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NOTABLE WRITERS WORKSHOP ALUMNI (A work in progress*)

Christina Adams is the author of A Real Boy: A True Story of Autism, Early Intervention and Recovery (Berkley Books, May 2005) and a commentator for National Public Radio’s "Day to Day." Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Brain Child Magazine, Alligator Juniper, Kaleidoscope and Appalachian Heritage, among others. She hosts a show on the Autism One internet radio network. Christina won the 1999 CSULB Horn prize for best first novel chapter, and was nominated for the 2003 Mary Roberts Rinehart Award by NEA Fellow Stephen Cooper. Christina served as editor of The Pentagram (the newspaper of the Pentagon), and worked in communications and public relations for the federal government and aerospace and insurance industries. When her son was diagnosed with autism, she assembled and ran a comprehensive treatment program for him, which she details in her memoir A Real Boy. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.christinaadamswriter.com

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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

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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. Her best-selling book, The Happiness Tree, was recently adapted for stage by the University of Utah and nominated for the Florida Children's Book Award. Andrea speaks at schools and conferences, leads Critique Circles at Book Passage, and coaches writers in the 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. 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

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Andrew Foster Altschul is the author of the novels Lady Lazarus and Deus Ex Machina. His short fiction and essays have appeared in Esquire, McSweeney's, Ploughshares, Fence, One Story, and anthologies such as Best New American Voices and O. Henry Prize Stories. He is the director of the Center for Literary Arts at San Jose State University and a contributing editor to The Rumpus and ZYZZYVA. He lives in San Francisco. www.andrewfosteraltschul.com

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Anita Amirrezvani is the author of the novels Equal of the Sun (forthcoming from Scribner in summer, 2012) and The Blood of Flowers (Little, Brown, 2007), which has been published in 22 languages. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the California College of the Arts. www.bloodofflowers.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 has served on the Board of Directors and has been a scholarship donor since the beginning.
www.Eddy@EddyAncinas.com
www.TalesfromTwoValleysbook.com

 

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Elana Kuczynski Arnold is a writer of Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. Her first three novels (Sacred, Burning and Splendor), all published by Random House, were released in 2012 and 2013. Her first Middle Grade Novel--The Question of Miracles--is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Carolrhoda Lab will publish her next YA novel, Infandous, in 2015. Elana has an MA in English/Creative Writing (Fiction) from UC Davis, where she teaches Adolescent Literature and Creative Writing during the winter. The rest of the year, she lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband, kids, and more than a few pets. She attended the Community of Writers in 1995, while an undergraduate at UC Irvine, and again in 1998. www.elanakarnold.com

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Ramona Ausubel is the author of the novel No One is Here Except All of Us, published by Riverhead Books in 2012, and a collection of short stories A Guide to Being Born (2013). Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Fiction and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, she has also been a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Story Award. She earned her MFA from the University of California, Irvine where she won the Glenn Schaeffer Award in Fiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, One Story, Electric Literature, FiveChapters, the Green Mountains Review, Slice and elsewhere and collected in The Best American Fantasy and online in The Paris Review. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007.
www.ramonaausubel.com

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David Bajo is the author of two novels, The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri and Panopticon. His third novel, Mercy 6, will be published Fall 2014. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he lives with his wife, the novelist Elise Blackwell, and their daughter. 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

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Judy Batalion’s first book White Walls: A Memoir of Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between will be published by NAL/Penguin. A former columnist for the New York Times’ Motherlode blog, Judy has written essays, reviews and criticism for many publications including Salon, the Guardian, and the Washington Post. She attended the Writers Conference in 2011. www.judybatalion.com

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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 heros.

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Michael Jaime Becerra is the author of the short story collection Every Night Is Ladies' Night, winner of a California Book Award for a First Work of Fiction. His most recent book is the novel, This Time Tomorrow, which was awarded an International Latino Book Award. He first attended as a participant in 1999 and 2002 and now returns often as a member of the staff. He teaches Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

 

Aimee Bender is the author of the novels The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake—a New York Times bestseller—and An 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 is the author of the novels Consider This Home (Simon & Schuster) and Fearful Symmetry (Dutton/Penguin). His fiction appears frequently in the Santa Monica Review, and also recently in The Fairy Tale Review and the anthology Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press). Greg is a graduate of the MFA program in writing at UC Irvine, currently teaches in the Creative Writing Department at the University of Redlands in Southern California. He attended the Community of Writers in Fiction in 1993 and Screenwriting in 1994.

 

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Elise Blackwell's fifth novel, The Lower Quarter, is forthcoming 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. Stories from Mattaponi Queen have appeared in The Paris Review, Glimmer Train, At Length, StorySouth and Five Chapters. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002. belleboggs.wordpress.com

 

Sheila W. Boneham, Ph.D., is the author of Rescue Matters: How to Find, Foster, and Rehome Companion Animals, a Nautilus Award nominee. Six of her seventeen nonfiction books, including three written for Animal Planet, have won MUSE and Maxwell "Best Book" Awards from the associations for professional cat and dog writers, and three more have been finalists in their annual competitions. Her short nonfiction has appeared in The AKC Gazette, Cat Fancy, Dog Fancy, The World & I, and many other periodicals. Her new mystery series will debut next year with Drop Dead on Recall. Sheila has taught writing, folklore, and linguistics at the University of Maryland, American University, Indiana University, Kuwait University, and the University of Tunis (Tunisia). Sheila currently lives on the coast of North Carolina. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011. www.sheilaboneham.com

 

 

 

