Marjorie Saiser

Poetry Participant, '00

She is the winner of the Fourth River (Chatham University) Folio Contest. Her entry, “Confluence Itself,” consists of a dozen poems to be published online in the fall of 2017. Natalie Diaz judged the competition. Also, Poems2go has published two additional poems.

Denise Emanuel Clemen

Writers Workshop Participant; '06,'10

Denise Emanuel Clemen had essays published in the Fall 2016 (issue#18) Superstition Review; the November 2016 issue of the Beacon, a publication of the American Adoption Congress; the Spring 2016 (issue#14) Serving House Journal; and Chicago Now‘s “Portrait of an Adoption” in November 2016. Short fiction appeared in the 2016 Sand Hill Review, the 2016 (issue #36) Berkeley Fiction Review, and in the Pen Center USA post-election anthology, Only Light Can Do That.

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Sandy Yang

Writers Workshops Participant, '12

Sandy Yang’s short story, “Inside Joke,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Eleven Eleven, and appears in the Fall 2016 issue.

KB Ballentine

Poetry Participant, 2015

KB Ballentine’s fourth collection, The Perfume of Leaving, won the 2016 Blue Light Press Poetry Award and was published in late 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.
Attended with the help of The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship.

Elaine Barnard

Writers Workshop Participant, '72, '2011

Elaine Barnard’s short stories appear in the current issues of Lost River Review, Kyso Flash anthology, Beach Reads-Here Comes the Sun.

Anne Ray

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Anne Ray won the 2016 Danahy Prize for fiction for “Please Repeat My Name,” which appeared in the Tampa Review. Her work has appeared in StoryQuarterly, Gettysburg Review, LIT, and Opium. Her story “Reluctantly” is forthcoming in Conduit, and “Guidance & Control” is currently up at The Adirondack Review.

Lindsey Lee Johnson

Writers Workshop Participant, '13

Lindsey Lee Johnson’s debut novel, The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, was published by Random House in January 2017. The novel was named a Barnes & Noble Discover Pick, an American Booksellers Association Indie Next Pick, a LibraryReads Pick, a Book of the Month Club Pick, and People Magazine‘s Book of the Week. It was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and the Chronicle called it “extraordinary, impossibly funny and achingly sad.” The New York Times called it “an alarming, compelling and coolly funny debut novel” and praised its “compassion, its ability to see the humanity inside even the apparently hopeless person and the shimmering intelligence of its prose.” Lindsey attended the Community of Writers with the assistance of the Stearns Scholarship.

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Participant ’91,’92,’94 / Poetry Teaching Staff

Poet and playwright Patricia Spears Jones is the the 2017 recipient of the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. The judges praised Jones for her “sophisticated and moving” work. Her books of poems are Painkiller, Femme du Monde and, most recently, A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems.  “Patricia Spears Jones’ poems are made of fever, bones, and breath. The fever of eros, the bones of family and friends, and the breath of everyday existence. She is an accessible poet, but never boring,” the citation reads. “More of us should know who she is, and even more should read her.”

Cynthia Robinson

Fiction Writers Workshop Participant, '13, '14

Cynthia Robinson’s novel Birds of Wonder will be published by Standing Stone Books in February 2018.

Molly Fisk

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

Monika Rose

Poetry Participant, '97 & Writers Workshops Participant '00 & Art of the Wild Participant '94,'95.

Monika Rose is co-editor of the Butte Fire anthology, Out of the Fire, (June 17, 2017) by nonprofit literary publisher Manzanita Writers Press in Calaveras County. Over 150 full-color pages of photography and poignant reflections in prose and poetry of a horrific fire, the seventh most destructive in California history, and one that destroyed a community and charred the landscape and environment of an already bark beetle-infested forest and woodland region. A website will chronicle the history of the event and the aftermath, reflecting the sensibilities of living in the foothill and Sierra region of California, and an eBook and eZine.

Jacqueline Doyle

Writers Workshop Participant in Nonfiction, ‘14

Jacqueline Doyle’s flash fiction chapbook The Missing Girl is now available for pre-order from Black Lawrence Press: Her essay “Saving Trees,” published last summer in Catamaran Literary Reader, has been included in Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction, edited by Josh MacIvor-Anderson (San Francisco: Outpost 19, 2017). She has creative nonfiction forthcoming soon in The Gettysburg Review, Under the Gum Tree, and Superstition Review, fiction forthcoming in Prime Number, and flash forthcoming in Post Road and Hotel Amerika.

Eric Howard

Poetry Participant, ’09

Eric Howard’s debut book of poetry, Taliban Beach Party, is now available from Turtle Point Press. The collection binds Los Angeles to Ovid, versifies the last days of a failed pimp, gives a tarot reading to warplanes, and deciphers the hieroglyphics of lost empire.

Robert Hass

Director of the Poetry Program, and Staff Poet

His new book, A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into The Formal Imagination of Poetry, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. From the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winner, an illuminating dissection of poetic form, traditional and modern.
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Kazim Ali

Poetry Participant, '98; Poetry Staff, '10, '12, '16

Kazim’s new novel written in the form of a string quartet, The Secret Room: A String Quartet, has been published by Kaya Press. He also edited a collection of essays, Mad Heart Be Brave: On the Poetry of Agha Shahid Ali, published in April 2017 from the University of Michigan Press.

Dawn McGuire

Poetry Participant, '95,'97,'99,'01,'04,'07,'10,'12

Dawn McGuire’s fourth book of poetry, American Dream With Exit Wound, is out from IFSF Publishing (San Francisco) April 15, and can be ordered from Amazon and Small Press Distribution.
She reads on the Poetry Stage of the LA Times Festival of books on Saturday, April 22 (12:30 PM), with former California Poet Laureate, Carole Muske-Dukes.

Kim Wyatt

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

Kim Wyatt’s essay, “The Currency of Moons,” was selected to appear in Best American Travel Writing 2017 by guest editor Lauren Collins of the New Yorker. The anthology will publish in October; the essay first appeared in Creative Nonfiction’s spring 2016 issue.

Heather Altfeld

Heather Altfeld

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

Heather Altfeld won the 2017 Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award. Two days later, she also won the Iron Horse Literary Review Trifecta Award for a poem, forthcoming in June 2017. Her book, The Disappearing Theatre, was released in Summer of 2016.