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Listen in on The Writers Studio Craft Class featuring student Cécile Barlier discussing the writing of her award-winning collection of stories A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation.

Though a newcomer to the genre, Bay Area author Cécile Barlier shows a mastery of the form with this visceral and eclectic debut. In stories that span from the harrowing and macabre to the outlandish and amusing, she turns everyday situations into playgrounds for literary experimentation,” says the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Diana Albrink’s book New York in 40 Dates was published by Uitgeverij Q. Diana is a former Amsterdam Workshop student.

Jane Avrich sold her first two books to Houghton Mifflin. The Winter Without Milk includes stories that appeared in Harpers, The Paris Review, Story, Tin House and Ploughshares. Jane is a recipient of the Hemingway Short Story Prize, and was a longtime NYC Master Class student.

Cecile Barlier’s short story collection, A Gypsy’s Book of Revelation, was published by Red Hen Press in 2021. Winner of the Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction (2019), Cecile is a much-published, long-time San Francisco student.

Chris Belden’s novel Shiver was re-published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. Chris is a former Master Class student.

Lisa Bellamy’s The Northway, a full-length collection of poetry and prose poems, was published by Terrapin Books in 2018. In 2020 she published poems in Blue Mountain Review, Connecticut River Review, Eastern Iowa Review and Salamander Magazine. She had four Pushcart nominations in 2018: “Cow Psalm” (Connecticut River Review), “Wild Pansy” (Terrapin Books), “Our Fathers” (New Ohio Review) and “God Is an Old Pear” (West Texas Literary Review). “Wild Pansy,” published in Southern Review, was chosen for the Academy of American Poets website in spring 2018, and was named one of 33 poems on nature that honor the natural world by Book Riot. She has also been the featured poet on the website of Asimov’s Science Fiction. She has many additional recent poetry publications in journals including Blue Mountain Review, Blueline Literary Magazine, Chiron Review, Cloudbank, Gone Lawn, Hotel Amerika, Mohave River Review, New Ohio Review, The Puritan–Frontiers of New English, Salamander, Slipstream, The Southampton Review, Strange Horizons,TriQuarterly and Verse Daily. Her chapbook NECTAR won Encircle Publications/The Aurorean’s 2011 chapbook contest. Her poem “My Sweet Little Pigeons” was nominated for a 2008 Pushcart Prize and won the 2008 Fugue Poetry Prize. Lisa teaches NYC Advanced Poetry and Level III, and Online Maintaining Your Creative Spirit at The Writers Studio.

Lori Bongiorno’s book Green, Greener, Greenest: A Practical Guide to Making Eco-Smart Choices a Part of Your Life was published by Perigee, an imprint of Penguin. Lori is a former student.

Paula Brancato’s book of poems For My Father was published in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. Paula is a former student.

M. Buckner, a student in Online Level II, had her fourth novel, Watermind, published by Thomas Doherty Assoc./Tor in 2008. Her third novel, War Surf (Penguin/Ace), won the Phillip K. Dick Award for Best U.S. Paperback Science Fiction of 2005. Her first novel, Hyperthought (Penguin/Ace), won the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award for Best Novel of 2003 and was one of six finalists for the Phillip K. Dick Award.

Deborah Clearman’s second novel, Remedios, was published by New Meridian Arts Liberary Press (2020). Her first novel, Todos Santos, was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2010, and her story collection Concepción and the Baby Brokers and Other Stories Out of Guatemala was published by Rain Mountain Press in 2017. Her stories have appeared in Hamilton Stone Review, Adirondack Review, Connecticut Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Green Hills Literary Lantern and storySouth. Deborah is a former student in the Master Class.

Thea Cooper’s and Arthur Ainsberg’s book Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, The Discovery of Insulin and the Making of a Medical Miracle was published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press. Thea is a former Advanced Poetry student.

Lesley Dormen’s book of linked stories, The Best Place to Be, was published in 2007 after a bidding war among three prominent publishers; she accepted a six-figure advance from Simon & Schuster. Lesley, who started as a student in Level I, wrote every story in the collection in Writers Studio workshops. She is currently associate director of The Writers Studio, a student in the Master Class and teacher of NYC Level IV and Craft Class. She also had an essay in Unholy Ghosts: Writers on Depression (William Morrow). Lesley’s essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in ElleO The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Glimmer Train, Open City, Atlantic Monthly and Five Points. Lesley is a recipient of a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a Yaddo and a MacDowell Fellow.

Austin Duffy’s debut novel, This Living and Immortal Thing, was acquired by Granta. His story “Orca” was awarded first prize in the Irish National Public Radio’s National Short Story Competition. Austin is a former Level III student.

Puneet Dutt’s poetry chapbook PTSD south Beach was published by Grey Borders Press (2016). Puneet’s work has appeared in Apex Magazine, Canadian Literature, EVENT, Molotov Cocktail, White Wall Review and the League of Canadian Poets. Puneet’s work also appeared, alongside that of Margaret Atwood, in the anthology Imaginarium 4: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing Anthology (ChiZine, 2015).

Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad (Random House 2010) was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her novel Look at Me (Doubleday, 2001) was nominated for a National Book Award. Jennifer was a Writers Studio student earlier in her career.

