Jimin Han

Writers Workshop Participant '95

Her novel, A Small Revolution, was published in May 2017 (Little A Books). Los Angeles Review of Books called it “a novel of remarkably rendered extremes.…It is an ambitious and accomplished debut that pulls us out of our comfortable window seats and places us in a room, in a young woman’s heart, and in a nascent democracy’s earliest days.” It was featured as: A BuzzFeed Binge-Worthy Literary Book, one of Electric Literature’s 34 Books by Women of Color to Read This Year, one of Redbook’s 20 Books By Women You Must Read this Spring

Attended with the help of Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation Scholarship

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop Participant '04, '05, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff, '14, '17

Julia Flynn Siler is a Logan Nonfiction Fellow this the fall. Along with 18 other celebrated journalists, she will be using the time to complete her work of narrative investigative history, Daughters of Joy: America’s Other Slaves and Their Fight for Freedom (forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf). For more information, please visit http://careyinstitute.org/


Evie Shockley

Poetry Teaching Staff & Participant, '99

Evie Shockley’s new collection, semiautomatic, was published by Wesleyan University Press in September and was featured on Publisher’s Weekly’s best 10 list for Poetry this Fall. “Insisting on the power of art, Shockley traces the various forms of violence that cross racial, ethnic, gender, class, sexual, national, and linguistic boundaries.”  www.publishersweekly.com

Lucinda Watson

Poetry Participant '91, '92, '96, '98, '02, '04

Her essays “In Rome with My Dad on Business” and “Letter Yet Unsent” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017.  They will appear in Issue 30 of Umbrella Factory magazine, coming out December 15, 2017.


Christopher Sindt

Poetry Participant, '13

Christopher Sindt’s new book, System and Population, is published in Parlor Press’s Free Verse Editions series (2017).  System and Population is a lyric account of the proposed damming of the American River in Northern California. It explores the intersections of personal and cultural experience, scientific study, and the politics of dams and rivers; meditates on human experiences, such as parenthood and loss; and studies the effects of environmental damage and disaster.  www.parlorpress.com

Jami Macarty

Poetry Participant, '10, '14, '17

Mind of Spring, the winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award and Jami Macarty’s second chapbook of poetry, was released into Poetry Land October 16,  2017. www.vallummag.com

Marjorie Robertson

Writers Workshop Participant '08

Her debut novel, Bitters in the Honey, is now available in paperback. This novel began as Robertson’s MFA these at George Mason University under the tutelage of Alan Cheuse.

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

Poetry Participant '15

Her new poetry collection, All Blue So Late, winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, was released in December, 2017, from Northwestern University Press.

Grace Talusan

Writers Workshop Participant, '98

She is the winner of the 2017 Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing for Nonfiction for The Body Papers, a memoir about trauma, illness, and immigration as told through personal and official documentation, scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2018. She teaches writing at Tufts University and Grub Street. As a Fulbright Scholar, she returned to the Philippines for several months, the longest time she spent there since leaving at age three. She lives outside of Boston with her husband Alonso Nichols, a photographer. She attended The Community of Writers in 1998.


JJ Strong

Writers Workshops Participant, 2013.

His debut novel, Us Kids Know, was published on October 24 by Razorbill, an imprint at Penguin Random House.


Judy Juanita

Writers Workshop Participant ‘92

The paperback edition of her book Virgin Soul was recently released (Equidistance Press, 2017). Virgin Soul was “discovered” at Squaw by the late greats Fred Hill and James Houston., and is a required text in many college classes. Her collection of essays, a Distinguished Finalist in OSU’s NonFiction 2016 Prize, DeFacto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland (Equidistance, 2016), garnered a starred Kirkus Review and Kirkus Book of the Month, March, 2017.

Marjorie Saiser

Poetry Participant '00

Her most recent book, I Have Nothing to Say About Fire (The Backwaters Press, 2016) won the Nebraska Book Award for poetry. For a video of a reading from the book launch, go to poetmarge.com.


Elaine Barnard

Writers Workshop Participant, '72, '80, '11

Her short stories appeared or are forthcoming in the 2017 issues of Fixional, Zimbell House, Lost River Review, Beach Reads, Sunlight Press, Argot, and The Crux.


