwork. Is it hers? Is it a forgery? Is someone trying to destroy Yvette?

This novel is the third of a trilogy. The others are My Father in The Night and When Clara Was Twelve. All three are available everywhere, in print and digital versions.

https://terenceclarke.substack.com/p/why-write-a-trilogy

Martina Clark

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

Martina Clark’s memoir, My Unexpected Life: An International Memoir of Two Pandemics, HIV and COVID-19, is being published by Northampton House Press and comes out October 5th, 2021. This memoir was her workshop piece in 2013.

http://martina-clark.com
Attended with the help of the Carlisle Family Scholarship

Barbara West

Memoir Participant, '21

Barbara West interviewed Megan Stielstra for Another Chicago Magazine on the occasion of Northwestern University Press reissuing two of Stielstra’s essay collections. Topics covered include how we take care of ourselves and each other, Moratorium on Shame and Stielstra instructing me to “Please, look at all the asses, Barbara!”

https://anotherchicagomagazine.wordpress.com/2021/08/31/13582/

Amanda Moore

Poetry Participant, Virtual Valley '21

Amanda Moore’s [Her] debut collection, Requeening, was selected by Ocean Vuong for the 2020 National Poetry Series and will be published in October 2021 by HarperCollins/Ecco.

http://amandapmoore.com

Debra A. Daniel

Writers Workshops Participant, '01

Debra A. Daniel’s novella-in-flash, A Family of Great Falls, was short listed for the Bath Novella-in-flash Award 2021, and was published by Ad Hoc Fiction in the UK. Two of her pieces were also shortlisted for the Smokelong Quarterly Mikey Award, the Bath Flash Fiction Award, and long listed for the Reflex Fiction Award.

http://adhocfiction.com
Attended with the help of Nona Stuck Fiction Scholarship

Andrea Carter Brown

Poetry Participant, '90

Andrea Carter Brown’s fourth poetry collection, September 12, was published by The Word Works in September 2021 to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

http://www.andreacarterbrown.com

Peggy Dobreer

Poetry Workshop participant '21

Her newest book of poetry, Forbidden Plums: Poems in Quarantine, was recently published by Glass Lyre Press. It is a collection of poetry written during the first 40 days of quarantine in 2020.

Rachel Hinton

Poetry Participant, '11

Her debut poetry collection, Hospice Plastics, was selected by Emma Bolden as the winner of the Cowles Poetry Prize and will be published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in October, 2021. Mary Szybist called Hospice Plastics “that rare collection that I’ve not been able to stop re-reading.” This somewhat autobiographical collection of poetry focuses on the illnesses and deaths of the poet’s parents during her teen years, centering on palliative care and literal plastics: medical tools and supplies—artificial, grotesquely present, weirdly funny, sublimely comforting.

http://www.semopress.com/books/hospice-plastics/

David Mills

Poetry Participant, '21

His poetry collection, Boneyarn, was a June bestseller at Small Press Distribution. This collection is the first book of poems about slavery in New York City, where the oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located. If you are interested in a signed copy, you can email David at edgarallanpoit@yahoo.com. Boneyarn is also available at Small Press Distribution and Amazon.

https://www.spdbooks.org/Pages/Item/60066/Poetry-Bestsellers-June-2021.aspx
Attended with the help of Veteran's Poetry Scholarship

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.

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshops Participant, '00; Alumni Reading Series participant '04;

Her eighth book, The Postmistress of Paris, has been named a Publisher’s Weekly Notable Book for Fall/Winter 2021. The novel, inspired by the efforts of real-life Chicago heiress Mary Jayne Gold’s efforts to rescue artists, writers, and intellectuals from Nazi-occupied France, will be published by HarperCollins November 30, 2021, and in multiple translations. Her most recent novel, the international bestseller and National Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London, has now been published in 17 languages, and will be translated into French, Hebrew, and Turkish in the coming year.

https://megwaiteclayton.com/

Tory Adkisson

Poetry Workshop participant '11

His first book of poems, The Flesh Between Us, selected by Brian Turner as the winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, is forthcoming from SIU Press this October.

http://siupress.com/books/978-0-8093-3842-9

Antonio Lopez

Poetry Participant '17

His debut collection of poetry, Gentefication, is coming out through Four Way Books September 15, 2021. It was selected by Gregory Pardlo as the winner of the 2019 Larry Levis Prize in Poetry.

https://fourwaybooks.com/site/gentefication/
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Scholarship

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshop participant ‘00; Published Alumni Reading Series ‘03

Her most recent novel, The Postmistress of Paris (HarperCollins, November, 2021) was included on Publishers Weekly’s notable literary fiction for fall 2021, and received a starred review praising its “lyrical, thought-provoking prose” and concluding, “This sterling portrait of a complex woman stands head and shoulders above most contemporary WWII fiction.” Meg’s international bestseller and National Jewish Book Award finalist The Last Train to London is now forthcoming or published in 20 languages.

http://megaiteclayton.com

Kate Nason

Writer's Workshop Participant '18

Her debut memoir, Everything is Perfect, narrated by the author, was released by Audible on August 5th.

http://www.katenasonwrites.com

Manjula Stokes

Writers Workshop Participant, '09, '11

Her novel, Celeste & Chris, workshopped at Community of Writers, was recently published.

http://manjulastokes.com

Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops Participant 08

His essay “Places of Worship” appeared in Penmen Review on June 11, 2021. His essay “One Year After the Break-in” was published by Eclectica Magazine Vol.25, No.3 (July/August 2021).

http://

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “The Saint” was published online in the summer 2021 issue of Baltimore Review, and will be included in the magazine’s annual print anthology. Also published online is an audio recording (check the horizontal black bar at the bottom of the screen) of Gaitonde reading his story, with music by Lydian Nadhaswaram.

https://baltimorereview.org/summer_2021/contributor/vishnas-r-gaitonde

Danusha Laméris

Poetry Participant, '00

Her first book, The Moons of August (2014), was chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye as the winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Book Award. Some of her work has been published in: The Best American Poetry, The New York Times, Orion, The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, and Prairie Schooner. Her second book, Bonfire Opera, (Pitt Poetry Series), was a finalist for the 2021 Paterson Poetry Award, and was the winner of the Northern California Book Award in Poetry. She was the 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California, and is currently on the faculty of Pacific University’s low-residency MFA program.

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshop Participant, '97, '98, '99, '02, '03, '19

Her first novel, Italian Love Cake (Bordighera Press, 2021), about a young Italian American woman struggling to save her family’s store on the eve of WWII, will be translated into French and published by Éditions Anne Carrière, Spring 2022.

https://gailreitano.com

Alison Turner

Poetry Participant '10

Her manuscript The Second Split Between was selected by Dorianne Laux to be the winner of the 2021 Catamaran Poetry Prize for West Coast Poets. The collection will be published by Catamaran in the fall of 2021.

catamaranliteraryreader.com/catamaran-poetry-prize-2021

Barry Garelick

Writers Workshops Participant '92

His book Out on Good Behavior: Teaching Math While Looking Over Your Shoulder was published by John Catt Educational, in January, 2021.

Paul Burgoyne

Fiction Workshop participant '10

His novel, Two Seasons, workshopped at the Community of Writers in 2010, was recently published and is now available on Amazon. 

https://paulburgoyne.ca/

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

Anne Chadwick

Writers Workshops Participant '02, '04

Splitting Heirs, written and illustrated by Anne Chadwick (McCaa Books,  July, 2021), reimagines her grandfather’s legal quest to find the rightful heirs of mysterious loner. In 1923, a puritanical lawyer teams with a profligate genealogist on an odyssey from Los Angeles to Paris and Provence, where they encounter characters ranging from grateful to greedy and sympathetic to seductive. This historical courtroom fiction explores multicultural perspectives on families and kinship.

https://www.annechadwick.com/writing.html

Lynne Thompson

Poetry Participant, '97, '04

In February 2021, she was appointed Poet Laureate for the city of Los Angeles by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

http://lynnethompson.us

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.

http://

Hari B Khalsa

Poetry Participant '03, '06

Her chapbook of poems, She Speaks to the Birds at Night While They Sleep, won the 2020 Tebot Bach Clockwise Chapbook Contest and was published in July, 2021.

http://haribpoet.com

Marcia Meier

Writers Workshop participant, 2019

Her latest book, Face, A Memoir (January 2021, Saddle Road Press), was shortlisted for the 2021 Eric M. Hoffer Book Award grand prize, and won honorable mention in the memoir category. Her essat, “Skin Craft,” which is about her relationship with her surgeon and derived from the book, was shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize, and is in the latest edition of Reed Magazine.

http://www.marciameier.com/books

Corey Campbell

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

Her short story “Outside the Mayan” recently appeared in Story Issue 10.


Attended with the help of Isobel English Scholarship

Lawrence Coates

Fiction Workshop participant '17

His story “The Ferry and the Road” appeared in the April 2021 issue of Story. An excerpt of this story was workshopped at the Community of Writers in 2017.

https://faulknersociety.org/

Joseph Holt

Writers Workshop Participant, '18

His debut story collection, Golden Heart Parade, will be published by Santa Fe Writers Project in September, 2021. Golden Heart Parade was a winner of the SFWP Literary Awards, which were judged by Carmen Maria Machado. In her comments, Machado wrote, “I loved this collection—it’s raw, dark, and surprisingly funny. . . . There’s so much precision and verve in these stories. I was captivated the entire way through.”

https://www.holt.ink

Nawaaz Ahmed

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

His debut novel, Radiant Fugitives, following three generations of a Muslim Indian family confronted with a nation on the brink of change in Obama-era San Francisco and Texas, was published by Counterpoint Press on August 3, 2021.

https://www.nawaazahmed.com
Attended with the help of Ford scholarship

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.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop participant; Writers Workshop co-director

Her article “A reading guide to legendary Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez” was recently published in the Los Angeles Times Books section.

Cory Wilson

Writer's Workshop Participant, '15

He has signed an agreement with Los Angeles based publisher Mystic Boxing Commission. His debut novel, A Kiss Away, will be released Fall, 2021.

https://sparringartists.com

Wendy Voorsanger

Writers Workshops Participant '16 or '17

Her historical novel, Prospects of a Woman, published in October, 2020 from She Writes Press, has won 7 awards: 2021 IPPY Awards Gold Winner in Best Regional Fiction-West-Pacific, 2021 Independent Press Awards Winner in Western Fiction, 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Winner in Regional Fiction, 2021 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist in First Novel, 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Western Fiction, 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Regional Fiction: West, and 2021 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner in Book Interior Design: Fiction.

https://wendyvoorsanger.net/

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshop Participant: '11, '12, '14, '16

Her essay “Dancing on the Blade” won the San Francisco Foundation/Nomadic Press Literary Award in Nonfiction and appears in the spring 2021 issue of Under the Sun.

https://underthesunonline.com/wordpress/2021/dancing-on-the-blade/
Attended with the help of 2011: George Pascoe Miller; 2012: Carlisle Family; 2014: Eshleman Scholarship

Diane P Wolff

Writers Workshop Participant '83; Screenwriters Workshop Participant '84

She did not win the Buchanan Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for her book, Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde: The Mongol Khans Conquer Russia. As they say in Hollywood, it was an honor to be invited to submit, and there are four more books in her Silk Road Series: The Heirs of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan). She did do a virtual talk for the American Center for Mongolian Studies to launch the book and it has been peer reviewed in Education about Asia, for use as a course book in global history.

http://dianewolff.com/disc.htm

David Mills

Poetry Participant '92, '21

A finalist for the Crab Orchard Review and Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, his third collection, Boneyarn, came out in April 2021 from Ashland University Press. It is the first book of poems about slavery in New York City where the oldest and largest slave cemetery in the United States is located.

https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9780912592862/boneyarn.aspx

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshop Participant, '72,'73

His new novel, The Moment Before, will be published on September 1, 2021. It is the third of a trilogy. The others are My Father in The Night and When Clara Was Twelve.

http://www.terenceclarke.org

Jeanine Stevens

Poetry Participant '07, '10, '14, '17

Her chapbook, Gertrude Sitting: Portraits of Women, won the Heartland Review 2020 chapbook prize.

Tracy Fuad

Poetry Participant '17

Her debut collection of poetry, about:blank, was chosen by Claudia Rankine as the 2020 winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize and will be published by University of Pittsburgh Press in October, 2021. The book is available for pre-sale now.

https://upittpress.org/books/9780822966685/
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Alicia Hokanson

Poetry participant '86, '87, '88, '90, '98

Her new collection, Perishable World, was published by Pleasure Boat Studio press in May, 2021.

http://pleasureboatstudio.com

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshop Participant, ‘07, ‘11

Her short story collection, A Place Remote, (West Virginia University Press) has won a Silver IPPY in the Great Lakes – Best Regional Fiction category.

http://gwengoodkin.com

Lois Rosen

Her new book of poetry, Diving and Rising, was recently published by Finishing Line Press.

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.

Jennifer Sperry Steinorth

Poetry Participant, '19

An artifact of erasure at once poetry and visual art, Her Read, a graphic poem by Jennifer Sperry Steinorth will be published in full color and hardback by Texas Review Press in June, 2021. In the tradition of reusing canvases, with correction fluid, scalpel & embroidery floss, Steinorth transforms a tome of art criticism, The Meaning of Art by Herbert Read, into feminist verse. Though the maternal body appears with frequency in Read’s illustrated text which spans from prehistory to the modern age, he includes zero female artists. Her Read, a graphic poem, is an excavation of buried voices– a reclamation of bodies framed in gilt & an homage to those whose arts remain unsung.

https://www.tamupress.com/book/9781680032284/her-read;https://www.jennifersperrysteinorth.com/her-erasure-read
Attended with the help of I did (blessedly) receive a scholarship, which made attendance possible, but I cannot seem to locate the name!

K.M. English

Poetry Participant, '16

Her debut full-length collection, Wave Says, was published by Kore Press on May 15, 2021.

http://www.kmenglishpoet.com
Attended with the help of Cushing Scholarship!

Jeanine Stevens

Poetry Participant 2007, 2010,2014,2017

Her chapbook, Gertrude Sitting: Portraits of Women, was awarded the Heartland Review Chapbook Award for Poetry 2020, and recently published. The chapbook was also a Main Street Rag Finalist.

http://

Mary Dixie Carter

Writers Workshops Participant '17

Her debut novel The Photographer will be published by Minotaur Books/ St. Martin’s Press (U.S.) on May 25, 2021 and by Hodder Books (UK) on May 13, 2021.

http://marydixiecarter.com

Laura Otis

Writers Workshops Participant, '08, '11

She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2021-2022 to work on a book she is calling The Neuroscience of Craft. The book will analyze contemporary fiction-writers’ techniques for helping readers to blend senses in their imaginations.

http://

Lynne Goldsmith

poetry participant

Her poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won a Distinguished Favorite in the 2021 Independent Press Awards.

http://

Marc Jampole

Writers Workshop participant '05

His first novel, The Brothers Silver, was published by Owl Canyon Press. The Brothers Silver follows the lives of two brothers who grow up in a family haunted by mental illness, drug abuse, and violence.

http://thebrotherssilver.jampole.com/

Casey Guerin

Writers Workshop Participant ’19

Her short story “What Consumes You” won the 2020 Greensboro Review Robert Watson Literary Prize and appears in the Spring 2021 issue, as well as online.

http://www.caseyguerin.com/

Claire Boyles

Writers Workshop Participant '18

Her debut short story collection, Site Fidelity, is coming June 15, 2021 from W.W. Norton.

http://claireboyleswrites.com

Monica West

Writers Workshop participant '09, '12

Her novel, Revival Season, will be published by Simon and Schuster on June 15, 2021.

Noel Obiora

Writers Workshops Participant, '09,'10

His first novel, A Past That Breathes, will be published by Rare Books, Inc on May 11, 2021.

http://apastthatbreathes.com

Chaney Kwak

Fiction, 2012

His debut memoir, The Passenger: How a Travel Writer Learned to Love Cruises & Other Lies from a Sinking Ship, comes out from Godine in June, 2021. A tragicomic story about an (almost) sinking cruise ship, The Passenger journeys from the Norwegian coast to the South China Sea, from post-WWII Korea to pandemic-struck San Francisco.

http://chaneykwak.com/passenger
Attended with the help of Scholarship recipient (and I thank The Community's generosity in the book's acknowledgements)

Josephine Ensign

Writers Workshops Participant, 2013

Her forthcoming narrative history book, Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City, (August 3, 2021 pub date) from Johns Hopkins University Press is now available for pre-sale.

https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/skid-road

Danusha Laméris

Poetry Participant, '00

She will be reading on May 16th with Ellen Bass, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, and Naomi Shihab Nye. Donations to this event will benefit the S.H.E. students, young women from the Maasai tribe who have escaped Female Genital Mutilation and early childhood marriage.

http://https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTEwNDM5

Mark Coggins

Writers Workshops Participant 1996, Screenwriting Workshop Participant 2001

His newest book, Street Stories, a street photography monograph, will be published by Poltroon Press in May, 2021.

https://www.markcoggins.com/street-stories/

Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Poetry Participant, '19

Her new collection, a more perfect Union, (Mad Creek Books, an imprint of Ohio State University Press) was selected by Kathy Fagan for the 2019 OSU Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize. It was published in February, 2021 and is available now!

https://www.poetsandparents.com/a-more-perfect-union
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship

Leslie Hsu Oh

2020, 2019 Writers Workshops Participant

A chapter from her memoir-in-progress was published in the February 2021 issue of Travel + Leisure.

http://www.lesliehsuoh.com
Attended with the help of The O’Dwyer Scholarship

Stacy D Flood

Writers Workshop Participant, '98

An unanchored traveler meets devastating consequences as he searches for a new life in The Salt Fields, a debut work of prose from Stacy D. Flood, a stark and poignant Southern Gothic novella focused on the African American Great Migration after the Second World War, and a work that will leave readers thinking long after the final page.

https://lanternfishpress.com/catalog/the-salt-fields
Attended with the help of Getty Scholarship

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshop Participant '97, '98, '99, '02, '03, '19

Her novel, Italian Love Cake, is forthcoming from Bordighera Press in May, 2021.

https://linktr.ee/reitanogail

RONALD ALEXANDER

Summer 1995

His story, “Marrow,” appears in the January 2021 issue of The Hong Kong Review. Alexander is an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Los Angeles.

http://hollyridgepress.com

Jenny Pritchett

Writers Workshops Participant '04

Her new book, You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood, was published by Running Press/Hachette in May, 2021. An audiobook is also available.

https://www.jennytrue.com/
Attended with the help of Walker Foundation Scholarship

Eileen Garvin

Writers Workshop Participant '16

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, will be published on April 27 by Dutton.

http://www.eileengarvin.com

Cai Emmons

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

Her new novel, Sinking Islands, will be published in September, 2021 by Red Hen Press. It has been chosen as the Rumpus Book Club pick for July, and she will be interviewed on A Mighty Blaze by Lisa Genova on April 29.

http://caiemmonsauthor.com

Tiphanie Yanique

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

Kari Flickinger

Poetry Participant '17

Her debut poetry collection, The Gull and the Bell Tower, was recently published by Femme Salvé Books.

http://kariflickinger.com

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Participant. '00

Her poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won Book Excellence Finalist Award.

