Monica Sok

Poetry participant '15

Her debut collection, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, was published by Copper Canyon Press in February, 2020.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Writers Workshop teaching staff '18, '19

Her novel, The Revisioners, recently won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction.

Elizabeth Tallent

Writers Workshop teaching staff '16, '18

Her new memoir, Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism, was published in February, 2020, by HarperCollins.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshop participant; Co-Director of the Fiction Workshop.

Her poem, “Imagining my Grandmother on the Laredo Bridge, 1917,” was recently published in the Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review.

Shira Dentz

Poetry Workshop Participant '05

Her fifth book, Sisyphusina (PANK Books), a cross-genre collection of prose, poetry, visual art, and improvisatory music centered on female aging is available now. By deviating from formal classical construction, and using the recurring image of a rose, Sisyphusina circles around conventions of beauty, questioning traditional aesthetic values of continuity, coherence, and symmetry. The interweaving of multi-media collaborations, the author’s voice and voices from other sources imbue this book with a porous texture, and reimagines the boundary of THE BOOK as a membrane. Advance praise from Jenny Boully, M. NourbeSe Philip, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Carla Harryman, & artist Kay Rosen.

April Dávila

Writers Workshop participant '18

Her new novel, 142 Ostriches, was published in February, 2020, by Kensington.

Jeff Bens

Writers Workshop Participant

His new novel, The Mighty Oak, will be out in September 2020 from Blackstone Publishing.

Danusha Lameris

Poetry Workshop participant '00

Her new collection of poetry, Bonfire Opera, was published in March, 2020, by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop '93, '94, '97, Teaching Staff 2010

Her short story collection, Vanishing, won the 2019 Leapfrog Fiction Contest, and was published in March, 2020. Sinking Islands, the sequel to her novel Weather Women, will be published in early 2021. She is pleased to be an Authors Guild ambassador for the new Portland, Oregon chapter.

Monica Sok

Poetry Workshop participant '15

Her poem “Ode to the Boy Who Jumped Me” was featured on‘s Poem-A-Day on February 20, 2020

Bill Pieper

Writers Workshop Participant '10

His new book, Borders and Boundaries, was published by Cold River Press in March, 2020.

Jessica Guzman

Poetry Participant, '18

Her collection Adelante was chosen by Patricia Smith as winner of the 2019 Gatewood Prize and was published by Switchback Books in March, 2020.

Susan M. Gaines

Writers Workshop Participant '94; Alumni Reading Series (Carbon Dreams) '01

Her new novel, Accidentals, was published by Torrey House Press in March, 2020.
Attended with the help of Scholarship

Anthony Mohr

Writers Workshop Participant '08

His essay “The Fairest of the Fair” appeared in Streetlight Magazine.

Andrew Altschul

Writers Workshops Participant, '97

His third novel, The Gringa, was published in March, 2020, by Melville House.

Cathy Park Hong

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff '11, '16

Her new book, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, will be published by One World on February 25, 2020.

Aimee Liu

Writers Workshop participant '94

Her new novel, Glorious Boy, which will be published by Red Hen Press in May, 2020, was recently selected by Good Housekeeping as one of the best books of 2020.

Meryl Natchez

Poetry Workshop participant '13, '09, '05, '00, '88

Hew new book of poetry, Catwalk, will be published by Longship Press in June, 2020.

Lynne Thompson

Poetry Workshop participant '97, '02

Her poem “She Talk Like This ‘Cause Me Mum Born Elsewhere, Say!” was recently selected by Paisley Rekdal for 2020 Best American Poetry. 

Khadijah Queen

Poetry Workshop participant '09

Her new book of poetry, Anodyne, will be published by Tin House Books in August, 2020.

Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Christine Hemp

Poetry Workshop participant '06

Her forthcoming memoir, Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, was published by Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing on February 4th, 2020.


Dani Burlison

Writers Workshop Participant, '12

Her short story collection, Some Places Worth Leaving, was published by Tolsun Books in February 2020.