James Brown is the author of several books of nonfiction and fiction. 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. His memoir, The Los Angeles Diaries, published by HarperCollins in 2003 and reprinted in 2011 by Counterpoint Press, was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Independent of London. His new memoir, This River, was published by Counterpoint in 2011. Brown teaches in the M.F.A. Program at California State University, San Bernardino. He first attended Squaw Valley as a participant in 1989 and has returned many times over the years as a staff member. www.jamesbrownauthor.com

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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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Ava Burlison

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 currently working on her second book. She attended Community of Writers in 2012. www.daniburlison.com

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Tove Jensen

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 and Publisher’s Weekly. 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. Busch recently completed a draft of her first novel. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. colleenmortonbusch.com

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Max Byrd is the author of a number of detective novels including California Thriller, which won the Shamus Award and, more recently, the historical novels Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, Shooting the Sun and The Paris Deadline. He writes frequently for the New York Times Book Review and is a Contributing Editor for the Wilson Quarterly. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1983 and now returns regularily as a staff member. He also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers for nine years, and continues to be a board member. www.maxbyrdbooks.com

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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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Sue Evers

Aneesha Capur's first novel, Stealing Karma, was launched by HarperCollins India in 2011 and was listed in the Top 5 Fiction Picks in The Hindu, picked as Essential Reading in the Sunday Guardian and featured on CNN-IBN among others. 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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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. His latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, was released in 2013. 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

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Julie Chibbaro s the author of Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011, Scholastic 2012), a novel about the hunt for Typhoid Mary. Deadly won the National Jewish Book Award, was Top 10 on the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project list, was named a Bank Street Best Book, and an Outstanding Science Trade Book by the National Science Teachers Association. Her first book, Redemption (Simon & Schuster, 2004), won the American Book Award. Her novel, Into the Dangerous World, is forthcoming from Viking in 2015. Julie teaches creative writing in New York. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999 and 2001. www.juliechibbaro.com

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Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Race for Paris (HarperCollins, August 2015). Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether), and her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian to Chinese. She’s also written essays and opinion pieces for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World and public radio. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000.
www.megwaiteclayton.com

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Mark Coggins’ 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 novels Runoff and The Big Wake-Up won the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) respectively, both in the crime fiction category. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Linda. In 1996 he attended the Community of Writers in Fiction, and in 2001, he attended the Screenwriting Program.
www.markcoggins.com.

 

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Jody Cohan'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 two categories (Sports and History) in Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year 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, a non-profit organization that empowers at-risk teen girls through writing. She attended the Community of Writers in 1994. www.DougWilsonABCSports.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). She has a young adult novel, The Book of Laney, forthcoming from Lacewing Books in 2015. www.myfanwycollins.com

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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. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007. www.elenaconis.com

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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), and Do They Know I’m Running for which Publishers Weekly gave a, starred review). His next novel, The Mercy of the Night, is due out in 2015. 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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Marion Ettlinger

Charmaine Craig is the author of the novel, The Good Men (Riverhead Books.) She graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University, where she studied religion and literature. In 1997, she received her MFA at the graduate writing program at the University of California at Irvine. Formerly an actress, she played the lead role in Disney's White Fang 2 and had a recurring role on the CBS television series Northern Exposure. She lives in Laguna Beach with her husband Andrew Winer, author of The Color Midnight Made. He attended the Community of Writers in 1997 and 1998.
www.charmainecraig.com

 

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. She also teaches at the Grotto. www.lindseycrittenden.com

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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.

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Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran, Iran and received her Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Her first book, The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life, was a New York Times Bestseller and will be published in thirteen countries. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. She has received honors from the San Francisco Foundation, Marin Arts Council, Steinbeck Fellows Program, Zoetrope: All-Story, Iowa Review, Norman Mailer Colony, and Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. A professor of English at Washington and Lee University and a 2011-2012 fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, she is at work on a novel set in 1960s Tehran. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007 and 2009. www.jasmindarznik.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 squeaked onto the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. It's now in its 10th 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

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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 from Another Chicago Magazine to Zyzzyva. She attended the Community of Writers in 1996. www.tracydebrincat.com

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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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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.

 

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Seth Sherwood

Colin Dickey is the author of two books of nonfiction: Cranioklepty: Grave Robbing and the Search for Genius, and Afterlives of the Saints: Stories from the End of Faith(forthcoming), both from Unbridled Books. He is a regular contributor to Lapham’s Quarterly and the LA Review of Books, and his work has also appeared in The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Cabinet, and elsewhere. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.cranioklepty.com

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Tyler Dilts is the author of the novels A King of Infinite Space, The Pain Scale, and the forthcoming A Cold and Broken Hallelujah. His writing has appeared in the LA Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Best American Mystery Stories. He first attended the Community of Writers in 2000.