Lynn Gordon

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Her stories appeared in the spring 2021 issues of Prime Number Magazine and The Louisville Review.

Ananda Lima

Poetry Participant, '17

Her poetry collection, Mother/land, winner of the Hudson Prize, is on pre-order (October 21) with Black Lawrence Press. Her fiction chapbook Tropicália, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize is on pre-order with Newfound press. Her micro-chapbook, Amblyopia, was published by Bull City Press as part of their INCH series.

https://blacklawrencepress.com/books/mother-land/

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story ‘The Worth of a Miracle’ was a finalist in The George Floyd Short Story Competition conducted by the Nottingham Writers Studio, Nottingham, England. His story, along with stories of other winners and finalists, have been published in the anthology Black Lives, in the United Kingdom, available as print and Kindle editions.

https://smile.amazon.com/Black-Lives-Nottingham-Writers-Anthology-ebook/dp/B08ZS5TX1L/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=black+lives+nottingham&qid=1616685723&sr=8-1

Joan Steinau Lester

Writers Workshop Participant '03

Her memoir, Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White, will be published May 18, 2021, from the University of Wisconsin Press. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker says, “This book is the real deal, the way it was. A good book for folks to grow on. I love it.”

http://www.JoanLester.com

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

Alma Katsu

Her novel, Red Widow, will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on March 23.

Carol Edgarian

Her new novel, Vera, was recently published by Scribner.

Yang Huang

Writers Workshops Participant,'19

Her third literary novel, My Good Son, won the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. It was published on April 29, 2021.

“MY GOOD SON is about a tailor named Mr. Cai in post-Tiananmen China and the dreams he holds for his only son, Feng. Mr. Cai schemes with one of his clients, Jude, a gay American expat, to get his son to the States, and the novel, about parental expectations, social class, and sexuality, highlights both the similarities and differences between Chinese and American cultures.”

https://www.yanghuang.com/goodson
Attended with the help of Barbara Hall Memorial Scholarship

Kateema Lee

Poetry Participant, '18

Her poem “Last Epistle” won the first place prize in the anthology This is What America Looks Like. Kateema’s new collection of poems, Transcript of the Unnamed, explores the “brief, bright lives” of missing and forgotten black women.

http://kateemalee.com

Anthony Cody

Poetry Participant '18

His debut collection, Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn), was a 2020 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry,  Winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, was recently named a 2020 Southwest Book Award Winner from the Regional Border Library Association, longlisted for The Believer Magazine 2020 Editor’s Award in Poetry, and is now a finalist for the Jean Stein Award from PEN/America.

https://pen.org/literary-awards/2021-pen-america-literary-awards-finalists/
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Heather Altfeld

Poetry Participant, '08, '10, '12, '15

Her second book, Post-Mortem, was released April 2, 2021, by Orison Books after winning their annual poetry contest in 2019.

www.heatheraltfeld.com

Arisa White

Poetry Participant, 2010

Her new memoir, Who’s Your Daddy, was recently published by Augury Books. Who’s Your Daddy ( is a lyrical, genre-bending coming-of-age tale featuring a queer, Black, Guyanese American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates an estranged relationship with her father.

“A lyric anthem for the fatherless, for seekers of the places and people that made us, for the artists ready to unearth and reshape their own stories. I gulped this exquisite manual like precious medicine, a spell that made me more myself.” —Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me

https://arisawhite.com/about/
Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Brionne Janae

She was recently awarded the 2020 Cave Canem North Western University Press Poetry Prize for her book, Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Ananda Lima

Her new book, Tropicália, was recently published by Newfound.

Ann Tweedy

Poetry Participant, '97, '00, '04, '07, '12, '15, '20

Her hybrid chapbook, A Registry of Survival, was recently published by Last Word Press. The chapbook explores her relationship with her mother and how this relationship has been impacted by her mother’s homelessness and mental health struggles.

https://www.lastwordpress.com/product/registry-survival

Amy Haddad

Poetry Participant

She recently received honorable mention in the Backwaters Press Poetry Prize. She will be awarded $1,000 and her manuscript, An Otherwise Healthy Woman, will be published in the spring of 2022. Haddad is a nurse, ethicist and poet who taught in the health sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, NE for 30 years.

http://
Attended with the help of NA

Laura Cresté

Poetry Participant '20

Her chapbook, You Should Feel Bad, was selected by Stephanie Burt for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship and was published in November 2020.

https://poetrysociety.org/shop/chapbooks/you-should-feel-bad
Attended with the help of Sharon Olds Honorary Scholarship

Mary Freericks

Poetry Participant '89 / '91 / '09

Her new poetry memoir, Furs for a Vegetarian, focuses on her artist mother, Sophie, Sonia Avakian, who was born in Moscow, married to escape the Communists and moved to Iran.

http://www.maryfreerickspoet.yolasite.com

E. Martin Pedersen

Writers Workshops Participant, unsure of year, perhaps 2012

He published two books of short poems, Bitter Pills and Smart Pills (Cyberwit.net). His full chapbook, Exile’s Choice, is coming soon from Kelsay Books (March, 2021).

http://emartinpedersenwriter.blogspot.com

Christine Sunderland

Writers Workshops Participant, '05

Her novel, Angel Mountain (Wipf and Stock 2020), won Finalist and Inspirational, in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Set in the present in the hills east of UC Berkeley, the story involves a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a Christian geneticist who search for peace and happiness in a culture of chaos. The importance of history, memory, free speech, and human dignity are some of the themes explored.

http://www.ChristineSunderland.com

Lynne Thompson

1997, 2004

She was recently named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles by Mayor Garcetti.
Thompson, an Award-winning poet, is nationally recognized as a trailblazer in contemporary literature.

http://youtube.com/poetry.la/lynnethompson

R.O. Kwon

She is the editor of a new collection of stories, Kink, published by Simon and Schuster on February 9, 2021.

Jasmin Darznik

Writers Workshops Participant '06, '10

Her novel The Bohemians was published on April 6, 2021, by Ballantine. The novel imagines the friendship between a young Dorothea Lange and her Chinese American assistant in 1920s San Francisco.

https://jasmindarznik.com/bohemians

Grant Farley

Writers Workshops

His novel, Bones of a Saint, will be published by Soho Press March 16, 2021. The opening chapter to this novel was first treated in workshop at the Community of Writers.

http://bonesofasaint.com

Antonia Angress

Writers Workshop Participant, '19

Her debut novel Sirens & Muses will be published by Ballantine/Random House in 2022.

http://antoniaangress.com
Attended with the help of the O'Dwyer Scholarship

Merridawn Duckler

Writers Workshop participant '07

Her short story won the Elizabeth Sloane Tyler Memorial Award from Woven Tale Press, judged by Ann Beattie, and appeared in the 2019 issue of Woven Tale magazine.

Regina Louise

Writers Workshops Participant '01, '14; Screenwriting Participant, '03

Her new book, Permission Granted: Kickass Strategies to Bootstrap Your Way to Unconditional Self-Love, will be published by New World Library in June, 2021. Permission Granted illustrates proven paths from “you couldn’t possibly” to “just watch me!” Regina Louise puts a unique spin on tried-and-true techniques of personal growth, coaching readers to deeply understand who they are and what they have been through. From this self-awareness, they can move into self-compassion and learn to give themselves the care and support they may have lacked.

https://www.iamreginalouise.com/
Attended with the help of UC Riverside Scholarship

Marcia Butler

Writer's Workshop Participant '16

Her third book, and second novel, Oslo, Maine, releases on March 2, 2021 from Central Avenue Publishing.

http://marciabutlerauthor.com

Kate Hope Day

Writers Workshop Participant '16; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

Her second novel, In the Quick, will be published by Random House on March 2, 2021.

http://www.katehopeday.com

Andrew Nicholls

Fiction Participant, '14

He has a new book, Comedy Writer, about techniques and habits of mind for humor writing. The paperback is half craft, including exercises, and half information about markets. It covers TV, monologue, animation, stage and print, expanding on an undergrad course Andrew taught at UC Davis as Artist in Residence in 2019. Andrew was also the former head writer for Johnny Carson.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08QM15ZYQ?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

Tim Wendel

Writers Workshops Participant, '86-89; Screenwriting, '05

His new novel, Escape from Castro’s Cuba, will be published by University of Nebraska Press in March,2021, with endorsements from Daniel Silva, Jane Leavy and former big-league pitcher Luis Tiant. Escape is a sequel to his award-winning novel Castro’s Curveball.

http://www.timwendel.com

Maw Shein Win

Poetry Participant '02

She was recently selected as a Spring 2021 Arts Research Center Poetry & the Senses Fellow at UC Berkeley in cohort with Vethea Cerna Cole, Elizabeth Zhiying Feng, reelaviolette botts-ward, Noah Warren, Ramona Nadoff, Ken Ueno, and Sara Mumolo. Win’s poetry collection Storage Unit for the Spirit House from Omnidawn was longlisted for the 2021 PEN America Open Book Award.

http://mawsheinwin.com

Julia B Levine

Poetry Workshop Participant, '95

Her fifth poetry collection, Ordinary Psalms, will be released by LSU Press in March, 2021.

http://lsupress.org

Stephanie Austin

Writer's Workshops Participant, '12

Her essay “Something I Might Essay” appears in the February 2021 issue of The Sun magazine.

https://www.stephanieaustin.net/

Laura Otis

Writers Workshop Participant, '08, '11

She has just published The Memory Hive, a novel about a woman struggling to survive with an abusive husband, a demented mother, and a demanding job. In a non-linear way, the story unfolds in 50 interconnected episodes, exploring the way that memory works.

https://www.iuniverse.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/790977-the-memory-hive

Tom Laichas

Poetry Participant '20

He is celebrating two publications: Empire of Eden (The High Window Press) and the chapbook Sixty-Three Photographs from the End of a War (3.1 Press). He’ll be reading from both in a solo show online at Beyond Baroque, Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6 pm Pacific. The event is free, but reservations are required through Eventbrite.

Chad Michael Lange

Writers Workshop Participant, '99, '02, '07

His short story “The Tutor” was published in the Winter 2021 issue of Catamaran.

http://catamaranliteraryreader.com/

John B. Roberts II

Writers Workshops Participant '18

His book, Reagan’s Cowboys: Inside the 1984 Reelection Campaign’s Secret Operation Against Geraldine Ferraro, (McFarland 2020) has been optioned by a major television network for a forthcoming series.

http://jbrobertsauthor.com

Robert Steven Williams

Writers Workshops Participant, '04, 05,

He recently launched Gatsby in Connecticut head-on into the global pandemic thinking the film festival circuit might bring attention to his documentary. The film, starring Sam Waterston and narrated by Keir Dullea, made The New Yorker’s Best Movies List for 2020. According to The New Yorker, the film develops in poignant detail the story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald’s wild summer of 1920. Available on Amazon Prime, major cable and other digital platforms in the US/Canada. ROW in 2021. Distributed by Vision Films.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-front-row/what-to-stream-an-amateur-filmmaker-takes-on-the-great-gatsby-and-its-scholars

Sally Charette

Art of the Wild Participant, 1997

Her poem “New Moon” appears in Juxtaprose Magazine, Vol. 25, Fall, 2020.

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His essay “The Milk in Many Lands” appeared in the 2020 issue (No: 3) of the literary magazine, Stonecrop.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Katherine Seligman

Writers Workshops Participant '14

Her debut novel, At the Edge of the Haight, which won the 2019 PEN/Bellwether prize, will be published by Algonquin Books in January, 2021.

http://www.katherineseligman.com

Monika Rose

Poetry Workshop participant '97; Writers Workshop participant '00; Art of the Wild participant '95, '96

She wrote and illustrated an early reader children’s book, Bed Bumps, in 2020, published by Manzanita Writers Press. Bed Bumps is a poetic tale of a little boy grappling with organization issues and a mischievous sister.

https://manzapress.com

Carol Orange

Writers Workshop Participant 2013

A Discerning Eye by Carol Orange was published by Cavan Bridge Press in October 2020. An audiobook narrated by Campbell Scott and Kathleen McElfresh was launched in December 2020. The story takes off from the tragic robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

http://www.carolorange.com

Jack Estes

Writers Workshops Participant, '98 & ScreenwritingParticipant, '05

Jack Estes’ new novel, Searching for Gurney, which follows the lives of three US Marines and a North Vietnamese soldier during the Vietnam war, was published by O’Callahan Press in November 10, 2020.

http://jackestes.com

Anthony Cody

Poetry Participant '18

Anthony Cody’s collection Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, 2020), was was longlisted for the 2021 PEN America’s Jean Stein Award, and Anthony was named a 2020 Poets & Writers Debut Poet for that collection. To read about his first book and hear him read form his collection visit www.pw.org or pick up the January/February 2021 edition of Poets and Writers.

https://www.pw.org/content/a_life_in_poetry_our_sixteenth_annual_look_at_debut_poets
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

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

Marcia Meier

Writers Workshop Participant, '19; Janet Fitch's Writing from the Senses Workshop, '20

Her book, Face, A Memoir, will be published Jan. 12, 2021, by Saddle Road Press.

http://www.marciameier.com

Lucille Lang Day

Writers Workshop participant '78, '79; Poetry Workshop participant '76
Her seventh full-length poetry collection, Birds of San Pancho and Other Poems of Place, was published by Blue Light Press in November, 2020.

Diane Wolff

Writers Workshop Participant '83; Screenwriting Workshop participant '84

She will be giving a talk on her new book Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde: The Mongol Khans Conquer Russia for the Virtual Speakers Series of the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulan Batur.

This is the first book in her Silk Road Series, about the successors of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan). The other books in the series are forthcoming.

https://twitter.com/ACMSMongolia/status/1324286624356687872

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “How Does Your Garden Grow?” appeared in the 2020 issue of the literary magazine, The Broken Plate.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Lorraine Comanor

Writer’s Workshop participant '09

Her essay “Walking with Birds,” published in Boulevard, fall 2019, made the Notables of Best American Essays of 2020.

http://

Evan I. Schwartz

Screenwriting Workshop participant '12

His debut novel, Revolver, will be published in 2021 by the Concord Free Press.

http://www.revolvernovel.com

Swathi Desai

Writers Workshop Participant, '17, '18

Her short story “Lady: Part I” appears in the November 2020 issue of the literary magazine Orca.

https://orcalit.com/lady-part-i/

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.

Colleen Morton Busch

Writers Workshops Participant, '04, '15

Her piece about her family’s deliberations over what to do about her father’s Michigan mail-in ballot when it arrived one day after he died in September 2020 appeared in The Washington Post. Her piece about Jane Hirshfield’s latest collection, Ledger, was featured in Orion and Wild Hope earlier this year.

http://www.colleenmortonbusch.com

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

She judged the 2020 High Plains Book Award for Fiction (winner: Joe Wilkins’ Fall Back Down When I Die). She taught workshops for Hampton Roads Convergence of Writers and the Brandeis National Committee. And she was recently interviewed by Sean Murphy, Executive Director of 1455 Literary Arts, about books, the writing process, and more.

https://youtu.be/WsKXArIen5k
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Darien Hsu Gee

Writers Workshop participant '99

She will have two new titles published this year: Other Small Histories (Poetry Society of America, 2019 Chapbook Fellowship winner), and Allegiance: Micro Essays, in which she dissects her beliefs and navigates the complexity of family dynamics in search of her identity–– What does it mean to be Chinese American? How are we reflected in the people we love, and us in them? What obligation do we have to those who share our blood, and how does a woman claim her life as her own?

http://www.dariengee.com

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

Scott Edward Anderson

Art of the Wild, Participant, '92

His book-length poem, Azorean Suite/ Suite Açoriana, was published in a bilingual (English/Portuguese) edition by Letras Lavadas in October, 2020.

https://www.scottedwardanderson.com/

Natasha Saje

Poetry Participant '93

Her memoir-in-essays, Terroir: Love, Out of Place, was published by Trinity UP in November, 2020. The chapters contain arguments about immigration, nationality, gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and religion.

http://www.natashasaje.com

Ron Nyren

Writers Workshops Participant, '94

His debut novel, The Book of Lost Light, won the 2019 Big Moose Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press on November 16, 2020. It’s the story of Joseph Kylander, his obsessive photographer father, and the impulsive young cousin helping to raise him, as they take refuge with a group of artists in the Berkeley hills after the 1906 earthquake.

https://www.ronnyren.com/

David Kerns

Writers Workshop Participant, '07

His novel, Fortnight on Maxwell Street, recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award for the best general fiction book of 2018, has been released as an audiobook performed by Chicago voice and stage actor Doug MacKechnie. The novel is a reluctant hero’s journey of fear and courage set in Chicago in the spring of 1968. 24-year-old medical student Nick Weissman spends two weeks delivering babies in the kitchens and bedrooms of the inner-city’s slum tenements. Over his head medically, and unprotected in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, his character and resourcefulness are tested in the extreme when a national tragedy intervenes.

http://fortnightonmaxwellstreet.com/audiobook

Jacquelyn Stolos

Writers Workshops Participant '14, '19

Jacquelyn Stolos’ debut novel, Edendale, will be published by Creature Publishing on October 20, 2020.

http://www.jacquelynstolos.com/

Jessica O’Dwyer

Writers' Workshop Participant '06, '16, '18

Her debut novel, Mother Mother, was published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press on October 1, 2020.

https://jessicaodwyer.com/

Josh Folan

Screenwriting Workshop participant, '13

His new cynical indie filmmaking case study joint, Still Filmmaking, the Hard Way, is available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and all the other places humans read things.

https://nyehentertainment.com/sfthw

Jesse Nathan

Poetry Workshop Participant, '15, '18

His interview with Robert Hass in the Paris Review appeared in the Summer 2020 issue. It is #108 in their “Art of Poetry” series.

https://www.theparisreview.org/back-issues/233

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

Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops Participant '08

His essay “The Hardy Girls” appeared in the 2020 spring/summer issue of Maryland Literary Review. His Essay “My Father and Me Too” was published in Green Hills Literary Lantern’s GHLL XXXI (2020).