Pamela Erens, a former student in the Master Class, will have two books published by Ig Publishing in 2021: Matasha, a novel for readers age 10 to 14, and a volume on Middlemarch for its Bookmarked series on works that have shaped an author’s writing and life. Her third novel, Eleven Hours (2016) was reviewed in The New York Times and featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and The Brian Lehrer Show. Her second novel, The Virgins, was published by Tin House Books in 2013. It was named an Editor’s Choice selection by The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Library Journal. In The New York Times, John Irving called The Virgins “flawlessly executed and irrefutably true.” The novel has also been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine; Vanity Fair; Redbook; Los Angeles Review of Books; the Daily Beast, and New York magazine’s blog (The Vulture). Her novel The Understory was published by Ironweed Press in 2007, won the Ironweed Press Fiction Competition, and was named an LA Times Book Prize for First Fiction finalist. It was also a finalist for the 2008 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She was awarded two fellowships in fiction from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, most recently in 2007. Her poems and stories have appeared in Chicago Review, Boston Review, Redivider, Skidrow Pentouse, upstreet, No Roses Review, Another Chicago Magazine, The Literary Review and The Bellingham Review.

Kathleen Flynn’s debut novel, The Jane Austen Project, was published by Harper Perennial in 2017. Kathleen is a former Online Level I student.

Jeff Friedman’s fourth collection of poetry, Black Threads, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2006. His other collections include Taking Down the Angel (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2003), Scattering the Ashes (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998) and The Record-Breaking Heat Wave (BkMk Press-University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1986). His poems and translations have appeared in many literary magazines, including American Poetry Review, Poetry, 5 AM, New England Review, Forward, Poetry East and The New Republic. He is a core faculty member in the MFA program in Poetry Writing at New England College. Jeff was a poet in the Master Class early in his career.

Alice Hatcher’s debut novel, The Wonder That Was Ours, was published by Dzanc Books in fall 2018. It made the 2018 long list of The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. Alice credits her classes in Tucson with helping her find her unusual narrator, a collective of cockroaches. Her story “Compound Fractures” was published in The Masters Review (2020).

Michele Herman’s novel Save the Village (Regal House Publishing) and her second chapbook of poems, Just Another Jack: The Private Lives of Nursery Rhymes (Finishing Line Press) were both published in 2022. Her first chapbook, Victory Boulevard, came out in 2018 (Finishing Line Press). Her stories, poems and essays have been published widely, and she is recipient of several awards, including two Willis Barnstone Translation Prizes and the 2018 Best Column Award from the New York Press Association. Michele is a long-time online Level 1, Memoir and Tutorial teacher.

John Hoda’s novel Phantasy Baseball was published on Amazon for Kindle. John is a former Online Level I student.

Libby Jacobs, who studied online and in a tutorial, had her collection of stories Wolf Note published by Rager Media in 2005. Most of the stories started as exercises in the workshops.

Ira Kalina’s mystery novel Final Shot was published by CreateSpace.

Eleanor Kedney’s full-length poetry collection, Between the Earth and Sky, was published in 2020 by C&R Press (Conscious & Responsible) and was a finalist for the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in Poetry. Her poem “Imagine” was chosen as a finalist for Mslexia‘s 2020 Poetry Competition and appears in Issue 89. Her six-part poem “Six Moons on a Screen” appeared online in April 2020 in The Maynard along with audio of her reading it. She is also author of the chapbook The Offering (Liquid Light Press, 2016). Fjords Review nominated her poem “A Park Bench in Prague” for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. Her poems have appeared in a number of U.S. and international periodicals, including Connecticut River Review, Manzano Mountain Review, Miramar Poetry Journal, Mudfish, New Ohio Review, The New York Quarterly, Sliver of Stone, Snapdragon: A Journal of Art and Healing and The Fourth River. She is recipient of the riverSedge poetry prize, and two of her river poems appear online with audio at Under a Warm Green Linden. She has contributed to the anthologies The Cumberland River Review, The First Five Years (Trevecca Nazarene University, 2018) and The Writers Studio at 30 (Epiphany Editions, 2017), among others. Her poem “A New World” was a finalist in the 2017 Raynes Poetry Competition and is included in the collection Borders and Boundaries. She has a poem in volume 2 of Awake in the World, a nature and adventure collection. Eleanor is the founder of the Tucson branch and served as the director for ten years. She has taught all The Writers Studio level classes, including the first Tucson Master Class.

Robert Kendrick, a former New York and online poetry student, had his first volume of poetry, What Once Burst with Brilliance, published by Iris Press in 2018.

Jeff Lawenda’s novel White Hat, Black Hat was published by Peppertree Press in 2019. In 2015 he published a collection with the same publisher called Pathways: Novellas and Stories of New York. Jeff is a former Level III student.

Kimberly Malinowski’s poetry collection Home was published by Kelsay Books (2021). Her chapbook Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press (2018). Her work has been published widely in journals including Element(ary) My Dear; Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine; Calliope; Three Drops from a Cauldron; War, Literature, and the Arts; The Eunoia Review; Daughter of the Son; Melancholy Hyperbole; Dirt; Petals in the Pan; Switch the Difference; Welter; Souvenir; The Phoenix Soul and Wildflower Muse.

Jana Martin’s short story collection Russian Lover and Other Stories was published by YetiBooks/VerseChorusPress. Jana is a former Level III student.

Chronicle Books published two books by tutorial teacher Sarah (Sally) McElwain:  To the Happy Couple, Creating a Great Wedding Toast with Style (2006) and Saying Grace (2003).

