Cynthia Robinson

Writers' Workshops Participant, '13 and '14

She was recently spotlighted in an interview with BBC Ulster presenter Marie-Louise Muir discussing her new novel Birds of Wonder (Standing Stone Books, 2018). The interview is available via podcast here until May 25.

Aneesha Capur

Writers Workshop Participant '05

She was recently invited to join the San Francisco Committee of Human Rights Watch. She is looking forward to supporting HRW’s broader efforts to raise awareness of local and global human rights issues, generate support, and mobilize policymakers to recognize basic freedoms for all.

Shira Dentz

Poetry Workshop Participant '05

Her third full-length book of poems, how do i net thee, was published in April, 2018, from Salmon Poetry. It’s available for purchase now at Salmon Poetry, Amazon, and selected bookstores.

Sommer Schafer

Writers Workshops Participant '13

Her story, “My Little Pet,” appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Boulevard.

Aida Salazar

Her debut picture book, Jovita Wore Pants, will be published by Arthur A. Levine Books/ Scholastic in 2020.

Michael Barsa

Writers Workshop Participant '04

His first novel, The Garden of Blue Roses, was published on April 17 from Underland Press, with praise from Alice Sebold, Paul Tremblay, Ramona Ausubel, Ron Carlson, Michelle Latiolais, and others.

Lise Haines

Writers Workshop participant '99

Her new novel, When We Disappear, was released from Unbridled Books in June, 2018.

Akil Kumarasamy

Writers Workshops Participant, '15

Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel, Half Gods, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in June 2018.
Attended with the help of The Eshleman Scholarship

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '11

Her first book, an essay collection titled Mass for the Shut Ins will be published by Eyewear Publishing in early 2019.

Evie Shockley

Her new collection of poetry, semiautomatic, was a finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Evie will be back on staff this summer at the 2018 Community of Writers Poetry Workshop.

Patricia Spears Jones

Poetry Teaching Staff, 2016

She received the 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers and a 5-week Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, Fl. Poems: “After Hell” The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, “Good Bourbon Helps” and “The Room Behind the Room” Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts: Truth to Power, Writers Respond to the Rhetoric of Hate and Fear; “Morning Song” w/art work by Yuko Otomo, WORD: An Anthology A Gathering of the Tribes. Poems in journals including translated poems in Numéro spécial – juillet-août : n. 176 “L’Esprit de New York et ses poètes”; Green Mountain Review; Paterson Literary Review, and Brooklyn Rail.

Joanell Serra

Writers Workshop participant '15

Her literary novel, The Vines We Planted, was published by Wido Publishing in May 2018. The novel is set in Sonoma, California, and follows the complex interactions of three families during a year in the wine country. The novel was in progress when she attended the workshop.

Melissa Stein

Poetry Participant, '99

Her second poetry collection, Terrible Blooms, was published in April 2018 by Copper Canyon Press.

Tessa Fontaine

Poetry Participant '00, '07

Her memoir, The Electric Woman: A Memoir in Death-Defying Acts, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, on May 1, 2018. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, says: “Fascinating . . . This remarkable, beautifully written memoir explores the depth of mother-daughter love and the courageous acts of overcoming fear and accepting change.” Book Page, the monthly book review publication distributed to over 400,000 readers through bookstores and libraries, just listed her as one of “Eleven Women to Watch in 2018.”

Gregory Pardlo

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff '17

His memoir, Air Traffice: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, was published this month by Knopf. Pardlo was on staff at the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop in 2017.

Adrienne Sharp

Writers Workshop Participant '88, '98

Her novel, The Magnificent Esme Wells, was released by HarperCollins in April, 2018.

Jeff Walt

Poetry Participant, '17

He recently completed a one month writing residency at the Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts in Fairhope, AL. He also has poems recently published in Red Wheelbarrow and Southword.

Teresa (T) Stores

Writers Workshop Participant '04

Her collection of short fiction, Frost Heaves, will be published by Green Writers Press in April 2018. This is her fourth book and her first collection of stories.

Attended with the help of Sallie Bell Scholarship

Nettie Reynolds

Writers Workshop Participant '99

She was the first playwright picked for the Associated Writing Program Mentee Fall Program 2017. She is currently working on her memoir on resiliency titled Magical Thinking Got Me Here. She recently had her ten minute play “The Groovy Ride” produced in Austin, where she lives.

Kevin Conder

Screenwritng Workshop participant '10; Poetry Workshop Participant '05

He was selected by the Erbacce Contest as the Featured Poet for May 2018. His poetry collection Beautiful Enough to Burn was recently published by Erbacce Press UK, 2018.

Johnny Kovatch

Writers Workshop participant '00

His debut novel, 59 Hours, a Simon True book, was released by Simon Pulse in March, 2018.

Emily Jungmin Yoon

Poetry Participant, '15

Her full-length collection, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, is available for pre-order from the Harper Collins website and Amazon.  The official release is September 18, 2018.

Attended with the help of WC&C Scholarship

Jennifer Haupt

Writers Workshop Participant '09, '13

Her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, was published on April 2, 2018, by Central Avenue Publishing.
Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Tessa Fontaine

Poetry Participant, '99, '08

Her first book, The Electric Woman, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in May, 2018. The Electric Woman follows the author on a life-affirming journey of loss and self-discovery– through her time on the road with the last traveling American sideshow and her relationship with an adventurous, spirited mother.

Susie Hammond

Poetry Participant '17

She was among 17 participants from eight countries to convene as guests of the Faber Residency in Olot, Catalonia, Spain during October and November, 2017 for an interdisciplinary residency focused on Feminisms.

On June 14, 2018, she will be one of the evening’s featured readers at the Ballard Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Among the poems she will share will be several written at The Community of Writers. The reading is sponsored by Seattle’s longest running poetry series, It’s About Time, whose fundamental mission is social justice and inclusion.