 

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Frances Dinkelspiel is a fifth generation Californian who grew up in San Francisco. After working as a newspaper reporter for twenty years in places as varied as Syracuse, New York and San Jose, California, she started freelancing. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, People Magazine, the Miami Herald, the San Francisco Chronicle and Magazine, San Francisco Magazine and elsewhere. She writes a blog on writing, Ghost Word: http://francesdinkelspiel.blogspot.com/ St. Martin’s Press published her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California, in 2008. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2004.
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Heather Donahue: At 24, she was one of the filmmakers of the Blair Witch Project. Her memoir Growgirl: The Blossoming of an Unlikely Outlaw was recently puchased by Gotham/Penguin. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. http://heatherdonahue.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 Edgarians 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

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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. She attended the Community of Writers in 1989.
http://jenniferegan.com

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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. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993, 1994, and 1998. Since then, she has returned as a staff writer on several occasions.
www.caiemmons.com

 


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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 chapbooks of poetry, and a translation of George Sand’s novel, Lélia. Her novel, Longing, received an American Book Award. Dying Unfinished, her most recent novel, published by Wings Press, continues the saga of Longing through voices of mother and daughter. It recently received a Josephine Miles Award from PEN Oakland. She lives Albuquerque, teaches at Central College of New Mexico, and is completing her fifth novel. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993. www.mariaespinosa.com

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Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico and earned his MFA from UC-Irvine. His first novel, Still Water Saints (Random House 2007) appeared simultaneously in English and Spanish and was selected for Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers. His second novel, The Five Acts of Diego León, was published by Random House in 2013. His nonfiction and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, Salon, and on NPR's All Things Considered. His awards include a 2014 fellowship in prose by the NEA and an American Book Award. He currently teaches English and creative writing at Fresno State. He attended the Community of Writers in 2004 and 2005. 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, 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 first attended the Community of Writers in 2003.
www.joshuaferris.com

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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

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Jordan Fisher Smith is an American author whose work in print, film, and the spoken word explores the effects of environmental change on human lives. Smith’s work has since appeared in Men’s Journal, Backpacker, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and other periodicals. He is the author of the 2005 Houghton Mifflin book, Nature Noir and narrates and appears as himself in the 2008 documentary film on Lyme disease, Under Our Skin. He is now working on a book about the future of American wilderness to be published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House. His radio commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio affiliate stations. He attended the Community of Writers in 2001. http://www.jordanfishersmith.com/

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Janet Fitch is the author of three novels including White Oleander and Paint it Black. She is a faculty member in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, where she teaches fiction. She attended the Community of Writers in 1993 and returns regularly to serve of the teaching staff. literati.net/Fitch/

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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 latest novel, Songs of Willow Frost, was published in September of 2013. His work has been translated into 34 languages. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006.
www.jamieford.com

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Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. He has published six novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins, The Lay of the Landand, and Canada. 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 novel, Let Me be Frank With You, was published in 2014. Richard Ford lives in 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 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.
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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. http://www.amyfranklin-willis.com

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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, sold at auction last March and has sold foreign and audio rights. Friendship Bread (Ballantine Books/Random House) will be released in April 2011 under her own name. 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. www.facebook.com/authordariengee

 

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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 (Heyday Books), now in its fifth printing. A new edition commemorating the town of Locke's 100th anniversary is scheduled for 2015. 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. www.librarything.com/profile/jeffgillenkirk

 

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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

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Glen David Gold is the author of Carter Beats the Devil, a national bestseller currently translated into 14 languages. His fiction, essays and memoirs have appeared in Playboy, McSweeney's, The Independent UK and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and he has written comic books for DC and Dark Horse. His novel Sunnyside was published by Knopf in 2009. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1996 and 1997. He returns often as a staff member.

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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 will be published by Picador in the fall of 2015.

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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

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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. 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

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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

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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's debut novel, The Underside of Joy, will be published by Dutton in January 2012. It was one of six novels chosen for the 2011 BEA Editor's Buzz Panel and will be translated into a dozen languages. Seré 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 the Post 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

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Michael Harris is an Army veteran of Vietnam, who he 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 two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. Her debut novel, Up From the Blue, was published by HarperCollins in 2010. She is at work on a new book, set in in Winnett, Montana. Susan blogs at LitPark.com and volunteers for Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009, assisted by the Lojo Foundation Scholarship.

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Judith Hendricks is the author of the novels Bread Alone, Isabelle's Daughter, and The Baker's Apprentice. Her writing has been translated into 11 languages. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband. Her newest novel, The Laws of Harmony was published by Harper Paperbacks in 2009. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997.
www.judihendricks.com

 

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Sara J. Henry's wrote 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

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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 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, and psychologytoday.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

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Rhoda Huffey is the author of The Hallelujah Side, which received the Barnes and Noble Discovery Award. She has published stories in Santa Monica Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, Green Mountains Review, and The Rattling Wall. She lives in Venice Beach and is a tap dancer. She first attended the Community of Writers in 1988.

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Maria Hummel is the author of Motherland, a novel, which earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus, and is 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 creative writing at Stanford University. 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, incense, folk art, facials, death, and room service. Her books include the bestselling travel-design titles In a Mexican Garden: Courtyards, Pools, and Open-Air Living Rooms and Mexicasa: The Enchanting Inns and Haciendas of Mexico, as well as Pacific Spas: Luxury Getaways on the West Coast, Day of the Dead Box, and Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore (all published by Chronicle Books). Books that she’s edited include Country Living Decorating with White (Hearst and German edition by Busse Collection) and The Campfire Collection: Thrilling, Chilling Tales of Alien Encounters (Chronicle Books). She co-edited with Susan Davis the anthology Searching for Mary Poppins: Women Write About the Relationship Between Mothers and Nannies (Hudson Street Press and Plume, divisions of Penguin U.S.A.). 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

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Buzzy Jackson is the author of the forthcoming book The Inspirational Atheist (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 1993, 1997 and 2001.
www.buzzyjackson.com

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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

 

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Louis B. Jones is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, and California's Over, all three New York Times Notable Books. His new novels Radiance and Innocence were both published by Counterpoint Press. His stories or nonfiction have appeared this year in the 2009 Pushcart Prize collection, The Sun, Santa Monica Review, ThreePenny Review, and Open City. He first attended as a participant in 1988 and 1989. With Lisa Alvarez, he now directs the Writers Workshops of 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