Mary Kuryla

Fiction Participant, '10; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

Her novel, Away to Stay, will be published by Regal House Press in September, 2021.

 

http://marykuryla.com/

Thomas Allbaugh

Writers Workshops Participant '13

His chapbook, The View from January, was published by Kelsay Books in January, 2020.

http://thomasallbaugh.com

Sherah Bloor

Poetry Participant, '18

She is the new editor of Peripheries, a Journal of Word and Image published annually by the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. The new 2020 issue includes work by Poetry Teaching Staff members, Sharon Olds and Evie Shockley, and Poetry Participants ’18, Brionne Janae, KT (Katie Taylor), and Eden Werring.

https://www.peripheriesjournal.com/

Jabari Jawan Allen

Poetry Workshop participant '18

He will be teaching an advanced poetry workshop on Wednesdays, November 4 – 18, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST  on Zoom with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Over three sessions, students will explore the erotic god, subversion versus abolition in form, and the contemporization of the sonnet through the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wanda Coleman, Malachi Black, Phillip B. Williams, Natasha Oladokun, and more. Registration is $109. Learn more and register today at https://piper.asu.edu/classes/jabari-allen/advanced-poetry-workshop

https://piper.asu.edu/classes/jabari-allen/advanced-poetry-workshop
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Scholarship Recipient

Paul Watsky

Poetry Participant, '20

His work, 4 poems and a short personal essay, appeared in the September 8 Litbreak.

Holiday Reinhorn

Writers Workshop Participant '17

Her short story, “Sagrada Familia,” (workshopped at the Community of Writers Summer Workshop in ’17) was featured as ‘Story of The Week’ at Narrative Magazine and appeared in the Fall 2020 issue. Other stories by Holiday are upcoming in the Fall 2020 issue of Ploughshares and the Spring 2021 issue of American Short Fiction.

Instagram @holidayreinhorn Instagram @stay.home.stories

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.

Dorothea Bonneau

Writers Workshop Participant '12

Her historical fiction, Once in a Blood Moon, was a 2020 American Fiction Winner for the African American Category. The novel is also a 5 Star Reader’s Choice pick.

http://www.dorotheabonneau.com

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshop Participant, '72,'73

A translation of his novel, The Splendid City, to Spanish by Chilean novelist, Jaime Collyer, will be published on December 1, 2020.

http://www.terenceclarke.org

Wendy Voorsanger

Writers Workshop participant '16

Her debut novel, Prospects of a Woman, is available October, 2020  from She Writes Press. A gripping and illuminating window into life in the Old West, Prospects of a Woman is the story of one woman’s passionate quest to carve out a place for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy. Featured in BuzzFeed as “New Historical Fiction Books You Won’t Be Able To Put Down This Fall.” Favorable Early Reviews: “The author’s language is evocative and beautiful.”—Kirkus. “A lusty, intelligent, and captivating portrait of a woman in early California.”—Foreward. “A fascinating, complex, dark, and beautiful novel.”—Douglas Glover

http://www.wendyvoorsanger.net

Lauren Barbato

Writers Workshop participant '17

Her essay “What Would You Call It?” appears online at North American Review.

https://northamericanreview.org/
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

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.

Jeff Adams

Writers Workshop '19

His short story “A Trip to the Store: A Memoir” appears in VOICES 2020, a themed issue of Dreams, Desires & Delusions from Cold River Press.

Troy Jollimore

Poetry Workshop Participant, '11, '15

His poem, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” originally published in ZYZZYVA, was reprinted in The Best American Poetry 2020, edited by Paisley Rekdal. His fourth poetry collection, “Earthly Delights,” will appear in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2021.

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

Aida Salazar

Writers Workshop participant '07

Her second novel, Land of the Cranes, was published in September, 2020, from Scholastic Press. It is about a little girl and her pregnant mother who are caged in an immigration detention facility. The book has already gained a starred review from KIRKUS who called it, “powerful… lyrical… soaring…” and another starred review by Publisher’s Weekly who called it “Lyrical, passionate, and all-too timely.” It was a BookCon 2020 Middle Grade Buzz Book and was featured on the Cultural Frontline on the BBC’s World Service’s program Cultural Impact.

http://www.AidaSalazar.com

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/

Threa Almontaser

Poetry Workshop participant '19

Her upcoming book of poetry, The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press, April, 2021),  was recently awarded the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '11

Her short story collection, A Place Remote, was published in September, 2020, by West Virginia University Press.

https://www.gwengoodkin.com/a-place-remote

Inderjeet Mani

Writers Workshops Participant, '00

His novel, Toxic Spirits (Calumet Editions, 2019), set in Thailand, is now being translated into multiple languages. Reviews have included “A complex and enthralling international intrigue with a treasure of remarkable detail” (Frederick Barthelme) and “Mani tells his story in taut, highly descriptive prose, capturing his Thai setting’s cornucopia of sights and tastes” (Kirkus).

https://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Spirits-Mani-ebook/dp/B07WSXR5PM

Mariya Zilberman

Poetry Workshop Participant '20

Her poem, “Against Temporality,” won the 2020 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest and will appear in the Winter 2020-2021 issue.

https://twitter.com/pshares/status/1304136321276010497
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

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.

Donna Miscolta

Writers Workshop Participant '98

Her third book,  Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in September, 2020. It was listed in Ms. Magazine’s September 2020 Reads and Parade Magazine’s 20 New Fall Books From Latinx Writers.

http://https://donnamiscolta.com/

Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Poetry Participant, '97, '12

Her new biography, Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, was published in September, 2020, by University of Oklahoma Press. Charmian Kittredge London (1871–1955) was the epitome of a modern woman. Free-spirited and adventurous, she defied modern expectations of femininity. Today she is best known as the wife of the famous American author Jack London, yet she was a literary trailblazer in her own right. This biography is the first book to tell the complete story of Charmian’s life—freed from the shadow cast by her famous husband. In this biography, Iris Jamahl Dunkle draws the reader into Charmian’s private and public worlds, underscoring her literary achievements and the significant role she played in promoting her husband’s legacy.

https://oupress.com/books/15901268/charmian-kittredge-london

Lucinda Watson

Poetry Workshop Participant '91, '92, '96, '98, '02, '04

Her first book of poems, The Favorite, was published by Golden Antelope Press in September, 2020.

http://lucindawatson.com

A.R. Taylor

Her new novel, Jenna Takes The Fall, was published September 1, 2020 from She Writes Press.

Caroline Kim

Poetry Workshop participant '18, '19

Her short story collection, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, winner of the 2020 Drue Heinz Prize in Literature, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October, 2020.

Swathi Desai

Writers Workshop Participant ‘17, ‘18

Her short story, “The Big Men”, appears in the June 30th, 2020 issue of Prometheus Dreaming.

https://www.prometheusdreaming.com/

Magdalena Montagne

Poetry Workshop Participant '97

Magdalena Montagne (formerly Mary Renga) is happy to announce that her first collection of poems, Earth, My Witness, will be published in August, 2020, by Finishing Line Press.

http://www.poetrycirclewithmagdalena.com

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshop participant '11, '12, '14, '16

Her essay “Destination: Okay” will be featured in a new anthology What We Didn’t Expect: Personal Stories about Premature Birth, due out November, 2020, from Melville House and available now for pre-orders. Subject matter from this essay—specifically the science of language acquisition— was originally workshopped at the Community of Writers in 2011.

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/647234/what-we-didnt-expect-by-melody-schreiber/
Attended with the help of 2011: George Pascoe Miller Memorial Scholarship; 2012: Carlisle Family Scholarship; 2014: Eschelman Scholarship

Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Writers Workshop Participant '17

She was recently honored as a 2020 Bainbridge Resident for The Seventh Wave, where her latest essay, “Foreign Domestic” is featured in their 11th Issue.

https://theseventhwave.co/foreign-domestic/
Attended with the help of The Ancinas Scholarship

John Roberts II

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

Part memoir, part detective story and part political thriller, his non-fiction book Reagan’s Cowboys: Inside the 1984 Reelection Campaign’s Secret Operation Against Geraldine Ferraro was published by McFarland & Company, Inc. in July, 2020.

https://www.jbrobertsauthor.com/

lynne goldsmith

Poetry Workshop Participant '00

Lynne Goldsmith’s poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won a Finalist Award in the International Book Awards.

Barbara B Ristine

Writers Workshops Participant '18

Her novel, Faces of War, has been selected as a finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association’s 2020 RISING STAR Award for Unpublished Women’s Fiction.

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “At Home and Away,” set against the backdrop of one of the bloodiest conflicts in recent memory, the Sri Lanka civil war, was published in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Epiphany.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Andrew Tonkovich

Fiction Participant '93

His short story “Metonymy” was a finalist in the Solstice Summer Fiction Contest, and appears in the magazine’s current issue.

https://solsticelitmag.org/content/metonymy/

Jeff Bens

Writers Workshop participant '93

His new novel, The Mighty Oak, will be out in September 2020 from Blackstone Publishing.

Lori Tobias

Writers Workshop participant '94, '95

Her memoir, Storm Beat: A Journalist Reports from the Oregon Coast, is due out in September, 2020, from Oregon State University.

http://loritobias.com

Khadijah Queen

Poetry Workshop participant '09

Her new book of poetry, Anodyne, will be published by Tin House Books in August, 2020.


Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Judy Batalion

Writers Workshop participant '11

Her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, will be published by HarperCollins in June, 2020.

Penny Cagan

Poetry Participant '92, '93; Writers Workshop participant '92

She has entered into a 7 1/2 year cycle called Daf Yomi, where people around the world read the same portion of the Talmud each day. She has been writing daily about the readings from a literary perspective in the Times of Israel. Her blog can be found here.

https://brokentabletsfrompennycagan.me

Lorraine Comanor

Writers Workshop participant '09

Her essay “Walking with Birds” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of Boulevard.

Leslie Hsu Oh

Writers Workshop participant '14, '19

She recently received 2 gold medals from the NATJA Travel Media Awards. “Painting the Next Chapter,” published in Adventure Journal won gold in Lifestyle, Personality & Profiles and “What It’s Like to Break Bread in the Desert” in Saveur Magazine won gold in Family Travel.

http://www.lesliehsuoh.com
Attended with the help of The O’Dwyer Scholarship

Grace Talusan

Writers Workshops Participant '98; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

The paperback of her memoir, The Body Papers, was published by Restless Books in March 2020 with a new afterword, reading guide, and interview. Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s memoir The Body Papers bravely explores her experiences with sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant, supplemented with government documents, medical records, and family photos. The memoir is on the Must Reads (long list) for the 20th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards.

https://bookshop.org/books/the-body-papers-a-memoir/9781632060242?aid=3919

Anthony Cody

Poetry Participant '18

His debut Borderland Apocrypha was recently published in April 2020 with Omnidawn. The collection was the winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. In her citation Berssenbrugge writes, “Intense feeling, empathy, rage, compassion swerves language, torques the page. History and data inflict. Intelligence composes, sequence wrestles with violence. It must be witnessed, expressed. The love is expression. Witness is form.” The collection is now available for purchase.

https://www.omnidawn.com/product/borderland-apocrypha/
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Vonetta Young

Writers Workshops Participant, ‘18

Her short story, “Sand and Salt,” from which she began the novel chapter she workshopped at the Community of Writers, was published in the anthology, Furious Gravity in May, 2020. She also published another short story, “As Far Away,” in Gargoyle issue 71.

http://www.vonettayoung.com

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

She has an essay in the upcoming anthology, Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19, published by Central Avenue. All net profits will be donated to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, helping indie booksellers in need.

http://LitPark.com
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation scholarship

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

He was a finalist in The Chautauqua Institution’s 2020 Janus Prize “for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations.”

https://twitter.com/weareji

Kris Newby

Writers Workshop participant '17

She was recently awarded a Nautilus Award (Silver) for her book Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons. With a Kirkus starred review, it was also listed as one of the “best books of 2019” by Bookworm and Stanford Medicine, as well as the #1 book in public health by BookAuthority.

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

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshop Participant, '97,'98,'99,'02,'03,'19

Her personal essay “Wanting Warhol: My Connections to Andy Warhol” appears in the June 2020 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader.

https://gailreitano.com

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

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “Kismet” was published in Pembroke Magazine, Issue No 52, 2020.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Lyndsey Ellis

Writers Workshop participant '17

Her debut novel, Bone Broth, will be published in spring 2021 by Hidden Timber Books.

Ken Haas

Poetry Workshop participant '08, '11, '13, '16, '19

His first full-length poetry collection, Borrowed Light, was recently published by Red Mountain Press, and won the 2020 Red Mountain Discovery Award.

Wayétu Moore

Writers Workshop participant 2009; Published Alumni Reading Series 2019

Her memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women, was published June 2, 2020, by Graywolf Press.

Maxima Kahn

Poetry Participant, '07; Writers Workshops Participant '06, '10

Her first full-length collection of poems, Fierce Aria, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in summer 2020.

https://brilliantplayground.com
Attended with the help of Mary Turnbull Scholarship

Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Writers Workshops Participant, '04

Her novel, Copy Boy, will be published by She Writes Press, June, 2020.

http://shelleyblantonstroud.com

Meryl Natchez

Poetry Participant, '87...2013

Her second book of original poetry, Catwalk, is forthcoming in June, 2020, from Longship Press. Preorders available here.

http://www.merylnatchez.com

Christina Adams

Writers Workshop participant '00

She was recently awarded the Nautilus Book Award for her book Camel Crazy: A Quest for Miracles in the Mysterious World of Camels. 

Scott Edward Anderson

His book, Falling Up: A Memoir of Second Chances, was recently awarded the First Literary Prize from Letras Lavadas, in conjunction with PEN Azores.

Janyce Stefan-Cole

Writers Workshop Participant '04

Her short story, “The Runaway,” appeared in The Broadkill Review, January – February 2020 issue. An essay, “How I Lost My Vegan,” appeared in the February 2020 issue of Literary Veganism; Editions Bibliotekos.

www.janycestefan-cole.com

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshops Participant, '97,'98,'99,'02,'03,'19

Her novel, Italian Love Cake, will be published by Bordighera Press, April 2021. Italy and America collide in this story of feminism and political awakening in late 1930’s America.

https://gailreitano.com

Eileen Garvin

Writers Workshop Participant '17

Her novel Bee Music was purchased at auction by Dutton for publication in 2021. The novel chronicles the story of three lonely residents in a rural Oregon town, each struggling to deal with one of life’s curveballs — a teenager who has just become paraplegic after a freak accident, a middle-aged widow suffering from panic attacks, and a young man with social anxiety — who come together on a local honeybee farm where they find surprising friendship, healing and maybe even a second chance. Eileen is the author of How to be a Sister: A Love Story with a Twist of Autism and has written for PsychologyToday.com, The Oregonian and Creative Nonfiction Magazine (forthcoming).

http://www.eileengarvin.com

Susan Starbird

Writers Workshop Participant '04

Nonfiction fragmentologist Susan Starbird launched the fifth issue of Susan The Magazine, with the theme of Varmints. Prior issues focused on water, women, work, and cars. All are available from Amazon, findable if you search the author’s name.

http://susanthemagazine.com

Elison Alcovendaz

Writers Workshop participant '16

His flash fiction piece, “The Assimilation of Boyboy Santos” (originally published in Lost Balloon magazine), was selected for inclusion in the Best Small Fictions 2020 anthology.

http://elisonalcovendaz.com
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Christine Sunderland

Writers Workshops Participant, ‘05

Her seventh novel, Angel Mountain, has been published by Wipf and Stock Publishers. Set on Mount Diablo in the present day, the story is about a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a Christian geneticist who search for peace and happiness in a culture of chaos. Themes include history and memory, faith and science, human dignity and free speech. “In Angel Mountain, Christine Sunderland has created a gripping and theologically rich novel, in which four remarkable people make their way through a shifting cultural landscape ringed with apocalyptic fire, revolutionary politics, and end-times expectancy.” Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma (jacket endorsement).

http://www.ChristineSunderland.com

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Participant '00

Her book, Secondary Cicatrices, won a Human Relations Indie Book Award for poetry.

Leah Naomi Green

Poetry Participant '08

Her essay “Return, Investment, Return” appeared in The Paris Review in April 2020 around the debut of her book The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press), selected by Li-Young Lee for the 2019 Walt Whitman Award of The Academy of American Poets.

https://www.leahnaomigreen.com/

Jesse Bedayn

His article, “Inside the Bay Area’s Geriatric Homeless Shelter,” was recently published in the New York Times. Jesse has been a Poetry Elf during our summer writing workshops for the last four years, and is currently getting his Masters in Journalism, with a focus in narrative writing, at University of California, Berkeley.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/23/us/coronavirus-california-homeless-population.html?fbclid=IwAR1F0_9_qXX-YansNsLaTbUeHOYbLAWhr-VVGLTlKzl-bcUdSpBPKLA-A6A

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)

Ryan Ridge

Writers Workshop participant '10

His new collection of short stories, New Bad News, will be published by Sarabande Books in May, 2020.

Judy Halebsky

Poetry Workshop participant '06, '09, '11, '14

Her newest collection of poetry, Spring and a Thousand Years, winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, was recently published by University of Arkansas Press.

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.

