Noah Blaustein

Noah Blaustein (’07, ’11), author of Motion: American Sports Poems, Flirt, and After Party, lives in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California.

Victoria Dalkey

Victoria Dalkey (’92), poet and art critic, was a finalist for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry for her poem “Watching the Olympics on Morphine,” which appeared in Bellevue Literary Review and was reprinted in the anthology Quiet Rooms. She lives in Sacramento, California.

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Blas Falconer

Blas Falconer  is the author of three poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure, and a coeditor of two essay collections, The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity and Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets. His poems have been featured by Poetry, Harvard Review, and The New York Times, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and Poets and Writers. He is a poetry editor for The Los Angeles Review and teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.

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Cody Gates

Cody Gates (’99, ’10, ’16) has taught poetry, writing, and literature at the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay.

Brenda Hillman

Brenda Hillman’s most recent books are In a Few Minutes Before Later (Wesleyan University Press, 2022) and Extra Hidden Life among the Days (Wesleyan University Press, 2018). Hillman has co-edited and co-translated numerous volumes, including Ana Cristina Cesar’s At Your Feet (Parlor Press, 2018), co-translated from Portuguese with her mother Helen Hillman. Her awards for poetry include the 2020 Morton Dauwen Zabel Award for Innovation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  She teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California, co-directs Poetry Week at Community of Writers and  currently serves as a Chancellor at the Academy of American Poets. 

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Renato Rosaldo

Renato Rosaldo (’00, ’02, ’07): An internationally known cultural anthropologist, Renato Rosaldo started writing poetry while recovering from a stroke in 1996. His first book of poetry, Spanish-English, facing pages, Prayer to Spider Woman/Rezo a la mujer araña, won the American Book Award, 2004. His second book, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips (2012), won the Many Mountains Moving poetry book manuscript prize selected by Martin Espada. His third book, The Day of Shelly’s Death (2014), was published by Duke University Press. His fourth book, The Chasers, was published in 2019 by Duke University Press.He is Professor of Cultural Anthropology Emeritus at New York University and Lucy Stern Professor in the Social Sciences Emeritus at Stanford University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also the author of Culture and Truth and Ilongot Headhunting, 1883-1974.

Shelley Wong

Shelley Wong (’16) is the author of As She Appears, winner of the Pamet River Prize, and is an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts; she has received fellowships from Kundiman and MacDowell Colony, and lives in San Francisco.