Jonathan (J.G.) McClure

Poetry Participant '14

His first poetry collection, The Fire Lit & Nearing, is coming soon from Indolent Books. It includes poems he workshopped at the Community of Writers. The book will be generally available at bookstores and online in April 2018.

Attended with the help of The UC Irvine MFA scholarship

Ama Codjoe

Poetry Participant '15

She recently received the 2017 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.


John Harvey

Poetry Participant '95, Writers Workshop Staff '97

His new book, Going Down Slow and Other Stories, will be released by Five Leaves Publications in November, 2017.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo’s new collection of poetry, Cenzontle, will be published by BOA Editions, Ltd., in April of 2018.

Poetry Workshop, '11

Jennifer Haupt

Writers Workshop Participant '09, '13

Her new novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, a story about finding grace when there can be no forgiveness, set against the backdrop of post-genocide Rwanda, will be published by Central Avenue Publishing on April 1, 2018. She workshopped this novel both times she attended the Community of Writers workshops.


Stephen Massimilla

Poetry Workshop Participant '04, '06

His multi-genre co-authored volume, Cooking with the Muse (Tupelo), won the Eric Hoffer Award, the National Indie Excellence Award, the New England Book Award, the USA News Best Book Award, and others, and was named a top pick by Bella Magazine, Foreword, and Epicurus’s Laurie’s Library, and “best of the summer” by The Chicago Tribune. Over 70 recent interviews appeared or are forthcoming in such newspapers as Epoch Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Huffington Post; the sites of Edible, Food52, Mass Poetry, Poetry Flash, Poetry International, the PSA, and many others; and many radio shows. Other work appeared in recent months in over 30 publications, including The Collagist, Mudlark, Notre Dame, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Pleiades, Posit, StorySouth, Washington Square, Whole Life, The New English Verse anthology, and The Traveler’s Vade Mecum   


Michael Andreasen

Writers Workshop Participant '07

His debut collection The Sea Beast Takes a Lover will be available February 28, 2018, from Dutton. The collection features stories that have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, McSweeney’s, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Quarterly West.

Attended with the help of UCI Scholarship

Amy Tan

Writers Workshop Participant '87, '90, Special Guest

Her new book, a memoir entitled Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir, was released by HarperCollins in October, 2017


Sally Van Doren

Poetry Participant "01, "03, "06

Garrison Keillor featured a poem, “Defiance,” from her upcoming book Promise on his show The Writer’s AlmanacPromise was published by LSU Press this fall.

Cynthia Robinson

Writers Workshop Participant '13, '14

Her story, “Maison des Oiseaux,” finalist for the Jeffery E. Smith Editors’ Prize, is featured this week on the Missouri Review‘s website. You can read it for free at missourireview.com.  Her novel, Birds of Wonder, will be published by Standing Stone Books in February 2018.


Aleta George

Writers Workshops Participant, '05, '10

She received an inaugural Alan Jutzi Residential Fellowship for Non-Traditional Scholars at The Huntington Library.


KB Ballentine

Poetry Participant ‘15

Her fifth collection of poetry,  Almost Everything, Almost Nothing, was released in September by Middle Creek Publishing. Several of the poems in this collection were crafted in the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Poetry Program, including the title poem. www.kbballentine.com.

Attended with the help of The Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Jill Kolongowski

Writers Workshops Participant '14

Her first book, an essay collection called Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me, will be released by Ulysses Press in October 2017. Using a combination of personal stories and literary criticism, these essays grapple with the themes at the core of Harry and the trio’s journey and considers how the series shaped the worldview of a generation–from the need to hold tight to a sense of humor and wonder to the feminism of Hermione and the courage needed for the fight against oppression.

Attended with the help of St. Mary's MFA Scholarship

Melissa Fondakowski

Poetry Participant, 02

Her first novel, Out, was published on August 29, 2017. Out is a coming-of-age, coming out novel that mirrors the plot of Dante’s Purgatorio. Melissa’s novel, as well as her podcast, can be found at sermonarian.com.


Dan Bellm

Poetry Participant, '90, '92, '95, '97, '03

His translation of Mexican poet Pura López Colomé, Speaking in Song, came out from Shearsman Books (UK) in September 2017. His fourth book of poems, Deep Well, was published by Lavender Ink (New Orleans) in April 2017. His translation of The Song of the Dead by Pierre Reverdy was published by Black Square Editions (New York) in September 2016.