Martha McPhee’s novel Gorgeous Lies (Harcourt) was a 2002 National Book Award Finalist. Her other novels include Bright Angel Time (Harcourt 1999). Martha studied at The Writers Studio before publishing these books.

Sean Miller’s book Strung Together: The Cultural Currency of String Theory as a Scientific Imaginary was published by the University of Michigan Press. He co-edited and wrote the introduction to Riffing on Strings: Creative Writing Inspired by String Theory, published in 2008 by Scriblerus Press. It’s a collection of essays, short stories, poems, and a play that explores the cosmic and cultural resonances of string theory. Sean is a former Writers Studio student.

Mary Jane Myers published her collection of short stories, Curious Affairs, with Paul Dry Books in 2018. She is a former San Francisco and Online student.

Julie Otsuka’s novel The Swimmers was published by Penguin Randon House in 2022. Becky Meloan of The Washington Post writes, “If Otsuka doesn’t write another novel for several years, it will be okay. This is one to be savored and reread.” Otsuka is a former student in the NYC branch.

Molly Patterson’s first novel Rebellion was published by Harper in 2017. Kirkus called her “a talent to watch.” She is a former student and teacher in the San Francisco branch.

Alex Poppe’s short story collection Girl, World was published by Laughing Fire Press (2017) and was a Montaigne Medal finalist, a First Horizon Award finalist, an Eric Hoffer Grand Prize Short List finalist, and won an honorable mention in generation fiction. Her second book, Moxie, came out in 2018 from Tortoise Books. Her stories, flash fiction works and essays have appeared in Stoneboat Journal, Litro Magazine, Short Fiction, Bella Caledonia, Halfway Down the Stairs, Prick of the Spindle, The Molotov Cocktail, The Legendary Magazine and Prime Numbers. Her story “Sanctuary” was a finalist in the Conflict Contest at Red Line Magazine, and her story “Room 308” a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award for Prose. Her short story “Mosul” was commended in the Baker Prize competition and appeared in Laughing Fire Press. Her story “The Crystal Fairies” was a semifinalist in the Conium Review’s Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Her story “Kurdistan” was one of the top 25 pieces in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest. Her story “Laffy Taffy” was awarded fourth prize in the Phyllis Scott Writing Contest. Her essay “Cages: The Intersection of Race, Fear, and Terrorism” was published by Today & Yesterday. You can hear her read and talk about The Writers Studio on The Other Stories podcast. Alex is an online Level IV student.

Jessica Powell’s novel The Big Distraction (2018) was the first full-length novel published online by Medium. The book received a write-up in The New York Times. Jessica is a former Tutorial student.

Allan Retzky’s novel Vanished in the Dunes…A Hamptons Mystery was published in 2012 by Oceanview Publishing. It received positive reviews in Library Journal, Portland Book Review and The Mystery Gazette, among other publications. Allan was a long-time student.

Maire Robinson’s novel Skin Paper Stone was published by New Island Press. Maire is an Online Level II student.

J.J. Roth’s story “Heartworm” was published in Nature’s science fiction column. Her story “So Suffer the Heartbroken Wingless” was published by Urban Fantasy Magazine. J.J. Roth is the pen name of an Online Master Class student.

Kaira Rouda’s novel Here, Home, Hope was published in 2011. Kaira is a former Online Master Class student. Real You Incorporated: 8 Essential Facts for Woman Entrepreneurs was published by Wiley in 2008.

Frazier Russell, a longtime teacher, had his book of poems, Lush, published by Four Way Books in 2001. Some of his poems were chosen by Garrison Keillor to be read on NPR.

Rosalia Scalia’s short story collection Stumbling Toward Grace will be published by Unsolicited Press in November 2021, and is available for pre-order now.

Lynn Schmeidler’s debut full-length poetry collection, History of Gone, was published in 2018 by Veliz Books. Lynn is a former Master Class student.

J.D. Serling’s novel Good Neighbors was published by 12, an imprint of Hachette. Her story “Wallis” was published in The North American Review and her story “The Red Bird” was published in the Fall 2010 issue of New Ohio Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Joanne is a former Master Class student.

Christopher X. Shade’s novel The Good Mother of Marseille was published in April 2019 by Paloma Press. His book of poems, Shield the Joyous, was published in 2020 also by Paloma Press, and concerns the loss of loved ones to the disease of addiction. His fiction and poetry appear regularly in journals; recently, the poem “Dogs, Cincinnati” in The Literary Review; the poem “Ambulance Rides” in The American Journal of Poetry; the story “Cathedral Square, Mobile, Alabama” in Chaleur Magazine, and the story “Astronauts” in The Writers Studio at 30 anthology. Christopher teaches NYC Level I.

Taije Silvermans debut poetry collection, Houses Are Fields, was published in 2009. Her poem “Grief” was selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2016, and her poem “Spiritual Evaluation” won the Anne Halley Prize from The Massachusetts Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Taije is a former Level I student.

Martha Southgate’s first novel, The Fall of Rome, was published in 2002 by Scribner. She previously published two books for young adults. Martha won a New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2001, and is a former NYC student.

Laura Tucker’s middle-grade novel, All the Greys on Greene Street, was published by Viking after a bidding war with six publishing houses and was named one of the New York Times Best Children’s Books of 2019. Laura is a long-time student.

Wendy Tyson’s book The Seduction of Miriam Cross was published by e-Lit Books. Wendy is a former Level III student.

