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 at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.

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Michael V. Carlisle

Michael Carlisle, a founder of InkWell Management, has been involved with the Community of Writers for many years. His fiction and nonfiction client list includes prize-winning as well as debut authors. A former director of the Association of Author’s Representatives, a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents, Michael is an active member of PEN. He directs the Nonfiction Program of the Community of Writers and serves on the Board of Directors.

Diana Fuller

Diana Fuller is a freelance curator, producer, editor and arts advocate who consults with filmmakers and visual artists to develop and promote their work. She edited/co-authored a book on women artists, Art/Women/ California 1950-2000: Parallels and Intersections, published by University of California Press. She also curated the traveling exhibition based on the book. She was the special projects producer/curator for the Norwegian government, creating six exhibitions, numerous concerts and a play. For thirty years, she owned and directed one of the foremost art galleries in the West, in tandem with partners Hansen, Fuller, Goldeen and finally Gross. She has also acted as an arts advisor to individuals and estates. Fuller has served on the Boards of arts institutions in the area and her present affiliations include, President of the Board of the Roxie Theater, and San Francisco Recology’s Artists in Residence Program. She produced the documentary film, Racing to Zero, directed by Christopher Beaver, which premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2014. Her new film, Once Was Water will be making the rounds of film festivals in 2019. She is also the president of the board of the Roxie Theatre, a non-profit community arthouse in San Francisco. She is a founding Board Member of the Community of Writers where she has directed the Screenwriting Program—founded by Tom Rickman and Gill Dennis—for many years. 

Robert Hass

Robert Hass is a poet, translator and essayist. In 2017, HarperCollins published his most recent book of essays, A Little Book on Form: An Exploration Into the Formal Imagination of Poetry. His other books include his book of prose, What Light Can Do: Essays 1985-2010 (Ecco/HarperCollins), his selected poems, The Apple Trees at Olema (Ecco/HarperCollins), Time and Materials (Ecco/ HarperCollins), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and his edition of Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself and Other Poems (Counterpoint). His other books of poetry include Sun Under Wood: New Poems, Human Wishes, Praise, and Field Guide. He has also co-translated many volumes of the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and is the author or editor of several other collections of essays and translations, including The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa; Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry; and Now & Then: The Poet’s Choice Columns 1996-2000. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997. Awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Book Critics Circle Award twice, he is a professor of English at UC Berkeley.

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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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