Vishwas R. Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, 2014

His article, “The Grand Piano Chase,” tracing the progress of Lydian Nadhaswaram, a music prodigy in India through the pianos he played, was published on Nov 9, 2017 in The Hindu, a leading newspaper in southern India. You can read it online here.  Though a stand-alone piece, it is also a follow-up to his earlier comprehensive multi-media essay on Nadhaswaram, published in May 2017 in The Mantle, New York, which you can read here.

Sands Hall

Writers Workshops Participant, Teaching Staff

Her memoir, Flunk. Start., will be released by Counterpoint Press in March, 2018.

Cynthia Robinson

Writers' Workshop Participant, '13, '14

Her op-ed, “Girls Are Fine, Just Don’t Get Caught,” has been published in the opinion section of The Hill. The topic–which never seems to go away, not even in the #metoo moment we’re living right now–is closely related to her forthcoming debut novel, Birds of Wonder (February 2018).

Judy Bebelaar

Poetry Participant '08, '10

Her non-fiction book, And Then They Were Gone: Teenagers of Peoples Temple from High School to Jonestown, co-written with fellow teacher Ron Cabral about the students they knew who were sent to San Francisco’s Opportunity High by Jim Jones in 1976, will be published by Sugartown Publishing in December, 2017.

Jennifer Egan

Writers Workshop Participant, '89

Her newest novel, Manhattan Beach, was released from Charles Scribner’s Sons in October, 2017.

Stephanie Taylor

Writers Workshop Participant '13

As a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818, she is working with the director of the Sacramento library, Rivkah Sass, on a special graphic narrative. She will be editing the text, without changing any words, and adding around 50 of her interpreted illustrations. This will take on a “how to make a monster” approach, and describe what happened when Frankenstein (only a student, never a doctor) succeeded. The Sacramento Library events start in January.

Erin Adair Hodges

Poetry Participant '14

Erin Adair-Hodges’ first book, Let’s All Die Happy, is the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in October 2017.

Victoria Patterson

Writers Workshop Participant, '06, '12

Her new book of stories, The Secret Habit of Sorrow, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in July, 2018.

Maria Hummel

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

Her newest novel, Still Lives, is forthcoming from Counterpoint in June, 2018.

Jacqueline Doyle

Writers Workshop Participant, '14

She has recent creative nonfiction in The Gettysburg Review (Summer 2017) and Superstition Review (Spring 2017), and a Notable Essay listing in Best American Essays 2017 for her essay “A Eulogy, Despite” in Full Grown People. Her flash chapbook The Missing Girl (winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition) was published by Black Lawrence Press in fall 2017. Her flash “Zig Zag” won the 2017 flash contest at Midway Journal, judged by Michael Martone, and she has recent microflash in matchbook and Wigleaf, among others.

Jeanne Foster

Poetry Participant, '88, Writers Workshop Participant '89, '92

The Living Theatre: Selected Poems by Bianca Tarozzi, translated from the Italian by Jeanne Foster and Alan Williamson, was released by BOA Editions, Ltd., October 2017, in The Lannan Translations Selection Series.

Katherine Vaz

Writers Workshops Staff and Participant, '88

Katherine Vaz’s new fifth book, The Love Life of an Assistant Animator & Other Stories Paperback, was published  in April 2017 by Tailwinds Press. “What rich, eccentric, at times even farcical joys these stories evoke–and, at the same time, what poignant, aching sorrows. Vaz’s characters, from the gravity of their family ties to the folly and grace of their soaring aspirations, take us deep inside ourselves and our never-ending struggle to find our way in a world that changes far too fast around us.”– Julie Glass, author of Three Junes.
Attended with the help of the UC Irvine Scholarship

Jimin Han

Jimin Han’s novel, A Small Revolution, was published in May 2017 (Little A Books). 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

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshops Participant, '09

She was featured in Publishers Weekly‘s September 11th Author Profile. The profile discussed the Montana town of 180 people that Henderson lived in for a month to research her novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, which will be published by HarperCollins in March of 2018.

Jasmin Darznik

Writers Workshops Participant in Fiction and Nonfiction, '06,'10

Her novel Song of a Captive Bird will be published by Random House/Ballantine in February 2018. It tells the story of Iran’s iconic woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Darznik also recently joined the MFA faculty at California College of the Arts.

Janet Fitch

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff & Participant, ’89/ Poetry Participant '17

Janet Fitch’s novel, The Revolution of Marina M., set during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution was published in November, 2017 by Little Brown and Co.

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshop '92; Faculty member since 2002

Globe Pequot published Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee in November 2017, Martin J. Smith’s collection of journalistic essays spanning his 31-year career in the American Southwest, with a foreword by David L. Ulin. “[…] Smith’s true gift resides in his empathy—in the gentle way he forces us to see grace and redemption in the lives of people whom most of us would be inclined to mock.”—Steve Hawk, former editor of Surfer and Sierra magazines.

Sommer Schafer

Writers Workshops Participant '13

Her short story, “Leaving Hope,” appears in the Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of The Carolina Quarterly.

David Kerns

Writers Workshop Participant '05

His novel, Fortnight on Maxwell Street, is forthcoming from Bay Tree Publishing in February, 2018. It is a reluctant hero’s journey of fear and courage set in Chicago in the spring of 1968. The young medical student protagonist spends two weeks delivering babies in the kitchens and bedrooms of the inner-city’s slum tenements. Over his head medically, and unprotected in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, his character and resourcefulness are tested in the extreme when a national tragedy intervenes.

David Corbett

Writers Workshop Participant '88, '89, '91, '99, '01

His latest novel, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday, will be published in 2018 by Black Opal Books. His writing guide, The Art of Character, recently has been purchased for publication in Spain and China. His short story, “Rusty Cage,” appeared in the anthology Just to Watch Them Die, premised on the songs of Johnny Cash. He is a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest, a regular contributor to the blog Writer Unboxed, and continues to provide his fiction workshops at the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference in Mexico (and other conferences), as well as at Book Passage in the Bay Area (where he is co-chair of the annual Mystery Writers’ Conference), and online at Litreactor.