Theresa Varela’s novel Covering the Sun with My Hand was published in 2013 by Aignos Publishing. Theresa is an Online Level I student.

Maggie Wells landed a book contract with Epic Press to publish a series of six young adult novels in 2015. Maggie is a NYC Level II student.

Glenn Williams’s novel Armed Response was published by Harlequin/Gold Eagle in 2015. Glenn is a former Amsterdam Workshop student.

Rich Zahradnik’s novel Lights Out Summer won the 2018 Shamus Award for best private investigator paperback original novel. The first two installments in his crime series were published by Camel Press. The first book, Last Words, won the Bronze Medal for mystery/thriller ebook in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards and Honorable Mention in the 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. It was also a finalist in the mystery category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Drop Dead Punk, book two, came out in 2016. Rich is a former Level IV student.


After taking one Level I workshop, Nitza Agam published her story “Scent of Jasmine” in the summer 2003 issue of Jewish Frontier.

Jaclyn Alexander’s story “The Tunnel” was published in The Vestal Review. Jaclyn is a former Level I student.

Rowyda Amin’s chapbook Desert Sunflowers was published by flipped eye publishing limited. Rowyda is a former Advanced Poetry student.

Sonni Aun’s story “The Vegetable Seller,” published in The Bellevue Literary Review in 2016, was nominated for a Pushcart. Sonni is a Master Class student.

Lisa Badner has three poems in Rattle #55, a special civil service poet tribute issue (March 2017), as well as three poems forthcoming in New Ohio Review. Her poem “Shrimps” appeared in PANK, “Watching Adoption Video with My 8 Year Old” in Mom Egg Review, and “A Sunday Walk in Autumn” in Vine Leaves Literary Journal. Her poems have also appeared in Poetica Magazine, BlipTriQuarterly, Fourteen HillsThe Cape Rock and Mudlark. Lisa is a student in the Master Class and runs the Tutorial program.

Sylvie Bertrand had a flurry of story publications in 2018. “Tell Me If It Hurts” was published in Chaleur Magazine and also won an Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest. “Barely Unscathed,” one of two poems in Silver Needle Press, was named the winner of the Press’s Poem of the Week contest. “The Garbage Strike,” a finalist for the Glimmer Train Very Short Story Contest, will appear in Peregrine Journal, fall 2018. Her work has also been published in Epiphany, Cleaver Magazine and Penultimate Peanut Magazine, and has received a Pushcart special mention. Sylvie teaches New York Level I and online Memoir.

Duncan Bock’s story “The Santa Monica No. 2” appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany. Duncan is a former student in the Master Class.

Julianne Bond’s poem “Why I Flyfish” will appear in Sport Literate in summer 2017. Julianne is a student in the Master Class.

Gerard Cabrera’s short story “Ioannes est nomen meus” was awarded Honorable Mention in the May 2011 Glimmer Train Short Story Contest for New Writers. Gerard is a former student.

Ian Caskey, a student in the Novel Workshop, has a story in Bomb Magazine, December 2016.

Doris Cheng’s flash fiction piece “How to Ask Your White Teacher for a Letter of Recommendation” won second prize in Berkeley Literary Review’s Sudden Fiction Contest and will appear in May 2020. Her story “The Choice, 1988” will appear in Witness Magazine’s Fall 2020 issue. She has also been published The Southampton Review and Calyx Journal. Doris was a Master Class student.

Nancy Connor’s poem “For Cigarettes” won a 2023 Pushcart Prize. Nancy is a Master Class student as well as workshop and tutorial teacher.

Rebecca Cooney’s memoir “Blissville” is being published in the online journal The WG News. Rebecca is a Workshop teacher.

Cameron Coursey’s story “Pinheads” appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of Our Stories, an online literary journal, and was a runner-up for the 2009 Richard Bausch Short Story Prize. Cameron is a Level II student.

Jennafer D’Alvia’s story “Hercules” will appear in Rappahannock Review in May 2020. Her story “Then One Day You Give a Guy Your Legs” appeared in the November 2015 issue of 34th Parallel Magazine. Jennafer is a teacher.

Isabelle Deconinck’s story “The Other” appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of Epiphany, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her story “The Kiss” appeared in the Summer 2007 issue of the online literary magazine KGBBarLit. She was awarded a three-month Residence Grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Isabelle is a student in the Master Class and organizer of the Writers Studio reading series.

Suzanne Dottino’s story “The Hopefuls” was published in 2018 in JMWW. It began as an exercise in Level IV.

Elizabeth England was shortlisted for the 2016 American Fiction Award by New Rivers Press for her story “Bruised People,” which appeared in American Fiction Volume 16 (Fall 2017). Her story “Getting to Know William Langley” was a finalist for the Faulkner Wisdom Competition in 2017. Her story “First Girl” won The Journal’s Short Story Competition, and appeared in the Winter 2007 issue. She was the 2001 Grand Prize Winner for Fiction awarded by Inkwell Magazine. Her stories have also appeared in North Atlantic Review and Connecticut Review. Elizabeth was a longtime student in the Master Class.

In 2003, Roberto Espinoza, a Level I student, won an ABC Talent Development Grant, a stepping stone to developing a television series for the network.

