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NOTABLE WRITERS WORKSHOP ALUMNI (A work in progress*)

Christina Adams's 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 new novel, Americanah, is being published around the world in April and May 2013.
http://www.halfofayellowsun.com

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Andrea Alban is a poet and novelist, and author of eight parenting and children's picture books. Her first novel, Anya's War, which she brought to Squaw Valley in 2004, was published in Spring 2011 (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan). 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 is a speaker at writer's conferences and literary festivals, and coaches writers in the craft of fiction. She is the Creative Director of AlbanBossi.com, licensor of verse and illustrations. She attended the Community of Writers in 2004. www.andreaalban.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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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

 

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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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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 is the author of four novels: Hunger, The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish, Grub, and An Unfinished Score. Her work has been translated into several languages as well as adapted for the stage. Her short prose has appeared in the Atlantic, Witness, Brick, Seed, Global City Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Topic, and other publications. She directs the MFA program at the University of South Carolina, where she is also host and organizer of The Open Book. 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.

 

 

 

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 recently published by Counterpoint. 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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Colleen Morton Busch is the author of 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. Busch has worked as a college instructor—in New Orleans and Beijing—and as a magazine editor. 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 attended the Community of Writers in 2004. She lives in Northern California. 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, and Shooting the Sun. He writes frequently for the New York Times Book Review and is a Contributing Editor for the Wilson Quarterly. His new novel The Paris Deadline was published in 2012. He first attended the Community of Writers in 1983. Now he returns most every year as a staff member. He also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers for nine years.
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.coml

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Aneesha Capur has an MFA from Warren Wilson College and an MBA from Wharton. Her professional career spans private, non-profit and academic sectors. Aneesha was born in India and spent most of her childhood in Africa. She now lives in San Francisco. Aneesha Capur's novel, Stealing Karma, debuted at the Beijing International Literary Festival in March 2011. Stealing Karma was launched by HarperCollins India in March/April to critical acclaim and was listed in the Top 5 Fiction Picks in The Hindu, India's leading national newspaper, picked as Essential Reading in the Sunday Guardian and featured on CNN-IBN among others. Stealing Karma has also been on WHSmith's Bestsellers List in Fiction in India since March 2011. Stealing Karma was featured at the 2011 Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Indonesia. Excerpts of Stealing Karma 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. Aneesha Capur's essay "The 9/11 Attacks and a Question of Home" was published in Asian Times, Eastern Eye, Bangladesh Weekly, Garavi Gujarat, Pakistan Weekly and Sri Lanka Weekly. She attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Fiction Program in 2005. www.aneeshacapur.com

 

 

Michael Chabon is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh which became a New York Times bestseller. Chabon’s second novel, Wonder Boys was also a bestseller, and 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 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 is the author of Deadly (Simon & Schuster 2011), a historical medical mystery about the hunt for Typhoid Mary. Her first book, Redemption (Simon & Schuster, 2004), an epic tale of love, kidnapping, and white Indians, won the American Book Award. Two of Julie Chibbaro’s stories appeared in the literary anthology Return of the Kral Majales (Litteraria Pragensia, 2010). She writes for YA Outside the Lines. Julie teaches creative writing in New York. She attended the Community of Writers in 1999 and 2001. www.juliechibbaro.com

 


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Ashley Clayton

Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters. Her first novel was finalist for the Bellwether (now PEN/Bellwether) Prize. Her novels have been translated into languages from German to Lithuanian to Chinese. Her short work has aired on public radio and appeared on The New York Times online, and in print in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Miami Herald, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and literary magazines. Her fifth novel will be published by Random House’s Ballantine Books in 2015. 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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Karen French

