Joy Ma

Writers Workshops, 2004

Her new book, The Deoliwallahs, was published by Pan Macmillan India in December. It is a non-fiction account of her family and the stories of several Chinese Indians who were interned after the war between India and China in 1962. An essay about it appears on Scroll.In.

Max Byrd

His newest book, Pont Neuf, has just been released as an Amazon Audible Original, and will be published in hardback July, 2020.

Laurel Blossom

Poetry Participant '77

Her new chapbook, Un-, a series of short prose poems concerning the search for one of Esther Williams’s understudies and other lost and unsung beauties of 1950s Hollywood, can be pre-ordered now from Finishing Line Press. It will be published on March 13, 2020.

Vanessa Hua

Writers Workshop participant '08, '17; Writers Workshop teaching staff '19

Her book of short stories, Deceit and Other Possibilities, recently rereleased with three additional tales, received a starred review from Kirkus.

June Sylvester Saraceno

Poetry Workshop participant '05

Her third collection of poetry, The Girl From Yesterday,  will be released in January 2020 from Cherry Grove Collections.

Yiskah Rosenfeld

Poetry Workshop participant '01, '03, '19

She was recently named runner up for the 2019 Kallisto Gaia Poetry Prize for her poem “Poetry Submission Guidelines,” which will be published in the next issue of the Ocotillo Review. She will be giving a reading together with Lisa Wenzel (Poetry Workshop alum ’19), whom she met while carpooling to the workshop. The reading will be January 6 at 7:30 at Vanne Bistro in Berkeley.

David Watts

Poetry Workshop participant '90, '91, '92, '93, '97, '99, '02, '04, '13

His memoir, Christmas in Georgepatch, was rereleased this December in both paperback and Kindle editions.

Nancy Kelly

Screenwriting Workshop participant '83, '00; Writers Workshop participant '06, '16

The new digital restoration of her film, Thousand Pieces of Gold, enjoyed several screenings at the Rafael Film Center in November, 2019. 

Joan Baranow

Poetry Workshop participant '90, '91, '92, '93, '97, '99, '01, '03, '06, '08, '11, '18

Her poetry collection, In the Next Life, was published this year by Poetic Matrix Press. She has poems in recent issues of Blackbird and The Gettysburg Review. Her documentary, The Time We Have, won a nomination for Best Biographical Film at the 2019 New Hope Film Festival. Her film presents an intimate portrait of a teenager facing terminal illness.

James Cagney

Poetry Workshop participant '17

He was recently awarded one of the 30th Annual PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Awards for his book Black Steel Magnolias in the Hour of Chaos Theory, published by Nomadic Press in 2018.

Patrick Smith and Jane Smith

Poetry Workshop participant

Jane Smith is relaunching Pancake Press, a website devoted to the works of her late husband painter and poet, Patrick Smith. in order to locate new places to exhibit her Patrick’s work, and to identify an institution that will accept a donation of his hospice portraits.

Katherine Rothschild

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her YA novel on sisterhood in an untraditional family, Hope and Other Feathered Things, will be published by Soho Teen in early 2020.