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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). In 2008 she wrote a column, Women Changing The World, for The Desert Woman Magazine. 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, Labyrinthine: Essays Straight Outta Oakland, is forthcoming. 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

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Alma Katsu is the author several novels published by Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster, most recently The Descent (January 2014). 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 in 2003.
www.almakatsu.com

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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, forthcoming, 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.

www.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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Stephanie Kegan is the author of the novel Golden State coming from Simon & Schuster in February, 2015. 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 non-fiction 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

 

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Nancy Kelly is a writer, director/producer in partnership with her husband, Editor/Producer Kenji Yamamoto. In 2012, her feature length documentary, Rebels With A Cause, won an Audience Favorite award at the Mill Valley Film Festival and aired in April 2014 on PBS in celebration of Earth Day. 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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Dylan Landis is the author of the novel Rainey Royal, a New York Times Editors' Choice, and a linked story collection, Normal People Don't Live Like This. Her work has appeared in Bomb, Tin House and the 2014 O. Henry Prize Stories, and she received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction in 2010. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. www.dylanlandis.com

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Michelle Latiolais is professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novels Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California, A Proper Knowledge, and Widow. She has published stories and essays in several literary journals. She first attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 1989. She frequently returns as a staff member.

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Michael Lavigne’s newest novel, The Wanting was published in 2013 by Pantheon/Schocken. It has been chosen as community-wide read and a featured selection in several book fairs around the country. His first novel, Not Me, published by Random House, was the recipient of the Sami Rohr Choice Award for emerging Jewish writers, was an American Library Association Sophie Brodie Honor Book, a Book of the Month Club Alternate, and was translated into three languages. Before becoming a full time novelist, Michael was an advertising creative director, whose work had been honored by the Cannes Film Festival, the Clio, and the ADDY. He is also a founder of the Tauber Jewish Studies Program in San Francisco, where he lives with his wife, Gayle. He attended the Community of Writers in 2001.
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Krys Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea, raised in California and Washington, and studied in the United States and England. Her debut book Drifting House by Viking/Penguin, USA, and Faber and Faber, U.K., made the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star 2012 best books of the year list. She was awarded The 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize. Her work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative magazine, Granta (New Voices), The Guardian, Financial Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Conde Nast Traveller, UK, and other publications. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University's Underwood International College. www.kryslee.com

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Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative Magazine, among other publications, and she is the author of the novella If You're Not Yet Like Me and the full length novel California, published in 2014. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007. 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

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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 new novel, Triptych, set for release 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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Charles Drucker

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. 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 Press, March 2014), winner of the Elle magazine Lettres Prize 2014 and longlisted for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize by the Center for Fiction. She has received awards, residencies, and fellowships from the Artcroft Foundation, Aspen Writers Foundation, the Bedell Foundation, Center for the American West, Denver Women’s Press Club, Key West Literary Seminars, and Ox-Bow Artist Residence, among others. The recipient of the Meyerson Prize for Fiction, her work has also been shortlisted or received Honorable Mentions from Writers at Work,the International Bridport Prize, Hunger Mountain and Red Hen Press, and has appeared in Southwest Review, Dos Passos Review, Spring Gun Press, Bound Off, and elsewhere. A member of PEN America, Livers lives in Chicago. She attended the Community of Writers in 2007. www.paulettelivers.com

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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.

 

 

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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

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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, is forthcoming from Stone Bridge Press (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, will be 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 's story collection Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, October 2013) won the 2013 Foreword Review's Editors Choice Prize in Fiction and was a finalist for book prizes from Texas Institute of Letters and the Writers' League of Texas. Kelly grew up in Brookfield, Illinois. After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in cognitive science, she moved to Japan, where she lived and worked for three years. Her work has been recognized by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale Foundation, the Kerouac Project, and Jentel Arts, and has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, O Magazine, Salon, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She's a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, editorial assistant for the O. Henry Prize anthology, and editor-in-chief of Bat City Review. www.kellyluce.com

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Michael David Lukas's first novel, The Oracle of Stamboul, was published by HarperCollins in February. A 2010 NEA Fellow in Creative Writing, Michael 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. His writing has appeared in VQR, Slate, National Geographic Traveler, Tikkun, and Georgia Review. He attended the Community of Writers in 2009 assisted by The James D. Houston Memorial Scholarship. www.michaeldavidlukas.com

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Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum is the author of two collections of short fiction. This Life She’s Chosen was published by Chronicle Books in 2005, and was named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection for the year. Her second collection, Swimming With Strangers, was also published by Chronicle Books in 2008. With Jacqueline Kolosov, she is also editor of the anthology The Sincerest Form of Flattetery: Contemporary Writers on Forerunners in Fiction (Lewis-Clark Press, 2008). Kirsten’s short fiction has appeared in One Story, The American Scholar, and Willow Springs, among other journals. She has been the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. She teaches creative writing at Purchase College (SUNY). She attended the Community of Writers in 2002. 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. She is working on a historical novel set in London, 1938. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.kerrimajors.com

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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, came out from FSG 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. 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 attended the Community of Writers in 2006.
www.marisamatarazzo.com

 