Jody Cohan's collaboration with producer/director Doug Wilson, The World Was Our Stage—Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports, will be published this fall. In this memoir, Doug recounts his fifty-year career during the unforgettable golden era of sports television. 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 several other awards. Jody also coauthored The Procrastinator’s SOS Planner (2004-2010) with Susan Cohan Hoffman and Lila Carroll. Jody teaches writing at the IvyMax Academy and is 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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David Corbett is the author of four novels: 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 fifth novel, Babylon Sister, will appear in 2013. 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). He is currently working on a novel and several TV and screenplay projects, and Penguin will be publishing his book on the craft of characterization in early 2013. He has taught at the UCLA Extension's Writers' Program, as well as at Book Passage in Corte Madera, California—both through its individual seminar program and its annual Mystery Writers' Conference, at which he has become a mainstay—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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Ania Sophia Lakritz

Eileen Cronin's memoir, Mermaid, is forthcoming in January 2014 with W.W. Norton. A Korean edition is forthcoming in 2015. She was awarded the Washington Writing Prize in Short Fiction (2008). She's been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize (2010, 2008) and was among the notable essayists 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 to Narrative Magazine. As a clinical psychologist, she was awarded a health policy fellowship through the American Psychological Association. She is married to Andrew Lakritz and has a daughter, Ania. 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. Her story, “Crazy for You,” is included in the anthology, Orange County Noir (Akashic, 2004). 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 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 will be 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. SShe 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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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. His essays and fiction have appeared in Lapham's Quarterly, Cabinet, TriQuarterly, and The Santa Monica Review. He attended the Community of Writers in 2006. www.cranioklepty.com

 

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Raply Granish

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.
http://francesdinkelspiel.com/

 

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 and her husband live in San Francisco with their three daughters. She first attended the Community of Writers as a participant in 1988, and has returned more recently as a member of the teaching staff. www.narrativemagazine.com

 


Selden Edwards’s first novel, The Little Book was published by Dutton in 2008 and became a New York Times bestseller; the paperback edition appeared in 2009. His second novel The Lost Prince, the World War I part of the story, was published also by Dutton in 2012 and is now out in paperback. He is working on #3, the World War II part of the story. 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 and his wife Gaby live in Carpinteria, California. He attended the first three Community of Writers in 1970,1971 and 1972.
www.seldenedwards.com

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Marion Ettinger

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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Connie Andrews

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 has moved to 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, Baja California, 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. He currently teaches English and creative writing at Fresno State. He attended the Community of Writers in 2004 and 2005 and has recently returned to serve on the teaching staff.
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 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, both published by Little, Brown & Co. 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 and journalist who has taught at three universities. Her books include Muddy Cup: A Dominican Family Comes of Age in A New America (Scribner 1997). She completed Muddy Cup after attending the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Fischkin has also published two satiric journalism novels Exclusive and Confidential Sources. (Bantam Dell at Random House). www.barbarafischkin.com

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Jim Herrington

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. 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. 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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Lawrence Kim

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 new novel, Songs of Willow Frost, will be published September 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, most recently, 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. 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. www.richardfordbooks.com

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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.
www.vickiforman.com

 

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Franco Vogt

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.
www.marthafrankel.com

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Amy Franklin-Willis, an eighth-generation Southerner, was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She received an Emerging Writer Grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation in 2007 to complete The Lost Saints of Tennessee, a novel inspired by stories of her father’s childhood in rural Pocahontas, Tennessee. Grove/Atlantic will publish The Lost Saints of Tennessee, in February 2012. She attended the Community of Writers in 2006, 2006 and 2009.

 

 

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.
www.howtobuyaloveofreading.com

 


Jeff Gillenkirk is an author, journalist, and political commentator. Chin Music Press in Seattle published his first novel, Home, Away, this year. He is also the author of the non-fiction book Bitter Melon: Inside America's Last Rural Chinese Town (Heyday Books) which won the Commonwealth Club’s Silver Medal award for best California history. 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

 

John J. Gobbell s a former Navy Lieutenant who saw duty 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 due for release in April 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. www.JohnJGobbell.com

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Jonathan Sprague

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 now returns often as a staff member. www.glendavidgold.com

 

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.

