Gail Reitano

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

Gail Reitano’s memoir vignettes, “Growing Up (Italian) in the New Jersey Pine Barrens,” will appear in the
Fall 2015 anthology, Songs of Ourselves, America’s Interior Landscape, from Blue Heron Book Press

John J. Gobbell

Writer's Workshop, '89

The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) announced the award of the 2015 Gold Medal – Historical Fiction, to John J. Gobbell at their annual meeting September 26, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The award was for his latest novel, Edge of Valor, published by the United States Naval Institute Press. Edge of Valor is the fifth novel in the Todd Ingram stand-alone series.

Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops Participant, '08

Anthony J. Mohr’s essay, “The Angry Red Planet,” appeared in issue 8 of Mojo. His essay, “Rainy Day Schedule,” is upcoming in DIAGRAM, and his essay, “The Candied Children,” is upcoming in Common Ground Review. He is a reader for Hippocampus and for Fifth Wednesday Journal.

Stephanie Ford

Poetry Participant, '11

Stephanie Ford’s first poetry collection, All Pilgrim, has been published by Four Way Books (October 2015).

Paco Marquez

Poetry Participant, '12

Paco Marquez has a poem in the current issue of LiVE MAG!, which is available both in print and online.

Leza Lowitz

Writers Workshop Participant, `99

Leza Lowitz’s debut memoir, Here Comes the Sun, on finding motherhood across two oceans, two decades, and two thousand yoga poses, has been published by Stone Bridge Press of Berkeley, CA. Excerpts appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, Best Buddhist Writing 2011, Yoga Journal, Yoga Journal Japan,, Elephant Journal, and the Manifest-Station.

Erich Stonestreet

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Erich launched Left Coast magazine. “Revealing our culture, improving our lives, advancing our secret agenda.”

Christian Kiefer

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

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

Will Allison

Writers Workshops Staff

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



Alexander Booth

Poetry Participant, '03

Alexander Booth’s translations of Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker are forthcoming in A Public Space; his translation, together with You Nakai, of Berlin’s literary Wunderkammer “Museum of Unheard (of) Things” is forthcoming with Already Not Yet press. In addition, his translations of German Book Prize (2014)-winning poet Lutz Seiler’s collection of poems, in field latin, will be published in March 2016 by Seagull Books as will his translation of the young German writer Gunther Geltinger’s novel, Moor, that autumn. Some of his poems most recently appeared in the online journal H_NGM_N.

Sommer Schafer

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

Sommer Schafer’s short story, “A Final Affair,” was published in the inaugural issue of The 3288 Review.

Alex Wilson

Writers Workshop Participant, '15

Alex Wilson’s short story, “Fence,” appears in the Fall 2016 issue of the Southwest Review.


A. R. Taylor

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

A. R. Taylor’s novel, Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion, received the IPPY Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction 2015. One of her new short fiction stories was performed Wednesday, October 21st as part of Lit Crawl L. A.

Suzanne Rorhus

Writers Workshops Participant, '07

Suzanne Berube Rorhus has short stories in the Flash and Bang anthology, out in October 2015, and in Memphis Noir, which will come out in November, 2015.

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07,'11

Gwen Goodkin had two short stories published in July – “One From Many” by Witness and “How to Hold it All in” published as part of Atticus Review’s Tales from the VFW series.

Berwyn Moore

Poetry Participant,'90,'92

Berwyn Moore won the 2015 James Dickey Poetry Award from Five Points Journal. She has also had poems appearing in Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Measure A Review of Formal Poetry, Briar Cliff Review, and Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.


Norman Minnick

Poetry Participant, '06

Norman Minnick has just finished editing and designing Work Toward Knowing: Beginning with Blake by Jim Watt, which will be published in November by Kinchafoonee Creek Press out of Athens, GA.

Caitlin McCarthy

Screenwriting Program 2013

Caitlin McCarthy’s spec for “The Good Wife” has reached the finals at the 2015 Austin Film Festival in the “Teleplay – One-Hour Spec” category. The winner will be announced on October 31. Also, “Women and Hollywood” nominated Caitlin for the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive. Additionally, Caitlin’s spec for “Elementary” made the quarterfinals of the Final Draft Big Break writing competition; the semifinalists will be announced in October. Lastly, producer Anton L. Nel is attached to Caitlin’s feature screenplay Wonder Drug.

