Lisa Alvarez

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, and serves as Assistant Program Director at the Community of Writers.

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Ramona Ausubel

Ramona Ausubel is the author of two novels and two story collections. Her most recent book, Awayland, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. She is also the author of Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, No One is Here Except All of Us and A Guide to Being Born. She is the recipient of the PEN/USA Fiction Award and the Cabell First Novelist Award and was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tin House, One Story, Ploughshares and many other journals. www.ramonaausubel.com

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Leland Cheuk

Leland Cheuk, A MacDowell Colony fellow, is the author of the novel The Misadventures of Sulliver Pong (CCLaP, 2015) and a collection of stories, Letters From Dinosaurs (Thought Catalog, 2016)s. His next book, No Good Very Bad Asian, a novel, is forthcoming in Fall 2019 from C&R Press. His work has been covered in The Paris Review, VICE, Electric Literature, The Millions, and The Rumpus, and has appeared in Salon, Catapult, Joyland Magazine, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. He is the fiction editor at Newfound Journal and the founder of the indie press 7.13 Books. He lives in Brooklyn. www.lelandcheuk.com

Tyler Dilts

Tyler Dilts received his MA in English Literature and MFA in Fiction Writing from California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Best American Mystery Stories, and he is the author of the Long Beach Homicide series of detective novels: A King of Infinite Space, The Pain Scale, A Cold and Broken Hallelujah (An Amazon #1 Bestseller), the Edgar Award-nominated Come Twilight, and most recently the standalone novel, Mercy Dogs. He lives with his wife in Long Beach, California and teaches creative writing at CSULB.

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Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel is a journalist and the author of two nonfiction books, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, which was a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller and was named one of the paper’s best books of the year, and Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California, which was both a New York Times bestseller and a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller. Frances is the co-founder and executive editor of Berkeleyside, an award-winning news site. A former staff writer for the Syracuse Newspapers and the Mercury News, her freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, People magazine and The Daily Beast. Frances and her work have been featured in American Greed, Who Do You Think You Are?, with the actress Helen Hunt, and American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco. Frances lives in Berkeley. www.francesdinkelspiel.com

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Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza earned his MFA from UC Irvine and is the author of the novels Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León, both from Random House. His newest book is Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. He’s written for the LA Times, the NY Times Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and NPR’s All Things Considered. The recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the MacDowell Colony, as well as an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, he is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside and is completing a new novel. https://www.alexespinoza.com/

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Janet Fitch

Janet Fitch is the author of White Oleander, Paint It Black, and two novels on the Russian Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M. and Chimes of a Lost Cathedral. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in journals and anthologies such as Black Clock, Los Angeles Noir, Room of One’s Own, Black Warrior Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Los Angeles Times, and Real Simple. She has taught at the USC Master of Professional Writing Program, the UCLA Writer’s Program, the Esalen Institute and Pomona College. Her essay on writing from the senses appears in Writer’s Workshop in A Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. Her online writing talks, Writing Wednesdays, are available on Facebook and Youtube. www.janetfitchwrites.com

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Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb is the author of Before the End, After the Beginning; The Flowers; Gritos; Woodcuts of Women; The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña; and The Magic of Blood, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award. His fiction and nonfiction has appeared in many magazines, including Harper’s, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly, and are reprinted widely. A union high-rise carpenter for nearly two decades, Gilb is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award, and has been a finalist for both the PEN/Faulkner and National Book Critics Circle Awards. He is the founding editor of Huizache magazine. He makes his home in Austin.