 

Suzanne Greenberg’s novel Lesson Plans will be published by Prospect Park Books in May, 2014. 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. Her work on teaching creative writing most recently appeared in Power and Identity in the Creative Writing Classroom, edited by Anna Leahy, Multilingual Matters, Ltd. She’s the co-author with Michael C. Smith of Everyday Creative Writing: Panning for Gold in the Kitchen Sink, distributed by McGraw Hill. Suzanne teaches creative writing at California State University, Long Beach, where she’s a professor of English. www.suzannegreenberg.com

 

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Lev Grossman is the author of four novels, most recently the New York Times bestsellers The Magicians (2009) and The Magician King (2011). 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 went to Squaw Valley in 1994. www.levgrossman.com

 

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) with foreign rights sold in Turkey (Alfa-Artemis Yaynevi) and Brazil (Editora Underworld), with a movie option to Denver & Delilah, Charlize Theron's production company. 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, with movie rights sold to Renart Films, a NYC Indie company. 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 is Writer in Residence at Emerson College and she has been Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard. Haines holds a B.A. from Syracuse University and an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She grew up in Chicago, lived in Southern California for many years, and now resides with her daughter in the Boston area.www.lisehaines.com

 

Daniel Hallford is the author of 3 books: Pelican Bay, a novel about ex-cons; Upper Noe, a memoir about a boy growing up in San Francisco; and his latest, Tattooed Love Dogs, a collection of short stories. He divides his time between San Francisco and Truckee, California. He attended the Community of Writers in 2005. danielhallford.com

 

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Seré Prince Halverson'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 four novels, most recently 31 Hours, which the Washington Post called one of the best novels of 2009 and independent bookstores named an Indie choice. Her novel, 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 named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal; The Camel Bookmobile (2007), also a Booksense pick. She also 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, presented "to a living American woman who derives part or all of her income from books and allied arts, and who has done meritorious work in the world of books beyond the duties or responsibilities of her profession or occupation." She began her career as a fulltime journalist, working in Maine, Indiana and New York City before being sent by the Associated Press to the Middle East, where she was news editor for five years, including the period of the first intefadeh, and then moving to Moscow, where she worked for five years during the collapse of Communism, reporting for the Los Angeles Times and NBC-Mutual Radio and writing a monthly column, "Postcards from Moscow." She also reported from Kenya in 2006, and from Afghanistan in 2004 and 2008. She attended the Community of Writers in 2000. www.mashahamilton.com

 

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 attended the Community of Writers in 2009, assisted by the Lojo Foundation Scholarship. She 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 and is in its fourth printing. Susan blogs at LitPark.com, volunteers for Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Foundation, and is very close to finishing her new novel. Her husband is a costume designer, filmmaker, and chair of a New York drama department. They have two teenagers--one in high school and another studying theoretical math at M.I.T.

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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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Chris Griffith

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 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). 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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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. She is the creator of the Andrews McMeel Publishing book/kit series Pie Contest in a Box (2011), Chili Cook-Off in a Box (2012), and Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box (2012). Her other books include the bestselling travel-design titles, In a Mexican Garden (2005) and Mexicasa (2001), as well as Pacific Spas (2006), Day of the Dead Box (2001), and Incense (2004) – all published by Chronicle Books. She is also co-editor of the anthology, Searching for Mary Poppins (Hudson Street Press and Plume, divisions of Penguin U.S.A., 2007). www.ginahyams.com

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Andrea Scher

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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Jen Fariello.

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 is set to begin filming in spring 2012 starring Forrest Whitaker, William H. Macy, Juno Temple and Juliette Lewis. The script he wrote of his novel Boot Tracks finished filming in summer 2011 starring Michelle Monaghan, Stephen Dorff and Willem DeFoe. His novel, Deepwater, was made into a film in 2005, starring Lucas Black, Peter Coyote and Mia Maestro. He attended the Community of Writers in 1990. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. www.matthewfjones.com

 

Kathryn Jordan’s novel, Hot Water, was published by Berkley/Penguin in 2006. She has an M.A. in English from U.C.L.A. and taught in Spain, the Philippines and at Cairo American College in Egypt where her new novel In The Time Of Apricots is set. Her articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Palm Springs Life, Westways, Ranger Rick, Silk, and Diver Magazine, (reprinted in a book, A Diver’s Guide to Underwater America). 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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Tim Coburn

