Christina Adams is an American award-winning writer, journalist, author and speaker. She and her work have been featured by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, LA Times Magazine, Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Dubai One, GOOD, Open Democracy, OZY, Autism File, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, WebMD and more. Her book A Real Boy (Berkley/Penguin) reveals the world of autism and her son’s early intervention. Her series “Autism and Beyond” airs on Autism Live at www.autism-live.com. An expert on autism and camel milk, she advises families and scientists from many countries and enjoys connecting with people from all cultures. www.christinaadamsauthor.com
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. Her novel Americanah, published around the world in 2013, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and The Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction; and was named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the 2013. http://www.chimamanda.com
Andrea Alban is a poet and novelist, and author of eight inspirational parenting and children’s picture books. Her first novel, Anya’s War, which she brought to Squaw Valley in 2004, published in 2011 (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan) and was shortlisted for China’s Panda Award.and was a 2012 ALA honor book. The paperback edition published in March 2016. Her picture book, The Happiness Tree, was adapted for stage by the University of Utah and is traveling with the OUT ON A LIMB exhibit through children’s discovery museums in the US and Canada. Andrea speaks at schools and conferences, is the founder of the Writer’s Tribe™, a feedback forum for children’s writers, and mentors writers in the path to publishing and craft of fiction. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. www.andreaalban.com
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Kevin Allardice is the author of the novel Any Resemblance to Actual Persons, published by Counterpoint Press in 2013, and Family Genus Species (Outpost, May, 2017). He earned his MFA at The University of Virginia. His fiction has appeared in The Santa Monica Review, The Florida Review, The North American Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere; it has also won the Donald Barthelme Prize, twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and been long-listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. He lives in Berkeley, California. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006 and 2012. www.kevinallardice.com
Andrew Foster Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina. His work has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Ploughshares, Fence, One Story, and anthologies including Best New American Voices, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and O. Henry Prize Stories. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford, he currently teaches at Colorado State University. He attended the Community of Writers in 1997. www.andrewaltschul.com
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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Anita Amirrezvani is the author of the novels Equal of the Sun (Scribner, 2012) and The Blood of Flowers (Little, Brown, 2007), which has been published in 30 languages. She also co-edited Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian-American Writers, an anthology released in 2013 by the University of Arkansas Press. Anita teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the California College of the Arts. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.anitaamirrezvani.com
Eddy Ancinas is a non-fiction writer specializing in travel and ski history. Her first book, Tales form Two Valleys – Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows was published in March, 2013, by the History Press. Eddy’s articles on travel in Argentina, Chile and Peru have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, LA Times, Atlantic Monthly, as well as six editions of Fodor’s Argentina Guide. Her story of a cattle round up in Elko, Nevada won the 2010 Nevada Magazine Writers’ Contest. Skiing Heritage Magazine has published two of her biographies on noted ski personalities. Eddy attended the Community of Writers in 1976 and 1984. She serves on the board of the Squaw Valley Olympic Museum and Ski Heritage Foundation and the Lake Tahoe Ski Club Foundation. She is a founding member of the the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers and has served for almost 50 years.
Michael Andreasen holds a Masters degree in creative writing from University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Zoetrope: All-Story, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He lives in Southern California. His debut collection, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover, will be available from Dutton in March 2018. He attended the Community of Writers in 2007.
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Elana Kuczynski Arnold is a writer of fiction for and about children and teens. Her most recent novel, What Girls Are Made of, was published by Lerner Books/ Carolrhoda Lab in April, 2017. Her YA novel, Infandous (Lerner/Carolrhoda LAB), was included on the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Readers, was shortlisted for the CYBILS award, and won the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, as well as earning starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist. Her debut middle grade novel, The Question of Miracles, received three starred reviews and is shortlisted for the Children’s Choice Book Awards in the category Debut Children’s Author. Elana has an MA in English/Creative Writing (Fiction) from UC Davis, where she has taught Adolescent Literature and Creative Writing. She attended the Community of Writers in 1995 and 1998. In 2015, she visited the Community of Writers as a Guest Author. www.elanakarnold.com
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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Andrea Avery is the author of Sonata: A Memoir of Pain and the Piano, from Pegasus Books. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in Ploughshares; The Oxford American; and The Politics of Women’s Bodies: Sexuality, Appearance, and Behavior (Oxford University Press). In 2010 she was named the winner of Real Simple’s Life Lessons essay contest, and in 2012 she was a finalist in Glamour magazine’s essay contest. She attended the Community of Writers as a fiction writer in 2010 and as a nonfiction writer in 2016.
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David Bajo is the author of the novels The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri, Panopticon, and Mercy 6, which was released in 2014. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of South Carolina, where he directs the MFA program. He first attended Squaw Valley as a participant in 1987 and 1988 and has since returned as a member of the teaching staff. www.davidbajo.com
Michael Barsa grew up in a German-speaking household in New Jersey. He’s worked as an award-winning grant writer, an English teacher, and an environmental lawyer. He now teaches environmental and natural resources law. His scholarly articles have appeared in several major law reviews, and his writing on environmental policy has appeared in The Chicago Tribune and The Chicago Sun-Times. His short fiction has appeared in Sequoia. The Garden of Blue Roses is his first novel. He attended the Community of Writers in 2004.
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Natalie Baszile is the author of the novel Queen Sugar, which was adapted for TV by writer/director, Ava DuVernay of Selma fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for OWN, Winfrey’s cable network. Queen Sugar was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2014, was long-listed for the Crooks Corner Southern Book Prize, and nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Her non-fiction work has appeared in The Rumpus.net, Buzzfeed, LennyLetter, The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 9, O The Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. Natalie was on staff at the Community of Writers in 2017. She lives in San Francisco. [F] www.nataliebaszile.com
Judy Batalion’s first book, White Walls: A Memoir of Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between, was published by NAL/Penguin in January, 2016. A former columnist for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, Judy has written essays, reviews and criticism for Vogue, the Washington Post, Salon, Cosmo, the Forward, Redbook, and many other publications. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011. www.judybatalion.com
J. L. Bautista has worked as a journalist, researcher, copyeditor, and documentary filmmaker. She lives in Berkeley, California, and travels widely. Her first published book, Fiestas, a collection of short stories, won the 2005 George Garrett Award in Fiction. Her novel The Road, and Nothing More was published in 2012. She has also published short stories, essays, film criticism, and poetry and is presently working on a novel about unlikely heroes. www.jacquelinebautista.com
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Aimee Bender is the author of the novels The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake—a New York Times bestseller—andAn Invisible Sign of My Own, and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Willful Creatures. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her new book, The Color Master: Stories, was published by Doubleday in 2013. She lives in Los Angeles. She attended the Community of Writers in 1995 and 1997. www.flammableskirt.com
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Greg Bills received a BA from the University of Utah, his home state, and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. He has published two novels: Consider This Home (Simon & Schuster) and Fearful Symmetry (Dutton/Penguin), and his fiction and essays have appeared in the Santa Monica Review, Fairy Tale Review, and the anthology Brothers and Beasts, among others. He has served on the fiction staff at the Community of Writers conference and as a visiting professor at Wake Forest University. He lives in Los Angeles and is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Redlands. www.gregbillsbooks.com
Elise Blackwell‘s fifth novel, The Lower Quarter, was published in 2015. She is the author of four previous novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Her books have been translated into several languages as well as adapted for the stage, and her short stories and essays have been published in the Atlantic, Brick, Newport Review, Witness, and other publications. She teaches at the University of South Carolina, where she is also host and organizer of The Open Book. Elise attended the Community in 1988 and 1990. eliseblackwell.com
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Belle Boggs grew up in King William County, Virginia, and is a writer and teacher. Her first book, Mattaponi Queen, was published in June 2010 by Graywolf Press. Mattaponi Queen won the Bakeless Prize and the Library of Virginia Award, was short-listed for the 2010 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, was one of Kirkus Review’s top fiction debuts for 2010, was long-listed for The Story Prize, and was a finalist for the Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award for fiction. Her fiction and nonfiction work have appeared in The Paris Review, Orion, Harper’s, Glimmer Train, Ecotone, the Sun, and the Oxford American, among other publications. Her first nonfiction book, The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood, was published in September 2016 by Graywolf Press. Her first novel, The Ugly Bear List, is also forthcoming from Graywolf. Belle teaches in the MFA program at NC State University and lives in Chatham County, North Carolina, with her husband, daughter, and two cats. She was on staff for the Community of Writers in 2017.
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Paulette Boudreaux is the author of the novel Mulberry, which was published in 2015 by Carolina Wren Press and is the winner of the inaugural Lee Smith Novel Prize. Paulette has published short fiction in Voices, Acorn Whistle, In the Margins, Room of One’s Own, and Equinox: Writing for a New Culture. She has a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern University and a M.F.A. from Mills College. She teaches writing at West Valley College in Silicon Valley. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.pauletteboudreaux.com
James Brown is the author of several books of nonfiction and fiction, including the memoirs The Los Angeles Diaries and This River. His personal essays have appeared in GQ, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Ploughshares. He’s been anthologized in Best American Sports Writing and is the recipient of the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Chesterfield Film Writing Fellowship from Universal/Amblin Entertainment. Lifelike Productions holds the screen rights to The Los Angeles Diaries, and he is currently adapting This River for a feature film for Australian director Aaron Wilson and producer Nick Barkla. Brown first attended Squaw Valley in 1989 and is a former staff member of the conference. www.jamesbrownauthor.com
Carl Brush is the author of the historical thrillers, The Maxwell Vendetta, and its sequel, The Second Vendetta. Carl lives with his wife in Oakland, California, where he enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren. Journals in which his work has appeared include The Summerset Review, Right Hand Pointing, Blazevox, Storyglossia, Feathertale, and The Kiss Machine.
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Dani Burlison is the author of Dendrophilia and Other Social Taboos: True Stories, a collection of essays which first appeared in her McSweeney’s Internet Tendency column of the same name. She has been a staff writer at a Bay Area alt-weekly, a book reviewer for Los Angeles Review and contributor at The Rumpus. Her writing can also be found at the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Ploughshares, Hip Mama Magazine, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Shareable, Prick of the Spindle and more. Dani teaches autobiographical writing at Santa Rosa Junior College and is visiting Lopez Island to finish LADY PARTS #2: the anger issue. She attended Community of Writers in 2012. www.daniburlison.com
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Colleen Morton Busch is the author of the nonfiction book Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire (Penguin Press), named a best book of 2011 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Publisher’s Weekly, and Barnes & Noble. She received her M.F.A. in poetry but writes and publishes fiction and nonfiction as well. Her work has appeared in Yoga Journal, where she was a senior editor, Tricycle: A Buddhist Review, Shambhala Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous literary magazines. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004 and 2015. colleenmortonbusch.com
Marcia Butler’s debut novel, Pickle’s Progress, has been hailed by Michael Schaub of NPR as “Surprising and audacious…. Pickle’s Progress is a deeply weird novel that succeeds because of Butler’s willingness to take risks and her considerable charisma — she’s a gifted storyteller with a uniquely dry sense of humor and a real sympathy for her characters… a promising fiction debut from a writer who seems incapable of not going her own way.” Vulture and Refinery 29 listed it as one of their top books of April 2019. Her nationally acclaimed memoir, The Skin Above My Knee, was one of the Washington Post’s “top ten noteworthy moments in classical music in 2017”. Her writing has been published in Literary Hub, PANK Magazine, Psychology Today, Aspen Ideas Magazine, Catapult, Bio-Stories and others.
Marcia has had several creative careers: professional musician, interior designer, documentary filmmaker, and author. As an oboist, the New York Times hailed her as a “first rate artist.” During her musical career, she performed as a principal oboist and soloist on the most renowned of New York and international stages, with many high-profile musicians and orchestras – including pianist Andre Watts and composer/pianist Keith Jarrett. Her interior designs projects have been published in numerous shelter magazines and range up and down the East coast, from NYC to Miami. The Creative Imperative, her documentary film exploring the essence of creativity, will have its premiere in New York City on June 9, 2019.
Marcia was a 2015 recipient of a Writer-in-Residence through Aspen Words and the Catto Shaw Foundation. She was a writing fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2018. She lives in New York City.
She attended the Community of Writers in 2016.