Nina Boutsikaris

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

This summer Nina won the 2015 Beacon Street Prize for her essay “I’m Trying to Tell You I’m Sorry.” It will be printed in the fall issue of Redivider. Her upcoming publications include “The Tuesday Evening Train,” which will appear in Volume 8 of The Los Angeles Review this fall, and “What I Know,” which will appear in the spring 2016 issue of Puerto del Sol.

Katie Ford

Poetry Teaching Staff

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

Celeste Leon

Writers Workshop Participant '13

Celeste’s León’s novel, Luck is Just the Beginning, will be released in November, 2015 by Floricanto Press. For more information and to read reviews by fellow Squaw Valley alumni and staff, please visit her website and blog.

Elise Blackwell

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

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

Carol Lee Hall

Screenwriters Workshop, '11

Carol Lee Hall became a Grand Prize Winner in the New York Screenplay Contest for her television concept based on Shelley Adina’s young adult steampunk adventure novel series Magnificent Devices. She and Shelley won cash, software, and an award certificate.


Paulette Boudreaux

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Paulette Boudreaux’s debut novel, Mulberry, winner of the Lee Smith Novel Prize, was released by Carolina Wren Press on October 1, 2015.

Jackie Davis Martin

Writers Workshop Participant, '14

Jackie Davis Martin read her short story “In the Heat” at the book launch of the anthology, Love on the Road (Liberties Press), in Dublin, Ireland in 2015. Her short story “Knife” (one-on-one consultant, Michael Jaime Beccera) won first prize in fiction from New Millennium Writings and will be published in Fall, 2015. In 2015, other stories appeared in Thrice Publishing, 100 Word Story, Bethlehem Writers Group, Bluestockings Magazine, On the Premises, Infective Ink, Halfway Down the Stairs, and a poem in The Best American Poetry Show.

Sheila Boneham

Writers Workshop Participant, '11

Sheila Webster Boneham’s essay, “A Question of Corvids”, appears in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology edited by Rebecca Skloot. In 2014, the essay won the Prime Number Magazine Creative Nonfiction Award judged by Ned Stuckey-French and appeared in the October 2014 issue of the magazine and in the 2014 Press53 Annual Anthology (Durham, NC: Press53, 2014).

Lorraine Comanor

Writers Workshops Participant, '09

Lorraine Comanor’s memoir segment, “In The Shadow of Parsenn,” was published  in the April 2015 issue of The New England Review.

Sheila Boneham

Writers Workshop Participant '11

Sheila Boneham is pleased to announce the release of Shepherd’s Crook, the fourth installment of her award-winning Animals in Focus mystery series from Midnight Ink.

Jan Stites

Writers Workshops Participant, '94

Jan Stites’s novel, Reading the Sweet Oak, was published September 2015 by Lake Union Publishing, a full-service, mainstream novel imprint of Amazon (not self-publishing).

Jami Macarty

Poetry Participant '10, '14

Jami Macarty has completed editing the Fall 2015 issue of the online poetry journal The Maynard. The issue goes live with 32 poets and 45 poems on October 15. Look for two poems by Community of Writers sister and housemate, Allison Delauer, ’10. Submit your poems!

JJ Strong

Writers Workshop Participant, '13

JJ Strong’s short story “People You’ve Been Before” will appear in the Fall 2015 issue of Fifth Wednesday. He also has two professional play productions upcoming: one in October at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and one in January 2016 at the LaBute New Theater Festival in New York.

Maureen O’Leary Wanket

Writers Workshops Participant '06

Maureen O’Leary Wanket’s short stories appear in Gold Man Review, Issue 5, and Shade Mountain Press’ anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of Unruly Women, both released November 2015. She is the recipient of Heyday Books’ Sacramento Valley Writing Contest best-of-category prize in poetry, and her work will appear in a forthcoming book about the environment and people of the region.

Lois Rosen

Poetry Participant, '99,'01

Lois Rosen’s new collection of poems, Nice and Loud, was published by Tebot Bach in October, 2015. Her chapbook Layer Cake appeared in January.

