Alumni Highlights

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Molly Antopol- B.A., UCSC, 1991, Writer.  After finishing her B.A. at UCSC, Molly Antopol earned her MFA at Columbia University.  She is a recent Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford, where she works as a lecturer.  Her work has appeared in One Story, American Short Fiction, The Mississippi Review Prize Stories, Nimrod’s Prize Stories, NPR’s This America Life, The Rumpus, and Croatia’s magazine Zarez.  She currently lives in San Francisco, where she is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.

Arteaga Alfred Arteaga- Ph.D. UCSC, 1987.  Writer, Poet. Alfred Arteaga was a writer, poet, and scholar, who received many awards for his work, including a Rockefeller scholarship, a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, and the PEN Oakland/ Josephine Miles Literary Award.  His poetry collections includeCantos (1991), Love in the Time of Aftershocks (1998), Red (2000), and Frozen Accident (2006).  He taught literature at UC Berkeley in the Department of Ethnic Studies from 1990-2008.  He passed away in 2008.

Kat Bailey- B.A., UCSC, 2008. Writer. Kat Bailey is a contributing writer based in the Bay Area. She currently contributes to outlets including 1UP.com, Joystiq, and Official Xbox Magazine, and hosts the monthly RPG podcast Active Time Babble.

Barzini Chiara Barzini- http://www.chiarabarzini.com Chiara Barzini is a screen, fiction, and journalism writer who was born in Rome and raised as a teenager in Los Angeles.  She has written several films that have been distributed in Italy, Spain, Japan, and Latin America. The most recent one, Into Paradiso, premiered at the 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Noon, Bomb Magazine, Sleepingfish, Or, The Encyclopedia Project, The New Review of Literature, The NY Tyrant as well as The Village Voice, Rolling Stone Italy, Flair, Italian Vanity Fair, and Marie Claire.

Bates Shelley Bates- http://www.adinasenft.com  Shelley Bates, who also publishes under the names Adina Senft and Shelley Adina, is the author of eighteen novels.  She holds an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty.  Writing as Shelley Bates, she was the winner of RWA’s RITA Award for Best Inspirational Novel in 2005, a finalist for that award in 2006, and, writing as Shelley Adina, was a Christy Award finalist in 2009. Three of her books have shortlisted for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Carol Award for book of the year.

Blackaby Susan Blackaby- B.A., UCSC, 1975, Writer. Susan has worked in educational publishing for over 30 years. On the clock, Susan hones her skills writing fiction and nonfiction titles for the K–8 audience, including leveled readers, early chapter books, and high-low fiction and nonfiction aimed at helping children who are truly at sea. On her own time, she writes poetry, picture books, and middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of Rembrandt’s Hat (Houghton Mifflin, 2002), named one of the top ten picture books of the year by the Washington Post; Cleopatra: Egypt’s Last and Greatest Queen (Sterling, 2009); a collection of poetry entitled Nest, Nook, and Cranny (Charlesbridge, 2010), recently included on the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing; and Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox (Sterling, 2011). She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Camille Campbell  Camille Campbell, Creative Writing Alum. After graduating, Campbell landed in Los Angeles wanting to act and write, but didn't want to wait tables, so she got an internship, just from applying to a post online, at River Road Entertainment, which made Brokeback Mountain and 12 Years a Slave. Immediately she put her degree to work, dissecting stories and analyzing what made them worth telling. Ironically, the very first script they gave her to read took place in Santa Cruz. But she got to sit in the creative meetings with the executives and express her opinions about material, and from there, after a long time working another part time job as well and paying her dues, Campbell started working as the Assistant to the President. Although a heavily administrative position, Campbell got to keep being part of the creative team and learn how a movie is developed. After four years at River Road, she moved to DreamWorks and spent time on different desks within the studio's departments. In talking about her year working with the Director of Development, she says, "...I helped with notes on the different projects, and again the notes that screenwriters are given are similar to the notes you get in a creative writing seminar. I now work for the President of Production, and it's an amazing front row seat to movie making. While I've been here, I've watched The Light Between Oceans and The Girl on the Train go from books to movies. Throughout this whole trajectory, by reading so many screenplays, I learned how to write them, so I wrote my first feature. Ultimately that's what I would like to do, to write and make my own movies, but I think using what I learned at UCSC to support myself by working in Development has been a great way to start off in Hollywood."
Camille Campbell has a blog detailing her life in Los Angeles which you can find here.

