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Lisa Alvarez’s prose and poetry have most recently appeared in Faultline, Huizache, Los Angeles Times, Santa Monica Review, Truthdig, Zocalo Public Square and in anthologies, including Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America. Together with Andrew Tonkovich, she edited Orange County: A Literary Field Guide, published by Heyday in February 2017. With Alan Cheuse, she edited Writers Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. She is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
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Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel Queen Sugar, which was adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay of Selma fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Buzzfeed, LennyLetter, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, O The Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. Natalie was on staff at the Community of Writers in 2017. She lives in San Francisco. [F] www.nataliebaszile.com
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Belle Boggs grew up in King William County, Virginia, and is a writer and teacher. Her first book, Mattaponi Queen, was published in June 2010 by Graywolf Press. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Award, was short-listed for the 2010 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, was one of Kirkus Review’s top fiction debuts for 2010, was long-listed for The Story Prize, and was a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in The Paris Review, Orion, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, the Sun, and the Oxford American, among other publications. Her first nonfiction book, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, was published in September 2016 by Graywolf Press. Her first novel, The Ugly Bear List, is also forthcoming from Graywolf. Belle teaches in the MFA program at NC State University and lives in Chatham County, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She was on staff for the Community of Writers in 2017.
Mark Childress is the author of seven novels, three books for children, and several screenplays. A native of Monroeville, Alabama, his novels include A World Made of Fire, V For Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone For Good, One Mississippi, and Georgia Bottoms. He lives in Hanoi, Vietnam. www.markchildress.com [F]
John Daniel’s first novel, Gifted, comes out from Counterpoint in April. His works in essay and memoir, including Rogue River Journal and The Far Corner, have won three Oregon Book Awards for Literary Nonfiction, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and James Thurber Writer-in-Residence at Ohio State University—and a former logger, hod carrier, railroader, and rock climbing instructor—Daniel lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon. [F/NF] www.johndaniel-author.net
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Alex Espinoza is the author of Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León (both by Random House). His non-fiction, stories, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Huizache, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and on NPR’s All Things Considered. A recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Fiction and an American Book Award, he is the founding director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Arts at Cal State Los Angeles. [F] www.alexespinoza.com
Janet Fitch’s new novel, The Revolution of Marina M. will be released in November, 2017. Her first novel, White Oleander, a #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, a national bestseller, was made into a 2017 feature film, written and directed by Amber Tamblyn. She attended the Fiction Workshop at the Community of Writers in the 1980s, the Poetry Workshop in 2017, and returns frequently to teach during the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers. www.janetfitchwrites.com
Lynn Freed’s books include seven novels, a collection of stories, and two collections of essays. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and Narrative Magazine, among others. She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two PEN/O. Henry Awards, fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others. Born in South Africa, she now lives in northern California. [F/NF] www.lynnfreed.com
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Sands Hall’s memoir, Flunk. Start. Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, was published by Counterpoint Press in March 2018. She is the author of the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), and of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Recent stories have appeared in New England Review, Green Mountains Review, and Iowa Review. Also a playwright and a singer/songwriter, Sands is Associate Senior Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. [F] www.sandshall.com
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Paul Harding is the author of two novels, Enon and Tinkers, which won a Pulitzer Prize in fiction. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Harvard. He has received fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA. [F] www.tinkerspulitzer.com/
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Rachel Howard is the author of The Lost Night, a memoir about her father’s unsolved murder. Her essays and short stories have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Gulf Coast, the Arroyo Literary Review, the Hudson Review, and OZY, among other publications. Her essay for Oprah Magazine, “The Love Fast,” was recently included in the collection O’s Little Guide to Starting Over. She teaches memoir and personal essay writing at Stanford Continuing Studies and the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and was an associate editor at Shebooks. She has also served as Interim Director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, and as Distinguished Visiting Writer for the Saint Mary’s College MFA program. She produces a popular reading series, YubaLit. She is currently at work on a short novel, Finalizing. www.rachelhoward.com
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Michael Jaime-Becerra is from El Monte, California. He is the author of This Time Tomorrow; a novel awarded an International Latino Book Award, and Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, a story collection that received the California Book Award for a First Work of Fiction. His essays have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on Zócalo Public Square and KCRW, while more recent work is in ZYZZYVA, Black Clock, and LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. He most recently returned as staff for the Writers Workshop at the Community of Writers in 2017.