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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. www.maxbyrdbooks.com
Kenneth Calhoun has had stories published in The Paris Review, Tin House, New Stories from The South and the PEN/O. Henry Prize Collection, among others. His novel, Black Moon, was published in 2014 by Hogarth. It was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Debut Novel Prize. He attended the Community of Writers in 2000 and 2001. www.kennethcalhoun.com
Jamie Cat Callan is the author of eight books, most recently Ooh La La! French Secrets to Feeling Beautiful Every Day, Bonjour, Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone, (Kensington/Citadel) which has been translated into fourteen languages. She is also the creator of The Writers Toolbox (Chronicle Books). Her short fiction and personal essays have been published in The New York Times’ Modern Love column, Story, and The Missouri Review. Jamie has received awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Arts Council. Most recently, Jamie received a VCCA fellowship to spend a month writing in Auvillar, France. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband who is a climate change scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She attended the Community of Writers in 1990. www.jamiecatcallan.com
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Aneesha Capur‘s second novel (in progress) was a Finalist for the 2016 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver. Her first novel, Stealing Karma (HarperCollins India, 2011) was listed in the Top 5 Fiction Picks in The Hindu, picked as Essential Reading in the Sunday Guardian and featured on CNN-IBN. Stealing Karma was on WHSmith’s Bestsellers List in Fiction in India in 2011 and was featured at the Bookworm International Literary Festival in Beijing and the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali. Excerpts have been recognized in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Wild River Review, two Glimmer Train Press competitions and the Writer’s Digest Literary Short Story award. She attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Program in 2005. www.aneeshacapur.com
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Mauro Javier Cardenas is the author of The Revolutionaries Try Again (Coffee House Press, September 2016). His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Antioch Review, Guernica, Witness, ZYZZYVA and BOMB. He’s the recipient of the 2016 Joseph Henry Jackson Award. He attended the Community of Writers in 2002 and returned as a Published Alum in 2017. www.maurojaviercardenas.com
Michael Chabon‘s first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, became a New York Times bestseller. Chabon’s second novel,Wonder Boys, also a bestseller, was made into a film featuring actors Michael Douglas and Tobey Maguire. His third novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000. Chabon is also the author of A Model World and Other Stories, Werewolves In Their Youth, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, (a New York Times bestseller), Gentlemen of the Road, Maps & Legends, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures & Regrets of a Husband, Father & Son, Telegraph Avenue, and Moonglow. His first children’s book, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, illustrated by Jake Parker, was published in September 2011. He first attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 1986 and 1987 and has returned several times over the years as a staff member. www.michaelchabon.com
Leonard Chang is the author of eight novels, including the recently published Triplines, and the forthcoming The Lockpicker. He is currently a writer/co-executive producer for the new FX TV drama, Snowfall, about the introduction of crack cocaine to Los Angeles. He studied philosophy at Harvard, creative writing at UC-Irvine’s graduate writing program, and lives in south L.A. http://www.leonardchang.com/
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
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Julie Chibbaro is the author of Into the Dangerous World (Viking 2015), which was a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her second book, Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a novel about the hunt for Typhoid Mary, won the National Jewish Book Award, and was named a Bank Street Best Book. Her first book, Redemption (Simon & Schuster, 2004), won the American Book Award. Julie teaches creative writing in New York. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999 and 2001. www.juliechibbaro.com
Terence Clarke has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University. He is the author of seven books of fiction, most recently The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, and two of non-fiction. Clarke blogs regularly about the arts on Huffington Post and GoodReads. He is a co-founder and the director of publishing for Astor & Lenox in San Francisco. (www.astorandlenox.com)
Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, most recently The Race for Paris, a national bestseller, an IndieNext pick, and the recipient of the Langum Prize honorable mention. Meg’s previous novels include The Wednesday Sisters, one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Essential Best Friend Novels of all time, and The Language of Light, a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether). She has also written more than fifty opinion pieces, essays, and stories for, among others, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Runner’s World, The Literary Review, and public radio. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.megwaiteclayton.com
Mark Coggins’s work has been nominated for the Shamus and the Barry crime fiction awards and selected for best of the year lists compiled by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Detroit Free Press and Amazon.com, among others. His most recent publications are a collection of humorous nonfiction essays entitled Prom Night and Other Man-made Disasters and No Hard Feelings, his sixth crime novel. In 1996 he attended the Community of Writers in Fiction, and in 2001, he attended the Screenwriting Program.
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Jody Cohan-French‘s collaboration with producer/director Doug Wilson, The World Was Our Stage—Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports (foreword by Peggy Fleming), won the Sports Category in the 2014 National Indie Excellence Book Awards, and was a finalist in the Sports and History Categories in Foreword Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards and the Sports Category of the USA Best Book Awards. Jody’s previous book, What If Your Prince Falls Off His Horse?—The Married Woman’s Primer on Financial Planning, won the Business Category at the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival, among other awards. She also coauthored The Procrastinator’s SOS Planner (2004-2010). Jody is a writing coach and a volunteer mentor for WriteGirl. She attended the Community of Writers in 1994. http://www.jodycohanwriter.com/
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Myfanwy Collins lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. Her work has been published in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Cream City Review, Quick Fiction, and Potomac Review. She has published one novel, Echolocation (Engine Books, 2012) and a collection of her short fiction entitled I Am Holding Your Hand (PANK Books, January 2013). Her young adult novel, The Book of Laney, was published by Lacewing Books in 2015. www.myfanwycollins.com
Elena Conis, a science writer and historian, is the author of Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and elsewhere. Her Los Angeles Times column “Nutrition Lab” won the Institute of Food Technologists Media Award in 2011. Elena lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she teaches in the history department at Emory University and is currently at work on her second book, The DDT Myths: American Health and the Environment Since the Second World War. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007. www.elenaconis.com
David Corbett is the author of The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), Do They Know I’m Running (for which Publishers Weekly gave a starred review), The Mercy of the Night, a collection of stories, Thirteen Confessions, and his newest The Long Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday (Black Opal Books). His novella, The Devil Prayed and Darkness Fell, is now available as an ebook. David’s short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies, including Mission and Tenth, The Smoking Poet, and Best American Mystery Stories (2009 and 2011). His writing guide, The Art of Character, was published in 2013. He has taught at the UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program, and at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California, as well as at numerous other writing conferences across the US. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and has returned many times since. www.davidcorbett.com
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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. http://www.charmainecraig.com/
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Lindsey Crittenden attended the Community of Writers in 1998. She is the author of two books, The View from Below: Stories (1999) and The Water Will Hold You: A Skeptic Learns to Pray (1997). Her articles, essays, and stories have appeared in Arroyo Literary Review, Spirituality & Health, Pisgah Review, Best American Spiritual Writing, The New York Times, Glimmer Train, and other publications. Lindsey was named an Honored Instructor (of writing) at UC Berkeley Extension in May 2013, where she still teaches. She also teaches at the Grotto. www.lindseycrittenden.com
Eileen Cronin‘s memoir, Mermaid (January 2014 with W.W. Norton) was selected for O Magazine’s “Memoirs Too Powerful to Put Down” and “10 Titles to Pick Up Now.” Translations in Chinese, Spanish, and Korean are forthcoming. Eileen was awarded the Washington Writing Prize in Short Fiction (2008). She had a notable essay mentioned in the 2011 Best American Essays. Her fiction and essays have appeared in several literary reviews and newspapers. She’s also been an assistant editor at Narrative Magazine. Eileen attended Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2005, 2006, 2009. www.eileencronin.com
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Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird (Ballantine), is a fictional account of Iran’s trailblazing woman poet, Forugh Farrokhzad. Jasmin is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life (Grand Central). Her essays have appeared in numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. Jasmin was born in Tehran, Iran, and came to America when she was five years old. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006 and 2010. http://jasmin-darznik.com/
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Mo Daviau is the author of the novel Every Anxious Wave (St. Martin’s Press, February 2016). She is a graduate of Smith College and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, where Every Anxious Wave won a Hopwood Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Offing, The Toast, and Nailed Magazine. She attended the Community of Writers in 2010. www.modaviau.com
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Tracy DeBrincat’s new short story collection Troglodyte was awarded the Elixir Prize and was published in January 2014 (Elixir Press). She is also author of the novel Hollywood Buckaroo (Big Moose Prize, Black Lawrence Press, 2012) and story collection Moon Is Cotton & She Laugh All Night (Innovative Fiction Prize, Subito Press 2010). Her short stories and poetry have been published in journals fromAnother Chicago Magazine to Zyzzyva. She attended the Community of Writers in 1996. www.tracydebrincat.com
Terry DeHart is a former Marine and ex-NASA contractor. His first novel, The Unit, a post-apocalyptic thriller, was published in 2010 as part of a two-book deal with Orbit Books. The Unit was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2011. His short stories have appeared in In Posse Review, Paumanok Review, Vestal Review, Barcelona Review, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, Night Train, Smokelong Quarterly,Opium and elsewhere. Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He attended the Community of Writers in 1996. www.terrydehart.com
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Barbara DeMarco-Barrett‘s book, Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within, was published by Harcourt in October of 2004 and made it onto the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. It’s now in its 11th printing. Her story, “Crazy for You,” is included in the anthology, USA noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (Akashic, 2013). She hosts the Pen on Fire Writers Salon in Orange County, and hosts Writers on Writing, a weekly radio show that airs on KUCI-FM from UC-Irvine. She was named a Distinguished Instructor by UC-Irvine Extension. She teaches private workshops and online at Gotham. She attended the Community of Writers in 1992. www.barbarademarcobarrett.com
Timothy Denevi‘s first book is Hyper (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, Gulf Coast, and Arts & Letters. He lives near Washington, DC, and teaches nonfiction in the MFA program at George Mason University, where he’s a visiting writer. He attended the community of writers in 2009. www.timdenevi.com
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Melissa DeCarlo has worked as an artist, graphic designer, grant writer and at one time (that time being when computers were the size of a refrigerator) a computer programmer. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now lives in East Texas with her husband and a motley crew of rescue animals. The Art of Crash Landing (Harper, 2015) is her first novel. She attended the Community of Writers in 2014. www.melissadecarlo.com
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Colin Dickey is the author of three books of nonfiction: Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places (Viking, 2017), Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the End of Faith. His work has appeared in The New Republic, Lapham’s Quarterly, the LA Review of Books, The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Cabinet, and elsewhere. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.colindickey.com
Fred Dillen has a few stories, one an O.Henry, and three novels: Hero (Steerforth), Fool (Algonquin), and Beauty (Simon and Schuster). Hero got noticed in the NY Sunday Times, the TLS, and as a Best First Novel in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Fred’s screenplay of Hero was developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and subsequently optioned. Beauty was a Favorite Book of 2014 in the Wall Street Journal and was optioned in manuscript for a film. Fool got admiring notice in the Sunday Times, was reprinted in Nancy Pearl’s rediscovery series, and was just now, 4/16, optioned for a film. In pre-history, the Community of Writers was called the Writers Conference, and there, in 1976, Fred worked under Robert Stone and, more interestingly, met the woman who still consents to live with him. www.frederickdillen.com
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 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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Laurie Ann Doyle‘s new collection of stories, World Gone Missing (Regal House Publishing: October, 2017) was named a top book pick at The East Bay Express. Winner of the Alligator Juniper National Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her stories and essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, and Under the Sun, among many other literary journals, and anthologized in Speak and Speak Again (Pact Press). She teaches creative writing at the San Francisco Writers Grotto and UC Berkeley. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009 and 2014. www.laurieanndoyle.com
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Katherine Easer is the author of Vicious Little Darlings. She was born in Kansas, raised in Southern California, and now she lives in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Smith College and a member ofthe Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.katherineeaser.com
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Carol Edgarian is an author, journalist, editor, and publisher. Her novels include the recent New York Times bestseller Three Stages of Amazement. She is also the author of the international bestseller Rise the Euphrates. Her essays and articles regularly appear in national magazines and anthologies, and she is coeditor of The Writer’s Life: Intimate Thoughts on Work, Love, Inspiration, and Fame. In 2003, Edgarian and her husband, editor and writer Tom Jenks, founded Narrative. She first attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 1988, and has returned more recently as a member of the teaching staff. www.narrativemagazine.com
Selden Edwards is the author of two novels, The Little Book, which became a New York Times bestseller, and The Lost Prince. A graduate of Princeton and Stanford, he is a former English teacher and was headmaster of several private schools during his career in education. He also has a doctorate from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He attended the Community of Writers in 1970, 1971 and 1972. www.seldenedwards.com
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Jennifer Egan is the author of The Invisible Circus, which was released as a feature film by Fine Line in 2001, Emerald City and Other Stories, Look at Me, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2001, and the bestselling The Keep. Her newest book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, a national bestseller, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Also a journalist, she writes frequently in the New York Times Magazine. Her newest novel Manhattan Beach was published in October, 2017. She attended the Community of Writers in 1989.
Cai Emmons is the author of the novel His Mother’s Son, which was a Booksense and Literary Guild selection, won the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel in 2003, and was translated into French and German. Her second novel, The Stylist, was published in Fall 2007 by HarperPerennial. Her short work has appeared in Arts and Letters, Narrative Magazine, and the Santa Monica Review, among others, and she has a selection in Now Write: Writing Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers. Emmons teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon. Before turning to fiction she wrote for film and theater. Her newest novel, Weather Woman, was published by Red Hen Press in September, 2018. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Since then, she has returned as a staff writer on several occasions.
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Maria Espinosa is a novelist, poet, and translator. She has also taught Creative Writing and English as a Second Language. She has published four novels, two poetry chapbooks, and a critically acclaimed translation of George Sand’s novel, Lélia. Her novel, Longing, received an American Book Award. Dying Unfinished, a subsequent novel, continued the saga of Longing through voices of mother and daughter. It received a Josephine Miles Award. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she leads manuscript workshops. She is currently at work on her fifth novel. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993. www.mariaespinosa.com
Alex Espinoza earned his MFA in Fiction from UC Irvine. He’s 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 (Unnamed Press, June 2019). He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and NPR’s All Things Considered. The recipient of a fellowship in prose from the NEA and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, he lives and teaches in Los Angeles and is completing a new novel. www.alexespinoza.com
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Merrill Feitell‘s first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, won the 2004 Iowa Prize for Short Fiction and was published by University of Iowa Press. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993. www.merrillfeitell.com
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Joshua Ferris is the author of the novels, Then We Came to the End (Little, Brown), which won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and was a National Book Award finalist, The Unnamed, and To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. His stories have appeared in such publications as the New Yorker, Granta, The Guardian, and Tin House. He has a new collection of short stories, The Dinner Party, out in 2017. He first attended the Community of Writers in 2003.