Mira Rosenthal

Poetry Participant, '00

Mira Rosenthal’s translation of Polish poet Tomasz Różycki’s Colonies won the Northern California Book Award and was shortlisted for numerous other prizes, including the prestigious International Griffin Poetry Prize. She has new poems, essays, and translations in Oxford American, Massachusetts Review, Nimrod, Kenyon Review Online, and American Poetry Review. This fall, she started a new position as the Director of Creative Writing at the University of South Alabama.

Sandy Yang

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Sandy Yang’s short story, “The Future Is,” was published in the Fall 2015 issue of South Dakota Review, and her story “The Desert Museum” was published in Juked in April 2015.

Julie Morin

Writer's Workshop Participant, '03

Julie Morin’s short story, “How To Disappear”, was published in March, 2015 in Pacifica Literary Review.

R.T. Jamison

Writers Workshops Participant, '15

R.T. Jamison won UCLA’s James Kirkwood Literary Prize in Creative Writing in 2014. His winning story appears in the current issue (Autumn 2015) of the Bellevue Literary Review.

Lauri Maerov

Writers Workshop Participant, '04, '09

Lauri Maerov’s short story, “River”, appears in the Fall 2015 issue of The Raleigh Review.

Jacqueline Doyle

Writers Workshop Participant, '14

Jacqueline Doyle was awarded a Notable Essay citation in Best American Essays 2015, ed. Ariel Levy for her essay “Who’s Your Stepdaddy?” in Jabberwock Review. This past year she also published creative nonfiction in Ghost Town, Under the Sun, Grist: The Online Companion, Lunch Ticket, Cold Mountain Review, Waccamaw, Switchback, and Southern Humanities Review (nominated for a Pushcart).

Malcolm Margolin

Special Guest, '15

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

Dawn Dorland Perry

Writers Workshops Participant '14

Dawn Dorland was named a Visiting Artist for six weeks this fall by the Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills, MN. Earlier this summer she regrettably had to decline a full scholarship to the Writers Workshops ’15 in order to have surgery: Dawn also became a living kidney donor this year.

Lisa Alvarez

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

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

Benito Vergara

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Benito Vergara’s short story, “Stone, Well, Girl,” including an interview with the author, appeared in Issue Forty-Nine of SmokeLong Quarterly (September 2015).

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, '91

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

Mark Coggins

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

Mark Coggins published No Hard Feelings, the sixth novel in the August Riordan crime fiction series.

Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshops Participant, '00

Meg Waite Clayton’s fifth novel, The Race for Paris — the story of two female journalists hoping to be the first to report the liberation of Paris in the summer of 1944 — was published by HarperCollins in August, and is a national bestseller and an Indie Next pick, as well as recommended reading by Glamour and the BBC, and a Historical Novel Reviews Editors’ Choice. Meg also published seven opinion pieces in the past year, in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Claudia Rankine

Poetry Teaching Staff & Participant, '93

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

Lynn Freed

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

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

Christopher Upham

Screenwriting Teaching Staff

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

Matthew Fogarty

Writers Workshops Participant, '11,'14

Matthew Fogarty’s debut collection of short stories, Maybe Mermaids & Robots are Lonely, and a novella will be published in Fall 2016 by George Mason University’s Stillhouse Press.
Electric City

Elizabeth Rosner

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

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

CB Follett

Poetry Participant, '91,'93,'95,'00,'04

CB Follet’s latest book, Quatrefoil, Poems by CB Follett, published by Many Voices Press, is due out in two weeks. Quatrefoil is a collection of four unpublished chapbooks on trees, dogs, red rocks and various ‘gathering’ words, such as a Murder of Crows, An Ostentation of Peacocks, etc.

Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Poetry Participant, '06,'07

Audrey Taylor Gonzalez published her first novel, South of Everything, this September 2015.

Kristin FitzPatrick

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Kristin FitzPatrick’s short story collection, My Pulse is an Earthquake, was published by West Virginia University Press in September 2015. She will be reading from her book at Lit Crawl LA in October 2015 with other Squaw Valley alumni, and at Book Passage in Corte Madera in January 2016.

