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.
Wesley Gibson is the author of the memoir You Are Here and the novel 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.
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."
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.
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.
"Felix Starro" by Lysley Tenorio
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, co-translator from Romanian, along with historian Radu Ioanid, of Secret Weapon: Selected Late Poems of Eugen Jebeleanu (Coffee House Press, 2007) and Poetry Column Editor for The New York Times Magazine. 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.
"Come On All You Ghosts" by Matthew Zapruder
"My Childhood" by Matthew Zapruder
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.
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. She is currently a curatorial fellow at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, CA.
Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in Cuban, The Agüero Sisters, Monkey Hunting, A Handbook to Luck, The Lady Matador's Hotel, and King of Cuba. García's work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others
A fiction and nonfiction writer, Porter Shreve is the author of the novels The Obituary Writer, Drives Like a Dream, When the White House Was Ours, and The End of the Book. His books have been included on best of the year lists in several newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is co–editor of seven fiction and essay anthologies, including The Contemporary American Short Story.