Carole Firstman is the author of Origins of the Universe and What It All Means: A Memoir (Dzanc, 2016). Her work has been anthologized in Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood; essays have appeared in Colorado Review, South Dakota Review, Watershed Review, Defunct Magazine, Reed Magazine and Knee Jerk Magazine; she has been a regular journalism contributor to many consumer magazines and newspapers, including Lifestyle Magazine, The Valley Voice, Gannett Newspapers and McClatchy Newspapers. Honors include a Pushcart Prize Special Mention and two Notables in Best American Essays. Carole teaches creative writing at California State University, Fresno. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007 and 2013, and returned in 2017 as a Published Alum. www.carole-firstman.com
Barbara Fischkin is an author, editor, and journalist who has taught at three universities. Her book Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in A New America is frequently used as a required text at colleges and universities. She has also written two satiric journalism novels – Exclusive and Confidential Sources. She was awarded a Dean’s Medal from the State University of New York’s Empire State College for graduate work which included writing chapters for the historical novel she is currently working on. Barbara attended the Community of Writers in 1995. www.barbarafischkin.com
Janet Fitch’s new novel, The Revolution of Marina M. will be released in November, 2017. Her first novel, White Oleander, a #1 New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club selection, has been translated into 24 languages and was made into a feature film. Her second novel, Paint It Black, a national bestseller, was made into a 2017 feature film, written and directed by Amber Tamblyn. She attended the Fiction Workshop at the Community of Writers in the 1980s, the Poetry Workshop in 2017, and returns frequently to teach during the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers. www.janetfitchwrites.com
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Jamie Ford is the great grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. His debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a New York Times bestseller and went on to win the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His second novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was published in September of 2013. His most recent novel, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, will be released in September, 2017. His work has been translated into 34 languages. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006.
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Richard Fords is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Bascombe novels and the New York Times bestselling Canada and Let Me Be Frank with You. His novels and story collections include The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins, Rock Springs The Lay of the Land, Canada and Let Me be Frank With You. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. His most recent book, Between Them: Remembering My Parents, was published by Ecco in April, 2017. Ford is the 2016 recipient of the Asturias Award for Literature in Spain, and he lives in East Boothbay, Maine with his wife, Kristina Ford. He attended the Community of Writers in 1970 and 1971 and has also returned dozens of times to serve on the teaching staff. Ford also served on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers for many years.
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Vicki Forman is a writer, a teacher, a mother and an advocate for people with disabilities. Her memoir, This Lovely Life, won the PEN Center USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakeless Nonfiction, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). Her work has appeared the Seneca Review and the Santa Monica Review as well as the anthologies, Love You To Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child With Special Needs, and Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined. For several years, she wrote the popular column, “Special Needs Mama” at Literary Mama. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Southern California. She attended the Community of Writers in 1994.
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Martha Frankel is the author of the 2008 memoir, Hats & Eyeglasses, chronicling her family’s lifelong love affair with gambling (Tarcher/Penguin). She began her writing career at the original Details magazine, and went on to write book reviews, essays and celebrity profiles for other magazines, such as Movieline, Cosmopolitan and The New Yorker. Her second book, Brazilian Sexy: Secrets to Living a Gorgeous and Confident Life (co-written with Janea Padilha) was published in April 2010 (Perigee/Penguin Group). She is the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival, and the creator of the always wait-listed class, Write As If No One Is Reading Over Your Shoulder. She is a winner of a NYFFA grant in nonfiction literature, a fellow at the MacDowell colony, and an Artist-in-Residence at SUNY Ulster. Not bad for a college dropout. She attended the Community of Writers in 1998.
Amy Franklin-Willis, born in Birmingham, Alabama, is an eighth generation Southerner. She received an Emerging Writer Grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation to complete The Lost Saints of Tennessee (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012), a novel inspired by stories of her father’s childhood in rural Pocahontas, Tennessee. Franklin-Willis lives with her family in Northern California. Upcoming writing projects include The Wife Uprising, her second adult novel; and Girl of Wonder, her first young adult novel. www.amyfranklin-willis.com
Darien Gee is the national bestselling author of three novels written under the name Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, and Table Manners, all published by Berkley Books). Her fourth novel, Friendship Bread (Ballantine Books/Random House) was released in April 2011 under her own name, as was her fifth novel, The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society, which was released in April 2013. Darien is a former Bay Area resident who served on the board of directors for ZYZZYVA and the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999. A year later, she and her husband, author and golf academy owner Darrin Gee, moved to Hawaii where they currently reside with their three children. http://www.dariengee.com/
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Aleta George is the author of Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California’s First Poet Laureate (Shifting Plates Press, 2015). She graduated with honors from San Francisco State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in geography. Aleta writes about nature and culture in California, and her articles and essays have appeared in Smithsonian, High Country News, Bay Nature, and several travel anthologies. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005 and 2010. www.aletageorge.com
Ben George is a Senior Editor at Little, Brown and Company, where he has worked with Rick Bass, David Bezmozgis, Tony Earley, James Hannaham, Adam Haslett, Leslie Jamison, Rick Moody, Lauren Slater, Luis Alberto Urrea, Amy Waldman, and Daniel Woodrell, among other writers. He has edited the national bestsellers The Recovering, by Leslie Jamison; The House of Broken Angels, by Luis Alberto Urrea; Honeydew, by Edith Pearlman, which was long-listed for the National Book Award; For a Little While by Rick Bass, which won the Story Prize; and Imagine Me Gone, by Adam Haslett, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books he has edited include the PEN/Faulkner Award winner Delicious Foods, by James Hannaham, and the National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award winner Binocular Vision, by Edith Pearlman. Prior to joining Little, Brown, he was an editor at Viking Penguin and before that the editor of the literary journal Ecotone, where he worked with Annie Proulx, Jonathan Lethem, Denis Johnson, Charles Baxter, Terry Tempest Williams, Ron Rash, and John Jeremiah Sullivan, among many others.
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Tanya Egan Gibson‘s debut novel, How to Buy a Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
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Jeff Gillenkirk is an author, journalist, and communications consultant for a wide array of foundations, non-profit and political organizations. His first novel, Home, Away was published by Chin Music Press (Seattle) in 2010. In 2011 Nine Mile Press published his second novel, Pursuit of Darkness. He is also the author of the non-fiction book Bitter Melon: Inside America’s Last Rural Chinese Town (Nine Mile Press), now in its sixth printing. His articles and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Parenting magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, America, and other publications. He attended the Community of Writers in 1976. http://www.bittermelonbook.com/authors.html
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John J. Gobbell is a former Navy Lieutenant who saw duty in the South China Sea as a destroyer weapons officer. His thirty plus year career in executive recruiting included clients in the military and commercial aerospace sectors, giving him added insight into character development for his novels. He has written seven historical thrillers about the U.S. Navy – Pacific Theater; the newest, Edge of Valor, was released summer, 2014 by the United States Naval Institute Press. He is at work on his eighth and lives with his wife, Janine, in Newport Beach, California. John attended the Community of Writers in 1989. www.JohnJGobbell.com
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.
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Michael Golding is the author of the novels Simple Prayers and Benjamin’s Gift, both published by Warner Books. His work has been translated into ten foreign languages. His translation of Alessandro Baricco’s stage play Novecento opened the 2002 Edinburgh Festival, and his screenplay adaptation of Mr. Baricco’s novel Silk, starring Keira Knightley and Alfred Molina, was a featured selection at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. Michael’s new novel, A Poet of the Invisible World, was published by Picador in the fall of 2015. www.michaelgoldingwriter.com
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Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She has worked as a journalist for the El Paso Times and the Austin American-Statesman. Currently she is a reporter for the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, was published by the University of New Mexico Press, March 1, 2017. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009. www.christinegranados.com
Suzanne Greenberg’s novel Lesson Plans was published by Prospect Park Books in May, 2014. Chosen as a Library Journal Editor’s Pick, Lesson Plans was named “One of 7 Great Books from Small Presses that are Worth Your Time,” by Reader’s Digest. Her short story collection, Speed-Walk and Other Stories, won the 2003 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. She’s the co-author with Lisa Glatt of two children’s novels,Abigail Iris: The One and Only and Abigail Iris: The Pet Project, published by Walker Books. Her creative work has appeared in The Washington Post Magazine, Mississippi Review and West Branch, among other journals. She’s the co-author of Everyday Creative Writing: Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink, (McGraw Hill). Suzanne teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, where she’s a professor of English. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999. www.suzannegreenberg.com
Lev Grossman is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Magicians (2009) and The Magician King (2011). The final book in the Magicians series,The Magician’s Land, was published in 2014. The trilogy has been made into a TV series, which is currently airing on Syfy. He is also the book critic for Time Magazine and a frequent guest on NPR, and he has published essays in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Believer, Wired and many other magazines. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1994. www.levgrossman.com
Alan Grostephan is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Agnes Scott College. He has also taught at Knox College and St. Paul University in Minnesota. TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press published his book, Bogota: A Novel, in 2013, which was longlisted for the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize and was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of the best ten books of fiction of 2013. Alan has an MFA from UC Irvine, and attended the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley in 2009.
Lise Haines is the author of three novels. Girl in the Arena, a South Carolina Book Award nominee in 2011, was published in the US (Bloomsbury). Small Acts of Sex and Electricity (Unbridled Books) was a Book Sense Pick in 2006 and one of ten “Best Book Picks for 2006” by San Diego’s NPR station. In My Sister’s Country, (Penguin/Putnam), was a finalist for the 2003 Paterson Fiction Prize. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a number of literary journals and she was a finalist for the PEN Nelson Algren Award. Haines has sold foreign rights and movie options. She is Senior Writer in Residence at Emerson College and has been Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. Haines holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. www.lisehaines.com
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. www.sandshall.com
Daniel Hallford is the author of 3 books: Pelican Bay, a novel about ex-cons; Upper Noe, a memoir about a boy growing up in San Francisco; and his latest, Tattooed Love Dogs, a collection of short stories. He divides his time between San Francisco and Truckee, California. He attended the Community of Writers in 2005. danielhallford.com
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Seré Prince Halverson is the author of the novel The Underside of Joy (Dutton, 2012), an international bestseller that was translated into eighteen languages. Her second novel, All the Winters After, was published in the US in January 2016. It was released as The House of Frozen Dreams in the UK in 2015 and is forthcoming in Germany. She and her husband live in Northern California and have four grown children. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.sereprincehalverson.com
Masha Hamilton is the author of five novels, most recently What Changes Everything (2013), which the Washington Post praised for its “elegantly wrought prose (which) conveys terror as well as tenderness,” and 31 Hours, chosen by thePost as one of the best novels of 2009. Staircase of a Thousand Steps (2001) was a Booksense pick by independent booksellers and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; The Distance Between Us (2004), was a Library Journal best book of the year; The Camel Bookmobile (2007), was also a Booksense pick. She founded two world literacy projects, the Camel Book Drive and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. She is the winner of the 2010 Women’s National Book Association award. For the AP, the Los Angeles Times and others, she has reported from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She recently completed 16 months as Communications Director at the US Embassy in Afghanistan and currently works as Vice President of Communications for the NGO Concern Worldwide. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.mashahamilton.com
Jimin Han was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in New York, Rhode Island, and Ohio. She attended Cornell University and Sarah Lawrence College. Her writing can be found online at NPR’s Weekend America, Poets & Writers Magazine, Entropy, The Rumpus, Hyphen Magazine, Kartika Review, KoreanAmericanStory, and elsewhere. A Small Revolution is her first novel. She teaches at The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. She attended the Community of Writers in 1995. www.jiminhan.com
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Michael Harris is an Army veteran of Vietnam, who has worked as a Forest Service aide, a janitor and an English conversation teacher in Tokyo and attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. For 30 years, he was a reporter, editor and book reviewer for West Coast newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times. His first novel, The Chieu Hoi Saloon, was published by PM Press in October 2010. He attended the Community of Writers in 2008.
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Susan Henderson is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. In 2009, Susan attended the Community of Writers Workshop, where she workshopped what would become her debut novel, Up from the Blue, published by HarperCollins in 2010. Her new novel, The Flicker of Old Dreams, will be published by HarperCollins in March of 2018. Susan lives in New York and blogs at the writer support group, LitPark.com. www.litpark.com
Judith Hendricks is the author of the novels Bread Alone, Isabelle’s Daughter, The Baker’s Apprentice, and The Laws of Harmony. Her writing has been translated into 11 languages. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband. Her newest novel, Baker’s Blues, was published by Chien Bleu Press in 2015. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997. www.judihendricks.com
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Sara J. Henry’s first novel, Learning to Swim (Crown, 2011), which won the Anthony and Agatha awards for best first novel and the Mary Higgins Clark Award, was a Target Emerging Author Editions pick, and was named one of Best Books of 2011 by the Boston Globe. Her second novel, A Cold and Lonely Place (Crown, 2013), was a Reader’s Digest Select Books choice and won the Silver Falchion award for best novel. Both novels are set in the Adirondacks, where Sara began her writing career as a newspaper sports editor. She’s written for Prevention, Bicycling, Triathlete, and other magazines, and was an editor at Rodale Books and Women’s Sports & Fitness. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006 (fiction) and 2007 (nonfiction). www.sarajhenry.com
Peggy Hesketh is a former Southern California journalist. Her creative writing has appeared in Calliope and the Antietam Review, and her short story “A Madness of Two” was selected by Elizabeth George for inclusion in her anthology Two of the Deadliest. Peggy currently teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of California, Irvine and a fiction writing workshop at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Telling the Bees, her first novel, was published by Putnam in 2013. She first attended the Community of Writers in 1994. www.peggyhesketh.com
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Sheila Himmel‘s new book, co-written with Fran Smith, is Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-LIfe Care and the Hospice Movement (Viva Editions, December 2013). A James Beard Award-winner, Sheila writes for publications ranging from the New York Times to Eating Well to IEEE Spectrum: The Magazine of Technology Insiders, andpsychologytoday.com. Her memoir of being a food writer with an anorexic daughter is Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia (Penguin/Berkley, 2009). She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.sheilahimmel.com
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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Greg Hrbek’s Not on Fire, but Burning was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and an NPR Best Book of 2015. His first novel, The Hindenburg Crashes Nightly, won the James Jones First Novel Award. His short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Tin House, and The Best American Short Stories anthology. A first collection of stories, Destroy All Monsters, was awarded the 2010 Prairie Schooner Prize in Fiction.
