Judy Bebelaar

Poetry Participant, '08, '10

Judy Bebelaar’s chapbook, Walking Across the Pacific, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2014. Her work has been  included in The Widows’ Handbook: Poetic Reflections on Grief and Survival (foreword by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, published by Kent State University Press in 2014) and River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century (ed. Diane Frank, published by Blue Light Press in 2015).


Marci Vogel

Writers Workshops Participant, '05*

Marci Vogel’s first collection of poetry, At the Border of Wilshire & Nobody, won the inaugural Howling Bird Press Poetry Prize and was published in September, 2015. New poetry, translations, and essays appear or are forthcoming in Zócalo Public Square, Jacket2, Drunken Boat, The Critical Flame, Matter Monthly, InTranslation, and Lunch Ticket. She recently organized a public reading at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook as part of a new campaign to bring poetry to California State Parks.


Carla Trujillo

Writers workshops Participant '04 and '05

Carla Trujillo’s new novel Faith and Fat Chances, a PEN Finalist for Socially Engaged Fiction, was published by Curbstone Books/Northwestern U. Press. On December 19, Los Angeles Review of Books ran an extensive interview with her.


Mark Wisniewski

Writers Workshop Participant, '91

Mark Wisniewski’s third novel, Watch Me Go (Penguin Random House Putnam, January 2015), has been praised by Salman Rushdie, Ben Fountain, Daniel Woodrell, and Rebecca Makkai.


Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participants, '14

“Remembering Dr. Solomon” – Vishwas Gaitonde’s article on Dr. Suniti Solomon, India’s HIV pioneer and savant (the physician who played a pivotal role in India’s averting a major AIDS catastrophe of the kind that hit several African nations) was published in The Hindu, a leading newspaper in India, on Dec 1, 2015, to mark World AIDS Day.


Judy Batalion

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

Troy Jollimore

Poetry Participant, '12,'15

Troy Jollimore’s collection Syllabus of Errors is one of the ten poetry books noted in this New York Times Best of 2015 List. David Orr writes: ” ‘Jollimore’s third collection is intelligent, soulful and amusingly self-aware. One poem begins, ‘Is there anything anywhere in this world / that is free from possession, that is not owned / by anyone?’ The next sentence, of course, is: ‘If there is, I want it.’ “


Sandra Scofield

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

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

Jim Gunshinan

Poetry Workshop, '98, '08

After 15 years as editor of Home Energy Magazine, Jim Gunshinan was inducted into the Building Performance Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement by the Building Performance Institute.


Susan Starbird

Writers Workshops Participant, '04

Susan Starbird launched Susan The Magazine with “The Intertidal Issue,” her addition to the rich cult literature of kayaking. She has continued to explore the postmodern art of fragments and lists. Her essay “Commuting in the Valley of Shadows” appeared in West Marin Review Vol. 6.


Jane Ciabattari

Writers Workshops Participant, '77, and Staff

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


Natalie Baszile

The Penguin paperback edition of Natalie Baszile’s novel Queen Sugar, was published in 2015. The book will soon to be adapted for televison by writer/director Ava DuVernay of “Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Oprah’s television network.


Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel’s nonfiction book Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, landed on the New York Times bestseller list in November.


Matt Sumell

Matt Sumell’s novel, Making Nice was published by Henry Holt & Company in 2015. He was featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition, Saturday.” The New York Times included Making Nice, in their “The Best Book Covers of 2015” list (cover designed by Gray318); and it was included in The Fiction Advocate’s The 10 Best Books of 2015 list among others.



Marian Palaia

Marian Palaia’s critically acclaimed debut novel, The Given World, published in April by Simon and Schuster has been longlisted for the PEN/Bingham first novel prize. Shorter works have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, TriQuarterly and Joyland

Celeste Leon

Writers Workshop Participant, '13

Celeste León’s debut novel, Luck is Just the Beginning, is inspired by a true story just and was released by Floricanto Press. The book is available from Amazon and Floricanto Press, as well as Tahoe’s local book store, The Bookshelf.


Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '11

Gwen Goodkin’s short story, “How to Hold it All In,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Atticus Review.


Dasha Kelly

Writers Workshop Participant , '12

Dasha Kelly’s novel, Almost Crimson, was published by Curbside Splendor Publishing in May, 2015. Slate Magazine Book Review named her in their “23 Best Lines from 2015” list. The line is from Almost Crimson: “She never wanted to forget this moment, this smell, these exact shades of sunshine, lemon, maize, construction hat, yolk, taxi, sunflower, bumblebee, mustard.”

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Elisa Adler

Art of the Wild Participant, '94

Elisa Adler’s second book, Home Place, has just been released by Floating Island Publications. Parts of it were first read during an Art of the Wild workshop. A love story about a particular valley in the northern Sierra Nevada, Home Place tells the story of a place and the spirits that shape it.


David Lukas

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

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William Petersen

Writers Workshops Participant, '90, '92, '97,'02; Screenwriting, '91

William Petersen’s short story, “Satisfaction”, will appear in the Fall/Winter 2015 edition of Solstice.
(Available online in December.)


Dorothy Rice

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Dorothy Rice’s first book, The Reluctant Artist: Joe Rice 1918 – 2011, has been published by Shanti Arts Publishing. The author’s father, Joe Rice, was an art teacher in the San Francisco public schools and a little-known artist in his own right. An art book/memoir, The Reluctant Artist includes over 70 full color illustrations of his paintings, ceramics and jewelry, work created over a forty-year period. The senior Rice eschewed any recognition for his art; his reticence and abiding humility inspired his daughter to write about him and to share his work more broadly.

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CB Follett

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

Duet, A Conversation of Word and Image was released in 2014 by Arctos Press. It features poems of CB Follett talking to photographs of Ginna Fleming, which reflect back.


Kathy Walters

Writer's Workshop Participant, '11, '13

Kathy Walters became a regular contributing columnist for the Nevada Appeal (a daily newspaper distributed from Reno to Gardnerville, NV).