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Louis B. Jones is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, California’s Over (Pantheon), and Radiance, and Innocence (Counterpoint). His short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Threepenny Review, Open City, The Sun, Santa Monica Review, and the Pushcart Prize. A story will also be included in The Best of Pushcart anthology, due out in 2018. He co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. www.louisbjones.com
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Dylan Landis is the author of Rainey Royal, a novel, and Normal People Don’t Live Like This, a collection of linked stories. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, Tin House and Bomb, and she has received a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction. In a past life she published six books on interior design. Most recently, she was on staff at the Writers Workshop at the Community of Writers in 2017. www.dylanlandis.com
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Krys Lee is the author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean, both published by Penguin Random House. She is a recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, the Honor Title in Adult Fiction Literature from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association, and a finalist for the BBC International Story Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Award, and the Andrew Carnegie Mellon Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Medal. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, San Francisco Chronicle, Corriere della Sera, and The Guardian, among others. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at Yonsei University, Underwood International College, in South Korea. [F] www.kryslee.com
Tom Lutz is the author of And the Monkey Learned Nothing: Dispatches from a Life in Transit, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World: Wandering the Globe from Azerbaijan to Zanzibar, the American Book Award-winning Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums, and other books, as well as many pieces in literary, general interest, and academic venues. He has taught at the University of Iowa, University of Copenhagen, Stanford, and CalArts, and is now at University of California, Riverside. He is the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Los Angeles Review of Books.
Christopher Monger is a writer/director in film and television who has directed eight feature films and written over thirty screenplays. He was born in Wales but has lived in Los Angeles since the mid 80’s. He is best known for his film The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain and his screenplay for the Emmy Award-winning HBO film, Temple Grandin, which was also nominated for an Academy Award. For writing and directing, his many awards include, the Christopher Award for the film Seeing Red and the Hollywood Film Festival Award for the Girl From Rio. Currently, here is writing a miniseries for HBO and a feature film for Amazon Films.
He will teach the special Adaptation Class this summer on Film and TV Adaptation, (five 90-minute afternoon sessions). The class will be a practical approach to adapting a novel into a screenplay or miniseries. There will be an overview of the fundamentals of screenwriting as well as an analysis of the specific skills for a successful adaptation. We will explore the crucial differences between the mediums, their respective strengths and weaknesses, and examine a handful of adaptations, comparing and contrasting the films with the original material. Indicate your interest in the application form. $250 fee.
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Martin J. Smith, a veteran journalist and magazine editor, is a former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and former editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine. Diversion Books released his fifth suspense thriller, Combustion, in September 2016, the same month that Animal Planet aired The Million Dollar Duck, an award-winning documentary film based on Smith’s 2012 nonfiction book, The Wild Duck Chase, about the world of competitive duck painting. Globe-Piquot is scheduled to release Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee, a collection of Smith’s essays about the people, places, and peculiarities of the American Southwest, in May 2017. [F/NF] www.martinjsmith.com
Gregory Spatz’s most recent book publications are a short story collection, Half as Happy (Washington State Book Award finalist) and the novel Inukshuk. Recipient of a 2012 NEA literature fellowship, he has published stories in The New England Review, Glimmer Train Stories, Santa Monica Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, ZYZZYVA, The New Yorker and elsewhere. He teaches in and directs the creative writing MFA program at Eastern Washington University; he also plays fiddle in the twice Juno-nominated bluegrass band John Reischman and the Jaybirds, and bouzouki in the acoustic world music quartet Mighty Squirrel. [F] www.gregoryspatz.com
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Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy, a weekly books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. His most recent essays, short stories and reviews appear in the OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange Coast Review, Faultline, ZYZZYVA and Ecotone. He is the co-editor, with Lisa Alvarez, of the first-ever literary anthology of writing from and about Orange County, California. Published by Heyday, Orange County: A Literary Field Guide includes contributions from writers who have taught in or attended the Community of Writers poetry and fiction workshops, including founder Oakley Hall.
Josh Weil is the author of the novel The Great Glass Sea and the novella collection The New Valley, both New York Times Editors’ Choices. A Fulbright Fellow and National Book Foundation 5-under-35 honoree, he has been awarded The American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the GrubStreet National Book Prize, the Library of Virginia Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He teaches in the low-residency program at Bennington College and lives with his family in California’s Sierra Nevada. His third book, a story collection, is forthcoming in fall 2017. [F] www.joshweil.com
Al Young, former California poet laureate, is the award-winning author of more than 25 books of fiction and non-fiction. Recent and forthcoming publications include “How October Works” in Miramar 4 (Christopher Buckley, editor), “The Drummer Omar: Poet of Percussion” in Best American Poetry 2016 (David Lehman, editor, Edward Hirsch, guest editor, Scribner); Dear Denise, a memoir of his decades-long friendship with poet Denise Levertov in Denise Levertov in Company (Donna Hollenberg, editor, University of South Carolina Press); A Top-Down Motown Bebop Pubescence in Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond (M.L. Liebler, editor, Wayne State University Press). This fall he was Cockefair Writer in Residence (Sept. 25-28) at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Three books appeared in 2017: 22 Moon Poems, October Variations, and Love Offline. [F/NF] www.alyoung.org