Join us for an hour of literary tapas with short readings by english department students and MFA Alumni!
Gabi Reyes-Acosta is a junior English Major, Creative Writing Minor from Los Angeles, CA. She hopes to read more, write more, and learn more as she finishes her time at Saint Mary's.
Holden Altaffer is a Senior English Major, from Tulare, Ca. He is a student of the great American writers and a Gael through and through
Candace Eros Diaz is the Coordinator for Admissions and Student Services for the MFA Program. She is also an alumna of creative nonfiction ('11) and fiction ('12). Her essay “Breaking Wide Open” was selected as a finalist in The Iowa Review’s annual contest in nonfiction.
Robert Andrew Perez (MFA, poetry '12) works for the English Department at UC Berkely. Recent works can be found in publications such as The Cortland Review, Writing Without Walls, and The Offending Adam
Casey McAlduff (MFA, poetry '12) is the Program Assistant for the Center for Environmental Literacy at Saint Mary’s College, and writes monthly poetry reviews for the International Poetry Library of San Francisco. Casey lives in Oakland, where she also curates the Studio One Reading Series on the First Fridays of each month.
Brenna McNab (creative nonfiction '11) was a recipient of The Jim Townsend Scholarship during her first year at Saint Mary’s. Upon completing the MFA she began working on her first novel and adapting pieces of her thesis into a screenplay about life in a transitioning California town. She enjoys spending time with her husband, five year old son and their two mischievous dogs.
Delia Neyra is a senior English and Spanish double major at SMC. Delia is an Alpha Mu Gamma member and part of the Honors program. She founded a Spanish literary magazine for students two years ago. After college she plans to go to law school or graduate school or both.
Christine O'Brien (creative nonfiction and fiction '11) lives in Walnut Creek and is currently working on a novel.
Mick Sherer (fiction, '12) is a part-time lecturer at Saint Mary's College of California and at Laney College. He lives in Oakland, California.
Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a proud 2010 graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California’s MFA in Creative Writing (Nonfiction emphasis). In 2011, he was awarded a fellowship through The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. His publications include the e-journal Label Me Latina/o and BorderSenses Literary Magazine, which is forthcoming this fall.
MFA Program Manager