Diannely Antigua

Poetry Workshop participant '16

She was recently awarded the Whiting Award in Poetry for her debut collection, Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019). The judges said her  poems “layer lyricism, religious language, and the tactile materials of daily life to build altars of affection for the people and things of her world,” each “meticulously shaped by a formal and aesthetic vision that already feels authoritative.”

https://www.whiting.org/awards/winners/diannely-antigua#/

Elizabeth Kadetsky

Writers Workshop Participant, '98, '04; Alumni Reader, '04

Her fourth book, The Memory Eaters, winner of the first Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction, was published by University of Massachusetts Press in March 2020. She is currently undertaking her second Fulbright fellowship to India.

https://www.amazon.com/Memory-Eaters-Juniper-Creative-Nonfiction/dp/162534502X
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship

David Koehn

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '06, '14

His new book of poetry, Scatterplot, will be published by Omnidawn in April, 2020.

John Murillo

Poetry Workshop participant '10

His new collection of poetry, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, was published by Four Way Books in March, 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. 

Beatrice Bowles

Poetry Workshop participant '91

Her new storybook, Spider Grandmother’s Web of Wonder, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be published April 30, 2020.

Leah Naomi Green

Poetry Workshop participant '08

Her new book, The More Extravagant Feast, will be published by Graywolf Press in April, 2020.

https://www.leahnaomigreen.com/

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.

Ann Keniston

Poetry Workshop participant '96, '03, '08, '13

Her new collection of poetry, Somatic, is now available for preorder. It will be published by Terrapin Books this spring.

Michele Karas

Poetry Participant '17

She has joined the editorial staff of the new online poetry journal The Night Heron Barks, and her poem, “Tulip Cuttings,” appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Mid-American Review.

http://michelekaras.com

Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14; Writers Workshop participant '04, '15; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

Her novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, recently won the Award for Literature in Adult Fiction from the Asian/ Pacific American Library Association.

Elana K. Arnold

Arnold, Elana K.

Her new children’s book, An Ordinary Day, was published in March, 2020, by Beach Lane Books.

Eliot Schain

Poetry Participant, '98, '02, '07, '11, '16; Writers Workshops Participant, '99

His second book of poetry, The Distant Sound, will be published in April 2020 by Sixteen Rivers Press.

http://sixteenrivers.org

Alia Volz

Writers Workshops Participant, '11, '14

Her debut memoir, Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2020.

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780358006091
Attended with the help of Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship; Oakley "Tad" Hall Prose Scholarship

Alma Katsu

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her new book, The Deep, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in March, 2020.

John DeSimone

Writers Workshop participant '11, '12

His new novel, The Road to Delano, was recently published by Rare Bird Books in March, 2020.

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.

Monica Sok

Poetry participant '15

Her debut collection, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, was published by Copper Canyon Press in February, 2020.

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.

Shira Dentz

Poetry Workshop Participant '05

Her fifth book, Sisyphusina (PANK Books), a cross-genre collection of prose, poetry, visual art, and improvisatory music centered on female aging is available now. By deviating from formal classical construction, and using the recurring image of a rose, Sisyphusina circles around conventions of beauty, questioning traditional aesthetic values of continuity, coherence, and symmetry. The interweaving of multi-media collaborations, the author’s voice and voices from other sources imbue this book with a porous texture, and reimagines the boundary of THE BOOK as a membrane. Advance praise from Jenny Boully, M. NourbeSe Philip, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Carla Harryman, & artist Kay Rosen.

https://pankmagazine.com/shop/sisyphusina/

April Dávila

Writers Workshop participant '18

Her new novel, 142 Ostriches, was published in February, 2020, by Kensington.

Jeff Bens

Writers Workshop Participant

His new novel, The Mighty Oak, will be out in September 2020 from Blackstone Publishing.

Danusha Lameris

Poetry Workshop participant '00

Her new collection of poetry, Bonfire Opera, was published in March, 2020, by University of Pittsburgh Press.

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

Monica Sok

Poetry Workshop participant '15

Her poem “Ode to the Boy Who Jumped Me” was featured on Poets.org‘s Poem-A-Day on February 20, 2020

Bill Pieper

Writers Workshop Participant '10

His new book, Borders and Boundaries, was published by Cold River Press in March, 2020.

Jessica Guzman

Poetry Participant, '18

Her collection Adelante was chosen by Patricia Smith as winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize and was published by Switchback Books in March, 2020.

https://www.jgapoet.com/

Susan M. Gaines

Writers Workshop Participant '94; Alumni Reading Series (Carbon Dreams) '01

Her new novel, Accidentals, was published by Torrey House Press in March, 2020.

http://susanmgaines.com
Attended with the help of Scholarship

Anthony Mohr

Writers Workshop Participant '08

His essay “The Fairest of the Fair” appeared in Streetlight Magazine.

Andrew Altschul

Writers Workshops Participant, '97

His third novel, The Gringa, was published in March, 2020, by Melville House.

http://andrewaltschul.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.

Aimee Liu

Writers Workshop participant '94

Her new novel, Glorious Boy, which will be published by Red Hen Press in May, 2020, was recently selected by Good Housekeeping as one of the best books of 2020.

Meryl Natchez

Poetry Workshop participant '13, '09, '05, '00, '88

Hew new book of poetry, Catwalk, will be published by Longship Press in June, 2020.

Lynne Thompson

Poetry Workshop participant '97, '02

Her poem “She Talk Like This ‘Cause Me Mum Born Elsewhere, Say!” was recently selected by Paisley Rekdal for 2020 Best American Poetry. 

Khadijah Queen

Poetry Workshop participant '09

Her new book of poetry, Anodyne, will be published by Tin House Books in August, 2020.


Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Christine Hemp

Poetry Workshop participant '06

Her forthcoming memoir, Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, was published by Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing on February 4th, 2020.

http://https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950691241

Dani Burlison

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Her short story collection, Some Places Worth Leaving, was published by Tolsun Books in February 2020.

https://tolsunbooks.com/books-1

Jami Macarty

Poetry Workshop participant '10, '14, '17

Her new book of poetry, The Minuses, was published by University Press of Colorado in February, 2020.

Chelsea B. DesAutels

Poetry Participant, '18

Her poem “Why I Think of Jungle Crows” will be published in the Winter 2019-20 issue of Ploughshares. Chelsea B. DesAutels’s work appears or is forthcoming in the Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Pleiades, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. Natasha Trethewey named Chelsea’s manuscript, Metastasis, the finalist for the AWP Award Series Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Chelsea received an MFA from the University of Houston, where she served as Poetry Editor of Gulf Coast. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Since 1971, Ploughshares has discovered and cultivated the freshest voices in contemporary American literature.

https://www.pshares.org/issues/winter-2019-20

Christine Sunderland

Writers Workshops Participant, 05

Her seventh novel, Angel Mountain, has been contracted to be published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2020. Set on Mount Diablo in the present day, the story involves a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a faithful geneticist who meet in a world of earthquake, fire, and mob violence. Themes include human dignity and free speech, history and memory, faith and science.

http://www.christinesunderland.com

Clancy McGilligan

Writers Workshop Participant '17

His novella, History of an Executioner, was published in January, 2020, by Miami University Press after winning the 2019 Novella Prize.

https://www.clancymcgilligan.com/novella
Attended with the help of SpringCreek Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Eyre Ward

Writers Workshop participant '92

Her new novel, The Jetsetters, was published by Ballantine Books in February, 2020.

Joann Gardner

Poetry Workshop participant '91, '96

Her chapbook of poetry, The Deaf Island, was published in July, 2019, and was recently named the winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award.

Jami Macarty

Poetry Participant, '10, '14, '17

Her full-length collection of poetry, The Minuses, is forthcoming in the Mountain West Poetry Series by The Center For Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, February 2020.

https://jamimacarty.com/

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry Workshop participant '11

His memoir, Children of the Land, was published in January 2020 from HarperCollins.

Devi S. Laskar

Writers Workshop participant '04, '15; Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14

Her novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, was recently awarded the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.

https://www.devislaskar.com/

Michele Karas

Poetry Workshop Participant '17

The San Diego Poetry Annual has nominated Michele Karas’ poem “For First Wives Who Have Considered Suicide” for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry.

http://michelekaras.com

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Poetry Participant

Her sixth book of poems, The Bones of Winter Birds, was published by Terrapin Books in February, 2020.

http://annfisherwirth.com

Lisa Braver Moss

Writers Workshop Participant, '03

Her novel Shrug has won first prize in YA historical fiction in the 2019 Moonbeam Awards, and was a finalist in the 2019 “Best Book” awards.

http://www.lisabravermoss.com

Valyntina Grenier

Poetry Workshop participant '05

Her new book, Fever Dream/ Take Heart, was published in January, 2019, from Cathexis North West Press.

http://valyntinagrenier.com

Christine Hemp

Poetry Workshop participant '06

Her memoir, Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, will be published by Arcade in February, 2020.

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshops Participant '11, '12, '14, '16

Hers memoir, Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, workshopped at Squaw Valley in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016, was awarded the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for memoir.

https://www.janinekovac.com/spinning
Attended with the help of George Pascoe Miller Scholarship ('11), Carlisle Family Scholarship ('12), Eshleman Scholarship ('14)

Jeff Kingman

Poetry Participant '12

For those in the Bay Area, the book launch for Jeffrey Kingman’s poetry chapbook ON A ROAD will be at Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin St. in Vallejo, CA on Sunday, January 5th at 3:30pm. Jeff’s book borrows language and places from Kerouac’s On the Road.

http://jeffkingman.com

Joy Ma

Writers Workshops, 2004

Her new book, The Deoliwallahs, was published by Pan Macmillan India in December. It is a non-fiction account of her family and the stories of several Chinese Indians who were interned after the war between India and China in 1962. An essay about it appears on Scroll.In.

Max Byrd

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

Laurel Blossom

Poetry Participant '77

Her new chapbook, Un-, a series of short prose poems concerning the search for one of Esther Williams’s understudies and other lost and unsung beauties of 1950s Hollywood, can be pre-ordered now from Finishing Line Press. It will be published on March 13, 2020.

http://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/un-by-laurel-blossom/

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.

June Sylvester Saraceno

Poetry Workshop participant '05

Her third collection of poetry, The Girl From Yesterday,  will be released in January 2020 from Cherry Grove Collections.

Yiskah Rosenfeld

Poetry Workshop participant '01, '03, '19

She was recently named runner up for the 2019 Kallisto Gaia Poetry Prize for her poem “Poetry Submission Guidelines,” which will be published in the next issue of the Ocotillo Review. She will be giving a reading together with Lisa Wenzel (Poetry Workshop alum ’19), whom she met while carpooling to the workshop. The reading will be January 6 at 7:30 at Vanne Bistro in Berkeley.

https://www.kallistogaiapress.org/

David Watts

Poetry Workshop participant '90, '91, '92, '93, '97, '99, '02, '04, '13

His memoir, Christmas in Georgepatch, was rereleased this December in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Nancy Kelly

Screenwriting Workshop participant '83, '00; Writers Workshop participant '06, '16

The new digital restoration of her film, Thousand Pieces of Gold, enjoyed several screenings at the Rafael Film Center in November, 2019. 

Joan Baranow

Poetry Workshop participant '90, '91, '92, '93, '97, '99, '01, '03, '06, '08, '11, '18

Her poetry collection, In the Next Life, was published this year by Poetic Matrix Press. She has poems in recent issues of Blackbird and The Gettysburg Review. Her documentary, The Time We Have, won a nomination for Best Biographical Film at the 2019 New Hope Film Festival. Her film presents an intimate portrait of a teenager facing terminal illness.

http://wolfridgepress.com

James Cagney

Poetry Workshop participant '17

He was recently awarded one of the 30th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards for his book Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, published by Nomadic Press in 2018.

Patrick Smith and Jane Smith

Poetry Workshop participant

Jane Smith is relaunching Pancake Press, a website devoted to the works of her late husband painter and poet, Patrick Smith. in order to locate new places to exhibit her Patrick’s work, and to identify an institution that will accept a donation of his hospice portraits.

http://pancakepress.com/

Katherine Rothschild

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her YA novel on sisterhood in an untraditional family, Hope and Other Feathered Things, will be published by Soho Teen in early 2020.

https://www.katherinerothschild.com/

Rosa De Anda

Poetry Participant '18

She is the recipient of the Lawrence Ferlinghetti Fellowship from the University of San Francisco.

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Participant '00

Her book, Secondary Cicatrices, which won the Halcyon Poetry Prize, just got picked as a “Finalist” for the American Book Fest Awards.

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/

Elaine Barnard

Writers Workshop participant '11

Her short stories have won the first, third and fourth Strands International short story competitions.

http://elainebarnard.net

Sally Abbott

Writers Workshop participant '85, '01, '03, '06, '13

Her novel Miami in Virgo was published by Woodbine Odyssey in October, 2019.

Sharon Olds

Poetry Workshop staff

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

Veronica Golos

Poetry Workshop participant '09

Her new book of poetry, Girl, was recently published by 3: A Taos Press.

Mame Ekblom Cudd

Writers Workshop Participant '09, '11

Her short story, “Into a Neat Line,” was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Fiction Contest. Her novel, Shooting Rockets at The Moon, was a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Society’s 2019 Novel-in-Progress category.

Erica Plouffe Lazure

Writers Workshop Participant '18

Her short story “The Ghost Rider,” workshopped at the Community of Writers, took the editor’s choice award for Carve Magazine’s Raymond Carver short story contest and appears alongside an interview in the 2019 fall issue of Carve.

https://www.carvezine.com/story/2019-fall-lazure

Andrew Roe

Writers Workshops Participant, '97, '04

His short story “Is Someone Going to Say Something to the Woman Crying on BART?” will appear in the Winter 2019 issue of ZYZZYVA.

http://www.andrewroeauthor.com/

Merridawn Duckler

Writers Workshop participant '07

Her chapbook of poems, Interstate, was recently published by from Dancing Girl Press.

http://www.merridawnduckler.com

Pallavi Dhawan, Tamika Thompson, Devi Laskar

Tamika Thompson Writers Workshop participant '15; Pallavi Dhawan Writers Workshop participant '15, Devi Laskar Writers Workshop participant '04, '15, Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14

Community of Writers alums Pallavi Dhawan, Tamika Thompson, and Devi Laskar have co-edited a new anthology called POC United: Graffiti, released on October 15 and available now through Aunt Lute Books.

https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781879960985/graffiti.aspx

Charles H Halsted

Poetry Participant, '18

His first full book of poetry Extenuating Circumstances has been published by Finishing Line Press and is available through FLP and Amazon Books. Many of its poems were first conceived and written at the 2018 Poetry workshop. This publication follows his published chapbook Breaking Eighty.

Sharon McElhone

Writers Workshops Participant '06

An excerpt from her memoir entitled “He Imitated a Stiff-Legged Frankenstein” appears in the Fall 2019 Volume IX issue of Label Me Latina/o.

http://https://labelmelatin.com/

Marianne Villanueva

Writers Workshop Participant, July 2014

Her memoir-in-flash, A Prayer Answered, was in Signs, a special themed issue of Jellyfish Review: September 2019. Her story “Tu-an Ju” was in the Otherworld/Underworld of University of Hawai’i – Manoa’s e-zine vice-versa. Her story “Things She Can Take” was in the Prairie Schooner Winter 2018 special issue on Opioids.

http://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/a-prayer-answered-by-marianne-villanueva/

Kathleen O’Toole

Poetry '01,' 03, '05, '09, '11

Her latest poetry collection This Far was released in October, 2019. Her poems have recently been featured in Antiphon, Smartish Pace and are forthcoming in The MacGuffin and Public Poetry.

https://kathleenotoolepoetry.com

David Corbett

Writers Workshop participant '88, '89, 91, '99; Screenwriting Workshop participant '01

His new book, The Compass of Character: Creating Complex Motivation for Compelling Characters in Fiction, Film, and TV,  was published in November, 2019, by Writer’s Digest Books. 

https://www.davidcorbett.com/

Eddy Ancinas

Writers Workshop participant '72

The 70th Anniversary Edition of her SKADE Award-Winning book, Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows: Tales from Two Valleys, was published in October, 2019.

Scott Edward Anderson

Art of the Wild participant, ‘92

His newest book, Falling Up: A Memoir of Second Chances, was published by Homebound Publications as part of its Little Bound Books Essay Series in September 2019.

https://homeboundpublications.com/se-anderson/

Anara Guard

Writers Workshops Participant '16

Her new book of poetry, Hand on My Heart, will be published by New Wind Publishing on November 1, 2019.

http://newwindpublishing.com/book/hand

Ashley Wurzbacher

Writers Workshop participant '19

Her debut novel, Happy Like This, will be published by University of Iowa Press in October, 2019.


Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Ashley Wurzbacher

Writers Workshop participant '19

She was recently named one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” honorees, a prize that aims to “recognize young, debut fiction writers whose work promised to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Her debut novel, Happy Like This, will be published on October 15, 2019 from University of Iowa Press.

https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/5-under-35-2019/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Jung Hae Chae

Writers Workshop participant '19

Her essay “Pojangmacha People” recently won an emerging writers contest at Ploughshares. She brought a version of this essay to the Writers Workshop this past summer.

Kyce Bello

Poetry Participant '19

Her debut collection, Refugia, winner of the inaugural Test Site Poetry Series Prize, was published in September, 2019, by University of Nevada Press.

Fellow Community of Writers Poetry alum Danny Kraft reviewed Refugia over at Ecotheo Review. Check it out here: http://www.ecotheo.org/2019/08/god-is-the-apple/

http://kycebello.com

Laurie Ann Ann Doyle

Writers Workshop Participant, '09, '14. Published Alumni Reading Series '17

Her book World Gone Missing: Stories is the winner of 2018 Nautilus Book Prize silver medal in fiction.

http://www.laurieanndoyle.com

Marjorie Saiser

Poetry Participant, '00

Her newest full-length collection, Learning to Swim, forthcoming from Stephen F. Austin State University Press, is a hybrid of memoir and poems.

http://poetmarge.com

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant '14

His essay, “Has India Had Its Stonewall Moment?” has been published on Sept 6, 2019, in The Mantle, to mark the first anniversary of the decriminalization of the LGBT community in India. June 2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York. Gaitonde looks at both.

http://www.themantle.com/international-affairs/has-india-had-its-stonewall-moment

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

Elaine Barnard

Writers Workshop Partcipant '11

She won the 2019 Strands International Flash Fiction first and third competitions with her stories “Howie” and “The Library.”