Chetkovich Kathryn Chetkovich- B.A., UCSC, Writer, Playwright.  Kathryn Chetkovich is the author of  Friendly Fire, which won the Iowa Short Story Award and the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Acts of Love.  She also wrote the play She Said, She Said, and her essays and short stories have been published in several publications, including ZYZZYVA and Granta.

Coupe Justin Coupe- B.A., UCSC, 2004. Screenwriter. Justin Coupe is the writer, producer, and director of the documentary, Rivers of a Lost Coast, which explores the history of fly-fishing in California in the early 1900s.  In October of 2008, Justin finished principle photography on Cloud's Rest, a documentary that follows Austin Taylor, an inspirational man disabled by cerebral palsy, along his amazing, off-trail journey to the top of Cloud's Rest Peak in Yosemite National Park.

Cribbs Jacob Cribbs-B.A., UCSC, 2009. Playwright, writer. Jacob Cribbs has written two full-length plays, a one-act, currently resides in Brooklyn, NY as a freelance creative-work consultant, poet, and aspiring dramatist.  His work has appeared in various magazines, including The Cossack Literary Journal.

Katie Wheeler-Dubin, Creative Writing/Lit alum
Katie Wheeler-Dubin moved from San Francisco to New Orleans in May of 2014, and her book, I Went to Sleep Drunk and Woke up Hungry is an experimental memoir of her summer living and loving in New Orleans. The zine is a collection of typed letters, texts, hand-written notes, dragon drawings, photographs and snapchats. Katie printed all the text on a Brother printer, and printed the cover, fold-out poster and photographs on a Risograph printer, thanks to fellow UCSC alumni and printmaker, Max Stadnik. She perfect-bound an edition of 300 in a studio in West Oakland. 
Katie Wheeler-Dubin loves collaboration and direct sunlight and dancing. She was born and raised in San Francisco and wonders at her future, having become a professional subletter. She has performed at Kerouac Alley, the Bywater Wonderland of New Orleans, Cynic Cave, the Jewish Contemporary Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco’s Koret Auditorium, Viracocha, LitCrawl, The Santa Cruz Art Bar, The Portuguese Artist Colony and way back in the day, UCSC’s undergraduate Literature Colloquium. She serves as the films director for Quiet Lightning’s advisory board, co-produces a mixed-media storytelling show called Story²: Show and Tell, and performs for the monthly storytelling show, Crushes, Loves and One-Night Stands. This summer, she will be making an experimental documentary about San Francisco with Camilla Puccini and Quiet Lightning while raising a kitten. At the end of the day, she enjoys a whiskey, neat, and good loving. She shouts out to all those indigo children unpacking the spoiled meat in their hearts.  

David Ehrman- B.A., UCSC, 1971, Screenwriter. David Ehrman is an Emmy-nominated writer with 30 years experience in the entertainment business as a writer, producer and studio executive and the former vice president of creative affairs at Walt Disney Productions.  He has written for shows including Lincoln Heights, 24, Jag, Supernatural and The Fugitive. He is currently writing for the popular TV program Lie to Me starring Tim Roth. He lives in Los Angeles.

Cecilia Fairchild- B.A., UCSC, 2006.  Poet, writer, performance artist.  Wrote a one-woman show, and performed it at the Next Stage Theatre in Los Angeles. The show, called "Stripping in L.A.," was a collection of monologues, poems, and a little bit of dance about a girl moving back to L.A. after living by the ocean for several years, trying not to lose herself in the craziness of the city.

