Poetry Participant, 2015
KB Ballentine’s fourth collection, The Perfume of Leaving, won the 2016 Blue Light Press Poetry Award and appeared in print in early autumn 2016. A few of the poems were written at the Community of Writers. Ballentine’s fifth collection, Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was accepted for publication by Middle Creek Publishing and will be available May 2017. Several of the poems in this latest collection were conceived and workshopped at Squaw Valley, including the title poem of the book. Selected as Author of the Month for Barnes and Noble, Chattanooga, Ballentine will be reading poetry from both collections on Friday, April 28, from 6.30-7.30 pm.
Attended with the help of The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship.
Poetry Participant, '92, '95, '98, '04 & Art of the Wild Participant '94
Molly Fisk was named the inaugural Poet Laureate of Nevada County, CA in April. Her latest book is Houston, We Have a Possum, Further Observations from a Working Poet.
Attended with the help of Poetry Elf/Community of Writers Scholarship
Writers Workshop Participant, '09
Kim O’Neil’s first collection of stories, Fever Dogs, is forthcoming from Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in summer 2017.
Attended with the help of Kim participated in the Community of Writers with the assistance of UC Irvine's MFA program.
Louis B. Jones
Writers Workshop Participant, '89, Staff
Louis B. Jones has an essay on Jane Austen in the Winter 2016 Three Penny Review, and a piece on Plato for the upcoming Spring, 2017 Three Penny Review issue. Louis originally attended the Community of Writers with the support of a UC Irvine Scholarship.
Attended with the help of UC irvine Scholarship
Writers Workshop Participant '92, '93; Staff
Lisa Alvarez’s poem, “At The Free Clinic, 1977,” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of Huizache: The Magazine of Latino Literature. She is also happy to note a number of other alums are in the same issue. Lisa attended the Community of Writers with the support of a UCI scholarship and the Ancinas scholarship.
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship, Ancinas scholarship
Writers Workshops Participant in Nonfiction, '16
Elison Alcovendaz’s essay “A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage” has been published by The Rumpus. Parts of this essay were treated in workshop at the Community of Writers and read by Jason Roberts. The essay can be read here.
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship
Writers Workshops Participant '08
Vanessa Hua’s debut short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, has been getting great advance praise: O, The Oprah Magazine: a “searing debut”; Booklist: “an intriguing collection”; Bustle: “exactly what we need to be reading in this country right now, and probably always”; Nylon: “profoundly moving and impossible to forget.” She’ll be reading throughout the Bay Area, Nevada City, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and New York this fall. For more information, go to www.vanessahua.com
Attended with the help of Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston Scholarship
Poetry Participant '03,'06,'10,'13
Christina Hutchins’ second book of poetry, Tender the Maker, winner of the 2015 May Swenson Award, was published by Utah State University Press / University Press of Colorado in autumn 2015. The book is an elegy both personal and historical, and some of the poems originated among the poets of the Community of Writers.
Attended with the help of General Scholarship
Writers Workshops Participant, '11
Judy Batalion’s debut, White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess in Between, was published by NAL/Penguin in January.
Attended with the help of The Carlisle Family Scholarship