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 is the author of The Hallelujah Side, a novel, and has published stories in Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, Santa Monica Review, and Rattling Wall. She has an MFA from the University of California at Irvine. She lives in Venice Beach and is a tap dancer. She first attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and frequently returns on staff.
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Maria Hummel is the author of Motherland, a novel, which earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, and was one of BookPage’s top 20 books of 2014. Her poetry collection House and Fire won the 2013 APR/Honickman Prize, and her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in the Pushcart Prizes, Narrative, The Sun, and New England Review. She is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and teaches at the University of Vermont. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009. www.mariahummel.com
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Gina Hyams is an author and editor who specializes in mysterious and confounding subjects, such as pie, nannies, extraterrestrial encounters, the history of incense, folk art, facials, pink palapas, death, and picnics. She has published 12 books, among them The Tanglewood Picnic: Music and Outdoor Feasts in the Berkshires (Muddy Puppy Media), Country Living Decorating with White (Hearst), and In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms (Chronicle Books). She is also the creator of the “In a Box” series of culinary contest book-kits published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Gina participated in the Community of Writers in 2001. www.ginahyams.com
Gordon Jack is a writer of Young Adult fiction. His first novel, The Boomerang Effect, was published by HarperCollins in 2016. Gordon has a MA in Education from Stanford and MA in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. He currently works as a high school librarian in Los Altos, California and lives with his wife and son in San Francisco. He attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2008. www.gordon-jack.com
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Buzzy Jackson is the author of The Inspirational Atheist: Wise Words on the Wonder and Meaning of Life (Penguin: 2015) as well as Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist (Simon & Schuster, 2010), A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them (W.W. Norton: 2005) and the novel Effie Perine. She has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from UC Berkeley and her work has been honored by PEN-West and the American Library Association. Buzzy is a Research Affiliate at The Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Correspondent for the Boston Globe. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993, 1997 and 2001. ww.buzzyjackson.com
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Michael Jaime-Becerra is from El Monte, California. 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. His essays have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on Zócalo Public Square and KCRW, while more recent work is in ZYZZYVA, Black Clock, and LAtitudes: An Angeleno’s Atlas. He most recently returned as staff for the Writers Workshop at the Community of Writers in 2017.
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Lindsey Lee Johnson is the author of the novel The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, published by Random House in January 2017. Her previous work has appeared in Telling, Eleven Eleven, Seele, Earthwords, Angeleno, and LIFE. In 2006, her book The Art of Decanting: Bringing Wine to Life was published by Chronicle Books. She holds an MFA from the University of Southern California and has taught writing at USC, Clark College, and Portland State University. She’s also served as a tutor and mentor at a learning center in Marin County, California, where her focus has been teaching writing to teenagers. She divides her time, and her heart, between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the Community of Writers in 2013. www.lindseyleejohnson.com
Cindy Jones is the author of My Jane Austen Summer (Wm. Morrow/Harper Collins, 2011), winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest 2007. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and blogs with austenauthors.net and girlfriendbooks.blogspot.com. She attended Squaw in 2007. www.cindysjones.com
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. www.louisbjones.com
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Matthew F. Jones is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Cooter Farm, The Elements of Hitting, A Single Shot, Blind Pursuit, Deepwater, and Boot Tracks, as well as a number of screenplays. His novel A Single Shot (FSG, 1996) was reissued in fall 2011, with a forward by Daniel Woodrell, as the first novel in Mulholland Books series of classic noir novels. His screenplay adaptation of A Single Shot was directed by David Rosenthal and starred Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Kelly Reilly, Jason Issacs, Ted Levine, and William H. Macy. It debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2013. His novel, Deepwater, was made into a film in 2005, starring Lucas Black, Peter Coyote and Mia Maestro. He attended the Community of Writers in 1990. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. www.matthewfjones.com
Kathryn Jordan’s novel, Hot Water, was published by Berkley/Penguin in 2006. She has an M.A. in English from U.C.L.A. and taught in Spain, the Philippines and at Cairo American College in Egypt, where her new novel In The Time Of Apricots is set. Her articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Palm Springs Life, Westways, Ranger Rick, Silk, and Diver Magazine, (reprinted in a book, A Diver’s Guide to Underwater America). Kathryn attended Squaw Valley in 1997. She lives on an acre in Bermuda Dunes, California with her Arabian horse, Abu. http://kathrynjordan.com/
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Judy Juanita‘s debut novel, Virgin Soul, was published by Viking in 2013. The High Cost of Freeways, her short story collection, was a finalist in the Donna Tartt First Fiction Contest 2014. An essay collection, De Facto Feminism: Essays Straight Outta Oakland, was published in September 2016. Her poem “Bling” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2013. She attended Breadloaf and Vermont Studio Center in 2012. She teaches writing at Laney College in Oakland and attended the Community of Writers in 1992.www.judyjuanitasvirginsoul.com
Elizabeth Kadetsky is the author of a memoir, First There Is a Mountain, (Little Brown, 2004), a story collection, The Poison that Purifies You, (C&R Press, 2014) and a novella, On the Island at the Center of the Center of the World, (Nouvella Books, 2015). Her fiction has been included in Glimmer Train, Antioch Review, the Pushcart Prizes, Best New American Voices, and the Best American Short Stories notable citations, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Antioch Review, and elsewhere. She is assistant professor of creative writing at Penn State, and attended the Community of Writers in 1997 and 2004. elizabethkadetsky.com
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Lauren Kate is the internationally best-selling author of Teardrop (Random House, Delacorte), the Fallen novels (Random House, Delacorte), and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove (Penguin, Razorbill). Her work has been translated into over 30 languages. She has a masters degree in fiction from UC Davis and has worked as a fiction editor at HarperCollins. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006. She lives in Los Angeles. laurenkatebooks.net
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Alma Katsu is the author of several novels published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, most recently The Hunger (G.P. Putnam’s Sons). Her debut, The Taker, was selected a top ten debut novel of 2011 by Booklist and has been published in 16 languages. She attended the Community of Writers for the first time in 2003, and has returned since. www.almakatsu.com
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Stephanie Kegan is the author of the novel Golden State published by Simon & Schuster in 2015 and in trade paperback in 2016. Her previous books include The Baby, a novel published by the Berkley Publishing Group, and Places to Go with Children in Southern California, (six editions) published by Chronicle Books. Her nonfiction has appeared in Self, Los Angeles Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2005. www.stephaniekegan.com
Dasha Kelly is a writer, performer, facilitator and carrot cake connoisseur. Her writings have appeared in anthologies, text books, magazines and online. Dasha performs and delivers workshops to writers, youth, educators, executives, inmates, co-eds and artists throughout the U.S. She has made three trips to Botswana as an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Embassy. She is founder and director of a social profit organization that utilizes the process of writing and the power of spoken performance to build communities, craft and courage. She was a finalist for the 2014-2016 Wisconsin Poet Laureate. Her novel, Almost Crimson (Curbside Splendor 2015) earned strong national reviews and is being considered as a stage play. She attended the Community of Writers in 2012. www.dashakelly.com
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Nancy Kelly is a writer, director, and producer in partnership with Editor/Producer Kenji Yamamoto, who made Rebels With A Cause, winner of one of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Audience Favorite awards. She also made documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, about a Honduran teen whose life story is unveiled in a daring original play; Smitten, about art collector Rene di Rosa, who is smitten by art; and Downside Up, about how MASS MoCA revived Kelly’s dying home town. She also directed and produced the narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper and written by Squaw Valley alumna Anne Makepeace. She attended the Community of Writers in 1983, 2000 (Screenwriting) and 2006 (Writers Workshops.)
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Akil Kumarasamy’s debut novel, Half Gods, was published in 2018 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. She completed her MFA in fiction from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan and was awarded the Henfield Prize and Frederick Busch Prize. She has received fiction fellowships from the University of Michigan, the University of East Anglia, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, where she was a 2016/2017 fiction fellow. She will be a visiting professor in fiction at the Helen Zell Writers’ Program. She currently lives in New Jersey. She attended the Community of Writers in 2015.
Mary Kuryla’s collection Freak Weather: Stories was selected by Amy Hempel for the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was published by University of Massachusetts Press in November 2017. Her stories have received The Pushcart Prize, as well as the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Prize, and have appeared in Epoch, Shenandoah, Denver Quarterly, Witness, Greensboro Review, Pleiades, The New Orleans Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among others. Her award-winning shorts and feature films have premiered at Sundance and Toronto. She has written screen adaptations for United Artists and MGM. Kuryla has co-written three picture books with Eugene Yelchin for HarperCollins Children’s Books. She teaches film studies and screenwriting at Loyola Marymount University. She attended the Community of Writers in 1995 (Screenwriting) and 2010 (Fiction). www.marykuryla.com
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R.O. Kwon’s first novel, The Incendiaries, was published by Riverhead (U.S.) and Virago (U.K.), and will be released by Einaudi (Italy) and Agora (Poland). She is a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, BuzzFeed, Noon, Time, Electric Literature, Playboy, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Born in South Korea, she’s mostly lived in the United States. She attended the Community of Writers in 2010.
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Dylan Landis is the author of Rainey Royal, a novel, and Normal People Don’t Live Like This, a collection of linked stories. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, Tin House and Bomb, and she has received a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction. In a past life she published six books on interior design. Most recently, she was on staff at the Writers Workshop at the Community of Writers in 2017. www.dylanlandis.com
Michelle Latiolais is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review, Santa Monica Review, Iowa Review and the Northwest Review. Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, was published in 2011 by Bellevue Literary Press. Recent work has appeared in Zyzzyva, Santa Monica Review, Juked and The Kenyon Review. Her last book, She was published in 2016 by W.W. Norton & Company.