Feitell Merrill Feitell- B.A., UCSC, 1993, Writer.  http://merrillfeitell.com Merrill Feitell was awarded the Iowa Prize for Short Fiction for her first book, Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes. Her stories have been short-listed in Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Awards, and she has received fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bronx Council of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, and the state of Maryland. She is part of the MFA faculty at University of Maryland is also Fiction Editor for the literary journal Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking, and Light Industrial Safety. She lives in Baltimore.

Jason File- B.A., UCSC, 2004. Writer. Jason File is the author of Axis of Praxis, available on Amazon.

Foster Sesshu Foster- B.A., UCSC, Poet. http://atomikaztex.wordpress.com  Sesshu Foster has published several collections of poetry, including Invocation LA: Urban Multicultural Poetry (1989), City Terrace Field Manual (1996), Atomik Aztex (2005), American Loneliness: Selected Poems (2006), and World Ball Notebook (2008).  He won the American Book Award and Asian American Literary Award for Poetry for World Ball Notebook, the Believer Book Award for Atomik Aztex, and the American Book Award for Invocation LA: Urban Multicultural Poetry.  He  has taught at the University of Iowa, the California Institute of the Arts, and UCSC.

Grace Sina Grace- Writer, artist.  http://www.sinagrace.com Sina Grace is the author and illustrator of the indie mini-series Books with Pictures, the neo-noir Cedric Hollows in Dial M for Magic, and the autobiographical one-shot, Self-Obsessed. Not My Bag, which recounts a story of retail hell, is his newest book from Image Comics. He acts as the artist for S. Steven Struble's cult hit, The Li'l Depressed Boy, and provided illustrations for Amber Benson's middle grade book, Among the Ghosts. His art has been used by various musicians, including Rilo Kiley, Childish Gambino, and Common Rotation.

Grande Reyna Grande- B.A., UCSC, 1999, Writer.  http://www.reynagrande.com Reyna Grande’s new book, The Distance Between Us, is a memoir about her childhood in Mexico and her coming-of-age in the United States. The book ends when Reyna arrives in UC Santa Cruz, where she went on to become the first in her family to obtain a higher education. Her first novel, Across a Hundred Mountains, was her senior thesis at UC Santa Cruz, which went on to receive an American Book Award. She followed that book with Dancing with Butterflies in 2009.  Both novels have been published in Norway, and publication will soon follow in South Korea. 

Robin Gregory Portrait Robin Gregory - BA UCSC 1998, Novelist, screenwriter, poet  www.robingregory.net. Robin Gregory has been awarded the Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016, Indiefab 2015, IPPY Best Books of 2016, and two Eric Hoffer Awards for her début, young adult novel of magical realism, The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman (available at Amazon, online sites, brick & mortar stores). Translations in Chinese and Turkish to be released 2018. She has written a screenplay adaptation with Producer John Crye (The Whale Rider, Donnie Darko, Memento), and the project is being developed for the big screen. Presently, she is writing a sequel to Moojie Littleman and a chapbook of poetry. She lives in Carmel with her husband and son.

Haas Charlie Haas- B.A., UCSC, Writer, Screenwriter.  Charlie Haas is the author of The Enthusiast (2009).  He studied at UC Santa Cruz with Raymond Carver and James D. Houston and began writing screenplays with film teacher Tim Hunter. After moving to Los Angeles, Charlie continued writing with Tim while working as editorial director of Warner Bros. Records. His screenwriting credits include Over the Edge, Tex, Gremlins 2, and Matinee. While working on scripts, he began writing for magazines, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, The Threepenny Review, New West, Film Comment, The Village Voice, Outside, and a product of the L.A. art and punk scenes called Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing. His pieces have ranged from short humor to long reported essays, along with sports, food, art, music, and travel stories. He lives in Oakland.