Arthur Solway

Poetry Participant '19

He wont the 2019 Tupelo Press Broadside Competition for his poem “Night School.”

https://conta.cc/32gusuu

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshop Participant '97, '98, '99, '02, '03, '19

Her novel Italian Love Cake will be published by Bordighera Press in Fall 2020; a personal essay, “Beneath Snowy Foothills,” appears online in the July 2019 issue of Ovunque Siamo.

http://www.gailreitano.com

Ashley Wurzbacher

Writers Workshops Participant, '19

Her short story collection, Happy Like This, won Iowa’s 2019 John Simmons Short Fiction Award and will be released on October 15, 2019.

https://ashleywurzbacher.com/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Melissa Fondakowski

Poetry Workshop Participant, '02

Her second book-length work, The Sci-Fi Story With the Cat in It – Short Stories, will be published by Balut Press in September 2019.

https://melissafondakowski.com/

C Pirloul

Poetry Workshop participant '01, '05, '17

Riga Pine, a poem with audio, appears in Interim’s current issue, Carrying Across: Crossing Disciplines as a Form of Translation. 

https://www.interimpoetics.org

Victoria Dalkey

Poetry Participant '92

Her poem “Watching the Olympics on Morphine” was a finalist for the Bellevue Literary Review’s Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize and appeared in BLR‘s Issue 36, Spring/Summer 2019.

Victoria Dalkey

Poetry Participant '92

A selection of her poems are included in Tough Enough: Poems from the Tough Old Broads Ann Menebroker, Victoria Dalkey, Viola Weinberg, Kathryn Hohlwein, A Lake House Publication, released by Cold River in March 2019.

Robin Page

Writers Workshop participant '02

Her new book, Small Silent Things, was recently published by HarperCollins.

Jeffrey Kingman

Poetry Participant '12

His poem, “A Posterity Conceived and Born of Conscious Love,” is published on the Poydras Review blog. The title is a quote from early 20th century birth control activist Margaret Sanger, who went on to be a founder of Planned Parenthood.

https://poydrasreview.com/blog

Jenn Alandy Trahan

Writers Workshop Participant, '08, '17

Her short story, “They Told Us Not to Say This,” published in Harper’s Magazine in September 2018, was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2019.

http://
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Colette Sartor

Writers Workshop participant '00

Her collection of short stories, Once Removed, will be published in September, 2019, by University of Georgia Press. It recently received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.

Mark Coggins

Writers Workshops Participant, '96; Screenwriting Program Participant, '01

His newest, The Dead Beat Scroll, the seventh novel in the August Riordan crime fiction series, was recently released from Down & Out Books.

https://www.markcoggins.com/the-dead-beat-scroll/

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop '13

Her screenplay Wonder Drug has advanced into the Semifinal Round of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, one of only 149 entries to advance from the Quarterfinal Round. During the Semifinals, four Academy members, drawn from a variety of branches, will read Wonder Drug. From 10 to 15 Semifinalists will be selected as Finalists. All Semifinalists will be included in the Nicholl contact list that is forwarded in the fall to agents, development executives, managers, and producers who request it.

https://tinyurl.com/y5qhmout

Charles Halsted

Poetry Participant, '18

His first full length book, Extenuating Circumstances, which contains three of the six poems written at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, is due for publication on October 4, 2019. A second full length book is in preparation.

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshop Participant, ‘00

Her newest book, The Last Train to London, a novel based on the true story of the Vienna Kindertransports and the extraordinary woman who led the rescues, will be published by HarperCollins and HarperCollins-Canada September 10, and in translation in fifteen languages.

http://www.megwaiteclayton.com/books/the-last-train-to-london/

Jeffrey Thomas Leong

Poetry Participant, '97, '00, '02

His recent book, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, was awarded the 2019 Northern California Book Award for translation in poetry.

https://jeffreythomasleong.com/awards/

Maurya Simon

Writers Workshop Participant '84

Her 10th volume of poetry, The Wilderness: New and Selected Poems, was published in 2018, and was recently awarded a gold medal from the Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Awards. Her recent work has appeared in the The Georgia Review and The Gettysburg Review.

http://www.mauryasimon.com

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop participant '13

Her scientific drama Wonder Drug advanced to the quarterfinals in the prestigious 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, one of only 365 entries to emerge from the First Round (out of 7,302 scripts entered). Wonder Drug, a Sloan script at the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab, was also a Bitch List honoree and “Featured Script” on the Black List website. In more Nicholl news, Caitlin’s thriller A Native Land placed among the Top 10% of all entries in this year’s competition. Semifinalists will be announced in August.

http://www.caitlinmccarthy.com

Claire Boyles

Writers Workshop Participant, '18

Her essay, “Riding Ditch”, was recently published in the Summer 2019 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. Her short story, “Lost Gun, $1000 Reward, No Questions”, won Boulevard’s Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers and will appear in the Fall 2019 issue.

http://claireboyleswrites.com

Lisa Rappoport

Writers Workshop participant '94, Poetry Workshop participant '00

Her new book of poetry, Penumbra, was recently published by Longship Press.

http://littoralpress.com/web/

Dedria Humphries Barker

Writers Workshop participant ‘08, 15

She featured in a July 2019 Facebook Live event “Poets in Pajamas,” sponsored by Sundress Publications.

http://dedriabarker.com

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry Workshop participant '11

His memoir, Children of the Land, will be released in January, 2020 from HarperCollins.

Lester Graves Lennon

Poetry Workshop participant '99, '01, '03, '05, '07, '09, '11, '13, '15, '17, '19

He recently became the poetry editor for Rosebud Magazine. 

http://www.rsbd.net/NEW/

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

Lorraine Comanor

Writers Workshop participant '09

Her essays have recently appeared in The Gold Man Review and Ruminate ( shorts). Two are in press for the Euonia Review and Boulevard.

Danusha Laméris

Poetry Participant, '00

Her second book, Bonfire Opera, will be released by the University of Pittsburgh Press in spring 2020. She has also recently been named the 2020 recipient of the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award.

http://www.danushalameris.com

Yoav Potash

Writers Workshops Participant, '05, '08

The American Jewish Press Association is honoring Yoav Potash with a Simon Rockower Award for Best Personal Essay, for his piece titled “How I learned all Israelis are not my father,” published by J. The Jewish News of Northern California. The American Jewish Press Association bills the Rockower Awards as “the Jewish Pulitzers.”

https://www.jweekly.com/2018/04/05/broke-israels-thorny-exterior-tasted-sweet-center/
Attended with the help of Entrenkin Foundation Scholarship

Max Byrd

Writers Workshop participant '83, Writers Workshops teaching staff '18, '15, '13, '12, '11, '10, '09, '08, '06, '05, '04, '03, '02, '01, '00, '99, '98, '97, '96

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

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/

Heather Altfeld

Poetry Workshop participant '08, '10, '12, '15

She has recently been awarded the 2019 Orison Poetry Prize for her manuscript Post-Mortem. She will receive a cash prize and publication of her manuscript by Orison Books.

Mary Freericks

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '91, '00

Her second poetry book, Cheer for Freedom, with illustrations of her paintings of her Armenian and Russian family in Iran has been published this year.

http://www.maryfreericksartworks.yolasite.com

Alia Yunis

Writers Workshops Participant '04

Her documentary feature, The Golden Harvest, which she wrote and directed, debuted at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in March, 2019, a top 10 international film festival, and was selected as “Best of the Fest” at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April, 2019.

http://www.goldenharvestfilm.org

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/

Peter Marcus

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '90, '91, '92, '95, '11

His new book of poetry, Dark Square, was recently published by Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press.

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

Her novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, (HarperCollins, 2018) won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award.

http://LitPark.com
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Jeanine Stevens

Poetry Participant '07, '10, '14, '17

Her newest book of poems, Limberlost, was released by Future Cycle Press, 2019. Her chapbook of poems, Citadels, is soon to be released by Folded Word Press.

Sharon McElhone

Writers Workshop Participant '06

Her first chapter from her collection of personal essays on childcare and immigrant issues is forthcoming in the Label Me Latina/o Fall 2019 issue. The first chapter is entitled “He Imitated a Stiff-Legged Frankenstein.

Lauren K. Alleyne

Poetry Workshop Participant '08

She published her second collection of poems, Honeyfish, in April with New Issues Press (US), and in July, with Peepal Tree Press (UK).

http://laurenkalleyne.com

Forrest Gander

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

Shira Dentz

Her new book of poetry, the sun a blazing zero, is one of SPD’s May Handpicks.

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/

Karen Stefano

Writers Workshop Participant '08

Her debut memoir, What A Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath, will be published by Rare Bird Books in June 2019.

http://www.stefanokaren.com

C. Pirloul

Poetry Workshop participant '17

Two poems first drafted at the Poetry Workshop are included in a group of poems in the 2019 issue of Volt (#25).

Allison DeLauer

Poetry Participant, '10, '16

Her essay “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” appeared in the collection, Playing Shakespeare’s Characters, Book 1. Playing Shakespeare’s Lovers examines Shakespeare’s romantic characters from multiple perspectives. Contributing actors, directors, educators and scholars bring diverse and wide-ranging insights into the motives, context, history and challenges of performing Shakespeare’s “infinite variety” of lovers. The volume begins with an introductory essay, followed by brief essays and interviews, on various characters within the world of Shakespeare’s lovers.

https://www.peterlang.com/view/title/65885

Karen Laws

Writers Workshop Participant, '06, '16

Her story “Shadows Under Trees” is in the current issue of The Antioch Review (Volume 76, No. 4).
Karen’s essay on working with asylum seekers at the border is in the online journal Cagibi, Issue 6.

https://cagibilit.com/on-the-ground-in-tijuana/
Fisk, Molly

Molly Fisk

Poetry Workshop participant '92, '95, '98, '04

She is the recipient of one of 13 Inaugural American Poet Laureate Fellowships. With the $75,000 she receives, she plans to launch “California Fire & Water,” a statewide teaching, anthology, and public reading project addressing the state’s recent devastating fires.

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/

Kris Newby

Writers Workshop participant '17

Her new book, Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons, will be released in May, 2019, from HarperCollins.

Clancy McGilligan

Writers Workshop Participant '17

His novella History of an Executioner won the 2019 Novella Prize from Miami University Press, and will be published in 2020.

http://www.orgs.miamioh.edu/mupress/novella/
Attended with the help of SpringCreek Foundation Scholarship

Ramona Reeves

Writers Workshop Participant '18

Her short story won the Nancy D. Hargrove Editors Prize and appears in the Summer 2018 (Sept.) issue of Jabberwock Review. Another short story was runner-up in the Barry Hannah Prize for Fiction and appears in the Winter 2019 issue of Yalobusha Review.

http://www.ramonareeves.com

Katherine Factor

Poetry Participant '10

Her first children’s book, Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Mata Hari, is forthcoming from Choose CO on May 1, 2019. An interactive game novel, this title stars YOU as a real-life historical spy in an interactive, multiple-ending book with historically accurate events and characters.

kfactorwrites.com

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop '93, '94, '98, Teaching Staff 2010

Her novel Weather Woman has won a Nautilus Book Award. The sequel to Weather Woman, called Sinking Islands, has just been sold and will be published in the spring of 2021. Her short story collection, Vanishing, won the 2018 Leapfrog Fiction Contest and will come out in 2020.

http://caiemmonsauthor.com

Sheldon Gleisser

Screenwriting Participant '14

His short story “The Money Shot” was published in the latest issue of the literary magazine Rosebud, issue #65.

Lorraine Comanor

Writers Workshop Participant '09

Her essay “The Year There Were No Mushrooms” appeared in November 2018 issue of The Goldman Review. Two pieces of flash non-fiction “The Lost Patient” and “That Which Saves Us” appeared in spring 2018 and recent 2019 issues of Ruminate.

Joe Bardin

Writers Workshop Participant '01

His essay, “The Inclusion Orthodoxy,” was published in Literary Yard, his essay, “Big Art,” was published in Image Journal: Good Letters, his short play, Intermission, is being performed at Winding Road Theatre in Tucson, Arizona, and his essay “Drinking from the Air” was selected for inclusion in the Transhumanism Handbook (Springer).

https://imagejournal.org/2019/04/04/big-art-a-case-for-maximalism/

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant '14

His trilogy of multimedia essays on India’s 13-year-old music prodigy Lydian Nadhaswaram was published in Serenade magazine in March 2019. Lydian Nadhaswaram won the CBS international talent show The World’s Best, which had competitors from all fields of arts & entertainment from 36 countries.

https://twitter.com/weareji

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/

Renato Rosaldo

Poetry Workshop participant '00, '02, '07

His newest book of poetry, The Chasers, will be published by Duke University Press.

Nettie Reynolds

Writers Workshop Participant '99

Her new ten minute play, “Detecting Obstacles” will be produced as part of the annual “Out of Ink” Scriptworks festival in May. Nettie is currently working on her memoir as well, entitled, This is How You Start Over which details her leaving her PR career to become a spiritual death and dying chaplain.

Keetje Kuipers

Poetry Participant, '05

Her third collection of poems, All Its Charms, was published this spring by BOA Editions. It contains poems that appeared in the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry Anthologies, as well as Narrative, Tin House, The Believer, New England Review, and Orion.

https://keetjekuipers.com/books/all-its-charms/

Jeffrey Thomas Leong

Poetry Participant, '97, '00, '02

His book, Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island, was published by Calypso Editions in 2018, and is the first new translation in almost 40 years of the iconic immigrant wall poems found carved on the walls of this detention center. His new poetry chapbook, Writ, published by Eastwind Books in March 2019, converses with the translations in WGS, interrogating the interrogators and seeking redemption in his father’s story.

https://jeffreythomasleong.com/

Stephen Long

Writers Workshop participant '95, '06

His newest book, All Hat, was recently released from Handin Hand Publishing.

Holaday Mason

Poetry Workshop participant '00, '06

Her newest book of poetry, The Weaver’s Body, is forthcoming from Tebat Bach Books.

Stephen Massimilla

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '06

His adaptation of a Montale poem recently received a Der-Hovanessian prize citation from The New England Poetry Club.

Stephen Massimilla

Poetry Participant '04, '06

His multi-genre Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo), recently won new awards, including the Living Now Award, the IAN Book of the Year Award in Nonfiction, the Apple Award in Cross-Genre, and others. The latest reviews of the book have appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Poetry International, Colorado Review, Five Points, The US Review of Books, USA Today, The Northwest Indiana Times, The Food Poet, Gluten-Free Magazine, Catering Magazine, Green Living, Vital Nutrition, and elsewhere.

http://cookingwiththemuse.com

Grace Shuyi Liew

Poetry participant '16

Her debut collection of poetry, Careen, was published by Noemi Press in April 2019.

http://graceungrateful.com
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Memorial scholarship

Renee Thompson

Writers Workshops Participant, '03, '07, '09

Her short story “The Winterist” won second prize in Narrative’s Fall 2018 Story Contest. This is Renee’s third appearance in the magazine; two previous stories appeared as “Stories of the Week.”

http://www.reneethompson.com

Devi S. Laskar

Poetry participant 2004, 2008, 2014 fiction participant 2004, 2015

Her debut novel, The Atlas Of Reds And Blues, has been picked up abroad, and is being published by Fleet (an imprint of Little, Brown) in the UK and commonwealth countries and by Hachette India in the subcontinent.

http://devislaskar.com

Mark Fitzgerald

Poetry Participant, '06

His second book of poems, Downburst, was published by Cinnamon Press in March. The second edition of his first collection, By Way of Dust and Rain, was also recently published by Cinnamon Press.

https://www.english.umd.edu/profiles/mfitzgerald

Justin McFarr

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

His short story collection, Controlled Chaos, was published by Wheeler Street Press in April, 2019.

http://www.justinmcfarr.com

Donna DiGiuseppe (Matcovich)

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

Her  biographical novel, Lady in Ermine: The Story of a Woman Who Painted the Renaissance, was published in January 2019 by ACMRS/Univ of Arizona. This historical fiction dramatizes the life of Renaissance artist Sofonisba Anguissola, whose work will be a major exhibit at the Prado, Madrid in October 2019.

http://sofonisba.net

Martina Newhook

Writers Workshop '15

Her essay, “The Lonely Hours Before Supper,” was published in Meat For Tea (March 2019; V.13 (1)).

http://martinanewhook.com

C Pirloul

Poetry Participant, '01, '04, '17

Excerpts of her map-poem appear in Lana Turner 11. Poems and recordings are forthcoming in The Santa Fe Telepoem Project.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry Workshop participant '11

His book of poetry, Cenzontle, was awarded the Northern California Book Award and the NCIBA Golden Poppy Book Award, and was recently named a finalist for the Thom Gunn award for poetry and the Lambda Literary Award.

Kenji Liu

Poetry Workshop participant '14

His newest book of poetry, Monsters I Have Been, will be released from Alice James Books in April, 2019.