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Mark Maynard’s story collection Grind was published by Torrey House Press in 2012. His work has also appeared in Lunch Ticket, Our Stories, Shelf Life Magazine, the Ploughshares “Literary Boroughs” blog, and Tahoe Blues. He’s appeared at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, the Truckee Meadows Community College Writer’s Conference, the “Rhapsodomancy” Los Angeles Reading Series, and as an alumni reader at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, which he attended in 2008. In late 2014 he’ll appear at the “Roar Shack” reading series in L.A., and as part of Sierra Nevada College’s “Writer’s In the Woods” reading and workshop series. Mark is the co-founder of the Sierra Literary Alliance and the Nevada Humanities Reno Literary Crawl. He teaches at Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada College.www.markmaynard.info

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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

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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.
www.christinameldrum.com

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Maile Meloy grew up in Helena, Montana, and now lives in Los Angeles.  Her first book for young readers, The Apothecary, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 E.B. White Award. The sequel, The Apprentices, was published in 2013.  She is also the author of the novels Liars and Saints and A Family Daughter, and the story collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, which was named one of the Ten Best Books of 2009 by the New York Times Book Review and one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times and Amazon.com.  Meloy’s stories have been published in The New Yorker, 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 is the author of the novel Prosper in Love (Berkley, May 2012). She has 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 attended the Community of Writers in 2005, and recently received her MFA in fiction from Bennington. 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 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 and Seattle 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

 

Lisa Braver Moss is the author of Celebrating Family: Our Lifelong Bonds with Parents and Siblings and co-author of The Mother's Companion: A Comforting Guide to the Early Years of Motherhood. Her work has appeared in Tikkun, Parents, American Health and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Her collection of short essays, "I'm Not Impressed," can be found on the blog lisabravermoss.wordpress.com. Her novel, The Measure of His Grief, was published in late 2010 by Notim Press. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.lisabravermoss.com

 


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Nami Mun is the author of the debut novel, Miles from Nowhere, which was shortlisted for the Orange Award, and selected for Booklist Editor’s Choice, Booklist Top Ten First Novels, Amazon’s Best Fiction of 2009 So Far, and Indie Next. Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Granta, Tin House, The Iowa Review, and other journals. Named Best New Novelist of 2009 by Chicago magazine, she is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2009 Whiting Award. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002, and currently teaches creative writing in Chicago. www.namimun.com

 

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Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was initially published in Asia to great success, including winning the Commonwealth Literature Prize for Asia. It was released in America on September 2, 2014 by St Martin's Press and went on to garner rave reviews including one by the New York Times which called the book "luminous". She lives in Oakland, California and attended the Community of Writers in 2011 and 2012. www.nayomimunaweera.com

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Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel, Mary, 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, is due out 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 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.

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Kem Nunn is an American fiction novelist, surfer, magazine and television writer from California. He is the author of six novels, including his seminal surf novel Tapping the Source. His other novels include Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory and Tijuana Straits. His most recent novel, Chance, came out in 2014. His television credits include writing for season 5 of "Sons of Anarchy". He has also collaborated with producer David Milch on the HBO Western drama series Deadwood. Milch and Nunn co-created the HBO series John from Cincinnati, a surfing series set in Imperial Beach, California. He received an MFA in creative writing from UC Irvine. He attended the Community of Writers in 1979 and has returned many times as a member of the teaching staff.

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Varley O’Connor’s fourth novel, The Master’s Muse, was published by Scribner in 2012 and, in paperback, in 2013. Tchaiko, Co. will bring out a Japanese edition in 2014. She is also the author of The Cure (Bellevue Literary Press, 2007), A Company of Three (Algonquin, 2003) and Like China, 1991. Her short prose has appeared in The Sun, AWP Writer’s Chronicle, The MacGuffin, Driftwood, Faultline: Journal of Art and Literature, and in an anthology, Naming the World and Other Exercises for Creative Writers, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston (Random House, 2008). An MFA fiction graduate of The Programs in Writing at UC Irvine, she is currently Associate Professor of English at Kent State University, where she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing for the Northeast Ohio Universities Consortium MFA program. She first attended the Community of Writers in 1989 and has returned in recent years to serve on the staff. www.varleyoconnor.com

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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, Adoptive Families, West Marin Review, and the Marin Independent Journal; aired on radio; and won awards from the National League of American Pen Women and the San Diego Book Association (Best Memoir). She has worked in public relations and marketing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 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. www.jessicaodwyer.com

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Regina O’Melveny s 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 is forthcoming 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.

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Aline Ohanesian's debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, is due out in April of 2015 by Algonquin Books. Aline was a finalist for the Pen/ Bellwether Award and Glimmer Train's Best New Writer's Award. She lives and writes in San Juan Capistrano, Ca. She workshopped the novel at Squaw in the summer of 2012. www.alineohanesian.com

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Kristin Ohlson is 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 in magazines such as West Branch and the Indiana Review. 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 in 2004 and from the Community Partnership for the Arts in 2009. She attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and 1992.
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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 and The 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 has written for the Discovery Channel, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Ski, Skiing, The New York Times, Hemispheres, Esquire, Outside, and many other publications. He is 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). He lives in Mammoth Lakes, California.He attended the Community of Writers in 2002 and 2003. www.sierrasurvey.com/davidtpage/

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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

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Victoria Patterson's novel The Little Brother is forthcoming with Counterpoint Press in August 2015. She is the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award, the 2009 Story Prize, and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The San Francisco Chronicle. She lives with her family in Southern California and teaches at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006 and 2012. www.victoriapatterson.net

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Richard Peterson published Looking at Painting in Florence, A Learner’s Handbook (Polistampa, Florence, 2014). Tthe handbook is intended to bridge the gap between the guidebook and the serious academic text. He has an article on frescoes in the forthcoming issue of The Florentine, a magazine for English-speaking expats. He attended the Community of Writers in 2010 and 2011.