Gina Forberg’s chapbook Leaving Normal received Honorable Mention from Anabiosis Press and will be published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Her poem “X and Y” appears in the online issue (#13) of The Cactus Heart Press. Her poem “Smoking” appeared in Damselfly Press online. Her poems “Last Night in Own Bed” and “Swinging for the Fences” will appear The Barefoot Journal. Her poem “Picking Out Wigs” is being published by The Cancer Poetry Project. She received a fellowship from Fairfield University for their Summer Connecticut Writers’ Project (2011). Her poem “Song” appeared in the winter 2010-2011 online Language and Migration issue of The Platte Valley Review. Her poems “The Junior Leaguers” and “The Stars” appeared on the secondary short list for the Margaret Reid Poetry Prize for Traditional Verse. Her poems “The Turn” and “The Olympics as a Metaphor for Sex” appeared in The Mascara Review, an online journal. “Starburst” appeared in the Squaw Valley Review. She was accepted into the Summer 2008 Squaw Valley Community of Writers Workshop. Gina is a former student in the Master Class.

Stephanie Gangi’s poem “Four” was shortlisted for the Hippocrates 2014 Poetry Award. Her novel The Next was named a finalist in the Writers@Work Fellowship Competition in February 2014. Stephanie is a Level III student.

Judy Gerbin’s poem “Two Girls” will appear in Stone Canoe (February 2021). Judy is a student in the Master Class.

James Gibbs’s story “The Man Who Skipped Sixes” appeared in the May 2015 issue of Storyscape Journal. James is a Master Class student.

Sherine Gilmour’s poems have appeared in Isotope, Many Mountains Moving, Lumina, So to Speak, JMWW and 13magazine. She was given a financial award to attend the Key West Literary Seminar in January 2012. Her poems “Polish Poem” and “I Love You All Day Long,” which appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Green Mountains Review, were both nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Her poem “College Choir, Midnight Before the Assassination” received an Honorable Mention in the Paterson Literary Review in 2004.  Sherine is a teacher.

Teresa Giordano’s story “Reina” placed in a literary contest with Psychopomp Magazine and was published in a chapbook called Nostos. Teresa is a former Master Class student.

Katherine Gleason’s story “Fred Astaire Refuses” appeared in the April 2008 issue of Mississippi Review Online. “Chestnuts” appeared in the winter 2010 issue of Alimentum: The Journal of Food. “Sweet Treat” won first prize in the 2007 River Styx Schlafly Beer Microfiction Contest. “Flight” was published in the 2008 Southeast Review and was a finalist in that publication’s World’s Best Short Story Contest. “Tvorog” won Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s August 2008 Very Short Fiction Award. Her story “A Perfect Fit” appeared in the anthology The Erotic Treasury. Katherine is a former Level IV student.

Jean Godfrey-June, who was a longtime student, published her memoir Free Gift with Purchase/My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup (Random House, 2006). Jean is beauty editor of Goop and former beauty editor of Lucky.

Michael Grabell’s first poetry chapbook, Macho Man, won the 2013 Finishing Line Press Chapbook Prize. His poem “Before Committing” was chosen by Stephen Dunn for second place in the River Styx International Poetry Contest and appeared in the Fall 2009 issue. Michael is an Advanced Poetry student.

Edmund Granski’s poem “The Cancer Patient’s Husband” appeared in issue 40 of the Paterson Literary Review. Ed is a former Advanced Poetry student.

Nancy Green’s story “Patrimony” appeared in the fall 2013 issue of The Bellevue Literary Review. Nancy is a former Master Class student.

Patrick Cabello Hansel’s second book of poetry, Quitting Time, was published February 2021 by Atmosphere Press. His first book, The Devouring Land, was published by Main Street Rag Publishing in 2019. In 2020, he had poems in Bacopa, Burningwood Literary Journal, Heirlock, Iris Literary Journal, Nine Cloud Journal, Twisted Vine and others, and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Patrick is a former Master Class student.

Lullwater Review, the literary journal of Emory University, published “After the Deluge,” a short story by Jack Harari in 2006. Jack wrote the story while a student in the Master Class.

Texas Poetry Review published two works by April Heck written while she was a Master Class student.

Michele Herman’s stories, essays and poems have appeared widely in publications including Cagibi, Diagram, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The New York Times and The Sun. Her first novel, Save the Village, is due out in February 2022 from Regal House Publishing, at around the same time as her second chapbook of poems, Just Another Jack: The Private Lives of Nursery Rhymes (Finishing Line Press). Her first chapbook, Victory Boulevard, was published in 2018 by Finishing Line. She won first place for Best Column in the 2018 New York Press Association Better Newspaper contest, was a finalist for the Orlando Prize for Short Fiction (2010), a finalist for the Robert and Adele Schiff Award in short fiction (2015), a two-time winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize (2015 and 2017), a finalist for the Bass River Press Poetry Competition (2016), and a semifinalist for the Raymond Carver Short Fiction Prize (2016). Her personal essays appear regularly in the Greenwich Village news website The Village Sun. She often performs her own work in theatrical and cabaret settings around New York City. Michele is a longtime Online Level I,  Memoir, and Tutorial teacher.

Karen Hildebrand’s play “The Old In and Out,” based on her poetry, was performed in Manhattan in June 2013. Her poems and essays have appeared in G.W. ReviewFourth River, Stand, The Journal,  Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (Vol. VI)The Distillery, Southern Humanities Review, The Cape Rock, Gathering of the Tribes, Fourteen Hills, Slipstream, South Carolina ReviewCenter: A Journal of the Literary ArtsRiver Oak ReviewPennsylvania EnglishNatural Bridges, Willard & MapleDistillery, Whiskey Island Magazine and The Kitchen Sink. Her manuscript Need was shortlisted for the 2009 Center for Book Arts Poetry Chapbook Competition judged by Kim Addonizio and Sharon Dolin.