Henry Rappaport

Poetry Participant, '09

Henry Rappaport’s poem “Sotto Voce,” was just published in Diverse Voices Quarterly. “Word on the Street” will be published by The Mayard in October, and “Otis” will appear in The Cincinnati Review winter issue.

Paula Priamos

Writers Workshop Participant, '97

Paula Priamos’s literary thriller, Inside V: A Novel, will be published by Rare Bird Books in 2016.

Troy Jollimore

Poetry Participant, '12,'15

Troy Jollimore’s third book of poems, Syllabus of Errors, was published in September 2015 by Princeton University Press.

David Hagerty

Writer Workshop Participant, '04

This year David Hagerty’s debut novel, They Tell Me You Are Wicked, a murder mystery, was published by Evolved Publishing. The first in a series of three, the next novels will appear in 2016 and 2017.

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshop, '72, '73, Poetry Workshop, and Writers Workshop Staff

Terence Clarke’s novel, The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, was published by Astor & Lenox in 2015.

Melissa DeCarlo

Writer's Workshops Participant, '14

Melissa DeCarlo’s debut novel, The Art of Crash Landing, was published in 2015 by Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins.

Vanessa Hua

Writers Workshop Participant, '08

Vanessa Hua received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her short story collection, winner of the Willow Books Grand Prize in Literature in Prose, will be published in the fall of 2016. This summer, an excerpt of her novel-in-progress won the San Francisco Litquake Writing Contest. Her essay about genes, generations, and her father’s cross-cultural funeral appeared in the New York Times. She will travel to Ecuador in October on fellowship sponsored by the International Journalism Project. (Photo credit: Rossa Cole)

Leland Cheuk

Writers Workshops Participant, '01, '02

Leland Cheuk’s first novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong is will be published by CCLaP Publishing in November 2015.

Lisa Espenmiller

Poetry Participant, '95

Lisa Espenmiller’s haiku have been published in the following print and online haiku journals: Modern Haiku (Volume 46.1 Winter-Spring 2015), bones (Issue 6, March 15, 2015), bottle rockets (Issue 32 Winter 2015), is/let (December 21, 2014; January 3, 2015), Issa’s Untidy Hut – Wednesday Haiku feature (April 8, 2015; June 10, 2015).

Jonah Charney-Sirott

Writers Workshops Participant, '10

Jonah C. Sirott’s debut novel, This is the Night will be published by Little A  in November.

Paul Watsky

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

Paul Watsky’s second poetry collection, Walk-Up Music (Fisher King Press) was published in April and received a Recommended Review from Kirkus.

Sandra Giedeman

Writers Workshop Participant '93, '96, '07

Sandra Giedeman’s poetry collection, In This Hour was published by Green Tara Press, Los Angeles, 2015.

Trent Robert Pridemore

Writers Workshops in Nonfiction, '10, '11

Trent Pridemore: A feature article and photo essay will by published in the 2015 Holiday issue of Sierra Heritage Magazine where he has published other features He also writes feature articles and has the “Stillwater” (fly fishing lakes) column and the “Foraging Angler” (food, wine, travel and outdoor cooking) column for California Fly Fisher. The magazine has also run chapters from his memoir project, “Chasing Rainbows…Tales of a Well-Traveled Fly Fisherman.” Related work includes lecturing on fly fishing, conservation biology and as a Special Outreach Ambassador for Bear Yuba Land Trust. He recently signed a contract to lecture for International Sportsman’s Expositions.

Judy Rowe Michaels

Poetry Participant, '91, '92 & Writing the Medical Experience Participant, 2002

Judy Rowe Michaels’s chapbook, Ghost Notes, appeared from Finishing Line Press June 2015. The New Ohio Review published two of her poems, spring, 2015, and two appeared on Verse Daily in August and September, 2015. Her poem “Spring Rain” won the NJ Poetry Prize for 2014 , and “Concentration: Chiura Obata, Painter” won the Daniel Varoujan Prize from the New England Poetry Club (2014). Her collection This Morning I Wanted to Tell You was a May Swenson finalist in 2014. She will be reading at the Abroad Writers Conference in Dublin this December.