Jami Macarty

Poetry Workshop participant '10, '14, '17

Her new book of poetry, The Minuses, was published by University Press of Colorado in February, 2020.

Chelsea B. DesAutels

Poetry Participant, '18

Her poem “Why I Think of Jungle Crows” will be published in the Winter 2019-20 issue of Ploughshares. Chelsea B. DesAutels’s work appears or is forthcoming in the Missouri Review, Copper Nickel, The Adroit Journal, Pleiades, Willow Springs, and elsewhere. Natasha Trethewey named Chelsea’s manuscript, Metastasis, the finalist for the AWP Award Series Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Chelsea received an MFA from the University of Houston, where she served as Poetry Editor of Gulf Coast. Ploughshares is an award-winning journal of new writing. Since 1971, Ploughshares has discovered and cultivated the freshest voices in contemporary American literature.


Christine Sunderland

Writers Workshops Participant, 05

Her seventh novel, Angel Mountain, has been contracted to be published by Wipf and Stock Publishers in 2020. Set on Mount Diablo in the present day, the story involves a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a faithful geneticist who meet in a world of earthquake, fire, and mob violence. Themes include human dignity and free speech, history and memory, faith and science.


Clancy McGilligan

Writers Workshop Participant '17

His novella, History of an Executioner, was published in January, 2020, by Miami University Press after winning the 2019 Novella Prize.

Attended with the help of SpringCreek Foundation Scholarship

Amanda Eyre Ward

Writers Workshop participant '92

Her new novel, The Jetsetters, was published by Ballantine Books in February, 2020.

Joann Gardner

Poetry Workshop participant '91, '96

Her chapbook of poetry, The Deaf Island, was published in July, 2019, and was recently named the winner of the Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award.

Jami Macarty

Poetry Participant, '10, '14, '17

Her full-length collection of poetry, The Minuses, is forthcoming in the Mountain West Poetry Series by The Center For Literary Publishing at Colorado State University, February 2020.


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Poetry Workshop participant '11

His memoir, Children of the Land, was published in January 2020 from HarperCollins.

Devi S. Laskar

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

Her novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, was recently awarded the Crook’s Corner Book Prize.


Michele Karas

Poetry Workshop Participant '17

The San Diego Poetry Annual has nominated Michele Karas’ poem “For First Wives Who Have Considered Suicide” for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry.


Ann Fisher-Wirth

Poetry Participant

Her sixth book of poems, The Bones of Winter Birds, was published by Terrapin Books in February, 2020.


Lisa Braver Moss

Writers Workshop Participant, '03

Her novel Shrug has won first prize in YA historical fiction in the 2019 Moonbeam Awards, and was a finalist in the 2019 “Best Book” awards.


Valyntina Grenier

Poetry Workshop participant '05

Her new book, Fever Dream/ Take Heart, was published in January, 2019, from Cathexis North West Press.


Christine Hemp

Poetry Workshop participant '06

Her memoir, Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, will be published by Arcade in February, 2020.

Janine Kovac

Writers Workshops Participant '11, '12, '14, '16

Hers memoir, Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home, workshopped at Squaw Valley in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016, was awarded the 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for memoir.

Attended with the help of George Pascoe Miller Scholarship ('11), Carlisle Family Scholarship ('12), Eshleman Scholarship ('14)

Jeff Kingman

Poetry Participant '12

For those in the Bay Area, the book launch for Jeffrey Kingman’s poetry chapbook ON A ROAD will be at Alibi Bookshop, 624 Marin St. in Vallejo, CA on Sunday, January 5th at 3:30pm. Jeff’s book borrows language and places from Kerouac’s On the Road.