Until recently, Chris Daley was the Director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, and she is currently Lecturer in Writing at the California Institute of Technology. Chris is also a founder of editing collective WordCraft LA. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, FORTH Magazine, Angels Flight • literary west, DUM DUM Zine, Front Porch Journal, Cease, Cows, Los Angeles Review of Books, and various academic collections. An essay originally published in The Collagist was included in the W.W. Norton anthology, Brief Encounters: A Collection of Contemporary Nonfiction. Chris previously served as a judge for the fiction and first fiction awards of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Work on her novel in progress An Astonishing Force for Betterment has been supported by the Ucross Foundation, the Yefe Nof California Writing Residency, and the Studios of Key West. Email Chris at chrisdaleyWD@gmail.com.
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Christopher DeWan is author of HOOPTY TIME MACHINES: fairy tales for grown ups, a collection of domestic fabulism from Atticus Books. He has published more than fifty stories, is featured in Best Small Fictions, and has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. He has created television projects with AwesomenessTV/Viacom, the Chernin Group, and Electric Entertainment, and has collaborated on video game properties for Bad Robot, Paramount, Universal, and the Walt Disney Company. Learn more at http://christopherdewan.com.
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Elline Lipkin is a poet, nonfiction writer, and academic. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD in Creative Writing. Currently a Research Scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, she has taught at a range of colleges and universities, including UC Berkeley, Scripps College, and Chapman University. Her first book, The Errant Thread, was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Kore Press First Book Award. Her second book, Girls' Studies, is part of the Seal Studies series and explores contemporary girlhood in America. She has been in residence at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and was a California Resident at Yefe Nof. Her poems and critical essays have been published widely. In 2019 and 2020 she served on the selection committee for the Kate & Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards. From 2016-2018, she was the Poet Laureate of Altadena and co-editor of the Altadena Poetry Review.
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Francesca Lia Block, M.F.A., is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry. She received the Spectrum Award, the Phoenix Award, the ALA Rainbow Award and the 2005 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as other citations from the American Library Association and from the New York Times Book Review, School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. Her work has been translated into Italian, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese. Francesca has also published stories, poems, essays and interviews in The Los Angeles Times, The L.A. Review of Books, Spin, Nylon, Black Clock, The Fairy Tale Review and Rattle among others. She has also adapted her work into screenplay form. In addition to writing, Francesca is a beloved and devoted teacher. She was named Writer-in-Residence at Pasadena City College in 2014 and in 2018-19 became a Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Redlands where she was a finalist for Professor of the Year award. Currently she teaches fiction at UCLA Extension, Antioch University, and privately in Los Angeles where she was born, raised and currently still lives. Contact: francescaliablock@sbcglobal.net
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Kate Maruyama’s novel Harrowgate was published by 47North. Her short work has appeared in Stoneboat, Arcadia Magazine, Controlled Burn, and on Salon, Entropy, and The Rumpus, among other online journals, as well as in threeanthologies. In addition to Los Angeles Writing Classes, she teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles in their BA programs. She writes, teaches, cooks, and eats in Los Angeles, where she lives with her family.
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Kim Young is the author of Tigers, forthcoming from PANK Books, Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and finalist for the 2014 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the chapbook Divided Highway (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). She is the founding editor of Chaparral, an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California, and her poems and essays have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, TriQuarterly, POOL and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles with her family. Contact her at kyoung3264@gmail.com about upcoming classes.
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Lisa Fetchko has published essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translations in a variety of publications including Ploughshares, Bookforum, the LA Review of Books, and n+1. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College and teaches in the bilingual MFA in Creative Writing Program at Mount Saint Mary’s. She has also taught writing in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA and at Orange Coast College. In addition to teaching and writing, she has worked in architecture and documentary filmmaking in the United States and Latin America.
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Neelanjana Banerjee's fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in Prairie Schooner, The Literary Review, World Literature Today, PANK Magazine, Nimrod, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Teen Vogue and many other places. She is Managing Editor of Kaya Press, an independent publishing house dedicated to Asian diasporic literature, and teaches writing in the Asian American Studies Department at UCLA. She lives in El Sereno with her husband, two sons, and dog. She is teaching Fiction workshops in East LA this spring, and is available for private consultations and coaching in Fiction, poetry and essay writing. Reach her directly at neelanjana.banerjee@gmail.com.
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Scott O’Connor is the author of 'A Perfect Universe: Ten Stories', the novels 'Zero Zone' (Coming in October, 2020), 'Untouchable', and 'Half World', and the novella 'Among Wolves'. He has been awarded the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, and his stories have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times/EFG Story Prize and cited as Distinguished in Best American Short Stories. Additional work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Zyzzyva, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is available for private coaching (particularly if you're working on a novel) and can be reached at scott@gostudiosla.com
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Summer Block has published short fiction, poetry, and essays in The Awl, Catapult, The Toast, Longreads, The Rumpus, Electric Lit, and McSweeney's, and The Nervous Breakdown. Her work has been included in several anthologies. She teaches memoir, essay, and narrative nonfiction courses to both children and adults. She is also available for private editing, coaching, and copy writing at summer.block@gmail.com.
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Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the daughter of Mexican immigrants and author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications 2016). A former Steinbeck Fellow, Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner, and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee, she’s received residencies from Hedgebrook, Ragdale, National Parks Arts Foundation and Poetry Foundation. Her work is published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and American Poetry Review to name a few. A dramatization of her poem "Our Lady of the Water Gallons," directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at latinopia.com. She is a member of the Miresa Collective and director of Women Who Submit.
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Zan is a full-time freelance writer and the author of the young adult novels A SONG TO TAKE THE WORLD APART, GRACE AND THE FEVER, and LOOK. Her non-fiction has appeared in BuzzFeed, Eater, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review Daily and The Washington Post, among other outlets.
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