Our core faculty and staff.


Marilyn Abildskov / Wesley Gibson / Rosemary Graham / Brenda HillmanChristopher Sindt / Lysley Tenorio/ Matthew Zapruder


Candace Eros Diaz / Sara Mumolo

Marilyn Abildskov

Creative Nonfiction

Marilyn Abildskov is the author of The Men In My Country, a memoir set in Japan. Her essays and short stories have appeared recently in The Normal School, The Pinch, The Sun, AGNI, and The Laurel Review. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and Yaddo fellowships and her work has been shortlisted numerous times for the Best American Essays series.


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Wesley Gibson

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

Wesley Gibson is the author of the memoir You Are Here and the novels Shelter and Personal Saviors. His stories have appeared in The Village Voice and the Mississippi Review among other places, and his art criticism has appeared in The New Art Examiner.  He edits the literary journal Bloom.


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Rosemary Graham

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

Rosemary Graham 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."


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Brenda Hillman, MFA Faculty Director


Brenda Hillman 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. Hillman's most recent collection, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, was awarded the California Book Award and the Griffin International Prize for Poetry. 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.


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Christopher Sindt


Christopher Sindt is the author of the poetry collection, The Bodies. He has received the James D. Phelan Award and residences at the MacDowell 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 of CA.



Lysley Tenorio


Lysley Tenorio 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.


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  Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder


Matthew Zapruder is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Sun Bear, (Copper Canyon 2014). Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2015. He is also co-translator from Romanian, along with historian Radu Ioanid, of Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007). His poems, essays and translations have appeared in many publications, including Tin House, Paris Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, Bomb, Slate, Poetry, and The Believer. He has received a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, a William Carlos Williams Award, a May Sarton Award from the Academy of American Arts and Sciences, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, TX. An Associate Professor in the Saint Mary's College of California English Department and MFA program, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.

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Candace Eros Diaz

Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services

Candace Eros Diaz received her MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction from Saint Mary’s College of California. She was awarded a Voices Of Our Nation (VONA) Summer Writing Workshop fellowship, a workshop dedicated to writers of color, and a Vermont Studio Center residency. Her essay “Breaking Wide Open” was selected as a finalist for The Iowa Review’s contest in nonfiction and was the selected winner in the 2013 San Miguel Writer’s Conference writing contest in creative nonfiction. 


Sara Mumolo

Program Manager

Sara Mumolo's first collection of poems, Mortar, is forthcoming from Omnidawn in Fall, 2013. She is also the author of the chapbook March (Cannibal Books, 2011). Mumolo curated the Studio One Reading Series from 2008-2012 and has published work in Lana Turner, 1913: A Journal of Forms, Volta, The Offending Adam, and Action Yes, among others. She co-edits the irregular chapbook series, CALAVERAS, with Alisa Heinzman.


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