Kathryn Machi

Screenwriting Participant '04 and '10, Fiction Workshop Participant '18.

Her “Me, Too” dance thriller Buzz was recently sold as a TV movie to MarVista Entertainment in Los Angeles.


Ann Tweedy

'97, '00, '04, '07, '12, '15

A poem first written at the Community of Writers Poetry session entitled “The Aspen” was awarded second place in San Antonio Writers’ Guild’s annual contest in 2018. The poems “Anatomy of a Name” and “An Instant” and the creative non-fiction pieces “Rental Property” and “Storm” are forthcoming in the anthology Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride, to be published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in May 2019.


Dedria A. Humphries Barker

Writers Workshop Participant, '08, '15

Dedria Humphries Barker’s creative nonfiction book, Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow, will be published in April 2019 by 2Leaf Press (distributed by The University of Chicago Press). In which four generations of black women recall their daring 19th century white matriarch, it is the story of Barker’s great-grandmother, Alice Donlan Johnson.

Attended with the help of a community of writers tuition waiver.

Aida Salazar

Writers Workshop Participant '07

Her debut novel, The Moon Within, was acquired by Nick Thomas at AALB/Scholastic. This free verse middle grade novel tells the story of 11-year-old Celi, whose life swirls with questions about her changing body, her first attraction to a boy, her best friend’s exploration of what it means to be genderfluid, and her mother’s insistence she have a Chicana moon ceremony for her first menses. Publication is slated for spring 2019; Marietta B. Zacker of the Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency negotiated the deal for North American English and Spanish rights.


Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14, Writers Workshop participant '04, '15

Her new novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blue, was published by Counterpoint Press in February, 2019.


Emmalie Dropkin

Writers Workshop participant '18

She is the co-editor, along with Edie Meidav, of the new anthology Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance. It will be released from the University of Massachusetts Press in March, 2019.


Edie Meidav

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '16, '18

She is the co-editor, along with fellow Community of Writers alum Emmalie Dropkin, of the new anthology Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance. It will be released from the University of Massachusetts Press in March, 2019.


Meg Waite Clayton

Writers Workshop Participant '00

Her newest novel, The Last Train to London, will be published later this year as part of a two book deal with HarperCollins.


Danusha Lameris

Poetry Participant, '00

Her poems are currently out, or forthcoming in: The New Ohio Review, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, and The American Poetry Review. As of September 2018, she has served as the Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, California.


Lex Williford

Screenwriting Workshop Participant '97, '04

His novella, Balsa and Tissue Paper, is forthcoming as an ebook and in the forthcoming 2019 Solos issue of Ploughshares.