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's short stories have been chosen for a Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices and Best American Short Stories notable stories, 2010, and her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Santa Monica Review, Antioch Review and elsewhere. She has been a fellow at MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the St. James Centre for Creativity in Malta. A 25-year practitioner of Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga, she lived in India as a Fulbright scholar and wrote a memoir about her studies with the yogi BKS Iyengar, First There Is a Mountain, published in 2004 by Little, Brown and forthcoming in reprint from Dzanc books. She is visiting assistant professor of creative writing in fiction and nonfiction in the Penn State MFA program’s Emerging Writer Series. She has taught journalism at Columbia, creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, University of Pittsburgh, and Penn State University, where currently she is and assistant professor teaching fiction and nonfiction. She attended the Community of Writers in 1997 and 2004.

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Andre Vippolis

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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Amy Braswell

Nancy Kelly is a writer, director/producer in partnership with Editor/Producer Kenji Yamamoto, made Rebels With A Cause, winner of one of the Mill Valley Film Festival’s Audience Favorite awards. She also made documentary trilogy about the transformative power of art: TRUST: Second Acts in Young Lives, about a Honduran teen whose life story is unveiled in a daring original play; Smitten, about art collector Rene di Rosa, who is smitten by art; and Downside Up, about how MASS MoCA revived Kelly’s dying home town. She also directed and produced the narrative feature Thousand Pieces of Gold, starring Rosalind Chao and Chris Cooper and written by Squaw Valley alumna Anne Makepeace. She attended the Community of Writers in 1983, 2000 (Screenwriting) and 2006 (Writers Workshops).

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Dylan Landis is the author of a novel-in-stories, Normal People Don't Live Like This (a Newsday Top Ten pick of 2009), and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives and teaches in New York. 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 novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club of California. Bellevue Literary Press published her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, in spring 2008, and will publish her collection of stories, Widow, in 2011. She has published stories and essays in several literary journals. She first attended as a participant in 1989. She now returns often 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.
http://www.michaellavigne.com

 

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Krys Lee is the author of Drifting House, to be published by Viking/Penguin in February 2012. Her novel-in-progress is also to be published by Viking/Penguin in 2013. Her short stories and articles have been published or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, California Quarterly, Asia Weekly and Conde Nast, UK. Her stories have received special mentions in the Pushcart Prize Anthology 2012 and Narrative Magazine: 20 under 30. She attended the Community of Writers in 2010. She divides her time between the U.S. and South Korea. http://kryslee.com

 

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. She has a novel forthcoming from Little, Brown. She attended Squaw in 2007.www.edanlepucki.com

 

Dr. Joan Steinau Lester is an award-winning commentator and author of the novel Mama’s Child, due out in May, 2013, with a foreword by Alice Walker. 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

 

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. Her young adult novel is Jet Black and the Ninja Wind (Tuttle/Simon & Schuster, 2013). She's received the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Poetry Award, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, grants from the NEA and NEH, and the U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission Award from Columbia University. Her essays have appeared in Shambhala Sun, The Huffington Post, Best Buddhist Writing 2011, Yoga Journal and the New York Times "Motherlode." Her fiction has been broadcast on NPR's "The Sound of Writing." She has published four books of poetry, including Yoga Poems: Lines to Unfold By (Stone Bridge) and Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections (Stone Bridge).
Other books are Green Tea to Go: Stories (Printed Matter), Beautiful Japan (Tuttle), Designing with Kanji: Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin & Spirit (Stone Bridge) with Shogo Oketani, and Sacred Sanskrit Words (Stone Bridge) with Reema Datta. Lowitz edited the anthologies A Long Rainy Season and Other Side River (Stone Bridge) and co-translated modernist poet Ayukawa Nobuo’s America and Other Poems (Kaya Press). www.lezalowitz.com

