Julia Flynn Siler

Writers Workshop participant '03, '04; Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '14, '15, '16, '18, '19

Her newest book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown, was recently awarded two Golden Poppy Awards, in the Regional Book and Non-Fiction categories. The Golden Poppy Awards honor books published each year by Northern California authors and artists chosen by independent booksellers throughout Northern California.

Tom Lutz

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff '17, '19

His new novel, Born Slippy, was published by Repeater Books/Penguin Random House in January, 2020.

Diannely Antigua

Poetry Workshop participant '16

She was recently awarded the Whiting Award in Poetry for her debut collection, Ugly Music (YesYes Books, 2019). The judges said her  poems “layer lyricism, religious language, and the tactile materials of daily life to build altars of affection for the people and things of her world,” each “meticulously shaped by a formal and aesthetic vision that already feels authoritative.”


Elizabeth Kadetsky

Writers Workshop Participant, '98, '04; Alumni Reader, '04

Her fourth book, The Memory Eaters, winner of the first Juniper Prize in Creative Nonfiction, was published by University of Massachusetts Press in March 2020. She is currently undertaking her second Fulbright fellowship to India.

Attended with the help of UCI scholarship

David Koehn

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '06, '14

His new book of poetry, Scatterplot, will be published by Omnidawn in April, 2020.

John Murillo

Poetry Workshop participant '10

His new collection of poetry, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, was published by Four Way Books in March, 2020.

Edan Lepucki

Writers Workshop participant '07; Writers Workshop teaching staff '14, '18

She edited the upcoming book, Mothers Before: Stories and Portraits of Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them, which is due out April, 2020, from Abrams Image. 

Beatrice Bowles

Poetry Workshop participant '91

Her new storybook, Spider Grandmother’s Web of Wonder, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. It will be published April 30, 2020.

Leah Naomi Green

Poetry Workshop participant '08

Her new book, The More Extravagant Feast, will be published by Graywolf Press in April, 2020.


Brenda Hillman

Director of the Community of Writers Poetry Program

She was recently awarded the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. This award goes to a poet of progressive, original, and experimental tendencies.

Ann Keniston

Poetry Workshop participant '96, '03, '08, '13

Her new collection of poetry, Somatic, is now available for preorder. It will be published by Terrapin Books this spring.

Michele Karas

Poetry Participant '17

She has joined the editorial staff of the new online poetry journal The Night Heron Barks, and her poem, “Tulip Cuttings,” appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Mid-American Review.


Devi S. Laskar

Poetry Workshop participant '04, '08, '14; Writers Workshop participant '04, '15; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

Her novel, The Atlas of Reds and Blues, recently won the Award for Literature in Adult Fiction from the Asian/ Pacific American Library Association.

Elana K. Arnold

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Her new children’s book, An Ordinary Day, was published in March, 2020, by Beach Lane Books.

Eliot Schain

Poetry Participant, '98, '02, '07, '11, '16; Writers Workshops Participant, '99

His second book of poetry, The Distant Sound, will be published in April 2020 by Sixteen Rivers Press.


Alia Volz

Writers Workshops Participant, '11, '14

Her debut memoir, Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2020.

Attended with the help of Oakley Hall Memorial Scholarship; Oakley "Tad" Hall Prose Scholarship

Alma Katsu

Writers Workshop participant '03

Her new book, The Deep, was published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in March, 2020.

John DeSimone

Writers Workshop participant '11, '12

His new novel, The Road to Delano, was recently published by Rare Bird Books in March, 2020.

Don Mee Choi

Poetry Workshop Staff '14

Her newest book of poetry, DMZ Colony, forthcoming from Wave Books in April, 2020, recently received the 2019 International Griffin Poetry Prize.