Abbigail Baldys studied writing & children's literature at the University of Pittsburgh. She inevitably explores the haze-fire of small towns, hydraulic fracturing, & redacted body suture. She's propelled by the imaginative frontier & red wine.
Antoinette is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington, DC, and has degrees in Interior Design, Literature, and Black Studies. She is an avid researcher and writer committed to the pursuit and documentation of her ancestral roots.
After six years in San Diego, Robyn is thrilled to once again call the Bay Area home. Pursuing her MFA in non-fiction, Robyn hopes to make her writing as engaging as the fantasy she loves reading.
Sara Burant loves redwood forests, giant eucalyptus trees, Western Oregon, and the poetry of John Keats, Emily Dickinson and Jean Valentine. She came to poetry later in life but thankfully with enough time to do something about this curious love affair. The author of a chapbook, Verge, her poems appear occasionally in journals, most recently Nimrod and Valparaiso Poetry Review.
Jennifer was born in Redmond, Oregon. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a BA in English. As a writer, she focuses on personal memoir, dream documentation, and intercultural reverence. She is a pianist who believes in time travel.
When she was a little girl in Chicago she put on her flannel pleated skirt, looked out the window to snow covered roof tops and decided to be a family therapist and a writer. She is.
Felicia got her BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and MA in Teaching from Santa Clara University. Her small-town roots and ability to keep middle school students awake fuel her YA fiction.
James Duran is a first year MFA Creative Writing student in Fiction at St. Mary's College of California. His writing interests include Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, and Graphic Novels. He was last seen searching for Destruction.
Kelly Jean Egan travels remote regions of inner, outer, and ordinary worlds. She muses on language, the jungle, and languages spoken in the jungle. She believes in strangeness, and strives for nothing less than sorcery.
John is a fan of everything from nineteenth-century Russian literature to US military history. If he isn’t reading, writing, or teaching then he prefers to be traveling.
Speculative fiction writer, born betwixt DC and Baltimore, has since lived in Ohio, Osaka, Philadelphia, and now Lafayette, CA. INFJ, tea-addict, amateur bowler, Maureen aspires to one day start a cult dedicated to obliterating advertisements and insincere small talk.
Andrea Firth is a freelance journalist who has covered a range of topics from the digging of a massive to tunnel to floating in zero gravity. She loves reading and writing literary journalism because, for her, the best stories are true.
Joanne Furio, a contributing writer at San Francisco, finds people so facinating, she has made profiles her specialty. Her latest work, with the cartoonist Roz Chast, ran in the Believer last year. Her essays have been published in The East Hampton Star and Newsday and heard on KQED public radio.
Veronica considers herself to be a polymath who is entirely enamored with life. While endeavoring to balance her interests, Veronica remains steadfast in her faith in the universe's wisdom and actively worships the written word.
Andrew Hamilton graduated from the University of Tennessee with honors in creative writing. His story "Surface Tension" was named runner-up in the Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest. He writes both poetry and fiction.
Tiffany Jimenez is a former banana slug, looking forward to earning her MFA as a gael. Other than being an ardent supporter of the imagination, she writes a lot, laughs a lot, startles easily, and loves potatoes.
Dr. Raina J. León, Cave Canem graduate fellow (2006), CantoMundo fellow, and member CAAWC, is author of two poetry collections: Canticle of Idols (2008) and Boogeyman Dawn (2013) and co-founding editor of The Acentos Review.
Tamara Miller writes gothic short stories and speculative children’s fiction, exploring good and evil, death, and modern reinterpretations of fables and mythology. She received her BA from UC Berkeley. Her work has appeared in the Carolina Quarterly and McSweeney's.
Jacob Minasian graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a BA in English – Creative Writing, and currently resides in Walnut Creek, California. To him, bliss is a good book or a blank page.
Elizabeth M. Montoya is a former mental health social worker, who loves fantasy, sci-fi, and post apocalyptic literature. She currently works as an administrative assistant to a local author, and dreams of living in a tiny house in the middle of a forest.
Christa is a lover of all things nerdy and creative, and aspires to be a Science Fiction writer in the very near future. She graduated from Saint Mary's with a degree in English, and in her spare time writes stories about apocalypses and aliens.
Andrea is a graduate student of CSUEB with a Master's in Literature and a high school English teacher who is now writing her way through the second act of her life. And what a journey!
David is an adventure seeker. A New Englander, born and raised, he now seeks further inspiration on the West Coast. With a pen in hand he feels most titillated, terrified, elated, exhausted, and at ease--preferring a fine tip with black ink.
Born in 1988 in Iran, Siavash is an Iranian writer, literary translator, interpreter, editor, and journalist. He is the recipient of the MFA Advisory Board scholarship. A teaching fellow at Saint Mary’s College, Siavash has previously studied BA Journalism and MA Creative Writing at City University London.
Arielle Schussler graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Philosophy in 2013. Since then, she has contemplated the meaning of life over caffeine, carbs, and sugar. She is a practiced napper, an ardent bubble bath soaker, a constant bookstore lurker, and a devout epistemological skeptic.
Kayla studied writing, communication rhetoric, & children’s literature at the University of Pittsburgh. A Philadelphia native, she spends her free time traveling & refining the perfect breakfast sandwich.
Will Spongberg was a high school teacher in Oakland for ten years. He hopes to write novels both younger readers like his students as well as people who love literature will be excited to read.
Jon is from Newport Beach and graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. Jon wrote his first full-length book at the age of ten. He still loves writing at the age of 28.