Halpern Rob Halpern- Ph. D. UCSC, 2006, Poet.  http://www.nonsitecollective.org  Rob Halpern is the author of the poetry collections, Rumored Place and Snow Sensitive Skin (co-authored with Taylor Brady), Disaster Suites, and Music for Porn.  A founder of the Nonsite Collective, Halpern’s work has appeared in many publications, including Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures and ON: Contemporary Practice, and Chicago Review and Review of Contemporary Fiction. He lives in San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Hoffman Claire Hoffman- B.A., UCSC, 1999, Journalist. Claire Hoffman works is a freelance magazine writer living in Los Angeles. She is also an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Riverside. Claire has written for a number of national magazines including Rolling Stone, Condé Nast Portfolio, the New Yorker, Details, Fortune and others. Before magazines, Claire was a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where she covered everything from Hollywood, Scientology, and the adult entertainment industry.  She also contributed reporting to a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the New York Times that investigated fraud and death by the American freight railroads.

hooks bell hooks- Ph. D. UCSC, 1983, Writer, Activist.  As an author, social activist, and feminist, bell hooks has published several articles and over thirty books, including Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism, All About Love: New Visions, We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center.  Her work discusses systems of societal oppression and class domination, and how they relate to race, class, and gender.  She is the recipient of the American Book Awards/ Before Columbus Foundation Award, and was nominated for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award and the NAACP Image Award.  The Atlantic Monthly named her “one of our nation’s leading public intellectuals,” and she was included in Utne Reader’s “100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life.”

irion Robert Irion- B.A., UCSC, 1988, Writer, Journalist.  Robert Irion is a senior lecturer in science writing and directs the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. He is a freelance journalist for national science magazines and a former U.S. correspondent in astronomy and astrophysics for Science. His articles and essays have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian, Scientific American, Discover, New Scientist, Sky & Telescope, Reader’s Digest Books, and Muse. He has won three national writing awards for science journalism, including one from the American Institute of Physics for his book, One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos (Joseph Henry Press, 2000), coauthored with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Charles Liu. He lives in Santa Cruz.

jablonski Noria Jablonski- B.A., UCSC, 1991, Writer. http://noriajablonski.com  Noria Jablonski is the author of the story collection Human Oddities. Her stories have appeared in Swink, Monkeybicycle, KGB Bar Lit, and the anthology Who Can Save Us Now?: Brand-New Superheroes and Their Amazing (Short) Stories. She teaches at UC Santa Cruz and was a 2007 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

King Laurie R. King- B.A., UCSC, 1977. http://www.laurierking.com  Laurie R. King is the author of more than twenty books, including The Beekeeper’s Apprentice and A Grave Talent. She is best known for her detective fiction.  Her books have won the Edgar, Creasey, Wolfe, Lambda, and Macavity awards, and appear regularly on the New York Times bestseller list.

lisick Beth Lisick- B.A., UCSC, Writer. http://www.bethlisick.com Beth Lisick is the author of Helping Me Help Myself and the New York Times bestselling comic memoir, Everybody Into the Pool.  She performs in the queer literary roadshow, Sister Spit, and she has also toured as a solo spoken word performer and the front person for the band the Beth Lisick Ordeal.  She is the co-curator for San Francisco’s Porchlight Storytelling Series with Arline Klatte.  Her book, Yokohama Threeway, is due out in 2013.

mahr Krista Mahr- B.A., UCSC, Journalist. Krista Mahr is TIME's South Asia Bureau Chief and correspondent in New Delhi, India. She has worked in TIME's Tokyo bureau and Time Asia's headquarters in Hong Kong.

martinez Nina Marie Martinez- B.A., UCSC, 1998, Writer.  Nina Marie Martinez is the author of  ¡Caramba! (2005) and the recipient of the 2006 Whiting Writers’ Award.  She was born in San José, California to a first generation Mexican-American father, and an American mother of Germanic descent. A high school dropout, she holds a B.A. in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  She currently lives in Northern California, where she is at work on her second novel.