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Russell O. Bush

Kelly Luce is the author of Three Scenarios in Which Hana Sasaki Grows a Tail (A Strange Object, October 2013). She 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, Crazyhorse, Kenyon Review, American Short Fiction, The Southern Review, and other magazines. She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and Austin, Texas, where she is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas and fiction editor of Bat City Review. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011. 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

 


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.
www.annammanthiram.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 first collection of short stories, Grind, was published by Torrey House Press in 2012. His short fiction has been selected as runner-up in the Our Stories Gordon Fiction Contest and as honorable mention in the Torrey House Press Winter 2011 Fiction Contest. His work has also appeared in Shelf Life Magazine, The Duck and Herring Pocket Field Guide, the Tall Grass Wild Things Anthology and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market 2010. He teaches at Truckee Meadows Community College, where he is the Fiction Editor of The Meadow, and at Sierra Nevada College. He attended the Community of Writers in 2008. He can sometimes be found performing stand-up comedy at the Third Street Bar in downtown Reno. 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

 


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Christina Meldrum is the author of Madapple (Knopf, 2008), 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 most recent novel, Amaryllis In Blueberry, was published in February 2011 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Currently, Christina is writing her third novel, slated for publication by Knopf in 2013.
www.christinameldrum.com

 





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.  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 is a Sri Lankan-American author. Her debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, was published in 2013. It was subsequently long-listed for the Man Asia Literary Prize and won the Commonwealth Regional Prize for Asia. She lives in Oakland, CA. She attended the Community of Writers in 2011 and 2012.

 

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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 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, launched her professional acting career in New York with the award winning Negro Ensemble Company after serving a two-year apprenticeship with the Free Southern Theater, in Mississippi and Louisiana during the most violent days of the civil rights movement. She 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. Denise's screen adaptation of Freshwater Road has been optioned for motion picture development. On Sunday, January 8, 2012, Denise will do readings from "Hands on the Freedom Plow" (U. of Illinois Press) and from her new fiction work at the Museum of Tolerance in L.A. 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 five novels, including his seminal surf novel Tapping the Source. His other novel include Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory and Tijuana Straits. 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.

 

 

Varley O’Connor’s first novel Like China was published by William Morrow in 1991. Her second novel A Company of Three came out from Algonquin Books in 2003. Her third novel, The Cure, was published by the Bellevue Literary Press in 2007. Scribner will release her most recent novel, The Master's Muse, in May 2012. Her short prose has appeared in Faultline: Journal of Art and Literature, AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Driftwood, Algonkian Magazine, The Sun, and in an anthology, Naming the World and Other Exercises for Creative Writers, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston (Random House, 2008). She has taught writing and literature at Irvine, Hofstra University, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College and now at Kent State University, where in addition to undergraduate creative writing, she teaches fiction and creative nonfiction writing in 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

 

 






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 is the author of the novel, The Book of Madness & Cures, published by Little, Brown and Company in April 2012. The paperback came out in April 2013. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. As well as being a poet and a writer, she is also an assemblage artist. Her poetry and prose have been anthologized and has appeared in The Bellingham Review, rattapallax, The Sun, The LA Weekly, Solo and The Wild Duck Review. She won first prize in the John Foster West National Poetry Award Contest judged by Marge Piercy, first prize in the Cleveland State University Poetry Contest, and she was the 2007 Poetry Award Winner for Conflux Press where her work was published as an artist’s book designed by Tania Baban. Her manuscript "Blue Wolves", a collection of poems with reproductions of her assemblages, won the Bright Hill Press poetry book award in New York. She has taught at The Palos Verdes Art Center, The South Coast Botanic Garden, and Marymount College. She attended the COmmunity of Writers in 2002 and 2008.

