Faculty & Staff
Visiting Writers for the 2016-17 Academic Year
Ethan Nosowsky (Graywolf)
giovanni singleton (nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts)
Vanessa Hua (Asian American Writers' Workshop's - The Margins)
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.
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 Sun Bear, (Copper Canyon 2014) and Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon 2010), a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Why Poetry, a book of prose, is forthcoming from Ecco Press in 2017. 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. 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 Díaz has held fellowships at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto, Lambda Literary, and The Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University. She is the recipient of a Vermont Studio Center residency and is a proud VONA/Voices alum. Candace earned a dual-concentration MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction from Saint Mary's College of California. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Under the Gum Tree, Arroyo Literary Review, 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.