MFA Program Faculty read as a part of phase 2 of this year's Lit Crawl at the Beauty Bar in the Mission. See you there!
Marilyn Abildskov (creative nonfiction) is the author of the memoir, The Men In My Country. Her work has appeared recently in such literary journals as Southern Review, Hotel Amerika, Agni, and New Orleans Review. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award and Yaddo residencies and her work has been shortlisted for the Best American Essay series.
Rosemary Graham (creative nonfiction & fiction) is the author of three novels: Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude, My Not-So-Terrible Time at the Hippie Hotel, and Stalker Girl. Her essays and commentaries have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Santa Monica Review, and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Brenda Hillman (poetry) holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary's and is the MFA Program Director. Her books include Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, and Practical Water. She is the recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry. She is also the co-editor of The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood. A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, she serves on the permanent faculty of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference.
Christopher Sindt (poetry) is the author of the poetry collection, The Bodies. He has received the James D. Phelan Award and residences at the MacDowll Colony, Mesa Refuge and the Blue Mountain Center, His poetry has appeared in Pool, nocturnes and Xantippe. Formerly the Program Coordinator of the Art of the Wild Writing Conference, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. He is vice provost for Graduate and Professional Studies at Saint Mary's College.
Lysley Tenorio (fiction) is the author of the short story collection Monstress. Tenorio is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a former Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. He has received fellowships from Phillips Exeter Academy, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the winner of the Nelson Algren Short Story Award and a Pushcart Prize. His stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, The Chicago Tribune, Manoa, and The Best New American Voices. He has also held residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and in 2008 received a Whiting Writers’ Award.