Colleen Morton Busch

Writers Workshop ‘04, ‘15

She narrated the audiobook version of her nonfiction book, Fire Monks, the story of how five Zen monks saved a California monastery from a wildfire with a combination of hard work, aplomb, and wisdom. Blackstone released the audiobook in March 2019.

http://www.colleenmortonbusch.com

Vishwas R. Gaitonde

Writers Workshop '14

His essay “Jaya He! The Story of India’s National Anthem” was published by The Mantle in January 2019. It delves into the history and controversies swirling around the anthem composed by Nobel laureate & polymath Rabindranath Tagore – and also highlights the largely hidden role of an Irish woman’s contribution to the music. You can read it here: http://www.mantlethought.org/arts-and-culture/jaya-h%C3%A9-story-india%E2%80%99s-national-anthem

https://twitter.com/weareji

Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops Participant '08

His essay “Nixon for President” appeared in North Dakota Quarterly (Spring-Summer-Fall-Winter 2018). His essay “Love North of Sunset” appeared in Saint Ann’s Review (Winter 2019). His essay “The Last Honors Class” appeared in Glint Literary Journal (Winter 2018).

http://

Kelly Cass Falzone

Poetry Participant, '03

She was awarded the 2018 Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry for a group of three poems published in Stone Canoe: A Journal of Art, Literature and Social Commentary, published by the Downtown Writers Center, a program of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, NY.

http://https://ycny.org/stone-canoe

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshops Participant, '09

Her novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award. She was additionally awarded a Hawthornden International Fellowship and will spend a month writing at the Hawthornden Castle in Midlothian, Scotland.

http://LitPark.com
Attended with the help of Lojo Scholarship

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/

Marcia Butler

Writers Workshop Participant '15

Her debut novel, Pickle’s Progress, will be published on April 9, 2019. Recent praise from Richard Russo: “The four main characters in Pickle’s Progress seem more alive than most of the people we know in real life because their fears and desires are so nakedly exposed. That’s because their creator, Marcia Butler, possesses truly scary X-ray vision and intelligence to match.”

http://marciabutlerauthor.com/

Grant Hier

Writers Workshops Participant, ’93; AOW ’95; Poetry Participant '98

His book of historical flash fiction, California Continuum, co-written with John Brantingham, Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, is forthcoming in March, 2019.

http://www.ghier.com

Juan Alvarado Valdivia

Writers Workshops Participant '13

His short story collection, Ballad of a Slopsucker, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in February 2019.

https://unmpress.com/books/ballad-slopsucker/9780826360571
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Kate Hope Day

Writers Workshop Participant '15

Her debut novel If, Then is forthcoming from Random House March 12, 2019. It has been optioned by Heyday Television. She will be joining us this summer as part of our Published Alumni Reading Series.

http://www.katehopeday.com

Juliana Roth

Writers Workshops Participant, '17

Her screenplay for her film in independent development, What We Know, which follows a sexual assault survivor as she navigates the Title IX process, is a semifinalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival’s Screenplay Competition and a finalist in the 2019 Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York. The crowdfunding campaign for the film is accepting donations until mid-March on Seed & Spark.

www.seedandspark.com/fund/whatweknowfilm
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Aida Salazar

Non-Fiction Workshop 2007

Her debut book, The Moon Within, a middle grade novel in verse, will be released on February, 2019, by Arthur A. Levine Books / Scholastic. The book was called “A worthy successor to Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” in a Kirkus starred review.

http://www.aidasalazar.com

Emily Pérez

Poetry Participant '10, '18

Her new chapbook Made and Unmade, a limited edition, hand bound, letterpress, tragi-comic exploration of growing up female in a patriarchy, is now available from Madhouse Press.

http://madhousepress.org

Rowan Sharp

Poetry participant, ‘12

She has new work in the Beloit Poetry Journal 69.1 (Spring 2019).

https://www.bpj.org/

Judy Crowe

Poetry Workshop participant '08, '12, '15, '18, Writers Workshop participant '87, '88, '90

Her new book of poetry, Flat Water: Nebraska Poems, was recently released from Finishing Line Press.

Claudia March Reder

Poetry Participant '08

Her book of poems, How to Disappear, was recently published by Blue Light Press.

http://cmreder.wordpress.com/

David Corbett

Writers Workshop participant '88, '89, '91, '99, Screenwriting Workshop participant '01

His latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters Of Doc Holliday, has been nominated for the Lefty Award for Best Historical Mystery. The winner will be announced on March 30th at Left Coast Crime in Vancouver, BC.

http://davidcorbett.com/

Jeffrey Kingman

Poetry Participant, '12

His poetry manuscript, Beyond that Hill I Gather, won the Eyelands Book Award (Greece) for best unpublished poetry book. The poems in the collection are mostly portraits of notable women.

https://eyelandsawards.com

Chelsea Rathburn

Poetry Participant, '09

Her third poetry collection, Still Life with Mother and Knife, was published by LSU Press in February.

http://www.chelsearathburn.com

Kate Wisel

Writers Workshop Participant '16

Her first book of short stories, Driving in Cars With Homeless Men, has won the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Prize, which includes a substantial cash prize and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press. She was selected by judge Min Jin Lee.

http://www.upress.pitt.edu/books/9780822945680/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Workshop '13

Her crime thriller screenplay A Native Land has been named an Official Selection at the 2019 Beverly Hills Film Festival. It has also advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Caitlin is represented by Barry Krost of Barry Krost Management (BKM).

http://www.caitlinmccarthy.com

Stephanie Austin

Writer's Workshop Participant, '12

Her short story “Carrion” will be in the spring 2019 issue of Pembroke Magazine. Her flash fiction piece “Stray” will appear in the June issue of the Jellyfish Review.


Attended with the help of Joe Heinrich Scholarship

Noah Blaustein

Poetry Workshop participant '07, '11

His book of poetry, After Party, will be published on February 15th by the University of New Mexico Press.

His poems have appeared in the last year in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Harvard Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Greensboro Review, and The Southampton Review. His review of Christopher Merrill’s Self Portrait in Dogwood was featured in the Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of one hundred poets selected by the Harvard Review to contribute lines to Renga for Obama, a book length Renga for and presented to President Barack Obama. Most recently he was an AIR fellow with the National Park Service, teaching poetry to homeless youth in the Santa Monica Mountains.

http://www.noahblaustein.com

Matthew Murrey

Poetry Participant, '95

His debut poetry collection, Bulletproof, was published by Jacar Press in February 2019. It was selected in 2018 by Marilyn Nelson who described it as “A generous range of thought-worthy subjects, approached with simplicity, wisdom, and a deft use of language.”

http://www.jacarpress.com/bulletproof/

Karen Moulding

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '08, '10

Her novel, The Naked Shopper, has been selected First Runner Up by Red Hen Press in the Quill Prose Award contest. An excerpt from The Naked Shopper was published in January 2019 in the Capra Review.

http://www.facebook.com/eastvillage.writingservices

Alex Luke

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

Her short story “Sweet Blood” was published in Issue 18 of SAND Journal, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

http:///sandjournal.com/
Attended with the help of Maat Scholarship

Kathryn Machi

Screenwriting Participant '04 and '10, Fiction Workshop Participant '18.

Her “Me, Too” dance thriller Buzz was recently sold as a TV movie to MarVista Entertainment in Los Angeles.

http://www.viviluproductions.com

Ann Tweedy

'97, '00, '04, '07, '12, '15

A poem first written at the Community of Writers Poetry session entitled “The Aspen” was awarded second place in San Antonio Writers’ Guild’s annual contest in 2018. The poems “Anatomy of a Name” and “An Instant” and the creative non-fiction pieces “Rental Property” and “Storm” are forthcoming in the anthology Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride, to be published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in May 2019.

http://www.anntweedy.com

Dedria A. Humphries Barker

Writers Workshop Participant, '08, '15

Dedria Humphries Barker’s creative nonfiction book, Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow, will be published in April 2019 by 2Leaf Press (distributed by The University of Chicago Press). In which four generations of black women recall their daring 19th century white matriarch, it is the story of Barker’s great-grandmother, Alice Donlan Johnson.

http://www.DedriaBarker.com
Attended with the help of a community of writers tuition waiver.

Aida Salazar

Writers Workshop Participant '07

Her debut novel, The Moon Within, was acquired by Nick Thomas at AALB/Scholastic. This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 11-year-old Celi, whose life swirls with questions about her changing body, her first attraction to a boy, her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid, and her mother’s insistence she have a Chicana moon ceremony for her first menses. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.

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

Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14, Writers Workshop participant '04, '15

Her new novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blue, was published by Counterpoint Press in February, 2019.

https://www.devislaskar.com/

Emmalie Dropkin

Writers Workshop participant '18

She is the co-editor, along with Edie Meidav, 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.umass.edu/umpress/title/strange-attractors

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/

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshop Participant '00

Her newest novel, The Last Train to London, will be published later this year as part of a two book deal with HarperCollins.

http://www.megwaiteclayton.com/

Danusha Lameris

Poetry Participant, '00

Her poems are currently out, or forthcoming in: The New Ohio Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. As of September 2018, she has served as the Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.

http://www.danushalameris.com

Lex Williford

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '97, '04

His novella, Balsa and Tissue Paper, is forthcoming as an ebook and in the forthcoming 2019 Solos issue of Ploughshares.

http://www.lexwilliford.com

Jami Macarty

Poetry Participant, '10, '14, '17

Instinctive Acts, her third chapbook came into the world via Nomados Literary Publishers in October 2018. Her first chapbook, Landscape of the Wait, was reviewed by Michelle Mitchell-Foust in Drizzle Review. And, sixteen additional poems appeared in the Canadian, American, and Australian journals: EVENT, Contemporary Verse 2, The Paddock Review, Light: A Journal of Photography & Poetry, Otoliths, and descant.

http://jamimacarty.com

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Poetry Participant, '92, '00, '09, '13

Her sixth book of poems, The Bones of Winter Birds, was chosen from several hundred submissions and will be published by Terrapin Books in February 2019. Ann’s fifth book, Mississippi, is a poetry/photography collaboration with Maude Schuyler Clay (Wings Press 2018). From May 11-18, 2019, Ann will lead the poetry workshop at Longleaf Writers Conference, in Seaside, Florida.

http://annfisherwirth.com

Charles Halsted

Poetry Participant, '18.

His first chapbook collection of poems, Breaking Eighty, has now been published by Finishing Line Press. A full poetry book Extenuating Circumstances will be published in 2019.

Judy Bebelaar

Poetry Participant, '08, '10

She has been named, along with her co-author Ron Cabral, 2019 Library Laureates by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for their book, And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, about the students they came to know when Jim Jones sent all the Temple teenagers to the small school where they taught. Bebelaar and Cabral will join other laureates, including Dave Eggers, Samin Nasrat and Wendy McNaughton, Amy Freed, and Tongo Eisen-Martin at the benefit gala on March 8, 2o19.

https://datebook.sfchronicle.com/books/teachers-recall-students-they-lost-in-jonestown-in-and-then-they-were-gone

Marci Vogel

Writers Workshop participant '05, Poetry Workshop participant '17

Her new novel, Death and Other Holidays, was recently published by Melville House.

Michael Chabon

Writers Workshop participant '86, '87, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '00, '02

His newest book, Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros, will be published by HarperCollins in January, 2019.

Molly Fisk

Poetry participant, '92, '95, '97, '01

Her fourth book of radio commentary, Naming Your Teeth: Even More Observations from a Working Poet, came out in November, 2018, containing 50 three-minute essays that originally aired on KVMR-FM Nevada City, CA.

http://www.mollyfisk.com

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshops Participant, '72, '73

His 11th book, The Splendid City, was published in February 2019.

http://www.terenceclarke.org

Michelle Brittan Rosado

Poetry Participant, '16

Her debut poetry collection, Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil. It was published in November 2018 by University of Wisconsin Press.

http://www.michellebrittanrosado.com

Paul Watsky

Poetry Participant '07, '09, '11, '13, '17.

His poem “What Mattered About The Wind,” begun and set in the Valley, appears in the current issue of The Moth (#35, December 2018).

http://paulwatskypoetry.com

Terry Shames

Writers Workshop participant '98

Her newest Samuel Craddock mystery, A Risky Undertaking for Loretta Singletary, will be published in January, 2019, by Seventh Street Books.

 

https://www.terryshames.com/

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/

James Jordan

Writers Workshop participant '09

His debut novel, The Speed of Life, was published in November, 2018, by Turning Leaf Books.

Matthew M. Monte

Writers Workshop Participant '11, '15

His debut poetry collection, The Case of the Six-Sided Dream, was recently published by Blue Light Press. It won the 2017 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize.

http://www.matthew-monte.com/

Owen Prell

Screenwriters Participant '02, '04; Screenwriters Panel (various)

His debut novel, Chance to Break, was published in 2018 in both U.S. (North Loop Books) and U.K. (The Book Guild) editions. The next author event will be a reading at Depot Bookstore in Mill Valley on November 30.

https://owenprell.com/

Charles Halsted

Poetry Participant, 18

His first full length poetry book Extenuating Circumstances has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press. It will contain three of the poems written at the Poetry Workshop.

Lynne Thompson

Poetry Participant, `97, `02

She won the 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, selected by Jane Hirshfield, for her manuscript Fretwork, which will be published in 2019. Thompson’s essay “The Family Stories of Jane Cooper” will be published the anthology Jane Cooper: A Radiance of Attention, forthcoming in 2019.

http://marshhawkpress.org

Maxima Kahn

Poetry Participant, '07, Writers Workshops Participant, '06, '10

Her poems have appeared this year or are forthcoming in Sweet, The Louisville Review and Orbis Journal, and she was nominated for Best of the Net. Her essays appeared in Just How Cool Is That, The Creative Penn, Tiny Buddha and Positively Positive.

https://BrilliantPlayground.com
Attended with the help of Mary Turnbull Scholarship 2010

Sally Van Doren

Poetry Workshop participant '01, '03, '06

Her poem “Housewife as Poet” from her 2017 book, Promise, was featured on Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column sponsored by the Poetry Foundation on November 12, 2018.

 

http://https://www.americanlifeinpoetry.org/

Liz González

Poetry Participant, '00

Her mixed genre book, Dancing in the Santa Ana Winds: Poems y Cuentos New and Selected, was published by Los Nietos Press in July 2018. Her poem “Fall in the Chaparral” appeared in the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, 2018 released by Scarlet Tanager Books in October 2018. Her poem “Menudo vs. Hotdogs” appeared in the August 2018 issue of Voices de la Luna: A Quarterly Literature and Arts Magazine.

www.lizgonzalez.com

Leland Cheuk

Writers Workshop participant '01, '02

His newest novel, No Good Very Bad Asian, is forthcoming from C&R Press in 2019.

https://lelandcheuk.com/

Tom Barbash

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

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

Katherine Rothschild

Writer’s Workshop participant, ‘03

Her YA novel on sisterhood in an untraditional family, Hope and Other Feathered Things, will be published by Soho Teen in early 2020.

http://kath_rothschild.com

D. P. Medina

Writers Workshops Participant, '85, '86

His novel, The Madness of the Brave, was published by Moonshine Cove Publishing in Summer 2018. A unique character-driven thriller, the novel is set in the late 70s’ world of political activism, a world of shifting alliances, faceless informants and betrayal and challengeson some of our most fundamental beliefs.

http://dpmedina.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/

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.

Cerrissa Kim

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

She served as editor and contributor to the anthology Mixed Korean: Our Stories. From the struggles of the Korean War, to the modern dilemmas faced by those who are mixed race, comes an assortment of stories that capture the essence of what it is to be a mixed Korean. With common themes of exclusion and recollections of not looking Korean enough, black enough, white enough, or “other” enough, this powerful collection features works by award-winning writers, poets, and scholars, alongside voices of literary newcomers. Mixed Korean: Our Stories is a testament to the courage, strength and resilience of all mixed people. Proceeds will be donated to 325Kamra and KoreanAmericanStory.org.

http://www.truepeny.com/category-s/1823.htm

Alma Katsu

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her horror novel, The Hunger, published in March, 2018, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, was recently named one of the “5 Horror Novels to Read by Women Right Now” by The Writer. 

https://www.writermag.com/blog/horror-novels-by-women/3/

Beverley Bie Brahic

Poetry Workshop participant '08

Her fourth collection of poetry, The Hotel Eden, was published in September, 2018, by Carcanet Press (UK).

http://www.beverleybiebrahic.com/

Cynthia Robinson

Writers Workshop participant '13, '14

Her debut novel, Birds of Wonder (Standing Stone Books, 2018), has been named one of four finalists for the 2018 CNY Awards in the fiction category by judge Stephanie Dickson. The winner will be announced on November 8.

http://www.syracuse.ymca.org/dwccny-book-awards.html

Debra Kang Dean

Poetry Participant, '93, '96

Her third collection of poetry, Totem: America, was published by Tiger Bark Press in October 2018.

Michelle Bitting

Poetry Participant '05, '06

She won the 2018 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, and her fourth collection, Broken Kingdom, recently won the 2018 Catamaran Prize.

http://www.michellebitting.com

Tim Foley

Writers Workshop Participant, '99, '01, '02

His recent short story publications include: “Some Pages From the Journal of James Morris,” in A Book of the Sea (Egaeus Press.) and “Aneurism,” in Morpheus Tales: The Best Weird Fiction, Number 7. His essay on Ambrose Bierce, “Night-Doings in Victorian England: The Sojourn of Ambrose Bierce,” has appeared in Wormwood 30 (Tartarus Press, 2018).

Angel Garcia

Poetry Workshop Participant '12

His new book of poetry, Teeth Never Sleep, was published in November, 2018, by University of Arkansas Press.


Attended with the help of the UC Riverside Scholarship.

Ruben Quesada

Poetry Workshop Participant '07

His new book of poetry, Revelations, will be published in November, 2018, by Sibling Rivalry Press.


Attended with the help of he UC Riverside Scholarship.

Gordon Jack

Writers Workshops Participant '03, '08

His second novel, Your Own Worst Enemy, will be published by HarperTeen on November 13, 2018.

http://www.gordon-jack.com

Alexander Payne Morgan

Writers Workshop participant '10, '13

His new book of poems, Loneliness Among Primates, was published by Kelsay Books/ Aldrich Press in September, 2018.

Kenji Liu

Poetry Workshop Participant '14

His new collection of poetry, Monsters I Have Been, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in April 2019.

http://www.kenjiliu.com/
Attended with the help of the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship.

Vickie Vértiz

Poetry Participant, '14

Her book, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, won the 2018 PEN America prize for poetry. The prize is for an outstanding book of poetry published in 2017 west of the Mississippi River. Read more in the LA Times feature here.

http://www.latimes.com/books/la-ca-jc-pen-award-winners-20180927-story.html
Attended with the help of the Ancinas Scholarship (Writers Workshops) and Lucille Clifton Scholarship (Poetry Workshop).

Christine Granados

Writers Workshop Participant '09

Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, which was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017, won the 2017 Writer’s League of Texas Fiction Discovery Prize in April 2018. The book received Honorable Mention for Best Latino Focused Fiction Book in English from the 2018 International Latino Book Award. Fight Like a Man was also the winner of the 2018 NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Book Award.

http://www.ktep.org/post/words-wire-christine-granados
Attended with the help of the Ancinas Family Scholarship.

Sheila Thorne

Writers Workshops Participant, '04

Her story, “The Horses,” appeared in the 2018 fall issue of Raleigh Review.

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.

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Workshop Participant '00

Her newest book of poems, Secondary Cicatrices, won the Halcyon Poetry Book Contest. It will be published in early 2019 by Middle Creek Publishing.

https://www.lynneagoldsmith.com/

Jon Riccio

Poetry Participant, '15

His recent work appears in A-Minor Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, COAST | noCOAST, The Ekphrastic Review, and E·ratio. He was a 2018 Lambda Poetry Fellow.