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Sands Hall

Sands Hall recent memoir, Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, (Counterpoint), was a finalist for the Northern California Book Award, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book in Religion and Spirituality. She is also the author of the novel, Catching Heaven (Ballantine), a Willa Award Winner, Women Writing the West, and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection; as well as a volume of essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Stories and essays have been published in such places as Iowa Review, New England Review, and Los Angeles Review of Books, and she has written several produced plays. Professor Emeritus at Franklin & Marshall College, Sands is a writing coach and teaches for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers, among other conferences. She is also a theater artist and a singer/songwriter. Sands lives in Nevada City, California. Please visit https://sandshall.com/

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Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is the author of a novel, The Risk of Us, and a memoir, The Lost Night. Her fiction, essays, and dance criticism have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Waxwing, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. The former interim director of Undergraduate Creative Writing at Warren Wilson College, she teaches frequently for Stanford Continuing Studies and at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. She lives in Nevada City, California. www.rachelhoward.com

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Vanessa Hua

Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the debut novel, A River of Stars. For two decades, she has been writing about Asia and the diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and 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, The Washington Post, and elsewhere.  www.vanessahua.com

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Rhoda Huffey

Rhoda Huffey is the author of The Hallelujah Side, and has published stories in Ploughshares, Santa Monica Review, Tinhouse, Rattling Wall, and Green Mountains Review. She lives in Venice, California, where she is a tap dancer.

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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 anthology. He co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.  www.louisbjones.com

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Krys Lee

Krys Lee is the author of Drifting House and How I Became a North Korean, and the translator of I Hear Your Voice and Diary of a Murderer: And Other Stories by Young-ha Kim. She is the recipient of the Rome Prize and the Story Prize Spotlight Award, and a finalist for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the BBC International Story Prize. Her fiction, journalism, and literary translations have appeared in Granta, the New York Times Book Review, 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. www.kryslee.com

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Tom Lutz

Tom Lutz is the founding editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and founder of the LARB Publishing Workshop, LARB Radio Hour, and LARB Books. He is the American Book Award-winning author of Born Slippy: A Novel, Aimlessness, And the Monkey Learned Nothing, Drinking Mare’s Milk, Crying, Doing Nothing, and other books, and has published over a hundred pieces in journals, magazines, newspapers, and collections, and has written for TV and film. He has taught at Iowa, Stanford, CalArts, and Copenhagen, and is now Distinguished Professor and Chair at UC Riverside’s Department of Creative Writing. https://lareviewofbooks.org/contributor/tom-lutz/

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Victoria Patterson

Victoria Patterson is the author of the novel The Little Brother, which Vanity Fair called a “brutal, deeply empathetic, and emotionally wrenching examination of American male privilege and rape culture.” She is also the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors Choice, and the story collections The Secret Habit of Sorrow and Drift. Drift was a finalist for the California Book Award and the Story Prize and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in South Pasadena, California, with her family. www.victoriapatterson.com

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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: born and raised in New Orleans, studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. Her most recent novel, The Revisioners, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work and was a national bestseller as well as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award, won the Crook’s Corner Book Prize, and was the recipient of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. She lives in Oakland with her family. https://margaretwilkersonsexton.com/

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Julia Flynn Siler

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019), is a New York Times Editors Choice. Her other books are Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure and The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, which 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. https://juliaflynnsiler.com/

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Gregory Spatz

Gregory Spatz’s most recent book publications are What Could Be Saved (linked short stories and novellas), Half as Happy (short stories), and the novel Inukshuk. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, The New England Review, Kenyon Review, Epoch, Santa Monica Review, Glimmer Train and elsewhere. Recipient of a Washington State Book Award and an NEA Fellowship, he teaches in and directs the MFA program for creative writing at Eastern Washington University. http://www.gregoryspatz.com/

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Héctor Tobar

Hector Tobar is the author of five books, including the novels The Tattooed Soldier and The Barbarian Nurseries. His nonfiction Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of Thirty-Three Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times bestseller. The Barbarian Nurseries was a New York Times Notable Book and won the California Book Award Gold Medal for fiction. Tobar’s fiction has also appeared in Best American Short Stories 2016. His other books include the nonfiction Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States. www.hectortobar.com

 

Jane Vandenburgh

Jane Vandenburgh is a novelist and writer of memoir/personal nonfiction whose shorter work has appeared in The Threepenny Review and The New Yorker.
She is the author of Architecture of the Novel, on structuring the longer narrative and teaches a yearlong workshop in the book-length work through the Djerassi Resident Arts Program in Woodside, California. Her third novel, January Man, will be published in 2020.

www.janevandenburgh.com

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