Elizabeth Hill has had two poems accepted for publication in 2021: “Crossword” in Blue Lake Review and “The Fall” in 34th Parallel Magazine (2021). Elizabeth is a Level II student.

Joel Hinman’s story “Nobody Listens” appeared in North Atlantic Review. His story “The Father Was Created by the Child” appeared in The Brooklyn Review. Joel is an NYC and Online level II teacher.

Sakinah Hofler’s story “The Prophet, the Fixer” won the 2018 Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award. Sakinah worked with Isaac Kirkman (Tucson) along with several poets and visual artists to create a work called 8, published by Counterexample Poetics.

Lorien House’s flash fiction, essays and poems have appeared in Foliate Oak, The Write Place at The Write Time, Pirene’s Fountain, Ascent Aspirations Magazine and Chantarelle’s Notebook. Lorien is an Advanced Poetry student.

Scott Hunter has a short piece in The Blood Orange Review (Summer 2019). The piece began as an exercise in the Master Class. Scott also teaches Level I.

Laura Judge’s poem “Golden Arches” is forthcoming in Barrow Street in 2016. Laura is a former Level II student.

Jay Kidd’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Appalachian Heritage MagazineBurningword Literary Journal,Chelsea Station, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Mason’s Road, The Florida Review and Wisconsin Review (2021). His chapbook After AIDS was one of three finalists for the 2019 Vallum Magazine chapbook award. His poem “Autobiography” was a Shortlist Poetry Prize winner in Fish Publishing’s 2016 poetry competition. His poem “I watch him, my husband” was a winner of Fish Publishing’s Shortlist Poetry Prize 2014. This poem was also named winner of Atlanta Review’s Poetry 2015 International Poetry Competition. His poem “Runaway Dorothy Was the Name of the Band” won Ruminate Magazine’s McCabe Prize, was published in their Fall 2013 issue, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poem “Lost Time (1997)” appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Bellevue Literary Review and was a finalist for their annual poetry prize. The Bellevue Literary Review nominated this poem for a 2013 Pushcart Prize and for an anthology called Best New Poets of 2012. Another poem, “Autobiography,” was published in the same journal and was named a finalist for their annual poetry prize in 2016. Jay is a Master Class student.

Liz Kingsley’s poems, stories and essays have appeared Euphony, Exit 13 Magazine, New Jersey Family Magazine, New Ohio Review, The McNeese Review, The Round, the anthology Blended: Writers on the Stepfamily Experience and William and Mary Review. She has a poem forthcoming in Tipping the Scales Literary & Arts Journal (Spring 2021). She was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Liz is a Master Class student and Administrative Director of The Writers Studio.

Marie Kilroy has a short fiction piece at Into the Void (Summer 2020). Her poem “Zillow” appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Oberon. Marie is a Master Class student.

Madeline Klosterman, a former student, is writing a New York-based column called “American Girl” for the online magazine “The American,” which is based in Rome, Italy.

Nina H. Kotoyan’s story “Is This the Promised End” appeared in Thrice Fiction, issue #9. Nina is a former Level I student.

Kathleen Kraft’s chapbook Fairview Road is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Gargoyle, Stickman Review, YogaCity, Willows Wept Review,, Five Points, Fox Cry ReviewREAL: Regarding Arts and LettersGirls Write Now 2013 New Worlds Anthology, Drash: A Northwest Mosaic, The Madison Review, Pirene’s Fountain, The Prose Poem Project, Mason’s Road and Foundling Review. Her prose appears in The Satirist. Her poem “Flying After Your Death” was nominated for the Sundress Best of Net Anthology 2010. Her poem “Fairview Road” was published in Willows Wept Review and was nominated for the 2012 Pushcart Prize. She was one of 50 finalists in fiction and poetry chosen for a Summer Literary Seminars fellowship (2011). Kathleen is a student in the Advanced Poetry Class.

Peter Krass has two poems at The American Journal of Poetry (2017). His poems have also appeared in Atlantic Review, New Verse News and The Commonline Journal. His poem “All Dressed in Green,” published in the Summer 2010 issue of Rattle, was awarded a Special Mention in the 2012 Pushcart Prize anthology.  Peter teaches Level II and Online Level II.

Duhita Cori Kresge’s debut chapbook, isn’t devotion, was released in 2019 by No, Dear as part of its ARCHIVE series. Cori is an Advanced Poetry student.

The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts awarded a $5,000 writing grant to Barbara Kriegsman while she was a student in the Master Class. Her story “Without an Echo” won the 2000 Fiction Award from citypaper.

Evelyn Lampart’s story “Visions” is forthcoming in Quotable. Her story “Fuller Brush” appears in Poetica’s January 2016 eEdition. Her story “Next Year” is forthcoming in an anthology being published by Rozlyn Press. Her stories have appeared in NOUS, POETICA, Dirty Chai and r.kv.r.y. Evelyn is a Level III student.

Iris Lee had three poems in the March 2016 issue of OccuPoetry. Her haibun “Asian Wing at the Met” appeared in the December 2014 issue of Haibun Today. Iris is an Advanced Poetry student.

In 2018 Dave Lemke published two ebooks, available on Kindle: Intrusion and Dave’s, You Must Be This Short to Enter! 

