Max Byrd

Max Byrd is the author of a number of detective novels including California Thriller, which won the Shamus Award, as well as the historical novels Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, Shooting the Sun and The Paris Deadline, which was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the ten best crime novels of 2013. He reviews regularly for The New York Times Book Review and is a Contributing Editor for The Wilson Quarterly. He attended the Community of Writers in 1983, and returns to teach on a regular basis. For many years he served on the Board of Directors, including more than a decade as the President of the Board.


Joanne Meschery

MescheryCoverJoanne Meschery has published short sto­ries, essays, and the novels, In A High Place, A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and Home and Away. She is also the author of a book of nonfiction, Truckee. Selwa Press has published two of her novels as ebooks.  Her fiction is featured in the 40th Anniversary Anthology of Cutbank Magazine, 2013. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Al Young

Al Young

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]