Alicia Upano

Writers Workshop participant '12

She won the 2018 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Competition for her novel, Big Music.


Attended with the help of the Mohr Scholarship.

Michelle Bitting

Poetry Participant '05

Her fourth collection, Broken Kingdom, was recently published. It received the 2018 Catamaran Poetry Prize.

https://www.michellebitting.com/

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “Faith” will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Santa Monica Review. This is the journal’s 30th anniversary of publication, and the issue will be launched on October 14 at The Edye in Santa Monica. Gaitonde has been invited to read at the event. The attached poster has more details.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Adela Najarro

Poetry Participant, '16

She placed as a semi-finalist for The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her poem “Chantico Swings” will appear in the Nimrod International Journal upcoming award issue, October 2018. Adela entered the contest with the volcano poems she started at the Community of Writers.

http://adelanajarro.com

Jenn Stroud Rossmann

Writers Workshop Participant, '99

Her debut novel, The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh, will be published by 7.13 Books in November, 2018.

http://www.jennstroudrossmann.com

Kirsten Whatley

Writers Workshops Participant, '06

Kirsten Whatley’s short nonfiction piece, “Only Moths,” appeared in PANK‘s Spring/Summer 2018 online issue, and was subsequently translated into Italian. Two of her Hawaii-based food stories recently appeared in AFAR (May 2018) and Saveur (Fall 2018).

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

Scott Edward Anderson

Art of the Wild Participant, '92

His new book, Dwelling: an ecopoem, which received an honorable mention for The Hopper Poetry Prize last year, has just been published by Shanti Arts of Brunswick, Maine. A sequence of poems and prose questions about the nature of our dwelling, place, home and our relationship with the other species with which we share this planet, Dwelling: an ecopoem has been called “a phenomenology of how we live on the Earth,” by Alison Hawthorne Deming.

https://www.shantiarts.co/uploads/files/anderson_dwellilng.html

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

Kate Hope Day

Writers Workshop participant '15

Her debut novel If, Then is forthcoming from Random House March 12, 2019. It has been optioned by Heyday Television.

https://www.katehopeday.com/

Elaine Barnard

Writers Workshop Partcipant (11)

Elaine Barnard will be reading from the collection of stories from her travels in Asia, Emperor of Nuts at 7pm on Oct.11 at the famous KGB bar in NYC. The event is sponsored by her publisher New Meridian Arts.

http://redroomnyc.com/eventstext

Jeffrey Kingman

Poetry Participant, '12

He was a finalist in Inlandia Institute’s 2018 Hillary Gravendyk Prize poetry book competition.

http://www.jeffkingman.com

Margaret C. Murray

Screenwriters Workshop, '87

In late September, she launched her 4th novel, Pillow Prayers—Love Ruined, Love Reborn after the Summer of Love, at Fourth Street Fine Art Cooperative in Berkeley, CA where much of her story takes place.

http://writewordspress.com/category/upcoming-book/
Attended with the help of National Endowment for the Arts

Tim Wendel

Writers Workshop participant '86, '87, '88, '89. Screenwriters Workshop participant '05

A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, Tim Wendel’s latest book is a memoir, Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest to Cure Childhood Leukemia. He read the audiobook and is now doing voice skills for the company working with the Amazon Echo. In addition, work continues on the documentary of his book Summer of ’68, which was named a notable book by the State of Michigan.

http://www.timwendel.com/newsletter.htm

Jen Beagin

Writers Workshop participant '11

She recently made the short list for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize.


Attended with the help of the UC Irvine Scholarship for MFAs.

Wayétu Moore

Writers Workshop Participant '09

Her new novel, She Would Be King, was released from Graywolf Press on September 11, 2018. She will be joining us next summer for our Published Alumni Reading Series.

https://www.wayetu.com/
Attended with the help of the Carlisle Family Scholarship.

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Poetry Workshop, 2015

Her first full-length collection of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, will be published by Ecco Books in September, 2018.

http://emily-yoon-poetry.tumblr.com/
Attended with the help of the W C & F Scholarship.

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop Participant '93, '94, '98

Her new novel, Weather Woman, will be published on October 9, 2018, by Red Hen Press.

http://caiemmonsauthor.com/

Grant Hier

Writers Workshop Participant ’93, Art of the Wild ’95, Poetry Participant ’98

His new poetry collection, The Difference Between, was published by Pelekinesis in April 2018. A book of Flash Fiction, co-written with the Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks, John Brantingham, is forthcoming in February, 2019.

http://www.ghier.com

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor

Poetry Participant, '00, '03

Her new co-edited book, Arts-based Research in Education: Foundations for Practice, was recently published by Routledge  in 2018.

http://www.teachersactup.com/

Joanna Solfrian

Poetry Participant, '06

Her second collection, The Mud Room, will be published by MadHat Press in 2019.

http://www.joannasolfrian.com/
Attended with the help of a scholarship and and a work-waiver.

Ama Codjoe

Poetry Participant, '15

Her poem “Etymology of a Mood” was selected by Natasha Trethewey for the Georgia Review‘s Loraine Williams Poetry Prize.

https://mailchi.mp/uga/amacodjoe?e=3f09b85e0a
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Scholarship

Anne Ray

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Her story “Weekend Trip”, originally published in Gettysburg Review, won a 2018 Pushcart Prize. Her story “Black Feather” is forthcoming in Indiana Review.

https://www.performingprose.com/

Leslie Hsu Oh

Writers Workshop Participant ,'14

Her essay “K’E YIL YAL TX’I: SAYING SOMETHING,” first published in Alpinist Magazine and a Bronze medalist in the Family Travel category of the 2018 Solas Awards, was selected for Waymaking, an anthology of prose, poetry and artwork by women who are inspired by wild places, adventure and landscape, available now from Vertebrate Publishing. Her story “On the Line” was selected for Grace in Darkness, an anthology of metro D.C. women, available now from American University.

http://www.lesliehsuoh.com
Attended with the help of The O'Dwyer Scholarship

Randy White

Poetry Participant, '16

His company, Blue Oak Press, is publishing Lisa Dominguez Abraham’s first book of poems Coyote Logic in Fall 2018. Randy is also publishing Karst Mountains Will Bloom: The Collected Poems of Pos Moua during Winter 2018. Moua is considered by many to be the father of Hmong poetry. Blue Oak Press has also begun compiling poems for the anthology They Will Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets which will be released in Spring 2020.

http://blueoakpress.media

Lynn Gordon

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Her stories are appearing this year in J Journal and The Examined Life.

Julia Park Tracey

Writers Workshops Participant '16, '18

Her in-depth feature on San Francisco Bay Area author and activist Kate Schatz was the cover story for Alameda Magazine in August 2018, and a major feature in Oakland Magazine August 2018.

http://www.oaklandmagazine.com/August-2018/One-Rad-Mama/

Janyce Stefan-Cole

Writers Workshop '04

Her short tale, “Clowns,” is included in the The Open Space, issue 21, “Things That Matter”.

http://janycestefan-cole.com

Justin McFarr

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

His collection of 4 short stories – which feature the main characters from his first novel, The Bear Who Broke the World – was published as a Kindle exclusive by Wheeler Street Press in August, 2018.

https://thebearwhobroketheworld.wordpress.com/

David Stallings

Poetry Participant, '11

He recently published his second book of poetry, Risking Delight (Aldrich Press, Kelsay Books, 2018).

giovanni singleton

Her new book of poetry, American Letters: Works on Paper, was recently published by Canarium Books.

Vanessa Hua

Writers Workshop Participant '08

Her new novel, A River of Stars, was recently published by Ballantine Books.

David Corbett

Writers Workshop Participant '88, '89, '91, '99, Screenwriting Workshop Participant '01

His newest book, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, is now available from Black Opal Press.

http://www.davidcorbett.com/

Penelope Moffet

Poetry Workshop Participant '87, '17

Her new book of poems, It Isn’t That They Mean to Kill You, is now available from Arroyo Seco Press.

Norma Liliana Valdez

Poetry Participant '16

Her chapbook manuscript, Preparing the Body, is forthcoming by YesYes Books. Her essay, “Inheritance”, was recently published in The Rumpus as part of the “Mothering Outside the Margins” series.

http://therumpus.net/2018/05/inheritance/

Robert Schladale

Writer's Workshop '16, '17

His story, “Life in the Littoral Waters,” appears in the most recent issue of Redivider (February 2018).

Robert Rorke

Writers Workshop Participant, '11

Harper Collins published his first novel, Car Trouble, on September 11, 2018.

Marcia Butler

Writer's Workshop Participant '15

Her debut novel, Pickle’s Progress, will be published on April 9, 2019. Recent praise from Richard Russo: “The four main characters in Pickle’s Progress seem more alive than most of the people we know in real life because their fears and desires are so nakedly exposed. That’s because their creator, Marcia Butler, possesses truly scary X-ray vision and intelligence to match.”

http://marciabutlerauthor.com

Dedria Humphries Barker

Writing Workshop Participant '08, '15

She won a Tier 1 writing residency award to Can Serrat, El Bruc, Barcelona, Spain, and was in residence March – May, 2018.

http://dedriahumphries.com

Regina Louise

Writers Workshop Participant ‘02, '15, Writers Workshop Alum Reading ‘03, Screen Writing Workshop ‘09

Her new book, Someone Has Led This Child to Believe: A Case History of Love, was published on July 10 by Agate Publishing. The film adaptation of her memoir, Someone’s Somebody,  wrapped principal photography June 27th.

Amber Flora Thomas

Poetry Participant '92, '99, '01, '03, '05, '13

Her book Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems will be published in August, 2018, by Red Hen Press.

Forrest Gander

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff

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

http://forrestgander.com/

Brenda Rickman Vantrease

Writers Workshop Participant '02

Her new historical fiction series entitled Broken Kingdom from Severn House. Vol. I: The Queen’s Promise was released August 1, 2018, with Vol. 2: A Far Horizon to follow in February of 2019.

http://brendarickmanvantrease.com

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshop Participant '00

Her new novel, Beautiful Exiles, was published August 1, 2018, by Lake Union Publishing.

http://www.megwaiteclayton.com/

R.O. Kwon

Writers Workshops Participant, '10

Her first novel, The Incendiaries, was published on July 31, 2018 by Riverhead in the U.S. and by Virago/Little Brown in the U.K. It’s about Phoebe Lin, a Korean American woman who gets involved with a fundamentalist cult with ties to North Korea. Kwon was recently profiled in the New York Times as a writer to watch.

http://ro-kwon.com

Samantha Thornhill

Poetry Workshop, 2009

Her third children’s book, A Card for My Father, was published in May, 2018, by Penny Candy Books.

http://samanthaspeaks.com/
Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Blas Falconer

Poetry Workshop Participant '12, '16

His new book of poetry, Forgive the Body This Failure, will be released late this summer by Four Way Books.

Regina Louise

Writers Workshop participant '01, '14

Her memoir, Someone Has Led This Child to Believe, will be released by Agate Bolden in July, 2018.

Laurie Ann Doyle

Her new book of stories, World Gone Missing, was released by Regal House press in Fall 2017. She teaches writing at The San Francisco Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley.

Anne Ray

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

In collaboration with actors Sean McIntyre and Emily Shain, Anne Ray is teaching a workshop on performance for writers of prose, at NYC’s Playwright’s Horizon Theater School, May 19-20.

https://www.performingprose.com/

Sommer Schafer

Writers Workshops Participant '13

Her short story, “Mary and the Machine,” appears in the Spring 2018 issue of North American Review.

http://www.sommerschafer.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

Lauren Barbato

Writers Workshop Participant '17

Her short story “Old Girls, or, The Ordinary Adventure” was published in the spring 2018 issue of The Hopkins Review. Her short story “Former Marys” was also published in the spring 2018 issue of Blackbird.

http://hopkinsreview.jhu.edu/current-issue/old-girls-or-the-ordinary-adventure/
Attended with the help of The Lojo Foundation Scholarship

David Kerns

Writers Workshop participant '07

His novel Fortnight on Maxwell Street won the Eric Hoffer Award for the Best General Fiction Book of 2018. Published by Bay Tree Publishing, the novel is a reluctant hero’s journey of fear and courage set in Chicago in the spring of 1968. The manuscript, a memoir in its earliest incarnation, was workshopped at the Community of Writers in 2007.

http://www.fortnightonmaxwellstreet.com

Holiday Reinhorn

Writers Workshops Participant, '17

The title story of Holiday Reinhorn’s second collection, “Our Lady of Perpetual Sadness,” was accepted for publication by American Short Fiction magazine.

http://www.holidayreinhorn.com/

Chris Wilson Simpkins

Poetry Participant '11, '14

Chris Wilson Simpkins won a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship through their 2018 poetry contest, and plans to attend the Kenyan seminar in December.

http://sumlitsem.org/contests/

John Harvey

Poetry Participant '95, Writers Workshop Staff '97

His new Frank Elder novel, Body and Soul, was published by William Heinemann in the UK in April, and will be published by Pegasus in the US in September, 2018.

Andrea Alban

Writer's Workshop Participant, '04

Her Writer’s Tribe has been named the official manuscript critique forum at the annual Book Passage Children’s Writer and Illustrator Conference (June 15-17, 2018). Andrea has served on the faculty of this popular conference for 10 years, presenting talks about creating quintessential characters, the art and craft of RE-Vision, and achieving self-editing mastery.

http://www.andreaalban.com

Peggy Townsend

Writers Workshop Participant '07

Her first thriller, See Her Run: An Aloa Snow Mystery, was released by Thomas & Mercer on June 1 as part of a two-book deal. Her short story, “First Peak,” also will appear June 19 in Santa Cruz Noir, an anthology series published by Akashic Press and edited by Susie Bright.

Cynthia Robinson

Writers' Workshops Participant, '13 and '14

She was recently spotlighted in an interview with BBC Ulster presenter Marie-Louise Muir discussing her new novel Birds of Wonder (Standing Stone Books, 2018). The interview is available via podcast here until May 25.

http://www.cynthiarobinsonbooks.com

Aneesha Capur

Writers Workshop Participant '05

She was recently invited to join the San Francisco Committee of Human Rights Watch. She is looking forward to supporting HRW’s broader efforts to raise awareness of local and global human rights issues, generate support, and mobilize policymakers to recognize basic freedoms for all.

http://www.aneeshacapur.com/

Shira Dentz

Poetry Workshop Participant '05

Her third full-length book of poems, how do i net thee, was published in April, 2018, from Salmon Poetry. It’s available for purchase now at Salmon Poetry, Amazon, and selected bookstores.

http://shiradentz.com

Sommer Schafer

Writers Workshops Participant '13

Her story, “My Little Pet,” appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Boulevard.

http://www.sommerschafer.com

Aida Salazar

Her debut picture book, Jovita Wore Pants, will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic in 2020.

http://www.aidasalazar.com/

Michael Barsa

Writers Workshop Participant '04

His first novel, The Garden of Blue Roses, was published on April 17 from Underland Press, with praise from Alice Sebold, Paul Tremblay, Ramona Ausubel, Ron Carlson, Michelle Latiolais, and others.

http://michaelbarsa.com

Lise Haines

Writers Workshop participant '99

Her new novel, When We Disappear, was released from Unbridled Books in June, 2018.

http://www.lisehaines.com/

Akil Kumarasamy

Writers Workshops Participant, '15

Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel, Half Gods, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June 2018.

http://akilk.com
Attended with the help of The Eshleman Scholarship

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '11

Her first book, an essay collection titled Mass for the Shut Ins will be published by Eyewear Publishing in early 2019.

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

Joanell Serra

Writers Workshop participant '15

Her literary novel, The Vines We Planted, was published by Wido Publishing in May 2018. The novel is set in Sonoma, California, and follows the complex interactions of three families during a year in the wine country. The novel was in progress when she attended the workshop.

http://joanellserraauthor.com/

Melissa Stein

Poetry Participant, '99

Her second poetry collection, Terrible Blooms, was published in April 2018 by Copper Canyon Press.

http://www.melissastein.com/books

Tessa Fontaine

Poetry Participant '00, '07

Her memoir, The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, on May 1, 2018. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, says: “Fascinating . . . This remarkable, beautifully written memoir explores the depth of mother-daughter love and the courageous acts of overcoming fear and accepting change.” Book Page, the monthly book review publication distributed to over 400,000 readers through bookstores and libraries, just listed her as one of “Eleven Women to Watch in 2018.”

http://www.tessafontaine.com/home.html

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/

Adrienne Sharp

Writers Workshop Participant '88, '98

Her novel, The Magnificent Esme Wells, was released by HarperCollins in April, 2018.

Jeff Walt

Poetry Participant, '17

He recently completed a one month writing residency at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, AL. He also has poems recently published in Red Wheelbarrow and Southword.

http://www.jeffwalt.com

Teresa (T) Stores

Writers Workshop Participant '04

Her collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, will be published by Green Writers Press in April 2018. This is her fourth book and her first collection of stories.


Attended with the help of Sallie Bell Scholarship

Nettie Reynolds

Writers Workshop Participant '99

She was the first playwright picked for the Associated Writing Program Mentee Fall Program 2017. She is currently working on her memoir on resiliency titled Magical Thinking Got Me Here. She recently had her ten minute play “The Groovy Ride” produced in Austin, where she lives.

http://www.nettiereynolds.net

Kevin Conder

Screenwritng Workshop participant '10; Poetry Workshop Participant '05

He was selected by the Erbacce Contest as the Featured Poet for May 2018. His poetry collection Beautiful Enough to Burn was recently published by Erbacce Press UK, 2018.

https://kevinconder.wixsite.com/beautifulenough

Johnny Kovatch

Writers Workshop participant '00

His debut novel, 59 Hours, a Simon True book, was released by Simon Pulse in March, 2018.

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Poetry Participant, '15

Her full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, is available for pre-order from the Harper Collins website and Amazon.  The official release is September 18, 2018.

http://
Attended with the help of WC&C Scholarship

Jennifer Haupt

Writers Workshop Participant '09, '13

Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published on April 2, 2018, by Central Avenue Publishing.

http://jenniferhaupt.com/author/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Tessa Fontaine

Poetry Participant, '99, '08

Her first book, The Electric Woman, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in May, 2018. The Electric Woman follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery– through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother.

http://www.TessaFontaine.com

Susie Hammond

Poetry Participant '17

She was among 17 participants from eight countries to convene as guests of the Faber Residency in Olot, Catalonia, Spain during October and November, 2017 for an interdisciplinary residency focused on Feminisms.