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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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Celeste León is the author of Luck is Just the Beginning, released by Floricanto Press in 2015. The novel, inspired by a true story, earned a Mariposa Award for Best First Book in the 2016 International Latino Book Awards and Finalist in Multicultural Fiction in the 2016 International Book Awards. It was selected as Book of The Month by Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. Ms. León was named “One of Ten Latina Authors to Watch and Read” by the Latina Book Club of New York. Her personal essay, “Finding Home,” about her travels to Puerto Rico, won First Prize in the Annual Contest for High Sierra Writers of Reno, Nevada. Celeste lives in Truckee, CA where she also practices as a physical therapist. She attended the Community of Writers in 2013. www.celesteleon.com
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. www.edanlepucki.com
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Dr. Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator and author of the 2013 novel Mama’s Child, (foreword by Alice Walker), an Ebony Magazine Editor’s Pick. Previous books were the biography Eleanor Holmes Norton: Fire In My Soul, as well as The Future of White Men And Other Diversity Dilemmas and Taking Charge: Every Woman’s Action Guide. Her first novel, Black, White, Other: In Search of Nina Armstrong, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her numerous recognitions include the NLGJA Siegenthaler Award for commentary on National Public Radio, a 2010 Bellwether Prize Finalist Award, and a Finalist Award for the 2011 Arts & Letters Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Essence, Executive Female, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Cosmopolitan, Progressive Media Project, New York Times Syndicate: New American Voices, Huffington Post, Persimmon Tree, and Common Dreams, among other venues. Her commentaries have frequently aired on PRI’s Marketplace and NPR’s All Things Considered. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.joanlester.com
Margit Liesche is the author of the historical mysteries, Lipstick and Lies and Hollywood Buzz. The daughter of Hungarian refugees, she has woven facts from her family history into her latest novel, Triptych, which was released in October 2013. Margit appeared on the PBS program, History Detectives, as an expert on a segment involving the true spy ring featured in her first novel, Lipstick and Lies. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.margitliesche.com
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Aimee Liu’s work includes the novels Flash House; Cloud Mountain; and Face, and the memoirs Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders, and Solitaire, as well as the nonfiction book Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders. She is the editor of The Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing, and Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives: Guidance and Reflections on Recovery from Eating Disorders.Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She also has co-authored more than seven books on health and psychological topics. Liu holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She is a past president of PEN USA and a current member of the faculty of Goddard College’s MFA program in creative writing at Port Townsend, WA. She attended the Community of Writers in 1994. www.aimeeliu.net
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Paulette Livers is the author of the novel Cementville (Counterpoint), winner of the Elle magazine Lettres Prize and finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year, and the Kentucky Literary Award. The recipient of the Meyerson Prize for Fiction, her stories have appeared in Southwest Review, The Dos Passos Review, Spring Gun Press, and elsewhere, and can be heard at the audio-journal “Bound Off.” Paulette teaches at Story Studio Chicago, and is Creative Director at Mighty Sword Studio, where she offers editorial and design services for publishers and writers at all stages of development. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007, and returned as a published alum in 2015. www.paulettelivers.com
Dixon Long lives in Mill Valley, California. Before moving to the Bay Area, he was professor of Political Science and dean of Western Reserve College at Case Western Reserve University. His account of building a 42-foot yawl in Japan and sailing across the Indian and South Atlantic oceans with two friends is titled Westward Home. His first novel, Brothers, was published in 2001. A Very Rich Man, about a wealthy but dysfunctional family, came out in 2009. Running Without Lights, an international romantic thriller, was published in June 2010. He has co-authored two guidebooks, Markets of Provence and Markets of Paris. www.dixonlong.com
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Laura Glen Louis is the author of the story collection, Talking in the Dark, a Barnes & Noble Discover Book. Recipient of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, she has had work anthologized in Best American Short Stories. Her recent book is Some, like elephants, a chapbook of elegies (El León Literary Arts). Her essay, “A Man and an Epigram Walk Into a Bar,” was recently published online by Michigan Quarterly Review. She attended the Community of Writers in 1987 and 1988. www.lauraglenlouis.com
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Regina Louise is the author of the bestselling memoir Somebody’s Someone. She has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” as well as The CBS Early Show. Regina’s story has also garnered nationwide attention in newspapers and magazines including San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The Philadelphia Tribune. She optioned her story for film and a play, which premiered May 2007. www.reginalouise.com
Li Miao Lovett is the author of the novel, In the Lap of the Gods (Leapfrog Press, 2010) a tale of the dammed and displaced in China’s Three Gorges. In 2013 Li was awarded a major grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism to produce a radio program about pesticide exposure. She has been a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, New America Media, and KQED “Perspectives.” In both fiction and nonfiction, Li’s work has won awards or finalist standing from Glimmer Train, Writer’s Digest, Stanford Magazine,National League of American Pen Women, and the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Li attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.limiaolovett.com
Leza Lowitz is a multi-genre writer and editor. She has published over 17 books, and has received the PEN Josephine Miles Award in Poetry for Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, grants from the NEA and NEH, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Award for the translation of Japanese literature, and the 2014 APALA Award in Youth Literature from the American Librarian’s Association for her debut YA novel, Jet Black and the Ninja Wind (Tuttle Publishing). Her memoir on adapting and adopting in Japan, Here Comes The Sun, was published by Stone Bridge Press in 2015. Essays from Lowitz’s memoir have appeared in the New York Times “Motherlode” column, Yoga Journal, The Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, and Best Buddhist Writing. Her young adult novel in verse, Up from the Sea, was released by Crown Children’s (Random House) in 2016. Lowitz, a yoga teacher, also runs her own studio in Tokyo, where she lives with her husband and their young son. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999. www.lezalowitz.com
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Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail, which won the 2013 Indiefab Award’s Editors Choice Prize in Fiction. She’s the recipient of the Austin Public Library Foundation’s 2014 Emerging Writer Award, as well as fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Sozopol Fiction Seminars, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts. Her stories, reviews, and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Salon, O, the Oprah Magazine, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, and other publications. She is a Contributing Editor for Electric Literature and a 2016-17 Radcliffe Institute fellow. Her debut novel, Pull Me Under, was published in 2016 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. www.kellyluce.com
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Michael David Lukas has been a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, a night-shift proofreader in Tel Aviv, and a waiter at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. Translated into more than a dozen languages, his first novel The Oracle of Stamboul was a finalist for the California Book Award, the NCIBA Book of the Year Award, and the Harold U. Ribalow Prize. His second novel, The Last Watchman of Old Cairo, was published in March, 2o18, by Spiegel & Grau. A graduate of Brown University and the University of Maryland, he is a recipient of scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Montalvo Arts Center, New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Elizabeth George Foundation. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, and Georgia Review. He lives in Oakland. www.michaeldavidlukas.com
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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two collections of short fiction, This Life She’s Chosen and Swimming With Strangers (both published by Chronicle Books). Her stories have been published in One Story, The American Scholar, Willow Springs, and other journals. She has been the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Prize and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference, the MacDowell Colony, and the Jack Straw Writers Program. Kirsten teaches at the Attic Learning Community in Woodinville, Washington and at the Hugo House in Seattle. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002 and returned as an alumni reader in 2005. www.kirstenlunstrum.net
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Kerri Majors is the author of This Is Not A Writing Manual: Notes For the Young Writer In the Real World, which SLJ called a “must-read” for aspiring writers. She is also the editor and founder of YARN, the first independent journal of YA literature to publish teens and adults side by side (www.yareview.net); YARN was the recipient of an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation. Kerri grew up in California’s central valley and now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and daughter. Her short fiction and essays can be found in Guernica, Midwest Quarterly, So To Speak, among other journals. Her new novel, The Debutante: A Novel of Kick Kennedy, is forthcoming from Berkeley in 2018. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.kerrimajors.com
Annam Manthiram is the author of the novel, After the Tsunami (Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2011), Finalist in the 2012 NM/AZ Book Awards, and a short story collection Dysfunction: Stories (Aqueous Books, 2012), Finalist in the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Contest and in Leapfrog Press’ 2010 Fiction Contest. A graduate of the M.A. Writing program at the University of Southern California, Ms. Manthiram resides in New Mexico with her husband, Alex, and sons, Sathya and Anand. She attended the Community of Writers in 2010.
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Peyton Marshall is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first novel, Goodhouse, was published by Farrar Straus Giroux in 2014. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, A Public Space, Blackbird, FiveChapters and Best New American Voices 2004. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997, and returned as a special guest in 2015. www.peytonmarshall.com
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Marisa Matarazzo is the author of Drenched: Stories of Love and Other Deliriums (Soft Skull Press, 2010). Her stories have been published in Faultline and Hobart. She is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and is currently at work on a second novel. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006.
Mark Maynard is the winner of the 2015 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame Silver Pen Award. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. His linked short story collection, Grind, was published by Torrey House Press in 2012, and has been selected as the 2016-2017 Nevada Reads book. He is currently the Program Coordinator for Nevada Humanities, focusing on bringing Pulitzer Prize winning authors and journalists to events throughout the state. His work has been published in Lunch Ticket, Our Stories, Shelf Life Magazine, the Ploughshares Literary Boroughs blog, and the Nottingham Review (UK). He lives in Sparks, Nevada. He attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.markmaynard.info
Stephanie McCoy is the author of Sweet as Cane, published by Pen & Mouse Books in in 2012. She received her BA and MFA from Mills College. In between degrees she was a Fulbright Fellow in Hamburg, Germany. In 1998 her book Brilliance in the Shadows: A Biography of Lucia Kleinhans Matthews, was published by the Arts & Crafts Press. Stephanie currently lives in Northern California. She attended the Community of Writers in 1996. www.stephaniemccoyauthor.com
Mike Medberry has served as a senior environmentalist for several local and national conservation organizations and has an MFA from the University of Washington. Over the past years he has written fiction and nonfiction for Blue Review, High Country News, Wilderness Magazine, Black Canyon Quarterly, Hooked on the Outdoors, Stroke Connection, Idaho Magazine, Boise Weekly, Sun Valley Magazine, Northern Lights, and the e-magazine Writer’s Workshop. His book, On the Dark Side of the Moon, was published by Caxton Press in 2013 and he was an Artist in Residence for the City of Boise in 2011-12. He also wrote book reviews, blogs, and opinion editorials to inform readers on environmental policies. Mike attended the Community of Writers in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2011. www.mikemedberry.com
D. P. Medina is the author of the new novel, The Madness of the Brave, published by Moonshine Cove in 2018. A former international marketing executive, he has contributed material to numerous industry magazines and published fiction in SpokeWrite. He attended the University of Southern California and has an MFA from Eastern Washington University where he was Fiction Editor of Willow Springs. He attended the Community of Writers in ’85 and ’86.
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Christina Meldrum is the author of Madapple (Knopf), a finalist for the PEN USA Literary Award and the William C. Morris Award, an ALA Best Book, a Booklist Editors’ Choice and a Kirkus Best Book. Her second novel, Amaryllis In Blueberry, was published in February 2011 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her third novel is slated for publication by Knopf in 2015.
Maile Meloy grew up in Helena, Montana, and now lives in Los Angeles. Her new book, Do Not Become Alarmed, was released by Riverhead Books in June, 2017. Her first book for young readers, The Apothecary, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 E.B. White Award. It was followed by two sequels, The Apprentices (2013) and The After Room (2015). She is also the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the story collectionsHalf in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It. Her short story, “Madame Lazarus,” originally published in The New Yorker, is in The Best American Short Stories 2015, edited by T.C. Boyle. Meloy’s stories have also been published in The Paris Review, Granta, and other publications, and she has received The Paris Review’s Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two California Book Awards, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2007, she was chosen as one of Granta’s 21 Best Young American Novelists. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Slate, Sunset, and O. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.mailemeloy.com
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Deborah Michel‘s second novel, The Idiot of Silicon Valley, was published by Riverhead in early 2016. Her first novel, Prosper in Love, came out in 2012. Before that, Michel worked as a magazine writer and editor for a long list of publications that includes House Beautiful, Premiere, Self, Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Buzz. She was a nightlife columnist for Avenue, and the West Coast correspondent for Spy. She has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington and attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.deborahmichel.net
Donna Miscolta’s first novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced was published in June 2011 by Signal 8 Press. Her second book, a collection of short stories entitled Hola and Goodbye, was released by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. Her unpublished collection of short stories Natalie Wood’s Fake Puerto Rican Accent was a finalist for the 2010 Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in America’s Review, Calyx, Cha: An Asian Literary Review, Connecticut Review, New Millennium Writings, Raven Chronicles andSeattle Magazine. She has been awarded residencies from Anderson Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Hedgebrook, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has received over a dozen grants and awards, including the Bread Load/Rona Jaffe Scholarship for Fiction. She attended the Community of Writers in 1998. donnamiscolta.com
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Lee Montgomery is the author of a memoir The Things Between Us, a book of stories Whose World Is This?, and the illustrated novella, Searching for Emily. The Things Between Us received the Oregon Book Award and Whose World Is This? received the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her past editorial work has included fiction editor for the Iowa Review, editor of the Santa Monica Review, executive editor at Tin House magazine and editorial director of Tin House Books. Other work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Oprah, Glimmer Train, Antioch Review, Iowa Review, among many others. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999, and returned as part of the Published Alumni Reading Series in 2007.
Wayétu Moore is the founder of One Moore Book, a non-profit publisher of culturally relevant children’s books. Her writing can be found in The Paris Review, Frieze Magazine, Guernica, The Atlantic Magazine and other publications. She’s a graduate of Howard University and the University of Southern California, and is currently a Margaret Mead Fellow at Columbia University Teachers College, where she’s researching the impact of culturally relevant curriculum and learning aids in elementary classrooms of underrepresented groups. Moore is an Africana Studies lecturer at City University of New York’s John Jay College, and founding faculty member of the Randolph College MFA program. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009. www.wayetu.com
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Lisa Braver Moss is the author of the novel The Measure of His Grief (Notim Press, 2010) and the co-author, most recently, of Celebrating Brit Shalom (Notim Press, 2015), the first-ever book for Jewish families opting out of circumcision. The 1990 Tikkun article in which she first questioned the circumcision tradition was recently selected for inclusion in that magazine’s forthcoming anniversary issue. Lisa’s humor pieces and essays on various topics have appeared in Parents, Lilith, the Huffington Post and many other publications. Her nonfiction book credits include Celebrating Family: Our Lifelong Bonds with Parents and Siblings (Wildcat Canyon Press, 1999) and, as co-author, The Mother’s Companion: A Comforting Guide to the Early Years of Motherhood (Council Oak Books, 2001). She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.lisabravermoss.com
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Nami Mun grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Bronx, New York. For her first book, Miles from Nowhere, she received a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Public Library’s 21st Century Award, The Hopwood Award, and was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for New Writers and the Asian American Literary Award. Miles from Nowhere was selected as Editors’ Choice and Top Ten First Novels by Booklist; Best Fiction of 2009 So Far by Amazon; and as an Indie Next Pick. Chicago Magazine named her Best New Novelist of 2009. She has garnered fellowships from organizations such as Yaddo, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, and Tin House. In 2011 she became a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing and Chicago. Her stories have been published in The New York Times, Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Evergreen Review, Witness, and elsewhere. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in Chicago.
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Nayomi Munaweera’s debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia and was short-listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the Northern California Book Prize. She lives in Oakland, California, and her second novel, What Lies Between Us, was released in February 2016. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011 and 2012. www.nayomimunaweera.com
Linda Joy Myers (’94): Linda Joy Myers is the President and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, Instructor at Writers Digest, past president of the California Writers Club, Marin branch, and past Vice President of the Women’s National Book Association. Linda is the author of three books: The Power of Memoir—How to Write Your Healing Story, published by Jossey Bass; Becoming Whole, a finalist in the ForeWord magazine’s 2008 Book of the Year Award, and the award winning memoir Don’t Call Me Mother, which won the BAIPA Gold Medal prize. Linda has won prizes for her fiction, memoir and poetry: First Prize, Jessamyn West Fiction Contest; Finalist, San Francisco Writing Contest for Secret Music, a novel about the Kindertransport; First Prize, poetry, East of Eden Contest, and for memoir writing First Prize Carol Landauer Life Writing Contest. Linda’s next book is Truth or Lie: on the Cusp of Memoir and Fiction. She gives workshops nationally, and helps people develop their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops. www.namw.org. Her blog is www.memoriesandmemoirs.com
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Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel, Mary: Mrs. A. Lincoln, which was a Finalist for an LA Times Book Prize, and the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow. Her latest novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, was released in 2015. Her writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and her travel writing has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Backpacker. She lives in San Francisco, where she is a member of the SF Writers’ Grotto and teaches classes in creative writing. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997, 1998 and 2001 and returned in 2009 to serve on the staff.
