Thomas Barbash

Tom Barbash is the author of four books as well as reviews, essays, and articles for publications such as McSweeney’s, Tin House, the Believer, Narrative Magazine, ZYZZYVA, and the New York Times. His short story collection Stay Up With Me was nominated for the Folio Prize and picked as a Best Book of the Year by the Independent of London, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News. His novel The Last Good Chance was awarded The California Book Award and was a Publishers Weekly and Anniston Star Best Book of the Year. His nonfiction book On Top of the World, about the fate of the bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11, was a New York Times Bestseller. A well-regarded speaker, panelist, and interviewer, Barbash teaches the novel, short fiction, and nonfiction at California College of the Arts. His most recent book, the novel The Dakota Winters, was a National Bestseller, and named as an Editors Choice by The New York Times Book Review, Oprah Magazine, Rolling Stone and People.

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Jane Ciabattari

Jane Ciabattari is the author of Stealing the Fire (Dzanc Books 2013). Her short stories have been honored with three Pushcart Prize special mentions and an Editor’s Choice award from Hampton Shorts. Her new collection in progress was shortlisted for the 2018 Dzanc Short Story Collection Award. She is a columnist for BBC Culture and The Literary Hub, a former president of the National Book Critics Circle, on the advisory board of The Story Prize, a Pushcart Prize contributing editor, and has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has served as visiting faculty/life in letters lecturer at Bennington’s MFA program, Distinguished Writer in Residence at Knox College, writer in residence at Chautauqua, and at multiple writers’ conferences. She first attended the Community of Writers as a graduate student on fellowship. http://www.janeciabattari.com/

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John Daniel

John Daniel’s books of prose, including Rogue River Journal and Looking After, have won three Oregon Book Awards for Literary Nonfiction and a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award; and have been supported by fellowships from Literary Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Daniel has taught as a writer-in-residence at colleges and universities across the country. Gifted, his first novel, came out in Spring 2017 from Counterpoint.  He lives with his wife, Marilyn Daniel, in the Coast Range foothills west of Eugene, Oregon. https://www.johndaniel-author.net/

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Leslie Daniels

Leslie Daniels’ novel, Cleaning Nabokov’s House, published in five languages, is currently under option for film. Her work in publishing includes a decade as a literary agent, and serving as fiction editor for Green Mountains Review. Essays and stories have appeared in various literary journals. She teaches in the graduate writing program at Spalding University. She lives in Ithaca, New York. https://www.lesliedaniels.com/

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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Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris is the author of three novels and, most recently, a book of stories, The Dinner Party. A finalist for the National Book Award and the Man Booker Prize, he lives in Hudson, New York, with his wife and son. http://www.joshuaferris.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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Karen Joy Fowler

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

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Lynn Freed

Lynn Freed’s books include seven novels, a collection of stories, and two collections of essays. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker and The Atlantic Monthly, among numerous others.  She is the recipient of the inaugural Katherine Anne Porter Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two O. Henry Awards for fiction, and has received fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation, among others.  Having grown up in South Africa, she came to the U.S. as a graduate student at Columbia University, where she received an MA and PhD in English Literature. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of California, Davis, and lives in Northern California. http://www.lynnfreed.com/

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Molly Giles

Molly Giles is the author of four award winning short story collections (Rough Translations, Creek Walk, Bothered, and All The Wrong Places) and a novel, Iron Shoes. She has won an NEA, an NBCC award for book reviewing, and has taught Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University and The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. https://mollygiles.com/

Sands Hall

Sands Hall is the author of the recent memoir Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology (Counterpoint); the novel, Catching Heaven (Ballantine); and a book of essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Iowa Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Lenny Letter, and The New England Review, among others. Professor Emerita of English and Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College, she teaches for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and for the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, among other conferences. A director and playwright, Sands is also a singer/songwriter and performs widely. She lives in Nevada City, California. Find out more at https://sandshall.com/

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Michael Jaime-Becerra

Michael Jaime-Becerra is a writer from El Monte, California, a working-class suburb east of Los Angeles.  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.  Recent essays of his have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, ZYZZYVA, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. 

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Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. 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. Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Iowa Review and Huizache, among others. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California. https://danajohnsonauthor.com/

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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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Dylan Landis

Dylan Landis is the author of a novel, Rainey Royal, and a collection of linked stories, Normal People Don’t Live Like This. Her short fiction has appeared in Tin House, Bomb, the Santa Monica Review and the O. Henry Prize Stories 2014, and her personal essays in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review and the anthology What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About. She attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 2001, and has returned several times to teach. https://www.dylanlandis.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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Edie Meidav

Edie Meidav is the author of Kingdom of the Young, a collection of short fiction with a nonfiction coda; as well as the novels Lola, California, Crawl Space, and The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon. She also coedited Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance. Her work has been recognized with the Bard Fiction Prize, the Kafka Prize for Best Novel, and year-end editors’ picks, as well as support from the Fulbright Program, the Howard Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and more. She is a senior editor at the journal Conjunctions and teaches in the UMass Amherst MFA program, where she founded and advises the Radius MFA project. She has served as a judge for the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Award, the Juniper Prize, Howard, the PEN/Bingham Prize, and elsewhere. https://www.ediemeidav.com/

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Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, a New York Times Notable Book, which won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation. Kirstin is the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and a Steger Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and The Best American Short Stories. She is an Assistant Professor at Princeton.

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Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts is the author of the nonfiction works A Sense of the World and the forthcoming Every Living Thing. He is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle and the Guardian First Book awards, and winner of the Van Zorn Prize. He is also the editor of four titles in the bestselling 642 Books series, each of them collections of creative materials for writers. http://jasonroberts.net/

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Elizabeth Rosner

Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist living in Berkeley, California. Her newest book of nonfiction, Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in The New York Times; it was also a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Her three acclaimed novels have been translated into nine languages and have received prizes in the US and in Europe. A graduate of Stanford University, the University of California at Irvine, and the University of Queensland in Australia, she lectures and teaches writing workshops internationally. http://www.elizabethrosner.com/

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Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: Born and raised in New Orleans, 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, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice, and winner of the First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South. Her work has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Oprah.com, Lenny Letter, The Massachusetts Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. Her second novel, The Revisioners, was published in November 2019. She lives in the Bay Area, California, 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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Author Martin J. Smith

Martin J. Smith

Martin J. Smith is an award-winning journalist and author of five suspense novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated Straw Men and the thriller Combustion; and five nonfiction books, including The Wild Duck Chase, the essay collection Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee, and the forthcoming Post-Op: Untold Stories of Life, Love, and Transformation from the World’s Unlikely ‘Sex-Change Capital.  A participant at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley in 1992, Smith has been returning as a faculty member since 2002. https://martinjsmith.com/

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, The 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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Elizabeth Tallent

 Elizabeth Tallent’s essays and stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Award, Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. She has published five story collections including, most recently, Mendocino Fire. Scratched: A Memoir of Perfectionism will appear in February 2020. She teaches in Stanford’s Creative Writing Program.

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