On June 14, 2018, she will be one of the evening’s featured readers at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Among the poems she will share will be several written at The Community of Writers. The reading is sponsored by Seattle’s longest running poetry series, It’s About Time, whose fundamental mission is social justice and inclusion.

http://faberresidency.com/residences/feminism-october-november-2017/

Consuelo Marshall

Poetry Participant '12

Her poem, “Myself As A Playboy Bunny” won the Verve International Poetry Festival Competition, in Birmingham, UK, and was judged by Luke Kennard. It appears in It All Radiates Outwards, the Verve Anthology of City Poems, Verve Poetry Press.

 

http://consuelom.wordpress.com

Varley O’Connor

Writers Workshops 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/

Nancy Huxtable Mohr

Poetry Participant '04, '06

Her book of poetry, The Well: Poems From Twin Pines Farm, is now available.

http://nancyhuxtablemohr.org

Kenji Liu

Poetry Workshop Participant '14

His new collection of poetry, Monsters I Have Been, will be published by Alice James Books in April, 2019.

http://www.kenjiliu.com/

Valerie Wallace

Poetry Participant '10

Her debut novel, House of McQueen, was published by Four Way Books in March, 2018.

http://valeriewallace.net/

Tim Wendel

Writers Workshop Participant '86, '87, '88, '89, '05

His new book, Cancer Crossings: A Brother, His Doctors and the Quest for a Cure to Childhood Leukemia, will be released in spring 2018. He is a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University.

www.timwendel.com

R.T. Jamison

Writers Workshops Participant, '15

His short story, “Forty Days in the Desert,” first published in the Kenyon Review, was selected for the anthology Buffalo Cactus and Other New Stories from the Southwest, available now from the University of New Mexico Press.
http://www.rtjamison.com/buffalo.html

http://www.rtjamison.com/buffalo.html

Aida Salazar

Writer Workshops Participant '07

Her debut novel, The Moon Within, was acquired by Nick Thomas at AALB/Scholastic. This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 11-year-old Celi, whose life swirls with questions about her changing body, her first attraction to a boy, her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid, and her mother’s insistence she have a Chicana moon ceremony for her first menses. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.

http://www.AidaSalazar.com

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

Crystal Reiss

Writers Workshop Participant '97

Crystal Jo Reiss’s first novel, Jane Is Everywhere has been published. This “more than #metoo” novel is about one woman’s absurd journey through America during the last two decades. It is now available for order at bookstores around the world (including the usual online outlets).

http://www.janeiseverywhere.com

Shobha Rao

Writers Workshop Participant '02

Her debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter, was published this month. She is also the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015.

http://shobharaowrites.com/

Scot Siegel

Poetry Participant, ‘07

His chapbook, Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone, will be published by Uttered Chaos Press in March 2018. The publisher writes, “Daughters, Here | Daughters, Gone is not about loss but self-determination. It is a father’s prayer for his daughters, and daughters everywhere, as they remake the world in their vision.”

http://www.utteredchaos.org/books.html

Ksenia Lakovic

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Her short story “The Addition” was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award and appeared in The Tishman Review in January 2018.

http://www.klakovic.com

Gretchen Van Lente

Writers Workshop Participant '96

She has two new books out this month. First is a collection of short stories of literary horror published by Hammer and Anvil Press, She-Thing and Other Righteous Tales. The second is Hydriphilica, also literary horror, published by Alternative Book Press. Both are available on Amazon. She-Thing is a book in print, and Hydrophilica is an Amazon Digital (at http://amzn.to/2FUJvjl ).

http:// /www.amazon.com/She-Thing-Other-Righteous-Tales-Gretchen/dp/1977061745

Blas Falconer

Poetry Participant '12, '16

His upcoming book, Forgive the Body this Failure, will be published in September, 2018. His poem “Apology For My Son Who Stops to Ask About His Mother Once More,” was recently published in the Harvard Review Online. You can read that here.

Dylan Brie Ducey

Writers Workshop Participant, '15

Her two flashes, “Disorder” and “The Mother Knocks Again, Louder This Time” appeared in The Occulum in August, 2017. Also, a short story, “Jaconita,” appeared in Four Way Review in November, 2017.

https://www.dylanbrieducey.com/
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Sanam Mahloudji

Writers Workshops Participant, '12

Her fiction will appear in the next issue (#52) of McSweeney’s Quarterly. Her fiction is also in Passages North‘s 2018 issue and Crab Creek Review‘s Spring 2017 issue. She was also nominated for the 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize for Emerging Writers.

https://store.mcsweeneys.net/products/mcsweeney-s-issue-25-mcs52

Ben Hinshaw

Writers Workshops Participant, '17

His story ‘Brazil and Back’ appeared in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of The Carolina Quarterly. Elsewhere, his story ‘Queen of the Forest’ placed third in the 2017 Bridport Short Story Prize, and his collection Exactly What You Mean won the 2017 Maurice Prize in Fiction. In January 2018, Ben received a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

http://benhinshaw.com
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Diane Wolff

Writers Workshop Participant '84

In early February, she did a reading from her work of narrative history An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse: The Man of Iron Recruits the Man of Letters. The reading took place at a conference at the Embassy of Mongolia in Washington, D. C., hosted by the Ambassador.

http://www.dianewolff.com

Ashley Roach-Freiman

Poetry Workshop Participant, '14

Her first chapbook, Bright Along the Body, was released by Dancing Girl Press in December 2017. Ashley reckons with and troubles the idea of identity in marriage and the overwhelming project of desire.

https://ashleyroachfreiman.com/

David Dixon

Poetry Participant '17

His poem “Noel Reeks of Bleach,” was recently published in the winter 2018 issue of Blue Streak, a poetry journal from Military Experience & the Arts. He wrote this poem during his time in Squaw Valley for his session with staff poet Forrest Gander.

http://militaryexperience.org/blue-streak-a-journal-of-military-poetry-vol-2/
Attended with the help of Veteran's scholarship

Maw Shein Win

Poetry Participant '94

Her full-length poetry collection, Invisible Gifts, will be published by Manic D Press in April, 2018. She is currently featured on Poetry International Web. Read the full article is here.

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshops Participant, '09

Her second novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, was published by HarperCollins in March of 2018. Susan lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group, LitPark.com.

 

 

 

https://www.facebook.com/SusanHendersonAuthor

Jasmin Darznik

Writers Workshop Participant '06, '10

Her novel Song of a Captive Bird was published by Random House/Ballantine in February 2018. It tells the story of Iran’s iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad.

http://jasmin-darznik.com/

Michael Andreasen

Writers Workshop Participant '07, Published Alumni '18

His debut collection The Sea Beast Takes a Lover was published February 28, 2018, by Dutton. Michael will be returning to Squaw Valley this summer as a part of the Published Alumni Reading Series.


Attended with the help of UCI Scholarship

Ramona Ausubel

Writers Workshop Participant '07, '12

Her new novel Awayland will be released from Riverhead Books this month.

http://ramonaausubel.com/
Attended with the help of UC Irvine Scholarship

Hilary Zaid

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Her debut novel, Paper is White, was published  in March 2018 from Bywater Books.

http://www.paperiswhite.com/
Attended with the help of The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship

Sands Hall

Writers Workshops Participant and Staff

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

http://www.sandshall.com

Analicia Sotelo

Poetry Participant, '16

Her first full-length of collection of poetry, Virgin, the inaugural winner of the Jake Adam York Prize, selected by Ross Gay, was recently published by Milkweed Editions in February 2018.

http://analiciasotelo.com
Attended with the help of The Rebecca Osheroff Honorary Memorial Scholarship

Kazim Ali

Poetry Participant '98 / Poetry Teaching Staff

His new collection of poems, Inquisition, will be published by Wesleyan University Press, March 6, 2018.

http://www.kazimali.com/

Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Participant, '04, '08, '14, Writers Workshop Participant '04, '15

Her novel The Atlas of Reds and Blue will be published by Counterpoint Press in February, 2019.

http://devislaskar.com/home

Cynthia Robinson

Writers' Workshops Participant, '13 and '14

Her debut novel, Birds of Wonder, was published by Standing Stone Books on 20 February, 2018.

http://www.cynthiarobinsonbooks.com

Cynthia Lim

Writers Workshops Participant, '15

Her memoir, Wherever You Are: A Memoir of Love, Marriage, and Brain Injury, will be published by Coffeetown Press September 1, 2018.

http://cynthialimwriting.com/

Kenji C. Liu

Poetry Participant, '14

His second full-length poetry collection, Monsters I Have Been, which frankensteins news articles, legal documents, and other texts to explore a range of masculinities, will be published by Alice Jones Books in Spring 2019. Selections from the new book have recently been published in two literary journals: Apogee and Anomaly.

http://www.kenjiliu.com
Attended with the help of Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship

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/

Michael David Lukas

Writers Workshop Participant '09

His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, will be published March 13, 2018, by Spiegel and Grau.

http://michaeldavidlukas.com/
Attended with the help of The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship

Wayétu Moore

Writers Workshop Participant '09

Her debut novel, She Would Be King, will be released in September 2018 from Graywolf Press.

https://www.wayetu.com/
Attended with the help of the Carlisle Family Scholarship

Hilary Zaid

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Her debut novel, Paper is White, will be be released on March 13, 2018 from Bywater Books.

http://www.paperiswhite.com
Attended with the help of The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship

Javier Zamora

Poetry Participant '10

Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), in partnership with Duende District Bookstore, is pleased to welcome award-winning poet, Javier Zamora, who will be in Washington, D.C. from February 26 through March 1. While in Washington, Zamora will give a public reading, take part in a colloquium with university students, spend time with students at a bilingual elementary school, and dialogue with students in a college-level writing workshop.

http://www.javierzamora.net/

Scott Edward Anderson

Art of the Wild Participant, '92

He has two recent essays published, “Hallelujah: I’m No Genius” in Schuylkill Valley Journal Online and a craft essay, “POETRY AS PRACTICE: How Paying Attention Helps Us Improve Our Writing in the Age of Distraction” in Cleaver Magazine. His new book, Dwelling: an ecopoem, will be published in Fall 2018 by Shanti Arts.

http://www.scottedwardanderson.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/

Shobha Rao

Writers Workshop Participant '02

Her debut novel, Girls Burn Brighter, will be published by Flatiron Books in March 2018. She is also the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman.

http://www.shobharaowrites.com

Sara Borjas

Writers Workshop Participant '13

Her debut collection of poetry, We Are Too Big for This House, will be published in 2019 by Noemi Press as part of the Akrilica Series.

http://http://www.noemipress.org/catalog/akrilica/
Attended with the help of UC Riverside Scholarship

Marlene Shigekawa

Screenwriters Workshop Participant '06, '12

Her documentary film, For the Sake of the Children, will be screened in San Francisco on February 24 at the New People Cinema as well as in Los Angeles. Prior screenings have taken place at venues throughout LA , at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and at the University of Montana.

http://www.forthesakeofchildren.org

Bill Pieper

Writers Workshops Participant, '10

His story “Wildflower Season” was published in the winter 2017 issue of Chiron Review, joining a lineage of past contributors that runs from Kerouac and Bukowski to Marge Piercy and Lorri Jackson. It is the first of his recent acceptances to see print, soon to be followed by “Barcelona Days” in Lipstick Party Mag and “Hi, Grandma” in Corvus ReviewChironReview.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

Michael Andreasen

Writers Workshops Participant, '07

His debut collection The Sea Beast Takes a Lover will be available February 28, 2018, from Dutton. The collection features stories that have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Quarterly West. “Andreasen has the soul of a poet and the heart of a yarn spinner; he breathes new life into familiar tropes via the ingenuity of his storytelling and his tendency to color outside the lines. The 11 refreshing stories in this debut collection are full of delicious detours, and ultimately they’re the point.” –Publisher’s Weekly

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Attended with the help of UCI Irvine Scholarship

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

Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshop Participant, '14

Gaitonde’s multimedia essay, “The Birth, Death & Reincarnation of the Harmonium,” published by The Mantle, New York, in 2016 & republished by Scroll.in (Delhi, India) in 2016, has been republished by the music magazine Serenade in Jan 2018.  A Dutch translation of Gaitonde’s essay, titled “De tijreis van het harmonium over de continenten,” along with additional material on the harmonium, was published in Vox Humana, Holland, in 2017.

https://twitter.com/weareji

Elaine Barnard

Writers workshops Participant 11

Elaine Barnard’s work collection of stories from her travels in Asia: Emperor of Nuts: Intersections Across Cultures will be published by New Meridian Arts in 2018.Elaine Barnard’s work has appeared in a number of publications: Her short story, “Shadows” was recently published in Red Fez; “Pomegranate” was recently published in Crux; “The Road” was recently published in Fixional; and “An Ordeal” is forthcoming in Sunlight.

http://elainebarnard.net, elainebarnard.com

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Poetry Participant, '92, '00, '09, '13

Ann Fisher-Wirth’s fifth book of poems, Mississippi, has just been released by Wings Press; it is a poetry/photography collaboration with the acclaimed Delta photographer Maude Schuyler Clay. She will be traveling throughout Mississippi to promote the book during the spring of 2018. In May she will be a Research Fellow at Bielefeld University, Germany, giving readings and teaching ecopoetry for their Project Entangled Americas; and will be giving readings for the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She has recently completed Because Here We Are (poems); one chapbook-length section is forthcoming in At Length.

http://http://www.wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=230

Robert Lipton

Poetry Participant 2003, 1995

Robert Lipton won the the 2018 Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Competition at the Munster Literature Center in Cork, Ireland. Author of A Complex Bravery published by Marick Press, the prize is for his poem “Official Story.” He will participate in the Cork International Poetry Festival, Feb. 2018,  and will have his work published in the Munster Literary journal Southword.

http://robertlipton.blogspot.com

Jasmin Darznik

Writers Workshops Participant in Fiction and Nonfiction, '06,'10

Her novel Song of a Captive Bird was published by Random House/Ballantine in February 2018. It tells the story of Iran’s iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad.

http://www.jasmin-darznik.com

Cynthia Robinson

Writers' Workshops Participant '13, '14

Her forthcoming novel, Birds of Wonder, out on February 20, 2018, with Standing Stone Books, received 5 stars and a featured review in the January/February 2018 issue of Foreword.

http://cynthiarobinsonbooks.com

Marilyn Kallet

Her new book of poems, How Our Bodies Learned, was published by Black Widow Press in January, 2018.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry Workshop

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s collection, Dulce, will be published by Northwestern University Press in April, 2018.

https://www.marcelohernandezcastillo.com/

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Poetry Participant, '15

Emily Jungmin Yoon’s first full-length collection of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, will be published by Ecco Books this September.

http://emily-yoon-poetry.tumblr.com/
Attended with the help of WC&C Scholarship.

Michelle Ruiz Keil

Writers Workshop Participant '14

Her short story “Random Magick” was recently published on Cosmonauts Avenue. You can read it here.

http://michelleruizkeil.com/

Sawnie Morris

Poetry Participant '90, '92, '07, '10, '13

She was recently named the inaugural poet laureate of Taos, New Mexico.

https://sawniemorris.com/

Dave Essinger

Writers Workshops Participant, '09

His new novel Running Out was published by Main Street Rag Publishing Company in June 2017.

http://dave-essinger.com
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship.

Lara Gularte

Poetry Participant '05, Writers Workshop Participant '04, '06

Her new book of poetry, Kissing the Bee, was published by The Bitter Oleander Press in January, 2018.

Michele Montgomery

Writers Workshop Participant '07

Her essay, “We Were Snubbed by Our Dead Dog. Twice.” was published this month in the New York Times. The link to the essay can be found here.

http://mimont.com/

Tara Dorabji

Writers Workshop Participant '13

She has new work published in All the Women in My Family Sing, edited by Deborah Santana, a collection of prose and poetry. The collection includes writing by Michelle “Mush” Lee, Natalie Baszile, Phiroozeh Petigara, Samina Ali, Soniah Kamal, Nayomi Munaweera, Kira Lynne Allen and more!

Amber Flora Thomas

Poetry Participant, '92, '99, '01, '03, '05, '13

Her book Red Channel in the Rupture: Poems is forthcoming from Red Hen Press, August 2018.

Ramona Ausubel

Writers Workshop Participant '07, '12

Her new novel Awayland will be published by Riverhead Books in March, 2018.

http://ramonaausubel.com/

Mary Freericks

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '91, 09

Her collection of poems, Blue Watermelon, which represents vivid memories from her childhood in Iran, was published in January and is now available on Amazon.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Program Participant, '13

Her pilot teleplay “Virtual Vida” is a Quarterfinalist for the 2018 CineStory TV/Digital Fellowship (Original Comedy Division). Her script boasts an inclusive cast with a Puerto Rican female lead. Learn more about Caitlin’s writing at www.caitlinmccarthy.com.

http://www.caitlinmccarthy.com

Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Participant '04, '08, '14, Writers Workshop Participant '04, '15

Her second chapbook Anastasia Maps was published by Finishing Line Press in December 2017. Her first chapbook, Gas & Food, No Lodging was also published by Finishing Line last March.

http://devislaskar.com

Gene Berson

poetry participant, '17

His book, raveling travel, was published by Open Book Press. The book contains several poems recently published in Sisyphuslitmag.org, the winter issue of Canarylitmag.org, and Red Fez.

http://THEOPENBOOKPRESS.COM
Attended with the help of the Alexander Cushing Memorial Scholarship for Locals.

Terry Shames

Writers Workshop Participant '99

A Reckoning in the Back Country, Terry Shames’s seventh novel in the award-winning Samuel Craddock series,was published in January 2018, by Seventh Street Book.

http://Terryshames.com

Jamie Cat Callan

Writers Workshop Participant, '91

Her latest book Parisian Charm School was published by Penguin Random House in January, 2018.

http://www.JamieCatCallan.com

David Hagerty

Writers Workshop Participant, 2006

He has published the third book in his series of political mysteries. They Tell Me You Are Brutal (Evolved Publishing, 2017) continues the story of Gov. Duncan Cochrane, who has a murderous family secret to conceal and a saboteur to capture.

http://www.davidhagerty.net