Thomas Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of the award-winning novel, The Last Good Chance (Picador), and the New York Times bestselling nonfiction book, On Top of the World (Harper). His stories and articles have been published in the Best American Non-Required ReadingTin HouseMcSweeney’sOneStoryNarrativeThe Missouri ReviewVQRMen’s JournalESPN the Magazine, the Observer, the New York TimesBookforumSalonThe Believer, and other publications, and have been performed on National Public Radio for its Selected Shorts. National Public Radio, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Independent of London selected his short story collection, Stay Up With Me, last year as a Book of the Year. His latest novel, The Dakota Winters, will be published by Ecco in December 2018. [F/NF]

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Charmaine Craig

Charmaine Craig studied literature at Harvard College, received her MFA from the University of California at Irvine, and serves as a faculty member in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. Her first novel, The Good Men (Riverhead), was a national bestseller translated into six languages. Her second novel, Miss Burma (Grove), recently long listed for the National Book Award, is based on the lives of her mother and grandparents, all born in Burma. Formerly an actor in film and television, she grew up in Los Angeles, where she now resides.

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Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels is the author of the novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster) which is under option for film and has been published in translation in four languages. Her stories and essays have appeared in multiple publications. Her career includes a long stint as a literary agent in New York City and five years as the fiction editor of Green Mountains Review. She teaches writing at the Spalding University MFA program. She lives in Ithaca, New


Karen Joy Fowler

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels and three short story collections. She’s written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Putnam), won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker in 2014. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Glen David Gold

Glen David Gold is the author of the novels Sunnyside (Hyperion) and Carter Beats the Devil (Knopf), which have been translated into 14 languages. His fiction, essays and journalism have appeared in Playboy, McSweeney’s, Wired, Zyzzyva, Tin House and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. He’s written comic books for Dark Horse and DC, and is an occasional writer on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. His memoir I Will Be Complete is forthcoming from Knopf in June 2018.


Sands Hall

Sands Hall is the author of the novel Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Penguin/Random House Reader’s Circle Selection and a Willa Award Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction. Her plays include an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, which recently enjoyed its tenth  production, and the comic/drama Fair Use. A singer/songwriter, she recently produced her first CD, called Rustler’s Moon and performs widely. Involved with theatre for many years, her directing experience runs the gamut from Shakespeare to Giradoux to new works by new playwrights, and she has an extensive acting resume. She is the author of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. She is currently an adjunct assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, PA, where she is also the editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review. Her memoir, Flunk.Start., was published by Counterpoint Press in 2018 [F]

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Dana Johnson


Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, published by Counterpoint in 2016. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is an associate professor of English at the University of Southern California.

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Louis B. Jones

Louis B. Jones is the author of the novels Ordinary Money (Viking); Particles and Luck and California’s Over (Pantheon); Radiance, and Innocence (Counterpoint). His short fiction and essays have appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Threepenny Review, Open City, The Sun, Santa Monica Review, the Pushcart Prize, and The Best of Pushcart reprint anthology. He co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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Edan Lepucki

Edan Lepucki is the bestselling author of the novels California (Little, Brown & Co.) and Woman No. 17 (Hogarth), as well as the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Narrative Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Cut, among other publications. A contributing editor to The Millions, she is the founder of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She lives in L.A. with her husband and two children.

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Edie Meidav

Edie Meidav is the author of Kingdom of the Young, a collection of short fiction with a nonfiction coda (Sarabande Books, 2017), as well as three novels, named editorial picks by the New York Times and elsewhere: Lola, California (FSG/Picador), Crawl Space (FSG/Picador) and The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon (Houghton/Mariner). She has been honored by the Lannan, Howard, Whiting, and Fulbright Foundations(Sri Lanka and Cyprus), the Kafka Prize, the Village Voice, the Bard Fiction Prize, Yaddo, Macdowell, Fundacion Valparaiso and elsewhere. Former director of the MFA at the New College of California in San Francisco, a past judge for Yaddo, the NEA, Mass Cultural Council, Juniper Prize, and the PEN/Bingham First Novel Prize, she serves as a senior editor at Conjunctions and other journals and is on the faculty of the UMass Amherst MFA. [F]

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Peter Orner

Peter Orner is the author of two novels, Love and Shame and Love (Little, Brown) and The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo (Little Brown), and two story collections, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge (Little, Brown), and Esther Stories re-issued Little Brown in 2013, with new forward by Marilynne Robinson. His most recent book, an essay collection, Am I Alone Here?, published by Catapult in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A recipient of the Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Orner teaches at Dartmouth College.

Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas (Norton), a New York Times Notable Book, which received a 5 Under 35 award from the National Book Foundation, the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the New York Times, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, she now teaches at Princeton. [F]

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Jason Roberts


Jason Roberts is the author of A Sense of the World (Harper), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and Guardian First Book Award, and the forthcoming Every Living Thing. He is the inaugural winner of the Van Zorn Prize for fiction, and editor of 642 Stories To Write and 642 First and Last Lines. [NF]

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Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner is a novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her first book of non-fiction, Survivor Café: the Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was published in September 2017 by Counterpoint. Her first novel, The Speed of Light, was translated into nine languages, short-listed for the Prix Femina, and won several literary prizes in the US and Europe. Blue Nude, her second novel, was selected as one of the best books of 2006 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her third novel, Electric City, was named among the best books of the year by National Public Radio. Her poetry collection, Gravity, was published in 2014. Rosner’s essays and poems have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, Poetry Magazine, and numerous anthologies. Her book reviews appear frequently in the San Francisco Chronicle. [F/NF]

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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was a 2017 National Book Award Nominee, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017 and a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book Review,, Lenny Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family.

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Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book is The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019) which the San Francisco Chronicle called “meticulously researched and inspiring…” Her other books are Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their two sons.


Elizabeth Tallent

Elizabeth Tallent is the author of Museum Pieces, a novel, and the story collections In Constant Flight, Time with Children, Honey, and most recently, Mendocino Fire. Her work has been included in The Pushcart Prize Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories, and Best American Essays, and her memoir Perfectionism is forthcoming from Harper. She teaches in Stanford University’s Creative Writing Program and lives on the Mendocino Coast.

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Andrew Winer

Andrew Winer is the author of the novels The Marriage Artist (Henry Holt) and The Color Midnight Made (Simon & Schuster). He also publishes philosophical and literary essays and conducts conversations with fellow authors, most recently with Colm Toibin and Geoff Dyer. He is Chair of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, author Charmaine Craig, and their daughters. [F]