Scott Edward Anderson

Art of the Wild, Participant, '92

His book-length poem, Azorean Suite/ Suite Açoriana, was published in a bilingual (English/Portuguese) edition by Letras Lavadas in October, 2020.

Natasha Saje

Poetry Participant '93

Her memoir-in-essays, Terroir: Love, Out of Place, was published by Trinity UP in November, 2020. The chapters contain arguments about immigration, nationality, gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and religion.

Ron Nyren

Writers Workshops Participant, '94

His debut novel, The Book of Lost Light, won the 2019 Big Moose Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence Press on November 16, 2020. It’s the story of Joseph Kylander, his obsessive photographer father, and the impulsive young cousin helping to raise him, as they take refuge with a group of artists in the Berkeley hills after the 1906 earthquake.

David Kerns

Writers Workshop Participant, '07

His novel, Fortnight on Maxwell Street, recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award for the best general fiction book of 2018, has been released as an audiobook performed by Chicago voice and stage actor Doug MacKechnie. The novel is a reluctant hero’s journey of fear and courage set in Chicago in the spring of 1968. 24-year-old medical student Nick Weissman spends two weeks delivering babies in the kitchens and bedrooms of the inner-city’s slum tenements. Over his head medically, and unprotected in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, his character and resourcefulness are tested in the extreme when a national tragedy intervenes.

Jacquelyn Stolos

Writers Workshops Participant '14, '19

Jacquelyn Stolos’ debut novel, Edendale, will be published by Creature Publishing on October 20, 2020.

Jessica O’Dwyer

Writers' Workshop Participant '06, '16, '18

Her debut novel, Mother Mother, was published by Loyola University’s Apprentice House Press on October 1, 2020.

Josh Folan

Screenwriting Workshop participant, '13

His new cynical indie filmmaking case study joint, Still Filmmaking, the Hard Way, is available on Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Kobo, Scribd, and all the other places humans read things.

Jesse Nathan

Poetry Workshop Participant, '15, '18

His interview with Robert Hass in the Paris Review appeared in the Summer 2020 issue. It is #108 in their “Art of Poetry” series.

Kazim Ali

Poetry Workshop Participant ;98, Poetry Workshop teaching staff '10, '12, '16, '18

His newest collection of poetry, The Voice of Sheila Chandra, was published by Alice James Books in October, 2020.


Anthony J. Mohr

Writers Workshops Participant '08

His essay “The Hardy Girls” appeared in the 2020 spring/summer issue of Maryland Literary Review. His Essay “My Father and Me Too” was published in Green Hills Literary Lantern’s GHLL XXXI (2020).

Mary Kuryla

Fiction Participant, '10; Published Alumni Reading Series '19

Her novel, Away to Stay, will be published by Regal House Press in September, 2021.

Thomas Allbaugh

Writers Workshops Participant '13

His chapbook, The View from January, was published by Kelsay Books in January, 2020.

Sherah Bloor

Poetry Participant, '18

She is the new editor of Peripheries, a Journal of Word and Image published annually by the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. The new 2020 issue includes work by Poetry Teaching Staff members, Sharon Olds and Evie Shockley, and Poetry Participants ’18, Brionne Janae, KT (Katie Taylor), and Eden Werring.

Jabari Jawan Allen

Poetry Workshop participant '18

He will be teaching an advanced poetry workshop on Wednesdays, November 4 – 18, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST  on Zoom with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University.

Over three sessions, students will explore the erotic god, subversion versus abolition in form, and the contemporization of the sonnet through the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wanda Coleman, Malachi Black, Phillip B. Williams, Natasha Oladokun, and more. Registration is $109. Learn more and register today at
Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Scholarship Recipient

Paul Watsky

Poetry Participant, '20

His work, 4 poems and a short personal essay, appeared in the September 8 Litbreak.

