Judy Batalion

Writers Workshop participant '11

Her new book, The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler’s Ghettos, will be published by HarperCollins in June, 2020.

Penny Cagan

Poetry Participant '92, '93; Writers Workshop participant '92

She has entered into a 7 1/2 year cycle called Daf Yomi, where people around the world read the same portion of the Talmud each day. She has been writing daily about the readings from a literary perspective in the Times of Israel. Her blog can be found here.


Lorraine Comanor

Writers Workshop participant '09

Her essay “Walking with Birds” was published in the Fall 2019 issue of Boulevard.

Leslie Hsu Oh

Writers Workshop participant '14, '19

She recently received 2 gold medals from the NATJA Travel Media Awards. “Painting the Next Chapter,” published in Adventure Journal won gold in Lifestyle, Personality & Profiles and “What It’s Like to Break Bread in the Desert” in Saveur Magazine won gold in Family Travel.

Attended with the help of The O’Dwyer Scholarship

Grace Talusan

Writers Workshops Participant '98; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

The paperback of her memoir, The Body Papers, was published by Restless Books in March 2020 with a new afterword, reading guide, and interview. Winner of The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Grace Talusan’s memoir The Body Papers bravely explores her experiences with sexual abuse, depression, cancer, and life as a Filipino immigrant, supplemented with government documents, medical records, and family photos. The memoir is on the Must Reads (long list) for the 20th Annual Massachusetts Book Awards.


Anthony Cody

Poetry Participant '18

His debut Borderland Apocrypha was recently published in April 2020 with Omnidawn. The collection was the winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge. In her citation Berssenbrugge writes, “Intense feeling, empathy, rage, compassion swerves language, torques the page. History and data inflict. Intelligence composes, sequence wrestles with violence. It must be witnessed, expressed. The love is expression. Witness is form.” The collection is now available for purchase.

Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Vonetta Young

Writers Workshops Participant, ‘18

Her short story, “Sand and Salt,” from which she began the novel chapter she workshopped at the Community of Writers, was published in the anthology, Furious Gravity in May, 2020. She also published another short story, “As Far Away,” in Gargoyle issue 71.


Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

She has an essay in the upcoming anthology, Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort During the Time of COVID-19, published by Central Avenue. All net profits will be donated to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, helping indie booksellers in need.

Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation scholarship

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

He was a finalist in The Chautauqua Institution’s 2020 Janus Prize “for daring formal and aesthetic innovations that upset and reorder readers’ imaginations.”


Kris Newby

Writers Workshop participant '17

She was recently awarded a Nautilus Award (Silver) for her book Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons. With a Kirkus starred review, it was also listed as one of the “best books of 2019” by Bookworm and Stanford Medicine, as well as the #1 book in public health by BookAuthority.

Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Gail Reitano

Writers Workshop Participant, '97,'98,'99,'02,'03,'19

Her personal essay “Wanting Warhol: My Connections to Andy Warhol” appears in the June 2020 issue of Catamaran Literary Reader.


Alice Jones

Poetry Participant, '88, '89. Teaching Staff, Writing the Medical experience

Her newest collection, Vault, was recently published by Apogee Press. A poem in the book, “Spell,” won the first annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Prize.


Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “Kismet” was published in Pembroke Magazine, Issue No 52, 2020.


Lyndsey Ellis

Writers Workshop participant '17

Her debut novel, Bone Broth, will be published in spring 2021 by Hidden Timber Books.

Ken Haas

Poetry Workshop participant '08, '11, '13, '16, '19

His first full-length poetry collection, Borrowed Light, was recently published by Red Mountain Press, and won the 2020 Red Mountain Discovery Award.

Wayétu Moore

Writers Workshop participant 2009; Published Alumni Reading Series 2019

Her memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women, was published June 2, 2020, by Graywolf Press.