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Mauro Javier Cardenas

Mauro Javier Cardenas is the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press, September 2016). His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Antioch Review, Guernica, Witness, ZYZZYVA and BOMB. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Award. He attended the Community of Writers in 2002 and returned as a Published Alum in 2017.


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Jade Chang

Jade Chang is the author of the novel The Wangs vs. the World, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and recently longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. She has worked as an arts and culture journalist and editor for publications like the BBC, MetropolisGlamour, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. She was recently an editor at Goodreads. Jade is the recipient of a Sundance Arts Journalist fellowship, the AIGA/Winterhouse Design Criticism Award. She lives in Los Angeles. She attended the Community of Writers in 2010 with the assistance of the James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship and returned in 2017 as a Published Alum.

Carole Firstman

Carole Firstman is the author of Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir (Dzanc, 2016). Her work has been anthologized in Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood; essays have appeared in Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Watershed Review, Defunct Magazine, Reed Magazine and Knee Jerk Magazine; she has been a regular journalism contributor to many consumer magazines and newspapers, including Lifestyle Magazine, The Valley Voice, Gannett Newspapers and McClatchy Newspapers. Honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and two Notables in Best American Essays. Carole teaches creative writing at California State University, Fresno. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007 and 2013, and returned in 2017 as a Published Alum.

Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of the story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the upcoming novel The River of Stars, to be released August 2018. For nearly two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora in journalism and in fiction, examining the ways immigrants bring their traditions, their histories, and their ambitions with them to America. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award, a Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, as well as honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists’ Association. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, FRONTLINE/World, Washington Post, and elsewhere. She has filed stories from China, South Korea, Panama, Burma and Ecuador. Her novels are forthcoming from Ballantine. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008 and returned as a Published Alum in 2017.

Kimball Taylor

Kimball Taylor is the author of The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire. His journalism has appeared in Vice Media, ESPN The Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. A long-time contributor to Surfer magazine, Taylor has written two books about the sport. He attended the Community of Writers in 2011, and returned in 2017 as a Published Alum.