Mendoza Martha Mendoza-  B.A., UCSC, Journalist. Martha Mendoza is a journalist for the Associated Press and co-writer of the book, The Bridge at No Gun Ri, which won several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for investigative journalism.  She worked for the Madera Tribune, the Bay City News service and the Santa Cruz County Sentinel before joining the AP in 1995.  She is currently AP's San Jose, California correspondent.

mckenzie Elizabeth McKenzie- B.A., UCSC. Writer.  Elizabeth McKenzie's novel MacGregor Tells the World was a San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and Library Journal Best Book of 2007; her short story collection, Stop That Girl, was short-listed for the Story Prize and was a Newsday and Library Journal Best Book of 2005. Her work has appeared in Pushcart Prize XXV and Best American Nonrequired Reading, has been performed at Symphony Space in New York and Stories on Stage in Chicago, and recorded for NPR's Selected Shorts.  She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts/Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Artist Fellowship, and is the editor of My Postwar Life: New Writings from Japan and Okinawa, published in 2012.

Nils Michals Portrait Nils Michals- B.A., UCSC, Poet. www.nilsmichals.com
Nils Michals is the author of two collections of poetry, Come Down to Earth (Bauhan, 2014) and Lure (Pleiades, 2004). He lives in Santa Cruz and teaches at West Valley College.

Daniel Mirk- B.A., UCSC, 2006. Writer. http://danielmirk.tumblr.com  Daniel Mirk worked as a full-time writer for the Onion News Network web series, writing on over 300 videos.  He also wrote for the Onion News Network TV series which ran for two seasons on IFC.  Since leaving The Onion in 2012, Mirk has written for the Upright Citizens Brigade, Funny Or Die, Comedy Central, and various other comedy outlets.  He also directs sketch and video teams at the UCB theater in New York.

mullen Harryette Mullen- Ph.D. UCSC, Writer, Poet.  Harryette Mullen is the author of several short stories and collections of poetry, including S*PeRM**K*T (1992), Trimmings (1991), and Tree Tall Woman (1981).  She is the recipient of several awards, including the Gertrude Stein Award for innovative poetry, a Katherine Newman Award for best essay on U.S. ethnic literature, a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her poetry collection, Sleeping with the Dictionary (2002), was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She received a PEN Beyond Margins Award for her Recyclopedia (2006).  She currently teaches creative writing, American poetry, and African American literature at University of California, Los Angeles.

nagami Heather Nagami-  B.A., UCSC, Poet. Heather Nagami is the author of Hostile, a collection of poetry.  Her poems have appeared in Antennae, Rattle, and Xcp (Cross-Cultural Poetics). With her husband, Bryan, she runs overhere Press, a small press that publishes hand-bound chapbooks with an emphasis on poets of color and other underrepresented peoples. She teaches college writing at Northeastern University in Boston.

Nodine Thad Nodine-Writer. http://nodine.net Thad Nodine is the author of Touch and Go, which won the Dana Award for the Novel.  He received his Ph.D. in literature at UC Santa Cruz.  Nodine previously worked as a speech writer for U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles; a publishing director for an art gallery in Santa Fe, NM; a journalist in New Mexico, Colorado, and Japan; a college lecturer and writing instructor in California and Japan; a communications director and vice president of national education policy organizations; and an education policy specialist.  At UCSC, Nodine taught creative writing and was co-fiction editor of Quarry West magazine.

Palacio Melinda Palacio- B.A., UCSC, Poet, Novelist.  Melinda Palacio is an award-winning poet and novelist. She lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature, a B.A. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from UC Santa Cruz. She is a 2007 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Rosenthal Fellow and a 2009 poetry alum of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 awardShe is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her short story and excerpt of her novel-in-progress was a 2012 Glimmer Train Finalist. She also writes a column for La Bloga. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Contemporary Southern California LiteraturePALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, Pilgrimage Magazine, Eleven Eleven, Black Renaissance/Renaissance Noire, Southern Poetry Anthology, New Poets of the American West, and Mary: a Journal of New Writing. Tia Chucha Press published her first full-length poetry collection, How Fire Is A Story, Waiting, (2012).