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Bill Pieper has a collection titled Forgive Me, Father due out in late 2014 from Cold River Press. Two of the dozen stories included were workshopped during his time 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 appeared in The Farallon Review, Red Fez, Convergence, Primal Urge, Fiction 365 and The Blue Lake Review among other places. 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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Shira Potash, head of Sprouts Nutrition, is a certified nutritional educator. She teaches nutrition-based cooking classes to public elementary schoolchildren. With her husband, Yoav Potash, 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 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 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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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, will be released late 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

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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.. www.ismetprcic.com

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Paula Priamos is the author of the forthcoming memoir The Shyster's Daughter (Etruscan Press, Spring 2012). An excerpt has recently been published in ZYZZYVA literary magazine. Her writing has appeared in 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

 

 

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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 the Washington 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 the Los 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

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Anne Rice is a best-selling author of over 28 novels, the first of which, Interview With A Vampire, she brought to the Community of Writers as a manuscript. Her most recently novel, Of Love and Evil, was published by Knopf in November 2010. 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

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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, is forthcoming from 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.

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Andrew Roe is the author of the novel The Miracle Girl, to be published by Algonquin Books in 2015. 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, and other publications. He attended the Community of Writers in 1997 and 2004.

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Robin Romm is the author of two books. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, and Top 100 Nonfiction Book by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her collection of stories, The Mother Garden, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize and the Northern California Independent Bookseller's Book of the Year Award. Her stories have appeared in numerous national journals (Tin House, One Story, Threepenny Review) and anthologies. She is on the faculty of the MFA program at New Mexico State University. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003. www.robinromm.com

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Lisa Pearl Rosenbaumis 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 - 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, Californi, where she is at work on her next novel. 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 third novel, Electric City, and her full-length poetry collection, Gravity, were both published in October 2014. Her first novel, The Speed of Light, was translated into nine languages. Short-listed for the Prix Femina, the book won prizes in the US and Europe, including the Prix France Bleu Gironde; the Great Lakes Colleges Award; and Hadassah's Ribalow Prize. The Speed of Light was optioned by actress Gillian Anderson for her directorial debut. Blue Nude, Rosner’s second novel, was named among the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. Her essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, and several anthologies. She reviews books for the SF Chronicle and the LA Review of Books. She attended the Community of Writers in Poetry in 1999, and in Fiction several times in the 1980s before returning as a staff member. 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

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Kris Saknussem is the author of eleven books that have been translated into 22 languages. His first novel Zanesville, which he read from at a Squaw Valley Alumni Reading, was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, and has become a cult favorite in Russia and Poland. His second novel Private Midnight (which became a bestseller in France and Italy) is under option in Hollywood. His play The Humble Assessment, which was the featured work at the Las Vegas Fringe Festival in 2013, is now being shot as an indie film. His music has been nominated for two European Jazz Awards. His latest works include Sea Monkeys, A Memory Book, the acclaimed novel Reverend America, and a portfolio book of original visual art, Possible Languages. A long time expat resident of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, he returned to America as the Gallagher Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, and is now on the English faculty there. Kris attended the Community of Writers in 2003, and has returned as a staff member. www.saknussemm.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

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Eric Sasson writes “Ctrl-Alt,” a column on alternative culture for the Wall Street Journal. His short story collection, Margins of Tolerance, was published by Livingston Press in May 2012 and his novel Admissions is forthcoming from Foxhead Books in 2015. His stories have been nominated for the Robert Olen Butler prize, the Pushcart prize, and one is in The Best Gay Stories 2013. Other recent publication credits include pieces in Salon,The New Republic, Connotation Press, BLOOM, Nashville Review and The Puritan, among others. In 2012 he was a Tennessee Williams scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. He received his MA in Creative Writing from NYU and has taught fiction writing at the Sackett Street Writers Workshop in Brooklyn, where he was born, bred, and still resides. He attended the Community of Writers in 2007. www.ericsassonnow.com

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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

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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

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Alice Sebold is the best-selling author of Lucky, a memoir, and the novels, The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. The Lovely Bones earned Sebold the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 2002 and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction the following year. In 2009, a film version of The Lovely Bones, starring Mark Wahlberg and Susan Sarandon, was released. She attended the Community of Writers in 1996 and 1997, and has returned to serve on the staff many times since then.

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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. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009 and 2012. www.helensedwick.com

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Benton Sen 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.

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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, the Strand Magazine Critics Award, and a 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. Dead Broke in Jarrett Creek came out October, 2014. A Deadly Affair at Bobtail Ridge comes out in April, 2015. Terry lives in Berkeley, California. She attended the Community of Writers in 1998. www.Terryshames.com

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Adrienne Sharp is the author of White Swan, Black Swan (Random House, 2001), The Sleeping Beauty (Riverhead, 2005), and The True Memoirs of Little K which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in October, 2010. She attended the Community of Writers in 1988 and again in 1998. www.adriennesharp.com

 

Julia Flynn Siler is the author of The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, a New York Times bestseller, and Last Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Venture, published in 2013. She and her husband have two sons and live in Northern California. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2004. 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 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). Slater is also an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, More, Salon, Mother Jones, Sierra, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and many other magazines. She writes a column about Green Living for Fit Pregnancy magazine. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.dashkaslater.com