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Denise Nicholas, actress and novelist, is best known for her roles on ABC TV’s Room 222 for which she received two Golden Globe Nominations and on In the Heat of the Night(NBC) for which she also wrote. She is the author of the novel Freshwater Road, published by Agate in 2005 and included in the Best Books of that year by The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, New York Newsday and the Chicago Tribune. Freshwater Road received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was a Books Sense Pick. In 2006, Denise won the Best First Novel Award from the American Library Association’s Black Caucus and the Zora Neal Hurston-Richard Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001.
Kem Nunn is the author of six novels, including the National Book Award nominee Tapping the Source, Tijuana Straits, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller, The Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, and in 2014, Chance. In addition to writing novels, he writes screenplays for television and film, most notably John from Cincinnati, which he co-created with David Milch, Deadwood, and Sons of Anarchy. His articles and book reviews have appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ, Surfer, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times. He attended the Community of Writers in 1979 and has returned as a staff member many times since.
Kim O’Neil teaches at the University of Illinois Chicago, where is she a senior lecturer in English and assistant director of the Writing Center. Her short stories have appeared in Faultline, Packingtown Review, and Orange Coast Review. Her first book, Fever Dogs, a collection of linked stories, was published by Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press in the summer of 2017. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009.
Varley O’Connor is the author of four novels, The Master’s Muse (Scribner, 2012), The Cure (Bellevue Literary Press, 2007), A Company of Three (Algonquin, 2003), and Like China (William Morrow, 1991). Her short prose has appeared in The Missouri Review, Santa Monica Review, The Sun Magazine, AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Faultline: Journal of Art and Literature, Driftwood, The MacGuffin, and in an anthology, Naming the World and Other Exercises for Creative Writers (Random House, 2008). An MFA fiction graduate in The Programs in Writing at UC Irvine, she is currently Associate Professor at Kent State University, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing for the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. In 2015, she was visiting fiction writer at UC Irvine. She first attended the Community of Writers in 1989 and has returned in recent years to serve on the staff. www.varleyoconnor.com
Jessica O’Dwyer is the author of the book, Mamalita: An Adoption Memoir, published by Avalon Travel/Seal Press in 2010. She is the adoptive mother to two children born in Guatemala. Her essays have been published in the New York Times; San Francisco Chronicle Magazine; Brain, Child; Adoptive Families; and the West Marin Review. Jessica has worked in public relations and marketing at SFMOMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006 and 2007, and has since returned as staff. www.mamalitathebook.com
Regina O’Melveny is the author of The Book of Madness & Cures, published by Little, Brown and Company in April 2012. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Bellingham Review, rattapallax, The Sun, The LA Weekly, Solo and The Wild Duck Review. New work was recently released in the anthology, Beyond the Lyric Moment. Her awards include the John Foster West National Poetry Award Contest judged by Marge Piercy and the 2007 Conflux Press Poetry Award. Her manuscript, Blue Wolves, won the Bright Hill poetry book award. She has taught at The Palos Verdes Art Center, The South Coast Botanic Garden, and Marymount College. She attended the Community of Writers in 1992, 2002 and 2008.
Aline Ohanesian is the author of Orhan’s Inheritance, published by Algonquin Books in April of 2015. It has been translated into Italian and Hebrew as well as several other languages. Ohanesian was a finalist for the PEN Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. Her essays have appeared in Glimmer Train, Publisher’s Weekly and elsewhere. Aline attended the Community of Writers in 2012. www.alineohanesian.com
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Kristin Ohlson is author of The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers and Foodies are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet. Ohlson is also author of the award-winning memoir, Stalking the Divine, and co-author of the New York Times-bestselling Kabul Beauty School. A freelance writer, Ohlson publishes articles in a wide range of publications, as well as short fiction. She has been anthologized in Salon’s Life As We Know It, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Science Writing. She received fiction fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and from the Community Partnership for the Arts. She attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and 1992. www.kristinohlson.com
Mary Otis is the award-winning author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. Her stories and essays have been published in Best New American Voices, Tin House, Los Angeles Times, Electric Literature, and in many other venues. Her story “Pilgrim Girl” received an honorable mention for a Pushcart Prize, and her story “Unstruck” was a Distinguished Story of the Year in Best American Short Stories. Mary is a fiction professor in the UC Riverside MFA Program and was honored to deliver the commencement speech for the graduating class of 2013. She is currently at work on a novel, excerpts of which were recently published in Zyzzyva andThe Los Angeles Review of Books Special Fiction Issue. Mary attended the Community of Writers in 2000 and 2001. www.maryotis.com
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David Page is a national award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for Powder Magazine based in Mammoth Lakes, California. He has written for the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal, Ski, Skiing, The New York Times, Outside, TakePart.com, and many other publications. His series on decision-making in avalanche terrain, The Human Factor, was a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award. His longform narrative on traveling with a medical team into the eye of Super Typhoon Haiyan was awarded Best Dramatic Narrative of 2015 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors. He is also the author of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning Explorer’s Guide to Yosemite & the Southern Sierra Nevada (Countryman Press/W.W. Norton), now in its second printing. His work has been anthologized in the collection Travel Stories from Around the Globe, edited by National Geographic Traveler’s Don George, and the 2013 California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State (Outpost 19). www.sierrasurvey.com/davidtpage/
Marian Palaia is the author of The Given World, longlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize (Simon and Schuster, 2015). Born in Riverside, California, she has lived in San Francisco (on and off) since 1985. Other places she has lived include Montana, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nepal, where she was a Peace Corps volunteer. She has been a teacher, a truck driver and a bartender. At one time she was the littlest logger in Lincoln, Montana. www.marianpalaia.com
Susanne Pari is an Iranian-American journalist and author of The Fortune Catcher, a novel that explores multicultural identity and religious fundamentalism during the aftermath of the Iranian Revolution; it has been translated into six languages. Her non-fiction pieces have appeared in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. She was the Program Director for the 25 literary salons of Book Group Expo, teaches writing for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, and is a judge for The California Center for the Book’s Letters About Literature Contest. She is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. www.redroom.com
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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Richard Peterson is the author of Looking at Painting in Florence, 13th-16th Centuries. A Learner’s Handbook (Polistampa, Florence, 2014). The handbook is intended to bridge the gap between the guidebook and the serious academic text. He is a regular contributor to The Florentine, a magazine for expats living in Florence. He attended the Community of Writers in 2010 and 2011. www.lookingatpaintinginflorence.com
Bill Pieper‘s most recent book is a collection titled Forgive Me, Father, published by Cold River Press in December, 2014. Two of the dozen stories included were workshopped at Squaw Valley, two others received Pushcart Prize nominations in 2012, and a third won a national award from Scratch Writer Magazine in 2011. His work has also appeared in The Farallon Review, Red Fez, Convergence, Primal Urge, Fiction 365 and The Blue Lake Review. Prior to launching into short fiction, Bill had two small press novels published, Belonging from Comstock Bonanza Press in 2006 and What You Wish For from Pacific Slope Press in 2011. He lives and writes in Sacramento and Nevada City, California, and attended the Community of Writers in 2010. www.authorsden.com/billpieper
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Nora Pierce is the author of The Insufficiency of Maps, published by Atria/Simon & Schuster. The novel was selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers title and shortlisted for the NCIBA Book of the Year award. She has held residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Headlands Center for the Arts, The Vermont Studio Center, and elsewhere. She was a lecturer and Wallace Stegner fellow in Fiction at Stanford University and a PEN/Rosenthal fellow. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.norapierce.com
Todd James Pierce is the author of four books, most recently Newsworld, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award and the Paterson Prize. His next book, Three Years in Wonderland, a narrative history of the men and women who built the first wave of American theme parks, was released in 2016. His work has been published in over 80 magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Harvard Review, The Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Sun, and Willow Springs. He attended the Community of Writers four times in the 1990s. www.toddjamespierce.com
Shira Potash, head of Sprouts Nutrition, is a certified nutritional educator. She teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to public elementary schoolchildren. She produced and directed the documentary film Food Stamped, which follows a couple as they attempt to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet on a food stamp budget. The film was an official selection for the Mill Valley Film Festival. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.foodstamped.com/film.html
Yoav Potash is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Crime After Crime, Yoav’s first full length feature documentary premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. The film has earned 15 honors including The National Board of Review’s Freedom of Expression Award, five film festival audience awards, and the top two cash prizes for documentaries in the US. Crime After Crime was a Critics’ Pick in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Denver Post, among others. Yoav and the film have been featured on The PBS News Hour, MSNBC’s NewsNation, and numerous other TV and radio outlets. Food Stamped, a documentary Yoav co-produced and co-directed on a shoestring budget with his former wife Shira Potash, explores the challenge of eating healthy on a food stamp budget. This first-person film won the Grand Jury Prize at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, has been featured on CNN Money, and has found a wide audience across the US. His other past work includes Minute Matrimony, a Mel Brooks-style short comedy that earned a Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival. Yoav has produced several other short films for PBS stations, and has produced, shot, and/or edited short films and advertisements for nonprofits and companies including Apple and Neutrogena. While attending college at UC Berkeley, he won several writing awards, including the Eisner Prize, the university’s top prize in creative writing. He attended the Community of Writers in 2005 and 2008. www.foodstamped.com/film.html
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Ismet Prcic is a Bosnian American writer who is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for fiction in 2010. His debut novel Shards — which was published by Black Cat (Grove, Atlantic) in 2011 — won several awards including Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and Oregon Book Award. His work has been translated into nine languages. He is also a Sundance and a Jerusalem Screenwriting Lab fellow. He attended the Community of Writers in 2007, and has returned since on staff. www.ismetprcic.com
Paula Priamos is the author of the memoir The Shyster’s Daughter (Etruscan Press, 2012). Her newest novel, Inside V, was published by Rare Bird Books in April of 2017. Her writing has appeared inZYZZYVA, The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and The Washington Post Magazine, among others. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997. www.paulapriamos.com
Shobha Rao moved to the United States from India at the age of seven. She is the author of the short story collection, An Unrestored Woman, and the novel, Girls Burn Brighter. She is the winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction, and her story “Kavitha and Mustafa” was chosen by T.C. Boyle for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2015. She is currently the Grace Paley Teaching Fellow at The New School in New York City. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002.
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Frederick Reiken is the author of three novels. Day for Night, published in 2010 with Little, Brown & Co. Day for Night was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was cited as one of the best books of the year by theWashington Post and Kansas City Star. His debut novel, The Odd Sea, won the Hackney Literary Award and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Prize. His second novel, The Lost Legends of New Jersey, was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Best Book of the Year for theLos Angeles Times. His novels have been published in 7 foreign languages. His short stories have appeared in publications including The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Gulf Coast, and the Western Humanities Review, and his essays have appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle. He is a member of the writing faculty at Emerson College. He attended the Community of Writers in 1992 and has since returned as a staff member. www.frederickreiken.com
Anne Rice is a best-selling author of over 30 novels, the first of which, Interview With A Vampire, she brought to the Community of Writers as a manuscript. Her most recent novels include The Wolves of Midwinter (2013), Prince Lestat (2014), Beauty’s Kingdom (2015), Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016), and Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra (2017). She was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years until his death from cancer in 2002. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history. She attended the Community of Writers in 1979. www.annerice.com
Ryan Ridge is the author of the story collection Hunters & Gamblers (Dark Sky Books), the poetry collection Ox (BatCat Press), as well as the chapbooks Hey, it’s America (Rust Belt Bindery) and 22nd Century Man (Sixth Finch Books). His novella, American Homes, was released in 2014 by Maize Books (Michigan Publishing). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Tin House, McSweeney’s Small Chair, The Southern California Review, The Santa Monica Review, The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Consequence Magazine, and elsewhere. A fiction editor at Juked Magazine, he writes and teaches in Southern California. He attended the Community of Writers in 2010.
Cynthia Robinson grew up in Tennessee. She has lived in Egypt, France, Greece, and Italy, as well as Spain, where she continues to spend time. Home is now in Ithaca, New York, where she is Mary Donlon Alger Professor of Medieval and Islamic Art and Cornell University. Her short fiction has been published in such journals as The Arkansas Review, Bayou, The Missouri Review, The New Southerner, The Louisville Review, Epoch and Stone Canoe. Her debut novel, Birds of Wonder, was published 20 February 2018, by Standing Stone Books. She is currently at work on a second, treating such well-trodden themes as love and loss and selfishness and ghosts, set in a hotel in the Bloomsbury district of London. She is also an adopter of rescued rabbits. She attended the Community of Writers in 2013 and 2014.
