Celebrating 20 Years of Mentoring Emerging Writers.


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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Recent Courses Offered

 "Hatless" by Marilyn Abildskov

"Paperback Writer" by Marilyn Abildskov

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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Recent Courses Offered 

"The Raccoon" by Wesley Gibson

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Rosemary Graham

Creative Nonfiction and Fiction

Rosemary Graham is writing a novel about rebellious Irish nuns. She has published three novels, of which Stalker Girl is the most recent. Her personal essays 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


Brenda Hillman holds the Olivia Filippi Chair in Poetry at Saint Mary's and is the MFA Program Director. She is the author of nine collections of poetry from Wesleyan University Press. Hillman's most recent collection, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, was awarded the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the Griffin International Prize for Poetry. Her work has received the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry.

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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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Recent Courses Offered

"Felix Starro" by Lysley Tenorio

  Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder, MFA Faculty Director


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 Editor-at-Large for Wave Books and  co-translator from Romanian, along with historian Radu Ioanid, of Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007).  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.

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Recent Courses Offered 

"Come On All You Ghosts" by Matthew Zapruder

"My Childhood" by Matthew Zapruder


Candace Eros Diaz

Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services

Candace Eros Diaz is the recipient of a 2015-2016 Steinbeck Fellowship out of The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. She is a San Francisco Writer’s Grotto Fellow and a proud VONA/Voices alum. She earned a dual-concentration MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction from Saint Mary's College. Her work has appeared in MARY: A Journal of New Writing, The East Bay Review, and Huizache, among others. 

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Sara Mumolo

Program Manager

Sara Mumolo is the author of the poetry collection Mortar (Omnidawn, 2013) and the chapbook March (Cannibal Books, 2011). She is the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center residency, a Caldera Air Family residency, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Lana Turner, Action Yes, Volta, Volt, and the Pen Poetry Series, among others. 

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