Holiday Reinhorn

Writers Workshop Participant '17

Her short story, “Sagrada Familia,” (workshopped at the Community of Writers Summer Workshop in ’17) was featured as ‘Story of The Week’ at Narrative Magazine and appeared in the Fall 2020 issue. Other stories by Holiday are upcoming in the Fall 2020 issue of Ploughshares and the Spring 2021 issue of American Short Fiction.

Instagram @holidayreinhorn Instagram @stay.home.stories

Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshop participant '93; Writers Workshop teaching staff

His short story and novella collection, Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations, arrives in November, 2020, from What Books Press. The collection features eight short stories which appeared originally in Ecotone, Juked, Orange Coast Review, Faultline and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and a novella featuring the famous alpine lake. Realism and absurdism, unrealism and political autobiography all mixed up for our weird moment. Cover art by the legendary Gronk.

Dorothea Bonneau

Writers Workshop Participant '12

Her historical fiction, Once in a Blood Moon, was a 2020 American Fiction Winner for the African American Category. The novel is also a 5 Star Reader’s Choice pick.

Terence Clarke

Writers Workshop Participant, '72,'73

A translation of his novel, The Splendid City, to Spanish by Chilean novelist, Jaime Collyer, will be published on December 1, 2020.

Wendy Voorsanger

Writers Workshop participant '16

Her debut novel, Prospects of a Woman, is available October, 2020  from She Writes Press. A gripping and illuminating window into life in the Old West, Prospects of a Woman is the story of one woman’s passionate quest to carve out a place for herself in the liberal and bewildering society that emerged during the California gold rush frenzy. Featured in BuzzFeed as “New Historical Fiction Books You Won’t Be Able To Put Down This Fall.” Favorable Early Reviews: “The author’s language is evocative and beautiful.”—Kirkus. “A lusty, intelligent, and captivating portrait of a woman in early California.”—Foreward. “A fascinating, complex, dark, and beautiful novel.”—Douglas Glover

Lauren Barbato

Writers Workshop participant '17

Her essay “What Would You Call It?” appears online at North American Review.
Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Michelle Latiolais

Writers Workshop teaching staff, special guest

Her short fiction will appear in the LA Issue of ZYZZYVA, issue no. 119, due November, 2020.

Jeff Adams

Writers Workshop '19

His short story “A Trip to the Store: A Memoir” appears in VOICES 2020, a themed issue of Dreams, Desires & Delusions from Cold River Press.

Troy Jollimore

Poetry Workshop Participant, '11, '15

His poem, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” originally published in ZYZZYVA, was reprinted in The Best American Poetry 2020, edited by Paisley Rekdal. His fourth poetry collection, “Earthly Delights,” will appear in the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets in 2021.

Oakley Hall

Co-Founder of the Community of Writers and Writers Workshops Staff Member.

His classic proto-postmodern novel Warlock, is featured in Library of America’s new anthology, The Western: Four Classic Novels of the 1940s & 50, edited by Ron Hansen (September, 2020). The book also includes The Ox-Bow Incident (Van Tilburg Clark), Shane (Schaefer), The Searchers (Le May).
Read Thomas Pynchon’s 1965 review of Warlock.

Aida Salazar

Writers Workshop participant '07

Her second novel, Land of the Cranes, was published in September, 2020, from Scholastic Press. It is about a little girl and her pregnant mother who are caged in an immigration detention facility. The book has already gained a starred review from KIRKUS who called it, “powerful… lyrical… soaring…” and another starred review by Publisher’s Weekly who called it “Lyrical, passionate, and all-too timely.” It was a BookCon 2020 Middle Grade Buzz Book and was featured on the Cultural Frontline on the BBC’s World Service’s program Cultural Impact.

Lisa Alvarez

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff; Writers Workshop Participant, '91, '92

Her poem “On the Origin of Karl Marx” appears in So It Goes, the annual literary journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.
Attended with the help of UCI scholarship and Ancinas scholarship

Claudia Rankine

Poetry Workshop participant '93; Poetry Workshop teaching staff '07

Her new book, Just Us: An American Conversation, was recently published by Graywolf Press.