“The Prop,” a short story by Jânice Leotti, was published in the October 2000 issue of Peregrine while she was a student in the Master Class.

Kate Lister Campbell’s story “Free Swim” appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Baltimore Review. Kate is a Level IV student.

Anna Lindwasser has published poems, stories and flash fiction in Adelaide (2019), The Hopper Review (2015) and The Molotov Cocktail (2020). Anna is a Level IV student.

Andree Lockwood’s story “Anyone Crazier Than You” appeared in Epiphany’s Spring/Summer 2011 issue and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Andree is a former Master Class student and a Tutorial teacher.

Laurie Ludmer’s poem “An Ordinary Orderly” was published in the Summer 2009 issue of Rattle. Laurie is an Advanced Poetry student.

William Lung has twice received the Stark Short Fiction Prize awarded by the City College of New York. An excerpt of his novel-in-progress False Idols appeared in Gaslight. William is a former Level I student.

Andrea Marcusa’s fiction, flash fiction and essays have appeared widely in publications including Baltimore Review, Cutbank Literary Magazine, Epiphany, Gettsyburg Review, Ontario Review, River Styx, River Teeth, Steam Ticket, Third Coast Review, Watershed Review and Yalobusha Review. Her story “Siege” is scheduled for publication in 2021 in The Missouri Review. She won second prize in Press 53‘s spring 2019 Flash Fiction Contest. Her story “This Is How to Say Goodbye to Your Mother” will appear in 2019 in Booth. Her flash fiction piece “Freedom” was selected as one of Citron Review’s 2018 Best Microfiction nominations. She was a finalist in the Third Coast Fiction contest, won an honorable mention in the Glimmer Train Family Matters contest, and had an essay accepted by Nashwaak Review, a flash fiction piece accepted by Bird’s Thurmb, and a flash nonfiction piece accepted by the Eastern Iowa Review. Her lyrical essay “Boulevard Mohamed Bouazizi” was published the Summer 2017 issue of Eastern Iowa Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She was also interviewed for the website. “Of Sugar, Butter, Flour and Chocolate” was a finalist in New Letters’ Prize for the Essay. Her short story “No Details of the Death Have Been Released” was named a semifinalist for Ruminate Magazine’s Short Story Prize. Andrea teaches Memoir Online and coordinates the reading series.

Deb McAlister had four poems appear in a recent issue of the online magazine flingquarterly. Three of the poems were written while she was a Writers Studio student.

Eugene Melino’s poems have appeared in Contemporary GhazalsBlue Lake Review and Burningword.  Eugene is a former student in the Master Class.

Leslie Morris’s poem “The Birds: Not a Hummingbird” was published in Entropy (Summer 2020). Leslie is in the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

Juicy Mangos: Erotica Collection (Atria Books, 2007) was edited by Michelle Herrera Mulligan. Her own story “Juan and Adela,” based on an exercise she did in Level II, is included in the book. Michelle and Sofia Quintero, another contributor to Juicy Mangos, appeared on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC on August 14, 2007.

Rachael Nevins is a poet, blogger, essayist and reviewer. In 2020 she became a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog, her most recent piece being “Remembering the Future” (2021). Her review of Labyrinth, by Turkish novelist Burhan Sönmez, appeared in Necessary Fiction in January 2020, and her essay “On Elena Ferrante and My Own Frantumaglia” appeared in Hazlitt in fall 2016. Her poems have also been published in Kindred Magazine, Literary Mama, Rattle, Thimble and Treehouse. Rachael teaches Online Advanced Poetry.

Anne Pitkin’s manuscript Accidental Music was a finalist for the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Winter 2005 Alaska Quarterly Review published her poem “On the Use of the Decorative” and the New Orleans Review featured her first villanelle, “A Hot Wind Blows.” Both poems started as Tutorial exercises.

Whitney Porter’s stories have appeared in Metazen, The Battered Suitcase and Ping Pong Literary Magazine. Whitney teaches Online Level I.

“A Walk to the River” by Richard Poveromo was published in Boston Literary Magazine. Richard started this story as an exercise in Level II.

Laura Prah’s short story “A Short Cut” appeared in 2002 in Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Literature & Art when she was a Master Class student.

Steven Radwell, a former student in the Master Class, published his story “For Mother: Dead at 101” in Caprice.

Misa Ragsly’s story “The Clash” appeared in the winter 2012 issue of the literary e-zine The Rag. Misa is a former Level I student.

Kim Reed produced and edited a film called “Paul Goodman Changed My Life,” which opened at New York City’s Film Forum in 2011. Kim is a former Master Class student.

Melissa Rivero was named a winner of the 2015 Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writer Fellowship. She is a former Level I student.

Carlos Rountree was accepted into the MFA program at Hunter College after working on his manuscript in Level II.

Lobna Rouhani, who lives in Australia, had a poem published in the Australian Cordite Poetry Review in 2019. It began as an exercise when she was an NYC Level I student.

Our Stories, an online literary journal, published Elliot Satsky’s story “Piece of My Heart” in 2008. “Piece of My Heart” also appeared in the 2009 Best of Our Stories annual print edition. “When Glaciers Melt” was published in The Blue Moon Review and anthologized in Taj Mahal Review. Elliot is a Master Class student.

