Celebrating 20 Years of Mentoring Emerging Writers.

  • Abbigail Baldys, Poetry '16

    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 Broussard, Creative Nonfiction '17

    Antoinette is a published author and has written numerous articles on race, culture, and genealogy. Her forthcoming book is a family memoir. A Bay Area native, she has three children and four grandchildren.

  • Robyn Buller, Creative Nonfiction '16

    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.

  • Jennifer Burnside, Creative Nonfiction '17

    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.

  • Marlene Decker, Poetry '16 (Creative Nonfiction '15)

    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 DeWald, Fiction '16

    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, Fiction '16

    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 Egan, Poetry '16

    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 Ellis, Creative Nonfiction ' 17

    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.

  • Maureen Esty, Fiction '17

    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, Creative Nonfiction '16

    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, Creative Nonfiction '16

    Joanne Furio is a contributor at San Francisco and also writes for Dwell and The New York Times. She loves profiles and will have her first in the Believer magazine—with cartoonist Roz Chast—in the Jan./Feb. issue.

  • Veronica Glover, Fiction '17

    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, Fiction '16

    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, Fiction '16

    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.

  • Raina Leon, Poetry '16

    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, Fiction '17

    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, Poetry '16

    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 Montoya, Fiction '16

    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 Morgan, Fiction '17

    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.

  • David Rich, Creative Nonfiction '17

    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.

  • Siavash Saadlou, Creative Nonfiction '17

    Born in 1988 in Iran, Siavash is a writer, literary translator, interpreter, journalist, and ESL professor. A teaching fellow at Saint Mary’s College, Siavash has studied BA Journalism and MA Creative Writing at City University London.

  • Arielle Schussler, Fiction '16

    Ar-i-elle (ɑr/iː/ɛl'), noun. 1. “ding an sich.” 2. Ravenclaw who has misplaced her Hogwarts letter. 3. Skipper, specifically on roads of yellow brick. 4. Phantom Tollbooth driver. 5. A conspiracy of cartographers. 6. Tralfamadorian flower.

  • Kayla Scullion, Poetry '17

    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, Fiction '16

    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 Steinberg, Creative Nonfiction '16

    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.

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