Evie Shockley

Poetry Workshop participant '99, Poetry Workshop teaching staff '9, '10, '13, '15, '18

Her book semiautomatic won the Legacy Award for Poetry from the Hurston/ Wright Foundation.

Cerrissa Kim

Writers Workshops Participant, '13

She served as editor and contributor to the anthology Mixed Korean: Our Stories. From the struggles of the Korean War, to the modern dilemmas faced by those who are mixed race, comes an assortment of stories that capture the essence of what it is to be a mixed Korean. With common themes of exclusion and recollections of not looking Korean enough, black enough, white enough, or “other” enough, this powerful collection features works by award-winning writers, poets, and scholars, alongside voices of literary newcomers. Mixed Korean: Our Stories is a testament to the courage, strength and resilience of all mixed people. Proceeds will be donated to 325Kamra and KoreanAmericanStory.org.


Alma Katsu

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her horror novel, The Hunger, published in March, 2018, by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, was recently named one of the “5 Horror Novels to Read by Women Right Now” by The Writer. 


Beverley Bie Brahic

Poetry Workshop participant '08

Her fourth collection of poetry, The Hotel Eden, was published in September, 2018, by Carcanet Press (UK).


Cynthia Robinson

Writers Workshop participant '13, '14

Her debut novel, Birds of Wonder (Standing Stone Books, 2018), has been named one of four finalists for the 2018 CNY Awards in the fiction category by judge Stephanie Dickson. The winner will be announced on November 8.


Debra Kang Dean

Poetry Participant, '93, '96

Her third collection of poetry, Totem: America, was published by Tiger Bark Press in October 2018.

Michelle Bitting

Poetry Participant '05, '06

She won the 2018 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, and her fourth collection, Broken Kingdom, recently won the 2018 Catamaran Prize.


Tim Foley

Writers Workshop Participant, '99, '01, '02

His recent short story publications include: “Some Pages From the Journal of James Morris,” in A Book of the Sea (Egaeus Press.) and “Aneurism,” in Morpheus Tales: The Best Weird Fiction, Number 7. His essay on Ambrose Bierce, “Night-Doings in Victorian England: The Sojourn of Ambrose Bierce,” has appeared in Wormwood 30 (Tartarus Press, 2018).

Angel Garcia

Poetry Workshop Participant '12

His new book of poetry, Teeth Never Sleep, was published in November, 2018, by University of Arkansas Press.

Attended with the help of the UC Riverside Scholarship.

Ruben Quesada

Poetry Workshop Participant '07

His new book of poetry, Revelations, will be published in November, 2018, by Sibling Rivalry Press.

Attended with the help of he UC Riverside Scholarship.

Gordon Jack

Writers Workshops Participant '03, '08

His second novel, Your Own Worst Enemy, will be published by HarperTeen on November 13, 2018.


Alexander Payne Morgan

Writers Workshop participant '10, '13

His new book of poems, Loneliness Among Primates, was published by Kelsay Books/ Aldrich Press in September, 2018.

Kenji Liu

Poetry Workshop Participant '14

His new collection of poetry, Monsters I Have Been, is forthcoming from Alice James Books in April 2019.

Attended with the help of the Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship.

Vickie Vértiz

Poetry Participant, '14

Her book, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, won the 2018 PEN America prize for poetry. The prize is for an outstanding book of poetry published in 2017 west of the Mississippi River. Read more in the LA Times feature here.

Attended with the help of the Ancinas Scholarship (Writers Workshops) and Lucille Clifton Scholarship (Poetry Workshop).

Christine Granados

Writers Workshop Participant '09

Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, which was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017, won the 2017 Writer’s League of Texas Fiction Discovery Prize in April 2018. The book received Honorable Mention for Best Latino Focused Fiction Book in English from the 2018 International Latino Book Award. Fight Like a Man was also the winner of the 2018 NACCS Tejas Foco Fiction Book Award.

Attended with the help of the Ancinas Family Scholarship.

Sheila Thorne

Writers Workshops Participant, '04

Her story, “The Horses,” appeared in the 2018 fall issue of Raleigh Review.

Alex Espinoza

Writers Workshop Participant '04, '05, Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '13, '15, '17

His newest book, Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime, will be published in June, 2019, by Unnamed Press.

Attended with the help of the UC Irvine Scholarship for MFAs.

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Workshop Participant '00

Her newest book of poems, Secondary Cicatrices, won the Halcyon Poetry Book Contest. It will be published in early 2019 by Middle Creek Publishing.


Jon Riccio

Poetry Participant, '15

His recent work appears in A-Minor Magazine, The Cincinnati Review, COAST | noCOAST, The Ekphrastic Review, and E·ratio. He was a 2018 Lambda Poetry Fellow.

Alicia Upano

Writers Workshop participant '12

She won the 2018 James Jones First Novel Fellowship Competition for her novel, Big Music.

Attended with the help of the Mohr Scholarship.

Michelle Bitting

Poetry Participant '05

Her fourth collection, Broken Kingdom, was recently published. It received the 2018 Catamaran Poetry Prize.


Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “Faith” will appear in the Fall 2018 issue of Santa Monica Review. This is the journal’s 30th anniversary of publication, and the issue will be launched on October 14 at The Edye in Santa Monica. Gaitonde has been invited to read at the event. The attached poster has more details.


Adela Najarro

Poetry Participant, '16

She placed as a semi-finalist for The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and her poem “Chantico Swings” will appear in the Nimrod International Journal upcoming award issue, October 2018. Adela entered the contest with the volcano poems she started at the Community of Writers.


Jenn Stroud Rossmann

Writers Workshop Participant, '99

Her debut novel, The Place You’re Supposed to Laugh, will be published by 7.13 Books in November, 2018.