Threa Almontaser

Poetry Workshop participant '19

Her upcoming book of poetry, The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press, April, 2021),  was recently awarded the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Gwen Goodkin

Writers Workshops Participant, '07, '11

Her short story collection, A Place Remote, was published in September, 2020, by West Virginia University Press.

Inderjeet Mani

Writers Workshops Participant, '00

His novel, Toxic Spirits (Calumet Editions, 2019), set in Thailand, is now being translated into multiple languages. Reviews have included “A complex and enthralling international intrigue with a treasure of remarkable detail” (Frederick Barthelme) and “Mani tells his story in taut, highly descriptive prose, capturing his Thai setting’s cornucopia of sights and tastes” (Kirkus).

Mariya Zilberman

Poetry Workshop Participant '20

Her poem, “Against Temporality,” won the 2020 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest and will appear in the Winter 2020-2021 issue.
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Writers Workshop teaching staff '18, '19; Writers Workshops in the Virtual Valley special guest '20

She was recently awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for Fiction published in 2019 for her novel The Revisioners.

Donna Miscolta

Writers Workshop Participant '98

Her third book,  Living Color: Angie Rubio Stories, was published by Jaded Ibis Press in September, 2020. It was listed in Ms. Magazine’s September 2020 Reads and Parade Magazine’s 20 New Fall Books From Latinx Writers.


Iris Jamahl Dunkle

Poetry Participant, '97, '12

Her new biography, Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer, was published in September, 2020, by University of Oklahoma Press. Charmian Kittredge London (1871–1955) was the epitome of a modern woman. Free-spirited and adventurous, she defied modern expectations of femininity. Today she is best known as the wife of the famous American author Jack London, yet she was a literary trailblazer in her own right. This biography is the first book to tell the complete story of Charmian’s life—freed from the shadow cast by her famous husband. In this biography, Iris Jamahl Dunkle draws the reader into Charmian’s private and public worlds, underscoring her literary achievements and the significant role she played in promoting her husband’s legacy.

Lucinda Watson

Poetry Workshop Participant '91, '92, '96, '98, '02, '04

Her first book of poems, The Favorite, was published by Golden Antelope Press in September, 2020.

A.R. Taylor

Her new novel, Jenna Takes The Fall, was published September 1, 2020 from She Writes Press.

Caroline Kim

Poetry Workshop participant '18, '19

Her short story collection, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories, winner of the 2020 Drue Heinz Prize in Literature, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in October, 2020.