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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.
www.kristinohlson.com

 

Mary Otis is the author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. She has been published in Tin House, Electric Literature, Los Angeles Times, Santa Monica Review, Alaska Review, Cincinnati Review, and other literary journals. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story “Unstruck” was cited as a distinguished story in Best American Short Stories. Her work has been anthologized in Best New American Voices (Harcourt), Do Me: Tales of Love and Sex (Tin House) and Woof: Fiction Writers on Dogs (Viking) Mary is a fiction professor and core faculty in the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA Program. In 2010-11 she served as a literary advisor in The Mark Program sponsored by PEN. 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 Peerless Four is forthcoming from Counterpoint Press in fall 2013. She is the author of the novel This Vacant Paradise, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Drift, her collection of interlinked short stories, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the 2009 Story Prize. The San Francisco Chronicle selected Drift as one of the best books of 2009. She attended the Community of writers in 2006.www.victoriapatterson.net

 

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 novel, The Australia Stories (also published as A Woman of Stone) is regularly taught in high school and college literature classes. His work has been published in over 80 magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, 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

 

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‘s is the author of three novels, most recently 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 returned recently to serve on the staff.
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

 

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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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

 

Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum is the author of the novel, A Day of Small Beginnings, published by Little, Brown and Company in 2006. She attended the Community of Writers in 2001. http://www.lisapearlrosenbaum.com

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Elizabeth Rosner is a bestselling novelist, poet, and essayist. Her first novel, The Speed of Light (Ballantine 2001), won literary prizes in the US and Europe, and was translated into nine foreign languages. It was optioned by actress Gillian Anderson, who will be making the film her directorial debut. Blue Nude, her second novel (Ballantine 2006), was named among the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle. The paperback edition (Gallery) was published in September 2010. Her third novel Electric City will be published by Counterpoint Press in 2014. Her poetry collection, Gravity (Small Poetry Press 1998) is currently sold out of its 14th printing. Rosner’s essays have appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Elle, the Forward, Hadassah Magazine, and several anthologies.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 is being published in twelve languages and has been 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 the novels Zanesville, Private Midnight (which became a bestseller in France and Italy), Enigmatic Pilot, a collection of short stories entitled Sinister Miniatures, and a portfolio book of paintings, The Colors of Compulsion. His music has been nominated for two European Jazz Awards. Three new works are scheduled for publication in 2012. A long time expat resident of Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tonga, he is currently the Gallagher Fellow of the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. www.saknussemm.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.

 
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Julia Scheeres is the author of the New York Times bestseller memoir Jesus Land. Her second book, A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown, was published in October 2011. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two daughters and works at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003.
www.juliascheeres.com

 

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Terry Shames grew up in Texas, the setting for her debut novel, A Killing at Cotton Hill, published in 2013by Seventh Street Books/Prometheus. Her second novel, The Last Death of Jack Harbin will be published in 2014. With four other writers in 1992 she edited and published Fire in the Hills, a book of stories, poems, and photos about the Oakland firestorm of 1991. She is a graduate of The University of Texas, Austin, and has an MA in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Terry lives in Berkeley, California. She attended the community of Writers in 1998.

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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 now available in paperback. 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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Alice Sebold is the best-selling author of Lucky, a memoir, and the novels, The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon. www.barclayagency.com

 

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, EIN, DRM, ISBN, © and 1099, Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Legalese for Writers, Self-Publishers and Bloggers, will be released in 2014. She attended the Community of Writers in 2009 and 2012. www.helensedwick.com

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Benton Sen is the author of Men of Hula: Robert Cazimero and H'lau N' Kamalei (Island Heritage), about the only male halau hula (school) in the Hawaiian Islands. He has been the recipient of the James D. Houston Fellowship from the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. He attended the Community of Writers in 2010 and 2011.

 

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.
www.jordanfishersmith.com

 

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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 writer and artist living on the wild western edge of Los Angeles. She was a staff feature writer at the San Jose Mercury News and its Sunday magazine, West, before she moved to Los Angeles and worked as a staff feature writer at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and as editor of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate’s Entertainment News Service. Her essays and articles have appeared in such publications as 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 have graced the pages of Arroyo. She is an instructor at UCLA Extension's Writers' Program. Her novel Entertaining Disasters: A Novel (with Recipes) was published by Counterpoint Press in January, 2009. She attended Squaw Valley's Art of the Wild in 1993.

