Diane Wolff

Writers Workshop Participant '83; Screenwriting Workshop participant '84

She will be giving a talk on her new book Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde: The Mongol Khans Conquer Russia for the Virtual Speakers Series of the American Center for Mongolian Studies in Ulan Batur.

This is the first book in her Silk Road Series, about the successors of Chinggis Khan (Genghis Khan). The other books in the series are forthcoming.


Vishwas R Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story “How Does Your Garden Grow?” appeared in the 2020 issue of the literary magazine, The Broken Plate.


Lorraine Comanor

Writer’s Workshop participant '09

Her essay “Walking with Birds,” published in Boulevard, fall 2019, made the Notables of Best American Essays of 2020.


Evan I. Schwartz

Screenwriting Workshop participant '12

His debut novel, Revolver, will be published in 2021 by the Concord Free Press.


Swathi Desai

Writers Workshop Participant, '17, '18

Her short story “Lady: Part I” appears in the November 2020 issue of the literary magazine Orca.


Andrew Tonkovich

Writers Workshop participant '93; Writers Workshop teaching staff

His short story and novella collection, Keeping Tahoe Blue and Other Provocations, was published 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.

Colleen Morton Busch

Writers Workshops Participant, '04, '15

Her piece about her family’s deliberations over what to do about her father’s Michigan mail-in ballot when it arrived one day after he died in September 2020 appeared in The Washington Post. Her piece about Jane Hirshfield’s latest collection, Ledger, was featured in Orion and Wild Hope earlier this year.


Susan Henderson

Writers Workshop Participant, '09

She judged the 2020 High Plains Book Award for Fiction (winner: Joe Wilkins’ Fall Back Down When I Die). She taught workshops for Hampton Roads Convergence of Writers and the Brandeis National Committee. And she was recently interviewed by Sean Murphy, Executive Director of 1455 Literary Arts, about books, the writing process, and more.

Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Darien Hsu Gee

Writers Workshop participant '99

She will have two new titles published this year: Other Small Histories (Poetry Society of America, 2019 Chapbook Fellowship winner), and Allegiance: Micro Essays, in which she dissects her beliefs and navigates the complexity of family dynamics in search of her identity–– What does it mean to be Chinese American? How are we reflected in the people we love, and us in them? What obligation do we have to those who share our blood, and how does a woman claim her life as her own?


Ellery Akers

Art of the Wild teaching staff '94

Her new poetry book, Swerve: Environmentalism, Feminism, and Resistance, was recently featured in The New York Times Magazine; Naomi Shihab Nye, the NYT editor, described the book as “powerful.”