Janice Obuchowski

Writers Workshop Participant, '08

Her story collection The Woods has won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award through the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series and will be published in November, 2022.


Anna V. Q. Ross

Poetry Workshop Participant, '13, '21

Her second book, Flutter, Kick, selected by Jeffrey Harrison for the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, will be published by Red Hen Press on November 8th, 2022.

Attended with the help of Lucille Clifton Scholarship, '13

Lauren Barbato

Writers Workshop Participant, '17

Her short story “Women of a Certain Kind” appears in the fall 2022 issue of The Georgia Review.

Attended with the help of Lojo Foundation Scholarship

Alina Grabowski

Writers Workshops Participant, '17

Her novel, Women and Children First, will be published by SJPLit/Zando in fall, 2023.

Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Javier Zamora

Poetry Workshop participant '10

His memoir, Solito, was published in September, 2023, and is a New York Times Bestseller.

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Writers Workshop Teaching Staff

Her third novel, On the Rooftop, was recently selected as Reese’s Book Club pick.

Ananda Lima

Poetry Workshop participant '17

Her fiction manuscript-in-progress, Craft, is a finalist for the 2022 Restless Books prize for New Immigrant Writing.

Sharon Olds

Poetry Workshop Teaching Staff

Her newest book, Balladz, is on the long list for the National Book Award for Poetry.

Shelley Wong

Poetry Workshop participant '16

Her newest book of poetry, As She Appears, in on the long list for the National Book Awards for Poetry.

Mary Freericks

Poetry Workshop participant '89, '91, '00, '21

She has published two new poetry books. The first, Swimming Through the Generations, completes her now five volumes of poetry memoirs. It focuses both on ancestors and grandchildren beginning with Brewster and James Hill, who designed a revolutionary war ship that is on the cover and continues to playing with her granddaughter Rachel and Barbie and Ken dolls. It also includes a poem written at the Community of Writers Poetry Workshop on acceptance. The second is a chap book entitled Pandemic Poetry. The cover, front and back, are abstract collages of Mary’s paintings.


Heidi Seaborn

Poetry Participant, 22

Her second collection, An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe, which won the [PANK] Poetry Prize (June 2021), has been re-released by [PANK] as Marilyn: Essays & Poems, A Collector’s Edition of an Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe to include essays that Seaborn had previously published in LitHub, Brevity, the Hunger and elsewhere as well as new criticism, photographs and the entire poetry collection.


Rashaan Alexis Meneses

Writer's Workshop, '17

She will be a Parent-Writer resident at Mineral School, Washington, this Fall 2022, and will participate in the AWP 2023 panel “Impossible Balance: Re-examining the narrative about writing and parenting” with John Messick, Keema Waterfield, Sean Prentiss, and Ukamaka Olisakwe

Attended with the help of Ancinas Scholarship

Jamie Ford

Writers Workshop Participant, '06

His latest novel, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy, was named the #1 Indie Next List book for August 2022. It was also chosen for the Today Show’s Read With Jenna book club, and has been optioned for a streaming series by Universal Content Productions.


Cai Emmons

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

She has two novels coming out in September, 2022: Unleashed (A Publishers Weekly BuzzBook 2022) from Dutton, and Livid from Red Hen Press. These books were sold on the same day within half an hour of each other! Despite having lost her voice to ALS, she is doing her best to get the books into the hands of readers.


Eva Benedikt

Screenwriting participant '10

Her feature film, El Ganador (The Winner) was awarded Best Small Budget Film in the 2022 Symbiotic Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine), and Official Selection (2022) of Oaxaca Film Fest, Iconic Images Film Festival (Lithuania) and Anatolia International Film Festival (Turkey). In 2021 El Ganador was a finalist in Blue Star International Film Festival (Brazil) and an award winner in the United Latino International Film Festival (USA) in 2019. She is the writer, producer, and director.

Melenie Freedom Flynn

Writers Workshop participant '09, '10

She is the recipient of a generous 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council artist fellowship to support the completion of her memoir about growing up in the backseat of Delilah, her family’s big blue Ford LTD, as they moved back and forth between the Rajneesh Commune in Oregon and Las Vegas during the 1980s.

Attended with the help of Carlisle Family Scholarship

Kristin Ohlson

Writers Workshop participant '84

Her new book, Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Cooperation and Generosity in Nature, will be released by Patagonia Books on September 6. Publisher’s Weekly says, “Journalist Ohlson (The Soil Will Save Us) pushes back against the Darwinian notion that “competition rules” in this vivid survey. Despite the popular notion that nature is a “vicious and never-ending battle of survival for meager resources,” Ohlson makes a solid case that the opposite is often true…This is as charming as it is enlightening.”


Jasmin Darznik

Writers Workshop participant '08 and '10

She was recently appointed the Chair of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts, where she is also an associate professor. Her books include The Bohemians, Song of a Captive Bird, and The Good Daughter.


Ramona Reeves

Writers Workshops Participant, '18

Her debut book of fiction, It Falls Gently All Around and Other Stories, won the 2022 Drue Heinz Literature Prize and is available for purchase (release date Oct. 4, University of Pittsburgh Press).


Akil Kumarasamy

Writers Workshop Participant '15

Her new novel, Meet Us by the Roaring Sea, was published by Macmillan in August, 2022.

Attended with the help of Eshleman Scholarship

Eddy Ancinas

Her new book, Tracing Inca Trails: An Adventure in the Andes, will be published on September 20, 2022.