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Jordan Fisher Smith is an author whose work in print, film, and the spoken word explores the effects of environmental change on human lives. For twenty-one years Jordan worked as a park ranger in California, Wyoming, Idaho, and Alaska. In 1990, convinced that global climate change was real, he decided to try writing for magazines as a way to extend his protection for wilderness beyond the reach of his badge. His debut interview with Al Gore for Orion appeared in the months before the 1992 presidential election. Smith’s work has since appeared in Men’s Journal, Backpacker, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and other periodicals. He is the author of the 2005 Houghton Mifflin book, Nature Noir and narrates and appears as himself in the 2008 documentary film on Lyme disease, “Under Our Skin.” He is now working on a book about the future of American wilderness to be published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House. His radio commentaries have appeared on National Public Radio affiliate stations. He attended the Community of Writers in 2001.
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Martin J. Smith is editor-in-chief of Orange Coast magazine in Newport Beach, California, and was senior editor of the Los Angeles Times Magazine for eight years. He is co-author, with Patrick J. Kiger, of OOPS: 20 Life Lessons From the Fiascoes That Shaped America (Collins) and POPLORICA: A Popular History of the Fads, Mavericks, Inventions, and Lore That Shaped Modern America (HarperResource). Smith also is the author of many short stories and three thematically linked suspense thrillers published by Berkley, Time Release, Shadow Image, and Edgar Award-finalist Straw Men. His latest nonfiction book, The Wild Duck Chase, is about the strange and wonderful world of competitive duck painting. Bloomsbury will release it in fall 2012. www.martinjsmith.com

 
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Scott Sparling novel, Wire to Wire, was published by Tin House Books in 2011 and received the Michigan Notable Book Award. His writing has appeared on OccupyWriters.com and in Brave on the Page (Forest Avenue Press). He is from Michigan and a graduate of Antioch College. He lives outside Portland, Oregon and his work is supported by a Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission. Sparling is also the creator and editor of The Seger File, one of the oldest and largest music websites. He attended the Community of Writers in 1986 and 1992 and returned to read from his novel in 2012. scottsparling.net

 

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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 Times Sunday magazine, Mother Jones, Town & Country, USA Weekend, McCall’s, Cooking Light and Salon.com. Her short fiction has been published in the Rain City Review and her illustrated texts in Arroyo. Her books include the acclaimed Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (with recipes) (Counterpoint, 2009) and the bestselling 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

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Lindsey Lee Johnson is the author of the novel The Most Dangerous Place on Earth, forthcoming from Random House in 2015. 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 Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the Community of Writers in 2013. www.lindseyleejohnson.com

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Janyce Stefan-Cole's novel, Hollywood Boulevard (Unbridled Books), is now a New York Public Library Trending E-Book. 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

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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.

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Christine Sunderland s the author of four novels, Pilgrimage (2007), Offerings (2009) which won a bronze medal in the IPPY 2010 Awards (Independent Publishers Association), Inheritance (2009), and Hana-lani (2010) which won Honorable Mentions in the San Francisco Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival, and the Beach Book Festival. All were published by OakTara. 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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Amy Tan's novels include The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers. Her latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, was released in 2013. She was co-writer and co-producer of the film The Joy Luck Club, and was the librettist for an opera based on The Bonesetter's Daughter, which premiered in San Francisco in 2008. She has also published a memoir, The Opposite of Fate; two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa; and numerous articles for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. Tan's work has been widely anthologized and translated into 35 languages. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers. She attended the Fiction Program of the Community of Writers in 1985 and 1987, and the Screenwriters Program in 1988. Now she returns most every year as a Special Guest. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers. www.amytan.net

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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 next novel, Monster’s Chef will be published by Amistad Books at Harper Collins in June, 2014. He lives splits time between Altadena and Shanghai. He attended the Community of Writers in 1992 and has returned recently to serve on the staff.

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Renee Thompson's stories have appeared in Crossborder, Narrative, Literal Latte, Arcadia, Animal: A Beast of a Literary Magazine, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and Chiron Review. She has placed as a finalist in competitions sponsored by Narrative, Literal Latte, Glimmer Train, and Writer’s Digest. She is the author of two novels, The Plume Hunter (Torrey House Press, 2011) and The Bridge at Valentine (Tres Picos Press, 2010), which was recently selected as the 2014 community book for Woodland Reads. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003, 2007, and 2009. www.reneethompson.com

 

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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

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Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is the author of the novels Midori by Moonlight and Love in Translation, published by St. Martin’s Griffin. She is also the author of the novel His Wife and Daughters and the nonfiction book Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband. Her essay appears in the anthology Madonna and Me published by Soft Skull Press, and a short story in the Young Adult Tomo anthology of Japan-related fiction published by Stone Bridge Press. She teaches writing for Stanford University’s Novel Writing Certificate Program and also has her own manuscript consulting service. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001 and 2002. www.wendytokunaga.com

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Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer and filmmaker. The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance named Tuccelli's debut novel, Glow (Penguin 2013), an Okra Pick—their highest recognition. Glow is now in its sixth printing and was recently long-listed for the Crook's Corner Book Prize. She attended the Community of Writers in 2008. www.jessicamariatuccelli.com

 

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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

