Brenda Hillman audio poem in SLATE

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After a Very Long Difficult Day

You talk to your loved ones 
        at night. It is a kind of modernism:
          color sees into you, thinks a warm
       path, a tint of meaning brought
from how you feel. Then, you are double:
      the owl calls out, tyto alba,

Professor, Lysley Tenorio's Monstress Reviewed on NPR Website

'Monstress': The Beautiful And The Damned

Publishing Forum

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 2:00-3:35 P.M., in Hagerty Lounge

Chelsea Lindman, fiction

Chelsea Lindman (Guest in Fiction) is a literary agent at Sanford J. Greenburger, Associates. Her primary interests include playful literary fiction, upmarket crime fiction, and forward thinking or boundary-pushing non-fiction. Her fiction clients include Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award Winner Kristopher Jansma (The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards), LA Times Book Prize Finalist Ariel S. Winter (The Twenty-Year Death), Richard Bausch Fiction 
Prize Winner Jesse Goolsby (I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them). Her non-fiction clients include web phenom Cole Stryker (Epic Win for Anonymous, Overlook Press), TEDx speakers Stacey Ferreira and Jared Kleinert (Two Billion Under Twentyforthcoming with St. Martin’s Press) and Harvard PhD candidate Jason Silverstein (How To Care Better, forthcoming with Simon & Schuster). Most importantly, Chelsea is interested in working with clients that are looking to build lasting relationships. 
Before joining Sanford J. Greenburger Associates as a full-time agent, Chelsea was the Director of Foreign Rights for The Nicholas Ellison Agency, where she worked with international publishers to nurture and develop audiences abroad for the agency’s bestselling authors such as Nelson DeMille, Sarah Dunn, Jeff Lindsay, Christopher Moore, and Alan Weisman, as well as several debut authors. Chelsea began her publishing career as an editor at Europa Editions, where she worked with bestselling authors Elena Ferante and Muriel Barbery. She is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, and runs marathons for fun.
Find her on Twitter at @chelslindman


carmen smith

Carmen Giménez Smith (Guest in Poetry) is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds, four poetry collections— Milk and Filth, Goodbye, Flicker, The City She Was, and Odalisque in Pieces. Milk and Filth was a finalist for the NBCC Award in Poetry. She is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award, the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation. She recently co-edited the anthology Angels of the Americplyse: New Latin@ Writing (Counterpath, 2014). A CantoMundo Fellow and formerly a Teaching-Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol and the publisher of Noemi Press.


Ethan Waters

Ethan Watters (Guest in Creative Non-Fiction) is the author of Urban Tribes, an examination of the mores of affluent “never marrieds” and the coauthor of Making Monsters, a groundbreaking indictment of the recovered memory movement.  A frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Discover, Men’s Journal, Details, Wired, and PRI's This American Life, he has appeared on such national media as Good Morning America, Talk of the Nation, and CNN. His work has been featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing series. Watters is co-founder (along with Ethan Canin and Po Bronson) of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto where he sometimes teaches writing classes. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and children. 


For more information contact:
Sara Mumolo
[email protected] or (925) 631-8556

The Bodies, a poetry volume by Christopher Sindt

Chris Sindt's latest volume of poems, The Bodies, has just been published by Parlor Press’s poetry series, Free Verse Editions. The publisher notes, "the poems in The Bodies reveal an eco-poetics that draws from the imagery and history of the west coast of the United States, studying the way language engages with the nonhuman and the wild. This is also a poetry that seeks social change, aware of its historical moment and imagining social transformation."

Faculty & 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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Recent Courses Offered

 "Hatless" by Marilyn Abildskov

"Paperback Writer" by Marilyn Abildskov

Wesley Gibson, MFA Faculty Director

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

rosemary graham


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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Recent Courses Offered



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


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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Join us for an evening of wine and hors d'oeuvres

"The Language of the Spirit" with Michael Krasny, Robert Hass, and Brenda Hillman

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 6-9 p.m.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery
210 Post Street, Suite 205
San Francisco, CA 94108
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RSVP HERE by February 12, 2015 

Contact us for tickets to a VIP champagne hour with the panelists.

krasnyMichael Krasny, Ph.D. is host of KQED’s award-winning news and public affairs program Forum, the nation’s most-listened-to locally produced public radio talk show. He has also served as host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation and as a frequent interviewer for the City Arts & Lectures series. Krasny is a professor of English at San Francisco State University and has published fiction, literary criticism and political commentary. He is the author of Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest and Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life, coauthor of the textbook Sound Ideas, and creator of the DVD presentation “Masterpieces of Short Fiction." He lives in Marin County.


hassRobert Hass is one of the nation's most celebrated poets, a distinguished UC Berkeley professor, an environmental activist, a noted translator and the author of many books of poetry and prose, most recently Time and Materials, which received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, The Apple Trees at Olema, and a collection of essays, What Light Can Do. A Saint Mary's alumnus, Hass '63 is also the co-founder of the River of Words program, an education initiative that integrates nature and the arts into K-12 classrooms nationwide, and the International Youth Creativity Awards, the largest youth poetry and art competition in the world. 



hillmanBrenda Hillman is the author of nine full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received  the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014. With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand PermissionNew Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi and Instances by Jeongrye Choi. Hillman teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry; she is an activist for social and environmental justice. 




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 Proceeds of this event benefit the MFA Scholarship Fund.  The fair market value of this event is $50.  All contributions exceeding fair market value are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows.

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