b: william bearhart

Poetry Participant, '10

b: william bearhart’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bloom (Issue 10), North American Review (Fall 2015), Plume (Issue 50), Prairie Schooner (Winter 2015), and Tinderbox Poetry Journal (December 2015). He is poetry co-editor for Mud City, an online lit journal from the Institute of American Indian Arts Lo Rez MFA program, which launched its first issue this past August. He is also working as poetry editor on the next issue of About Place Journal (May 2016) with Metta Sama, editor.

Christine Hemp

Poetry Participant, '06

Christine Hemp was the Anthony Hecht Poetry Scholar at the 2015 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Her poems are forthcoming from 32 Poems and Christian Century.


Herta Feely

Writers Workshops Participant, '03

Herta Feely’s novel, tentatively titled Saving Phoebe Murrow, has been accepted for publication by Upper Hand Press in the US and Twenty7 Books (an imprint of Bonnier Fiction UK) in the UK. It’s due out in September 2016.


Cindy Brown

Writers Workshops Participant, '10

The Sound of Murder, the second book in Cindy Brown’s Ivy Meadows theater mystery series, was published by Henery Press in October 2015. Macdeath, the first in the series, was published (also by Henery Press) in January 2015.


Ray Hadley

Poetry Participant, '72

Ray Hadley’s poems have appeared in the Suisun Valley Review, the MacGuffinPoet Lore and Danse Macabre. He is poetry editor of Edge, a literary magazine published in Lake Tahoe, and welcomes submissions from members of the Community of Writers. He owns Keynote, a used record and bookstore on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

Janis Cooke Newman

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

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


Mark Maynard

Writers Workshops Participant, '08

Mark Maynard is the recipient of the 2015 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. The award is presented “to recognize writers who are in mid-career and have already shown substantial achievement. The award is designed to honor their talent and encourage other emerging and mid-career writers.” The award will be presented at the University of Nevada, Reno on November 19th. Novelist Laura McBride will also be receiving a Silver Pen, and Ellen Hopkins will be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame.


Allison DeLauer

Poetry Participant, '10

Five of Allison DeLauer’s poems were recently published in eleven eleven ( #19), themaynard.org (Fall 2015), and Catamaran Literary Reader (Spring 2015). Middle Earth Editions selected her poem, “Habitat,” from Catamaran to produce a limited edition run of 51 broadsides.


Scott Allan Morrison

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Scott Allan Morrison’s debut novel, Terms of Use, will be released on Jan. 1, 2016 by Thomas & Mercer. For more information, please visit his website and blog.


Michael Golding

Writers Workshop Participant, '90,'92

Michael Golding’s novel, A Poet of the Invisible World, was published by Picador in October. Michael will be reading from his book at the Miami Book Fair International in late November and speaking at the Search for Meaning Book Festival in Seattle in February 2016.


Elizabeth Kadetsky

Writers Workshop Participant, '97,'04

Elizabeth Kadetsky’s novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, was published by Nouvella in 2015, and her short story collection, The Poison that Purifies You, by C&R Press in 2014. She has recent personal essays and short stories in New England Review, Antioch Review, and Glimmer Train. She is assistant professor of creative writing/English at Penn State, and she gave birth to her healthy and happy baby boy, Alexander, in June 2014.


Andrew Roe

Writers Workshops Participant, '97, '03

Andrew Roe’s debut novel, The Miracle Girl, was published by Algonquin Books in April 2015.


Tim Wendel

Writers Workshop Participant,'86,'87,'88,'89; Screenwriting Participant,'05

Tim Wendel received an Excellence in Teaching Award from Johns Hopkins University for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Sharon McElhone

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Sharon McElhone’s mini short story is forthcoming in the anthology BASTA! 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women being published by the University of Reno, Nevada’s Latino Research Center.


Justin McFarr

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

Justin McFarr recently had two of his short stories published, one in Wild Quarterly, the other in The East Bay Review. Both can be read from the journals online.


Marian Palaia

Writers Workshops Participant ,'97,'00

Marian Palaia’s debut novel, The Given World, was published in April 2015 by Simon and Schuster. It is an Indie Next pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection.


Dina Rabadi

Writers Workshops Participant, '03

Dina Rabadi has published her debut short story collection titled Peter’s Moonlight Photography and Other Stories.


Curt Last

Poetry Participant, '13

Curt Last has three poems based on his experiences as a Navy Corpsmen in Afghanistan in the upcoming Chiron Review (Fall 2015). Included is “The Double Amp Lieutenant’s Wife,” which was written and workshopped at Squaw Valley Poets in 2013.


Diane Wolff

Writers Workshops Participant, '83; Screenwriting Workshop Participant, '84

The LaoGai Museum in Washington, D. C., has featured Diane Wolff on their website (laogai.org) in regards to her book, The Lamborghini and the LaoGai: The Two Faces of China’s Rise. She has also done a television interview with Radio Free Asia about a roadmap for Tibet’s future. They posted the interview on their website: www.rfa.org.