Panush Michael Panush- B.A., UCSC, 2012. Michael Panush has published numerous short stories in a variety of e-zines including: AuroraWolf, Demon Minds, Fantastic Horror, Dark Fire Fiction, Aphelion, Horrorbound, Fantasy Gazetteer, Demonic Tome, Tiny Globule, and Defenestration.  He is the author of Clark Reeper Tales, Stein and Candle, and Dinosaur Jazz. 

pulcrano Dan Pulcrano- B.A., UCSC, 1980, Journalist, CEO.  Dan Pulcrano founded Metro Newspapers 25 years ago, and now serves as its CEO and executive editor. The Metro Newspapers group includes Metro Silicon Valley, Santa CruzWeekly and the North Bay Bohemian. Dan has been involved in launching several pioneering online services, including LiveWire in the early 1990s, as well as Boulevards, a top 1000 Internet company that operates a network of city sites and MovieTimes.com.

Katie Quarles- Poet. B.A., UCSC, 2009. Katie Quarles was the recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in poetry. She received second place in SPC's poetry contest. Her work has appeared in The King's English, Cahoots Magazine, Cause and Effect, and Apocryphal Text. She is currently finishing her first collection.

Ruiz Zoë Ruiz- Writer. http://booksandbreath.wordpress.com Zoë Ruiz is a writer and yoga instructor who lives in Los Angeles. She studied creative writing at UC Santa Cruz. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Two Serious Ladies, and Fine Print. She is a staff member of FOUND magazine, as well as The Rumpus Saturday Editor. Currently she’s working on her interview project “Learn People Better” and curates READINGS, a reading series.

sanders-self Melissa Sanders-Self- B.A., UCSC, 1987, Writer.  Melissa Sanders-Self was born in Tennessee and currently resides with her husband and children in Santa Cruz, California. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she received her B.A. with highest honors in Creative Writing and Literature. She produced and wrote the documentary film, Writing Women’s Lives. It aired nationally on PBS and is currently available from Films for the Humanities. She was awarded artist-residencies at both the Djerassi Foundation and the Ucross Foundation. She has previously published short fiction with New Rivers Press.  She is the author of All that Lives.

schatz Kate Schatz- B.A., UCSC, Writer.  http://www.kateschatz.com Kate Schatz is the author of Rid of Me.  Her short fiction has appeared in the Oxford American, Denver Quarterly, Bitch, and other publications.  She is the co-editor of the Encyclopedia Project with Tisa Bryant and Miranda Mellis.  She currently teaches creative writing and journalism at the Oakland School of the Arts.

scherer Michael Scherer- B.A., UCSC, Journalist.  Michael Scherer is the White House correspondent for TIME.  He has also worked for Salon.com, Mother Jones, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette.  After receiving his B.A. from UCSC in creative writing, he attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

serber Natalie Serber- B.A., UCSC, Writer. http://www.natalieserber.com Natalie Serber is the author of  the short story collection Shout Her Lovely Name (2012).  Her stories have been published in The Bellingham Review, Inkwell Magazine, Third Coast, Fourth Genre, Hunger Mountain, and several other publications.  She is the recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, Tobias Wolff Award, and H.E. Francis Award, and she was shortlisted in Best American Short Stories.

shaugnessy Brenda Shaughnessy- B.A., UCSC, Poet. Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of the poetry collections, Our Andromeda (2012),  Human Dark with Sugar (2008), which was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy (1999).  Her poems have appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Slate.com and elsewhere.  She is Poetry Editor-At-Large at Tin House Magazine, and is Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers-Newark.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and daughter.

skenazy Matt Skenazy- B.A., UCSC, 2008, Journalist. Since graduation Matt has worked as the Associate Editor at Surfing Magazine and as an intern at Men’s Journal. He is currently a freelance writer; his work has appeared in Surfing Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, Climbing Magazine, Australia’s Surfing Life, Santa Cruz Weekly, Good Times Santa Cruz, and Sierra Magazine. He lives in San Diego.