Andrew Roe is the author of the novel The Miracle Girl, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, and Where You Live, a collection of short stories. His short fiction has appeared in Tin House, One Story, The Sun, Glimmer Train, The Cincinnati Review, and other literary magazines, as well as the anthologies Where Love Is Found (Washington Square Press) and 24 Bar Blues (Press 53). In addition, his essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon.com, Writer’s Digest, and other publications. He attended the Community of Writers in 1997 and 2004. www.andrewroeauthor.com
Brian Rogers is the author of The Whole of the Moon (University of Nevada Press, 2017). A former stand-up comedian, he has been the recipient of the Gold Medal prize for Best Novel-in-Progress from the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the George Bennett Fellowship (Writer-in-Residence) from Phillips Exeter Academy. His short play Come Back, Burt Lancaster has been featured in a number of festivals and showcases. He is the author of Inhabitants of the Earth, a chapbook of flash fiction. Brian attended the graduate writing program at San Francisco State University. He attended the Community of Writers in 1995 and 2002. www.brianerogers.com
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Robin Romm is the author of three books, a chapbook, and numerous articles and book reviews. Most recently, she edited Double Bind: Women on Ambition(Liveright 2017) which collects personal essays from thinkers like Roxane Gay, Sarah Ruhl, Elisa Albert, Theresa Rebeck, Molly Ringwald, and Julie Holland, in order to understand the complicated issue of female striving. Her story collection, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a best book of the year by The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner, Don Waters, and teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Warren Wilson. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.robinromm.com
Robert Rorke was born and raised and lives in Brooklyn. He is a TV editor at the New York Post who has also previously written for Publishers Weekly, TV Guide, Los Angeles Times, and Seventeen. He received his MFA from Warren Wilson College and his MA in English from Stanford University. Car Trouble, his debut novel, was published in September, 2018, by HarperCollins. He attended the Community of Writers in 2011.
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Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum is the author of the novel, A Day of Small Beginnings (Little, Brown & Co., 2006), a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. She is a writer and dramaturge for Jewish Women’s Theatre in Los Angeles, which presents original, themed performance pieces for at-home salons and in venues across the country. She is also completing her next novel King of Cahokia, about the destruction of ancient Indian mounds at Cahokia, Illinois, the Blacklist, America’s interstate highways, and oh yes, love. Lisa lives in Pacific Palisades, California. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.lisapearlrosenbaum.com
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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] www.elizabethrosner.com
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Amy Kathleen Ryan is the author of six young adult novels, most notably Vibes (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008) and her science fiction novels Glow, Spark, and Flame, collectively The Sky Chasers series, (St. Martins, 2011), which has been published in more than a dozen languages and was optioned for film rights by 20th Century Fox. She graduated from the New School MFA program in creative writing, and lives in Colorado with her husband and three daughters. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.amykathleenryan.com
Kris Saknussem’s first collection of poems IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER was published by The False Frontier Press in Melbourne and London in 1988 and won the Mary Gilmore Award from ASAL (the Association for the Study of Australian Literature). ZANESVILLE, his first novel was published to critical acclaim by the Villard Books imprint of Random House in 2005, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award and released in hardcover in Russia. His other published books include ENIGMATIC PILOT from Ballantine-Del Rey, SINISTER MINIATURES, a collection of short stories from Lazy Fascist Press, a portfolio book of art THE COLORS OF COMPULSION from Les Editions du Zaporogue…REVEREND AMERICA (Dark Coast Press), EAT JELLIED EELS AND THINK DISTANT THOUGHTS (PS Publishing) and SEA MONKEYS, A Memory Book (Soft Skull Press). Forthcoming work includes a play, THE HUMBLE ASSESSMENT, from Lazy Fascist Press, another portfolio book of visual art from Les Editions du Zaporogue called POSSIBLE LANGUAGES, a collaboration of text and image with the French photographer Esther Voisin entitled INTIME, and several new works of both fiction and nonfiction. www.krissaknussemm.com
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Lucy Sanna is author of the novel The Cherry Harvest (William Morrow/HarperCollins, June 2015). Previous publications include a self-help relationship set (Random House), translated into eight languages. Lucy has published poetry and erotic stories in literary magazines and has been featured on national television and radio, including CBS, NBC, NPR, and FOX, as well as in national press such as Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, and Playboy Magazine. Since 1999, Lucy has served on the Executive Planning Committee for the National Kidney Foundation’s annual San Francisco Authors Luncheon. While working on her next novel, Lucy leads creative writing workshops. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Lucy divides her time between Madison, Wisconsin, and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.lucysanna.com
Eric Sasson is the author of the short story collection Margins of Tolerance (Livingston Press, 2012) and the forthcoming novel, Admissions. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize, the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. For three years, he wrote “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal, and he is now a regular contributor to The New Republic and GOOD magazine. His political articles have been featured on “Meet the Press” and “Morning Joe,” and his December 2016 article “Turning Fury into Fuel” for GOOD magazine just won a National Magazine Award “Ellie” for Personal Service. Other publication credits include pieces in Salon, Five Points, William and Mary Review, The Puritan, BLOOM and Nashville Review,among others. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and is the recipient of fellowships to several residencies, including Ragdale, VCCA, Hambidge, Anderson Center and I-Park, among others. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides. www.ericsassonnow.com
Julia Scheeres is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Jesus Land. Her second book, A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Jonestown, was published in 2011. She lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband and two daughters and teaches narrative nonfiction at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto and throughout Stanford online. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.juliascheeres.com
Eliot Schrefer is the author most recently of Threatened, a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. It joins Endangered, also a National Book Award Finalist, as the second entry in a planned quartet of novels about the great apes. His books have won the Green Earth Book Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and have appeared on the NPR “Best Books” and ALA “Best Books for Young Adults” list and been “Editor’s Choice” in The New York Times. Schrefer is on the Creative Writing MFA faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches the young adult fiction track. He attended the Community of Writers in 2007. www.eliotschrefer.com
Alice Sebold is the author of the memoir Lucky and the novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. She has edited The Best American Short Stories and selected and edited a series of books under her own imprint for Europa Editions. Her work has been translated into over 40 languages.
Helen Sedwick is the author of the historical novel Coyote Winds, published by Ten Gallon Press in 2013. A practicing lawyer as well as a writer, her non-fiction book Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook was released in 2014, along with the companion ebooks, How to Use Eye-Catching Images Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer and How to Use Memorable Lyrics Without Paying a Fortune or a Lawyer. In 2016, she co-authored How Authors Sell Publishing Rights with Orna Ross. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009 and 2012. www.helensedwick.com
Benton Sen is the author of Men of Hula, about the only male halau hula (school) in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the recipient of a Virginia Center for Creative Arts writing fellowship, the James D. Houston Fellowship from the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, and he has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. Benton earned his MFA from the University of Iowa and attended the Community of Writers in 2010 and 2011. He lives in Honolulu.
Terry Shames writes the best-selling Samuel Craddock mystery series, set in the fictitious town of Jarrett Creek, Texas. Her first novel, A Killing at Cotton Hill (July 2013) was a finalist for the Left Coast Crime award for best mystery of 2013 and the Strand Magazine Critics Award, and won the Macavity Award for Best First Novel of 2013. MysteryPeople named it one of the five top debut mysteries of 2013. The Last Death of Jack Harbin (January 2013) was named one of the top ten mysteries of 2013 by MysteryPeople. Her fifth novel, The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake (January, 2016) was an RT Reviews Top Pick for January. Terry lives in Berkeley, California. She attended the Community of Writers in 1998. www.Terryshames.com
Adrienne Sharp is the author of White Swan, Black Swan(Random House, 2001), The Sleeping Beauty (Riverhead, 2005), The True Memoirs of Little K (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010), and the forthcoming The Magnificent Esme Wells (HarperCollins, 2018). She attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and again in 1998. www.adriennesharp.com
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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. www.juliaflynnsiler.com
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Dashka Slater is the recipient of a 2004 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her novel, The Wishing Box (Chronicle, 2000), was named one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. She is also an award-winning journalist who writes for the New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Salon, Mother Jones, Sierra and many other publications, as well as the author of four children’s books: Baby Shoes (Bloomsbury, 2006); Firefighters in the Dark (Houghton Mifflin, 2006); The Sea Serpent and Me (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) and Dangerously Ever After (Dial, 2012). Dangerously Ever After is currently being made into a stop-motion film by Fantasiation Studios. Three more of Dashka’s books will be released in 2017: The Antlered Ship (Beach Lane), Escargot (FSG), and The 57 Bus (FSG). The latter is Young Adult title based on Slater’s New York Times Magazine piece about two teenagers on either side of an alleged hate crime. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.dashkaslater.com
Martin J. Smith, a veteran journalist and magazine editor, is a former senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and former editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine. Diversion Books released his fifth suspense thriller, Combustion, in September 2016, the same month that Animal Planet aired The Million Dollar Duck, an award-winning documentary film based on Smith’s 2012 nonfiction book, The Wild Duck Chase, about the world of competitive duck painting. Globe-Piquot is scheduled to release Mr. Las Vegas Has a Bad Knee, a collection of Smith’s essays about the people, places, and peculiarities of the American Southwest, in May 2017. [F/NF] www.martinjsmith.com
Scott Sparling‘s novel, Wire to Wire, was published by Tin House Books in 2011 and received the Michigan Notable Book Award. A graduate of Antioch College, he lives outside Portland, Oregon. He attended the Community of Writers in 1986 and 1992. scottsparling.net
Nancy Spiller is a Los Angeles based writer, artist and instructor with UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. She was a staff writer at the San Jose Mercury News, its Sunday magazine, West, and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and editor of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate’s Entertainment News Service. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Los Angeles Times Sunday magazine, Mother Jones, Town & Country, USA Weekend, McCall’s, Cooking Light and Salon.com. Her books include Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (with recipes) (Counterpoint, 2009) and the illustrated memoir Compromise Cake: Lessons Learned From My Mother’s Recipe Box (Counterpoint, 2013). She attended Squaw Valley’s Art of the Wild in 1993. www.nancyspiller.org
Janyce Stefan-Cole‘s debut novel, Hollywood Boulevard (Unbridled Books), is now a New York Public Library Trending E-Book. Her second novel, The Detective’s Garden, was released from Unbridled Books in 2016. Janyce is a contributing editor to The WG, and was Book Editor for FreeWilliamsburg for five years. Janyce’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Knock Literary Magazine (Eco-lit Prize winner), And Then, and Ducts, as well as in the anthologies Being Human: Call of the Wild, The Healing Muse and the Boston Globe bestselling Dick for a Day (Villard Books/Random House). Four time fellow of the Virginia Center for The Creative Arts and a finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, Janyce attended the Community of Writers in 2004. www.janycestefan-cole.com
JJ Strong’s debut novel, Us Kids Know, was published in Fall 2017 by Razorbill, an imprint at Penguin Random House. His writing has also appeared in Fifth Wednesday, the Santa Monica Review (Fall 2010 and Spring 2012) and LA Weekly. His plays have been produced throughout the country, including in Los Angeles, San Diego, St. Louis, and New York. He currently teaches in the undergraduate writing program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and son. He attended the Community of Writers in 2013. www.jjstrong.com
Brad Summerhill is a writer and professor of English at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. He is the author of a novel, Gambler’s Quartet (Virginia Avenue Press, 2010). His short fiction has appeared in South Dakota Review, Red Rock Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Aethlon, Reno News & Review and elsewhere. His work has received support from the Arkansas Arts Council and the Nevada Arts Council.
Christine Sunderland is the author of the novels Pilgrimage (2007), Offerings (2009) which won a bronze medal in the IPPY 2010 Awards (Independent Publishers Association), Inheritance (2009), Hana-lani (2010) which won Honorable Mentions in the San Francisco Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival, and the Beach Book Festival, and The Fire Trail (2016). www.ChristineSunderland.com
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Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels: A Wedding in Provence, The Paradise Guest House, French Lessons and On a Night Like This. She is also the editor of two anthologies: Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia Of Sex and Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave. She teaches writing through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes out of her home. Ellen attended the Community of Writers in 1980 and 1996 and was a member of the teaching staff in 2014. www.ellensussman.com
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Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney is the New York Times bestselling author of The Nest, which has been translated into more than 25 languages and optioned for film by Amazon Studios with Sweeney writing the adaptation. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children. She attended the Community of Writers in 2013.
Grace Talusan was born in the Philippines and raised in New England. A graduate of Tufts University and the MFA Program in Writing at UC Irvine, she is the recipient of a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines and an Artist Fellowship Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Talusan teaches the Essay Incubator at GrubStreet and at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts. She is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University. The Body Papers, winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, is her first book. She attended The Community of Writers in 1998.
Born in the U.S to immigrant parents from China, Amy Tan rejected her mother’s expectations that she become a doctor and concert pianist. She chose to write fiction instead. Her novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times bestsellers. She is the author of two memoirs, The Opposite of Fate and Where the Past Begins, and two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat. Tan served as co-producer and co-screenwriter for the film adaptation of The Joy Luck Club and was creative consultant for Sagwa, the Emmy-nominated PBS television series for children. She wrote the libretto for the opera based on her novel, The Bonesetter’s Daughter. With music composed by Stewart Wallace, the opera had its world premiere in 2008 at the San Francisco Opera. The 30th edition of The Joy Luck Club with a new forward by Amy Tan is expected to be released in Spring of 2019.
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A. R. Taylor has published in the Los Angeles Times, the Southwest Review, Pedantic Monthly, The Cynic online magazine, the Berkeley Insider, So It Goes, the Vonnegut Library Magazine on Humor, Red Rock Review, and Rosebud, among others. After winning a Writers Foundation of America award in Comedy for her play Up The Nile, Taylor appeared at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York and Tongue & Groove in Hollywood. In addition, she was head writer on two Emmy winning series for public television. Her debut novel, Sex, Rain, and Cold Fusion appeared in 2014 and won a gold medal for Best Regional Fiction at the IPPY Awards, also named a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011.
