Summer 1995

His story, “Marrow,” appears in the January 2021 issue of The Hong Kong Review. Alexander is an instructor at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program in Los Angeles.

Jenny Pritchett

Writers Workshops Participant '04

Her new book, You Look Tired: An Excruciatingly Honest Guide to New Parenthood, was published by Running Press/Hachette in May, 2021. An audiobook is also available.
Attended with the help of Walker Foundation Scholarship

Eileen Garvin

Writers Workshop Participant '16

Her debut novel, The Music of Bees, will be published on April 27 by Dutton.

Cai Emmons

Writers Workshop '93, '94, '97 , Writers Workshop Teaching Staff

Her new novel, Sinking Islands, will be published in September, 2021 by Red Hen Press. It has been chosen as the Rumpus Book Club pick for July, and she will be interviewed on A Mighty Blaze by Lisa Genova on April 29.

Tiphanie Yanique

Her new novel, Monster in the Dark, will be published by Penguin in October, 2021.

Kari Flickinger

Poetry Participant '17

Her debut poetry collection, The Gull and the Bell Tower, was recently published by Femme Salvé Books.

Lynne Goldsmith

Poetry Participant. '00

Her poetry book, Secondary Cicatrices, won Book Excellence Finalist Award.

Lynn Gordon

Writers Workshops Participant, '11

Her stories appeared in the spring 2021 issues of Prime Number Magazine and The Louisville Review.

Ananda Lima

Poetry Participant, '17

Her poetry collection, Mother/land, winner of the Hudson Prize, is on pre-order (October 21) with Black Lawrence Press. Her fiction chapbook Tropicália, winner of the Newfound Prose Prize is on pre-order with Newfound press. Her micro-chapbook, Amblyopia, was published by Bull City Press as part of their INCH series.

Vishwas Gaitonde

Writers Workshops Participant, '14

His short story ‘The Worth of a Miracle’ was a finalist in The George Floyd Short Story Competition conducted by the Nottingham Writers Studio, Nottingham, England. His story, along with stories of other winners and finalists, have been published in the anthology Black Lives, in the United Kingdom, available as print and Kindle editions.

Joan Steinau Lester

Writers Workshop Participant '03

Her memoir, Loving Before Loving: A Marriage in Black and White, will be published May 18, 2021, from the University of Wisconsin Press. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker says, “This book is the real deal, the way it was. A good book for folks to grow on. I love it.”

Martin J. Smith

Writers Workshops Teaching Staff

His newest book, Going to Trinidad: A Doctor, a Colorado Town, and Stories from an Unlikely Gender Crossroads, will be published on April 15 by Bower House Books (hardcover) and Tantor Media (audio). This is longtime staff member Smith’s fifth nonfiction book, in addition to his five suspense novels.

Alma Katsu

Her novel, Red Widow, will be published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons on March 23.

Carol Edgarian

Her new novel, Vera, was recently published by Scribner.

Yang Huang

Writers Workshops Participant,'19

Her third literary novel, My Good Son, won the University of New Orleans Publishing Lab Prize. It was published on April 29, 2021.

“MY GOOD SON is about a tailor named Mr. Cai in post-Tiananmen China and the dreams he holds for his only son, Feng. Mr. Cai schemes with one of his clients, Jude, a gay American expat, to get his son to the States, and the novel, about parental expectations, social class, and sexuality, highlights both the similarities and differences between Chinese and American cultures.”
Attended with the help of Barbara Hall Memorial Scholarship

Kateema Lee

Poetry Participant, '18

Her poem “Last Epistle” won the first place prize in the anthology This is What America Looks Like. Kateema’s new collection of poems, Transcript of the Unnamed, explores the “brief, bright lives” of missing and forgotten black women.

Anthony Cody

Poetry Participant '18

His debut collection, Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn), was a 2020 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry,  Winner of the 2018 Omnidawn Open Book Prize, was recently named a 2020 Southwest Book Award Winner from the Regional Border Library Association, longlisted for The Believer Magazine 2020 Editor’s Award in Poetry, and is now a finalist for the Jean Stein Award from PEN/America.
Attended with the help of Galway Kinnell Memorial Scholarship

Heather Altfeld

Poetry Participant, '08, '10, '12, '15

Her second book, Post-Mortem, was released April 2, 2021, by Orison Books after winning their annual poetry contest in 2019.

Arisa White

Poetry Participant, 2010

Her new memoir, Who’s Your Daddy, was recently published by Augury Books. Who’s Your Daddy ( is a lyrical, genre-bending coming-of-age tale featuring a queer, Black, Guyanese American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates an estranged relationship with her father.

“A lyric anthem for the fatherless, for seekers of the places and people that made us, for the artists ready to unearth and reshape their own stories. I gulped this exquisite manual like precious medicine, a spell that made me more myself.” —Melissa Febos, author of Abandon Me
Attended with the help of Cave Canem Scholarship

Brionne Janae

She was recently awarded the 2020 Cave Canem North Western University Press Poetry Prize for her book, Blessed are the Peacemakers.

Ananda Lima

Her new book, Tropicália, was recently published by Newfound.

Ann Tweedy

Poetry Participant, '97, '00, '04, '07, '12, '15, '20

Her hybrid chapbook, A Registry of Survival, was recently published by Last Word Press. The chapbook explores her relationship with her mother and how this relationship has been impacted by her mother’s homelessness and mental health struggles.

Amy Haddad

Poetry Participant

She recently received honorable mention in the Backwaters Press Poetry Prize. She will be awarded $1,000 and her manuscript, An Otherwise Healthy Woman, will be published in the spring of 2022. Haddad is a nurse, ethicist and poet who taught in the health sciences at Creighton University in Omaha, NE for 30 years.

Attended with the help of NA

Laura Cresté

Poetry Participant '20

Her chapbook, You Should Feel Bad, was selected by Stephanie Burt for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship and was published in November 2020.
Attended with the help of Sharon Olds Honorary Scholarship

Mary Freericks

Poetry Participant '89 / '91 / '09

Her new poetry memoir, Furs for a Vegetarian, focuses on her artist mother, Sophie, Sonia Avakian, who was born in Moscow, married to escape the Communists and moved to Iran.

E. Martin Pedersen

Writers Workshops Participant, unsure of year, perhaps 2012

He published two books of short poems, Bitter Pills and Smart Pills ( His full chapbook, Exile’s Choice, is coming soon from Kelsay Books (March, 2021).

Christine Sunderland

Writers Workshops Participant, '05

Her novel, Angel Mountain (Wipf and Stock 2020), won Finalist and Inspirational, in the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Set in the present in the hills east of UC Berkeley, the story involves a holy hermit, a Holocaust survivor, a literary librarian, and a Christian geneticist who search for peace and happiness in a culture of chaos. The importance of history, memory, free speech, and human dignity are some of the themes explored.

Lynne Thompson

1997, 2004

She was recently named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles by Mayor Garcetti.
Thompson, an Award-winning poet, is nationally recognized as a trailblazer in contemporary literature.

R.O. Kwon

She is the editor of a new collection of stories, Kink, published by Simon and Schuster on February 9, 2021.