Heather Altfeld

Poetry Workshop participant '08, '10, '12, '15

She has recently been awarded the 2019 Orison Poetry Prize for her manuscript Post-Mortem. She will receive a cash prize and publication of her manuscript by Orison Books.

Mary Freericks

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '91, '00

Her second poetry book, Cheer for Freedom, with illustrations of her paintings of her Armenian and Russian family in Iran has been published this year.


Alia Yunis

Writers Workshops Participant '04

Her documentary feature, The Golden Harvest, which she wrote and directed, debuted at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in March, 2019, a top 10 international film festival, and was selected as “Best of the Fest” at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival in April, 2019.


Jane Ciabattari

Writers Workshops teaching staff, '16

Her new short story collection-in-progress, Arabella Leaves & Other Stories, was a finalist for the Dzanc Short Fiction Award. Her short story “Swarm” was published in The Slag Review on March 1, 2019. Her short story “Brooklyn After the Fall” was included in a flash anthology commissioned for Independent Bookstore Day in 2018, and also published in The Literary Hub.


Peter Marcus

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '90, '91, '92, '95, '11

His new book of poetry, Dark Square, was recently published by Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press.

Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

Her novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, (HarperCollins, 2018) won the Western Writers of America Spur Award, in the category of Best Western Contemporary Novel, and was chosen as an Honor Book for the Montana Book Award.

Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Jeanine Stevens

Poetry Participant '07, '10, '14, '17

Her newest book of poems, Limberlost, was released by Future Cycle Press, 2019. Her chapbook of poems, Citadels, is soon to be released by Folded Word Press.

Sharon McElhone

Writers Workshop Participant '06

Her first chapter from her collection of personal essays on childcare and immigrant issues is forthcoming in the Label Me Latina/o Fall 2019 issue. The first chapter is entitled “He Imitated a Stiff-Legged Frankenstein.

Lauren K. Alleyne

Poetry Workshop Participant '08

She published her second collection of poems, Honeyfish, in April with New Issues Press (US), and in July, with Peepal Tree Press (UK).


Forrest Gander

His newest book, Be With, was recently awarded the Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Shira Dentz

Her new book of poetry, the sun a blazing zero, is one of SPD’s May Handpicks.

Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshops Participant, '03, '04, Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

She was interviewed by KQED Forum host Michael Krasny about her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019). The book was also reviewed in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook section, which called it “meticulously researched and inspiring.”


Janet Fitch

Poetry Workshop participant '17; Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '01, '02, '04, '06, '08, '09, '13, '15, '17

She recently celebrated the 2oth anniversary of the publication of White Oleander. It was released in May, 1999 from Back Bay Books.

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.


Varley O’Connor

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '04, '12; Participant '88, '89

Her fifth novel, The Welsh Fasting Girl, will be published by Bellevue Literary Press in May 2019.


Karen Stefano

Writers Workshop Participant '08

Her debut memoir, What A Body Remembers: A Memoir of Sexual Assault and Its Aftermath, will be published by Rare Bird Books in June 2019.