Patricia Stacey- B.A., UCSC, 1981, Writer.  A writer, college teacher, and former editorial staff member of the Atlantic Monthly, Patricia Stacey lives with her husband, Cliff and their children, Elizabeth and Walker, in western Massachusetts. She has written for The Atlantic Monthly, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Cosmopolitan and is the author of The Boy Who Loved Windows (De Capo 2003). Patricia graduated UCSC in 1981 from Cowell College and will always regard it as home (note her affectionate references to the wisteria in Cowell courtyard in her O Magazine piece about desire).

Stark Elizabeth Stark- B.A., UCSC, 1990, Writer.  http://elizabethstark.com Elizabeth Stark is the author of Shy Girl (1999), a national bestseller on the Lambda Book Report list and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Ferro-Grumely Award.  She has also published work in publications, including Curve, Lodestar Quarterly, Washington Square and the S.F. Bay Times.  She has also written, produced and directed for the screen, and her works include FtF: Female to Femme, A Conversation with Elizabeth’s Father, and Little Mutinies.  Currently, she offers private editing workshops and workshops.

swensen Cole Swensen- Ph.D., UCSC, Poet, Translator.  Cole Swensen is the author of more than twenty books of poetry and translations, including Goest, a collection of poetry which was a finalist for the National Book Award.  She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, Sun & Moon’s New American Writing Award, and the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her translation of Jean Frémon’s The Island of the Dead won the 2004 PEN USA Literary Award for Translation.  She has taught creative writing at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she currently teaches at Brown University.

swirsky Rachel Swirsky- B.A., UCSC, Writer, Poet.  http://www.rachelswirsky.com Rachel Swirsky is the author of Through Drowsy Park, a collection of feminist poems and short stories.  Her work has also appeared in Tor.com, Subterranean Magazine, Fantasy Magazine, Weird Tales, and the Konundrum Engine Literary Review. Swirsky also blogs about feminist science fiction and politics.  She earned her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

talbot David Talbot- B.A., UCSC, Writer, Producer. David Talbot is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon.com. Since leaving Salon, Talbot has established a reputation as a revisionist historian, with his books, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America, and Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love. Talbot is now the co-founder of a media production company called the Talbot Players, a story factory producing books, films, TV series and documentaries. Their first production was Sound Tracks, a TV series that explores the world through music. It debuted on PBS on Jan 25, 2010.

Tobar Héctor Tobar- Writer, journalist. http://www.hectortobar.com Héctor Tobar is the author of The Tattooed Soldier, Barbarian Nurseries, and Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States.  His third book, The Barbarian Nurseries, was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2011 and won the 2012 California Book Award gold medal for fiction. He is currently a weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the paper's bureau chief in Mexico City and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also worked for several years as the National Latino Affairs Correspondent. In 1992, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his work as part of the team covering the L.A. riots for the Los Angeles Times.

Truong Tran- Poet. B.A., UCSC, 1992. http://gnourtnart.com/home.html   Truong Tran is a Vietnamese-American poet, visual artist, and teacher.  He is the author of five collections of poetry, including Four Letter Words (2008), and a children’s book, Going Home Coming Home (2003).  His collection dust and consciousness (2002) won the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize, and in 2003, he served as Writer in Residence for Intersection for the Arts. Tran currently lives in San Francisco, where he teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and is Writer in Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts.

wollan Malia Wollan- B.A., UCSC, Journalist.  Malia Wollan is a national contributor in the New York Times San Francisco bureau, where she reports on a wide spectrum of topics from Central Valley secession movements to agriculture to skateboarders taking over empty pools at foreclosed houses. Wollan is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Young Gary Young- B.A., UCSC, Poet. Gary Young is a poet and artist whose books include Hands, The Dream of A Moral Life, Days, Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, No Other Life, which won the William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America, Pleasure, and his most recent collection, Even So: New and Selected Poems. Young has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in addition to other awards he has received a Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He edits the Greenhouse Review Press, and his print work is represented in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Getty Center for the Arts.

 

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