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Janyce Stefan-Cole’s is the author of the noirish novel, Hollywood Boulevard published by Unbridled Books in 2012. Her short story, “Conversation with a Tree,” won Knock Literary Magazine’s Eco-lit prize and appears in the anthology Being Human: Call of the Wild (Editions Bibliotekos). A finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship, she is included in the Boston Globe bestselling anthology, Dick for a Day (Villard Books). She writes features for The WG, most recently with “4 Documents to Watch Before We All Drown”. 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 author of three national bestselling novels, 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. Ellen attended the Community of Writers in 1980 and 1996. She teaches writing through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes out of her home.
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 second novel, The Plume Hunter, launched from Torrey House Press in December 2011. Her first novel, The Bridge at Valentine, received high praise from Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry. Her short stories have appeared in Narrative, Literal Latte, Arcadia, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and Chiron Review, and have placed in competitions sponsored by Narrative, Literal Latte, Glimmer Train and Writer’s Digest. She is currently at work on a short-story collection. She attended the Community of Writers in 2003, 2007 and 2009. www.reneethompson.com

 

 

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga is the author of the novels, Midori by Moonlight, and Love in Translation, which was released in November 2009. Both novels were published by St. Martin’s Griffin. She is also the author of the non-fiction e-book, “Marriage in Translation: Foreign Wife, Japanese Husband.” Forthcoming in Spring 2012 is an essay 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 to be published by Stone Bridge Press. She teaches writing at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio and University of San Francisco, 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

 


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.
www.brendarickmanvantrease.com

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Mary Volmer's first novel, Crown of Dust (Soho Press), was released in 2010. Her short fiction has appeared in the “Sacramento Stories on Stage,” series and The Farallon Review. Her non-fiction has appeared in NPR’s “this I believe” series, Women’s Basketball Magazine and Fullcourt Press. She was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Wales and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College (CA). 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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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, 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, Close Your Eyes, was chosen as a Elle Lettres Prize Pick and will be published in paperback by Random House in Summer, 2012. She attended the Community of Writers in 1992. www.amandaward.com

 

 

Spring M. Warren is the author of Turpentine: A Novel, published by Grove/Atlantic. Her second book, Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for a Year, was published by Seal Press in 2011. thequarteracrefarm.com

 

 




Tim Wendel is the author of ten books, including Summer of ’68, which was named a notable book for 2013 by the state of Michigan. His previous nonfiction title, High Heat, was highlighted in The New York Times Book Review’s Paperback Row. In spring 2014, his latest book, Down to the Last Strike, will be released by Da Capo Press. Tim is also the author of several works of fiction, including Castro’s Curveball, Red Rain and Habana Libre. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Potomac Review, Gargoyle, GQ and Esquire, and he teaches fiction and nonfiction writing at Johns Hopkins University, where he’s a writer in residence. 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 (Hawthorne Books, 2013). With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores the love and ethics behind choosing to forgo medical intervention for a newborn son. It is forthcoming in both German and Polish editions. In addition, her work has appeared in many literary journal and anthologies including Best New American Voices. A graduate of Reed College, a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a native of Berkeley, she has taught writing at UCB Extension for over a decade. She attended the workshop in 1997 and 1998.

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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.
www.andrewwiner.com

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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, published by Graywolf Press in 2010. She has been named on the the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35, winner of the Rona Jaffe foundation Award, and winner of the BOCAS Prize in Fiction from the Caribbean. She attended the Community of Writers in 2005. www.tiphanieyanique.com

 

 

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' 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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Alexi Zentner is the author of the novels The Lobster Kings (2014) and Touch. Touch has been published in a dozen countries and ten languages. Touch was shortlisted for The 2011 Governor General’s Literary Award, The Center for Fiction’s 2011 Flahery-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the 2012 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, and the 2011 Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Alexi’s fiction has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Narrative Magazine, Tin House, Glimmer Train, The Southern Review, 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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