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Brenda Rickman Vantrease’s first novel The Illuminator, was published by St. Martin's Press in 2005,and was translated intofourteen foreign languages and became a national best-seller. Her second novel, The Mercy Seller, was published by St. Martin's Press inhardcover in 2007. Her new novel The Heretic's Wifewas published by St. Martin's in 2010. She attended the Community of Writers in 2002.
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Mary Volmer is the author of two novels, Crown of Dust (2010) and Reliance (forthcoming in spring 2016). She has been a recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to the University of Wales, and a Chester Aaron and an Agnes Butler Scholarship in creative writing at Saint Mary’s College, California. Mary has been awarded fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Hedgebrook. Her most recent essays and short fiction have appeared in NPR’s “this i believe” series, Women’s Basketball Magazine, The Farallon Review and Mutha Magazine. She teaches and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003 and 2004. www.maryvolmer.com

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Katherine Vaz is the author of Saudade, a selection in the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers series, and Mariana, translated into six languages and selected by the U.S. Library of Congress as one of the Top Thirty International Books of 1998. Her collection Fado & Other Stories won the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary quarterlies, and she occasionally reviews for The Boston Globe. She attended the Community of Writers in 1988. www.katherinevaz.com

 

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Monona Wali is a short story writer and novelist, and an award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter. Her debut novel, My Blue Skin Lover, was published in Spring 2014 by Blue Jay Ink. 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 is an author, psychiatrist, and medical historian. Dr. Wang's blogs appear on The Huffington Post, Truth Out, PsychologyToday.com, MomsRising.org, and DoctorsforAmerica.org. She has been the host of a television talk show, Duke City Magazine. Her memoir, The Kitchen Shrink: A Psychiatrist’s Reflections on Healing in a Changing World was published by Riverhead/Penguin in 2010. Dr. Wang is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, and is currently a psychiatry professor and Historian for the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. She earned her M.A. in English Literature at the University of California Berkeley, and has published works of memoir and fiction in the Asian Pacific American Journal. She has been the recipient of a Lannan Foundation Writers Residency. Dr. Wang was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent her first years as a member of the city's expatriat Chinese community. She grew up in Los Angeles. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005. www.doracalottwang.com

 

Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of the novels Sleep Toward Heaven, How to be Lost, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, 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 new novel, Homecoming, will be published by Ballantine in 2015. She attended the Community of Writers in 1992. www.amandaward.com

 

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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 s the author of eleven 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, and High Heat, which was an Editor's Choice of The New York Times Book Review. 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, is also forthcoming in German and Polish. She also is a speaks at institutions about motherhood, medicine, and grief. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in other venues including The New York Times.com, 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. www.monicawesolowska.com

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Naomi J. Williams is the author of Landfalls, a novel forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2015. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including One Story, A Public Space, The Southern Review, and Ninth Letter, and she received a Pushcart Prize in 2009. Naomi has an MA in Creative Writing from UC Davis and lives with her family in northern California. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.naomijwilliams.wordpress.com

 

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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 has returned often, most recently on the staff.

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Andrew Winer’s second novel is The Marriage Artist (Henry Holt/Picador). His first novel, The Color Midnight Made, was a national bestseller. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Fiction and presently Chair of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, he also publishes philosophical essays and literary criticism. He is married to author Charmaine Craig. In 1997 and 1998, he attended the Community of Writers, and served on the staff in 2012.
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Mark Wisniewski, winner of a Pushcart Prize, is the author of Watch Me Go (January, 2015), his third novel. 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

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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 How to Escape From A Leper Colony, the picture book I Am the Virgin Islands, and Land of Love and Drowning, published in 2014. She has been named on the the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35, and has been awarded the Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, a Pushcart Prize, an Academy of American Poet's Prize, and the BOCAS Prize in Fiction from the Caribbean. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.tiphanieyanique.com

 

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Mingmei Yip is a musician, writer, poet, artist, and calligrapher. She is the author of nine books, five in Chinese, and four in English. She has two books coming out this year: Her fifth novel The Nine Heaven, story about an ex-singer spy who goes back to the gang-filled Shanghai to find her lovers and her baby. Her second children's book Grandma Panda's China Storybook which she both wrote and illustrated. 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), Peach Blossom Pavilion (2008). She is now under contract to write two more novels. Her sixth one Secrets of a Thousand Beauties will come out in 2014. Mingmei's novels have been translated into nine languages so far. www.mingmeiyip.com

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Alia Yunis' is currently filming a documentary on how olive oil changed the Mediterranean region, which is scheduled to be completed in April 2015. Her novel, The Night Counter was published by Random House in 2009 and in paperback was a 2010 Target Hot Reads/Emerging Authors Pick. It was also chosen as a top summer read by the Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix. In 2013, her nonfiction appeared in the anthology That Mad Game (Cinco Puntos Press) and Scheherazade's Children (New York University Press), in which writes about why Scheherazade is the world's first female superhero. Last year, she produced the short documentary Dreams in Their Eyes, which has been selected for several international film festivals, and is currently developing and fundraising for a documentary on olive oil and how it shaped southern Europe and the Middle East. Born in Chicago, she has worked as a filmmaker and journalist in the Middle East and the United States and currently teaches film at Zayed University in the Abu Dhabi. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. www.aliayunis.com

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Désirée Zamorano is a third generation Mexican-American who crossed off the only item on her bucket list when Cinco Puntos published The Amado Women. A family drama, it was a book of the month pick for the national organization Las Comadres. Years back, the Los Angeles Times magazine “West” published an excerpt. 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. Human Cargo was a Latinidad mystery pick of the year. She last attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.desireezamorano.com

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Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings and Touch. Touch has been published in a dozen countries, and The Lobster Kings will be published in at least six countries. 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

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