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Maureen Margaret Duffy

Writers Workshop Participant, '02

Maureen Duffy received a writing residency grant from the Vermont Studio Center for November 2015.

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Stephanie Kegan

Writers Workshop Participant, '05,'03

Stephanie Kegan’s novel, Golden State, published by Simon & Schuster in 2014, was named a “People’s Pick” by People Magazine, a “Must Read” by Entertainment Weekly, “Best in the West” by Los Angeles Magazine, and one of the 15 Best Fiction Books of 2015 (So Far) by Paste Magazine. Simon & Schuster published the paperback version of Golden State in 2015.


Laura Otis

Writers Workshops Participant '08, '11

Laura Otis’s new academic book, Rethinking Thought: Inside the Minds of Creative Scientists and Artists, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Rethinking Thought compares creative people’s personal insights into their thinking with recent findings by cognitive neuroscientists. Otis has also started earning a low residency MFA in Fiction from Warren Wilson College.


Liz Brown

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Liz Brown’s nonfiction book, Twilight Man: The Strange Life and Times of Harrison Post, will be published by Viking in 2016.


Joe Bardin

Writers Workshop Participant, '01

Joe Bardin’s creative nonfiction is published in Pithead Chapel.


Sheila Boneham

Writers Workshops Participant '11

Sheila Webster Boneham’s poem, “Spin”, appears in 27 Views of Wilmington, released in October by Eno Publishers, Durham, NC.


Heather Young

Writers Workshop Participant, '13

Heather Young’s debut novel, The Lost Girls, which she workshopped during her week in Squaw Valley, will be published in summer 2016 by William Morrow/HarperCollins.


Monica Sok

Poetry Participant, '15

Monica Sok’s chapbook, “Year Zero”, is the winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship 30 and Under, selected by Marilyn Chin (forthcoming in Spring 2016). Her poem (written at Squaw Valley), “The Woman Who Was Small, Not Because The World Expanded,” is a finalist for the Narrative Magazine Seventh Annual Poetry Contest.


Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Participant,'91,'92,'94

Patricia Spears Jones published A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems (White Pine Press); edited “The Future Imagined Differently” for About Place Journal for Black Earth Institute, where she is a Senior Fellow. She was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art by Elizabeth Alexander to create a poem in response to Jacob Lawrence’s famous and beloved Migrations Series–along with nine other poets including Rita Dove and Tyehimba Jess. The Poetry Suite is part of the exhibition’s catalogue and the readings are archived at MoMA. She reads December 9 at The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church.


Claudia M Reder

Poetry Participant, '08

Claudia Reder has two poems published in the anthology River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century, ed. Diane Frank, Blue Light Press, 2015.


Elana K Arnold

Writers Workshop Participant, 1995,1998 & Writing Workshops Staff

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


Michael Homolka

Poetry Participant, '11

Michael Homolka’s manuscript, Antiquity, was selected by Mary Ruefle for the 2015 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry and is forthcoming from Sarabande Books.

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Charlene Caruso

Writers Workshops Participant, '12, '14

Charlene Caruso’s essay, “Burying Things,” appears in Issue 32 of 34th Parallel Magazine. She originally workshopped that piece at the Writers Workshop in 2014.


Ronald Alexander

Writers Workshop '92

Ronald Alexander’s stories appeared in Shadowgraph Quarterly (Fall 2014) and Glitterwolf Magazine (Winter 2015). He is the author of the novels The War on Dogs in Venice Beach and Below 200, published by Hollyridge Press.


Kathy Gilbert

Poetry Participant, '13

A staged reading of Delphin and the Children of Amphitrite, by Kathy Gilbert, a one act play commissioned by the sfolympians festival, will be presented November 18, 2015 at the Exit Theater in San Francisco. The festival runs three weeks, from November 1-21.


Marjorie Robertson

Writers Workshops Participant, '08

Marjorie’s short story, “The Gleaners,” was published by the Santa Fe Writers Workshop in Sept. of 2014. As a result of readers wanting to know what happened to the protagonist and her brother, she decided to expand it into a novel. Since the story continues in France, she applied for and received a Research Residency from the University of Chicago to work at their Center in Paris. She researched and conducted interviews in French for expanding and is now writing it while teaching classes at UC Irvine.

CB Follett Compass

CB Follett

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

CB has a book collection published called Boxing the Compass. The four books are Compass Points, Compass Rose, True North, and Wind Rose. Each booklet is 5″ x 5″ and contains four persona poems of people from history.



Renee Thompson

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

Renee Thompson’s short story, “Recovery,” appeared in Western Press Books’ 2015 Anthology Manifest West. Her story “Brilliance” appeared in Cactus Heart in June.