Kimball Taylor is the author of The Coyote’s Bicycle: The Untold Story of Seven Thousand Bicycles and the Rise of a Borderland Empire. His journalism has appeared in Vice Media, ESPN The Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. A long-time contributor to Surfer magazine, Taylor has written two books about the sport. He attended the Community of Writers in 2011, and returned in 2017 as a Published Alum.
Jervey Tervalon was born in New Orleans and raised in Los Angeles. He received his MFA from UC Irvine. He is the author of five books including Understanding This that won the New Voice’s Award, and the bestselling Dead Above Ground which won PEN Oakland’s Award for Multicultural writing. Honors include: Remsen Bird Writer in Residence at Occidental college and a Disney Writing Fellow; Discover New Writers 1994; Honorable Mention, Pushcart Prize, 1996; Gold Crown Award from Pasadena Arts Council, 1994; California Arts Fellowship, 2003. NEA Panelist for Small Presses, 2006; LA Press Club Awards: Signed Commentary, 1st Place for “The Slow Death of a Chocolate City.” He teaches at the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the director of the Literature for Life Project; a literary/salon magazine; and is the literary director of LitFest Pasa dena. His newest novel, Monster’s Chef was published by Amistad Books at Harper Collins in June, 2014.
Matthew Thomas‘s New York Times-bestselling novel We Are Not Ourselves was shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Prize and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, longlisted for the both the Dublin International Literary Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, nominated for the Folio Prize, and named a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award. It was named a Notable Book of the year by The New York Times and one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple and others, as well one of Janet Maslin’s ten favorite books of the year in The New York Times. He attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.matthewthomasauthor.com
Renee Thompson’s stories have appeared in Crossborder, Narrative, Literal Latte, Arcadia, and elsewhere. She has placed as a finalist in competitions sponsored by Narrative, Literal Latte, Glimmer Train, and Writer’s Digest, and is the author of two novels, The Plume Hunter (Torrey House Press, 2011) and The Bridge at Valentine (Tres Picos Press, 2010), which was selected as the 2014 Community Book for Woodland Reads. Currently, she is working on a contemporary novel. Renee attended the Community of Writers in 2003, 2007, and 2009. www.reneethompson.com
Melanie Thorne is the author of the semi-autobiographical novel Hand Me Down (Dutton/Plume), which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2012 and a 2013 ALA Alex Award nominee. She earned her MA in Creative Writing from the University of CA, Davis, and has been awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship, the Maurice Prize in Fiction, and a residency at the Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat. She was a 2014 Virginia Quarterly Review Nonfiction Scholar and a 2014 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices mentor. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches at the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.melaniethorne.com
Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is an award-winning writer, independent editor for novels and memoirs, writing teacher and acclaimed cat servant. Her novels include Midori by Moonlight, Love in Translation, Falling Uphill, His Wife and Daughters and No Kidding. Her non-fiction title is Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband. She received her MFA from University of San Francisco and teaches for Stanford’s Certificate Program in Novel Writing. Her latest book is the first in a series of short story collections called Postcards From Tokyo. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001 and 2002. www.wendytokunaga.com
Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts “Bibliocracy,” a weekly books show on Pacifica Radio KPFK in Southern California. His most recent essays, short stories and reviews appear in the OC Weekly, Los Angeles Review of Books, Orange Coast Review, Faultline, ZYZZYVA and Ecotone. He is the co-editor, with Lisa Alvarez, of the first-ever literary anthology of writing from and about Orange County, California. Published by Heyday, Orange County: A Literary Field Guide includes contributions from writers who have taught in or attended the Community of Writers poetry and fiction workshops, including founder Oakley Hall.
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Carla Trujillo is the editor of two anthologies, Living Chicana Theory (Third Woman Press), and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About (Third Woman Press), winner of a Lambda Book Award and the Out/Write Vanguard Award. Her first novel, What Night Brings (Curbstone Press 2003), won the Miguel Marmol prize focusing on human rights. What Night Brings also won the Paterson Fiction Prize, the Latino Literary Foundation Book Award, Bronze Medal from Foreword Magazine, Honorable Mention for the Gustavus Meyers Books Award, and was a LAMBDA Book Award finalist. Her latest novel, Faith and Fat Chances (Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press 2015), was a finalist for the PEN-Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. She attended the Community of Writers in ’04 and ’05. www.carlatrujillo.net
Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer, adventure traveler, and performer. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named her debut novel, Glow (Penguin 2013), an Okra Pick—their highest recognition. Glow is now in its sixth printing and was long-listed for the Crook’s Corner Book Prize. In 2014, she was awarded a residency at Château de Lavigny International Writers’ Residence, and is currently working on her second novel. Tuccelli attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.jessicamariatuccelli.com
Lisa Tucker is the author of six novels: The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, The Promised World and The Winters in Bloom. Her books have been published in fourteen countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People Magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, Amazon Book of the Year, Barnes & Noble Reading Group program, Target “Breakout” Books, the American Library Association Popular Paperbacks, and the Indie Next list. Her short work has appeared in The New York Times, Seventeen, and The Oxford American. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.lisatucker.com
Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s first novel The Illuminator, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2005, and was translated into fourteen foreign languages and became a national best-seller. Her second novel, The Mercy Seller, was published by St. Martin’s Press in hardcover in 2007. Her newest novel, The Heretic’s Wife, was published by St. Martin’s in 2010. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002. www.brendarickmanvantrease.com
Katherine Vaz is the author of two novels, Saudade and Mariana, as well as three short story collections, Fado & Other Stories, Our Lady of the Artichokes & Other Portuguese-American Stories, and most recently, The Love Life of an Assistant Animator & Other Stories Paperback. Once designated a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer, her work has appeared in six languages and has received numerous accolades, including the Library of Congress’ Top Thirty International Books of 1998, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and the Prairie Schooner Book Award. Her children’s stories have appeared in anthologies by Viking, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. She attended the Community of Writers in 1988. www.katherinevaz.com
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Mary Volmer is the author of two novels: Crown of Dust (Soho Press, 2010) and Reliance, Illinois (Soho Press, May 2016). She earned an MFA at Saint Mary’s College (CA) and a master’s degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in magazines and journals such as Fiction Writers Review, Farallon Review, Mutha Magazine and Women’s Basketball Magazine and featured on Stories on Stage (Sacramento). She teaches at Saint Mary’s College. www.maryvolmer.com
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Monona Wali is an award winning author – her novel My Blue Skin Lover won the 2015 Independent Publishers Gold Award for multi-cultural fiction. Her stories have been published in The Santa Monica Review, Stone Canoe, Tiferet, Catamaran and other literary journals. She was the winner of the 2011 Wordstock Short Story Contest judged by Aimee Bender. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches creative writing and literature at Santa Monica College and Antioch University and volunteers with InsideOut Writers, an organization that offers writing classes for incarcerated youth. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. www.mononawali.com
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Dora Wang, M.D., M.A., is the author of two books, The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World (Riverhead, 2010), which was on bestseller lists in California and New Mexico; and The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission, 1964-2014 (University of New Mexico School of Medicine Press, 2014), winner of a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. Her blogs appear on The Huffington Post, and PsychologyToday.com. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Wang is a psychiatrist based in Albuquerque, NM, where she hosted a TV talk show, Duke City Magazine, for six years. She attended the Community of Writers in ’00, ’01, ’02, ’04, and ’05. www.DearDrDora.com
Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the novels Sleep Toward Heaven, How to be Lost, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, and the short story collection Love Stories in this Town. Her work has been optioned for film and television and published in fifteen countries. Her newest novel, The Nearness of You, was published by Ballantine in early 2017. She attended the Community of Writers in 1992. www.amandaward.com
Spring M. Warren is the author of Turpentine: A Novel, published by Grove/Atlantic. Her second book, Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year, was published by Seal Press in 2011. thequarteracrefarm.com
Tim Wendel is the author of thirteen books and a writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University. His titles include the Summer of ’68, which was named a notable book by the state of Michigan, High Heat, which was an Editor’s Choice of The New York Times Book Review, and most recently, Night on Manitou Island (SunBear Press). Tim is also the author of several works of fiction, including Castro’s Curveball, Red Rain and Habana Libre. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, American Scholar, The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, GQ and Esquire. He attended the Community of Writers 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 2005. www.timwendel.com
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Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, which was named a “Best Book” of 2013 by Library Journal and The Boston Globe and is available in German. She speaks at institutions about motherhood, medicine, and grief. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in many other venues including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. She has developed and taught writing courses at UC Berkeley Extension and elsewhere for over a decade. She attended the workshop in 1997 and 1998, and has since returned as a guest. www.monicawesolowska.com
Waimea Williams is the author of Aloha, Mozart (Luminis Books), which won the 2013 Excellence Award from the Hawaii Publishers Assn. for a novel about Hawaii published outside the islands. The 2014 edition of Crab Orchard Review (The West Coast and Beyond) features her essay “Sacred Valley, Modern Times.” In 2012 she won The Chariton Review’s first prize for a short story; an essay about her home island of Kauai appeared in Cirque, and Island Heritage published her book on cultural practices, Aloha for the Heart and Soul. She is also the author of a memoir about growing up in the Territory of Hawaii. Waimea Williams first attended Squaw Valley in 1989 and returned often, more recently on the staff. She passed away in March of 2015.
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] www.andrewwiner.com
Max Winter is a graduate of UC Irvine’s MFA program, and his work has appeared in Day One, Literary Hub, and Diner Journal. His new novel, Exes, was published by Catapult in 2017. Max attended the Writers Workshop in 2006.
Mark Wisniewski, winner of a Pushcart Prize, is the author of Watch Me Go (January, 2015). Watch Me Go was sold at auction to Penguin Putnam and has been praised by Salman Rushdie, Daniel Woodrell, Rebecca Makkai, Christine Sneed, and Dan Chaon. Wisniewski’s first novel, Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman, praised by the Los Angeles Times, sold out two printings. More than 100 of his short stories have been published in print magazines such as Antioch Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, TriQuarterly, The Georgia Review, and The Sun, and hundreds of his narrative poems have appeared in print venues such as The Iowa Review, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and Poetry. He attended the Community of Writers in 1991. www.markwisniewski.net
Diane Wolff is an expert on East Asia and the recipient of an ALA Notable Book Award. She has been published in The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, and the Chicago Tribune, among others, for her work on China and Tibet. Palgrave MacMillan published her book of nonfiction, Tibet Unconquered: An Epic Struggle for Freedom, in late 2010, with a foreword by Robert Thurman, the foremost expert on Tibetan Buddhism in the U.S. www.dianewolff.com
Tiphanie Yanique is the author of the poetry collection, Wife, which won the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean poetry and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a First Collection. She is also the author of the novel, Land of Love and Drowning, which won the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, and a collection of stories, How to Escape from a Leper Colony, which won her a listing as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. BookPage listed her as one of the “14 Women to Watch in 2014.” Her writing has won the 2011 BOCAS Prize for Caribbean Fiction, Boston Review Prize in Fiction, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship and an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. Tiphanie is from the Virgin Islands and is a professor in the MFA program at the New School in New York City. www.tiphanieyanique.com
Mingmei Yip is a musician, writer, poet, artist, and calligrapher who has written nine books. Her most recent novels include The Nine Fold Heaven, Secret of a Thousand Beauties, The Witches Market, and Memoirs of a Courtesan. Her second children’s book Grandma Panda’s China Storybook which she both wrote and illustrated, was published in 2013. Her other novels (all published by Kensington Books) are: Skeleton Women (Femmes Fatales, 2012), Song of the Silk Road (2011), Petals from the Sky (2010), and Peach Blossom Pavilion (2008). Mingmei’s novels have been translated into nine languages so far. www.mingmeiyip.com
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Heather Young is the author of the novel The Lost Girls, which was published in July 2016 by William Morrow/HarperCollins. After receiving her law degree from the University of Virginia, she practiced law in San Francisco for a number of years before beginning her writing career in 2009. She received an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars in 2011, and continued her education at the the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley in 2013. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children, where she is currently at work on her second novel, Lovelock. www.heatheryoungwriter.com
Alia Yunis, a filmmaker, screenwriter, author and journalist, is currently directing and producing the feature length documentary, The Golden Harvest. A PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, Alia is the author of the novel The Night Counter (Crown/Random House, 2010), which has been critically acclaimed by the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and several other publications. It was chosen as a top summer read by the Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix. Alia has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in several cities. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Aramco World, and Saveur, among others. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in numerous anthologies. She began her career in film after winning an award for comedy writing from Warner Bros when she was studying at American University in Washington, DC. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. goldenharvestfilm.org
Désirée Zamorano is the author of The Amado Women, published by Cinco Puntos Press, which was book-of-the-month pick for the national organization Las Comadres, an excerpt of which was published the Los Angeles Times magazine West. More recently, her stories have appeared in Huizache and her essays on the invisibility of her demographic have been in Publishers Weekly and The Toast. Her e-book, Human Cargo, was a Latinidad mystery pick of the year. She last attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.desireezamorano.com
Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings and Touch. Touch was shortlisted for The Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Alexi’s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, and many other publications. Alexi is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University and a faculty member in the Sierra Nevada College low residency MFA program. He attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.alexizentner.com