Charlotte Savidge, a student in the Advanced Poetry Class, was chosen by Mark Strand as one of 50 winners for Best New Poets 2008. Her winning poem is entitled “Mattress Shopping.” Her poem “The Type of Girl I Am” was published in The New York Quarterly.

“A Child’s Garden of Poetry” won a 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Program. The program is a collaboration between The Poetry Foundation and director-producer Amy Schatz, a former NYC Master Class student. Amy is the recipient of five Emmys, including one for “Through the Eyes of a Child: September 11, 2001,” a film she wrote, directed and produced for HBO.

Lynn Schmeidler’s chapbook Curiouser and Curiouser won the 2013 Grayson Books Chapbook Contest and was published. Her stories and nonfiction have appeared in River City, The Georgia Review, The Southeast Review, Chelsea and Brevity: A Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction. The Mid-American Review published, as an Editor’s Choice, her short-short “An Instinct for Survival.” Her story “Sweet Hairy” was selected as a finalist in The Southeast Reviews Short Short Story Contest. Lynn is a former NYC Master Class student.

Tamar Schreibman’s story “Forgive Me, Father” won First Place in the 2016 American Fiction Contest and will be included in the anthology American Fiction in October 2017 by New Rivers Press. Her story “Expecting” was a finalist in the 2016 Salamander Fiction Contest and a semifinalist in the 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Her story “Beards & Other Things I Detest” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train May 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers and again in the Glimmer Train February 2015 New Writer Award, and her story “The Petition” was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award in 2007. Tamar is a former Master Class student.

Jeremy Shatan’s piece “A High-Functioning Bereaved Parent” appeared in the The New York Times column Motherlode: Adventures in Parenting. Jeremy is a former Master Class student.

Dog is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship (Crown Publishing Group, 2003) features an essay by Elena Sigman, a longtime student, entitled “The Existence of Dog.” The piece was originally published in in 2002, and excerpts were read on National Public Radio in 2003 as part of the book launch.

Malini Singh McDonald’s poem “Catamarans” appeared in the inaugural issue of Newtown Literary. Malini is a former Level I student.

Trellan Smith’s story “A Leg to Stand On” was published in the April 2013 issue of Quiddity, and nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize. This story received Notable Mention in Glimmer Train’s January 2010 Very Short Fiction contest. Trellan is a former Master Class student.

April Sopkin’s stories and flash fiction works have appeared in Scissors and Spackle, Paper Nautilus and The Battered Suitcase. She was accepted to attend the Norman Mailer Center in Provincetown. She was also accepted for a month-long residency at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming. April is a Level III student.

After taking a Level I workshop, Michaela Spampinato was accepted into the creative writing MFA program at Mexico State University, where she will work on Puerto del Sol, their literary magazine.

Andrea Stella was accepted into the MFA program at City College. Andrea is a former Level I student.

Mary Sternbach published a story called “Matrioshka” in Paper Street. It was written while she was a Level III student.

Iris Lee Stoler had two haibun published in Haibun Today: A Haibun and Tanka Prose Journal. Her haibun “A Meeting Out of Time” appeared in the December 2015 issue of Haibun Today. Her hay(na)ku “A Survey” was posted in the blog of the form’s creator, Eileen Tabios, entitled Eileen Verbs Books. Her haibun “Asian Wing at the Met” appeared in the December 2014 issue of Haibun Today. Iris is a Master Class student.

Samantha Storey’s piece “A Letter to Nick UT” was published as an open letter in The Lascaux Review in 2013, which nominated it for inclusion in the Best-of-the-Net anthology. Her story “Voices Under Water” will run in Colorado Review in summer 2017. Samantha is a former Master Class student.

Two poems, “On the Apollonian Clockwork” and “Morning Ritual,” by Charu Suri appeared in Texas Review while Charu was a student in the Advanced Poetry Class.

Alison Carb Sussman’s poem “Dirty” was a finalist in the Naugatuck River Review’s 11th Annual Narrative Poetry Contest and will be published in the Winter/Spring 2020 issue. Her poem “Anhedonia” was a finalist for the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry in Bellingham Review’s 2016 Literary Contest. Her poem “Rebel Rider” appears in issue 25 of Chicago Quarterly Review; “26th Anniversary” appeared in Re:AL Regarding Arts & Letters (Fall/Winter 2016); and “Maddy” and “Block Island 1962” were published in Third Wednesday (Spring 2017). Other recent poems have been nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, and she won the Abroad Writers’ Conference/Finishing Line Press Authors Poetry Contest. Her poem “Hockey Game” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of The Atlanta Review. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Southword, Gargoyle, The New York Times, Lullwater ReviewBurningword, damselfly press, Drash: Northwest MosaicCutthroat: A Journal of the ArtsSow’s Ear Poetry Review, Reform Jewish Quarterly, Rattle and Willows Wept Review. Her poem “They Were Lucky to Get Out Alive” was part of a temporary art installation exhibited at The Battery’s “Gardens of Remembrance” in 2011. Her chapbook “On the Edge” was a Semifinalist in Finishing Line Press’s New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition and was published in 2013. She was a featured guest on Planet Poet, part of The Writer’s Voice on WIOX 91.3 in Roxbury, NY, on February 23, 2016. Alison is an Advanced Poetry student.

Sean Sutherland has a poem in The Florida Review (Fall 2021) and one in The Sky Island Journal (Spring 2021). He had four poems in Hypertext (Fall 2020/Winter 2021) and three poems up in Sleet Magazine’s 10th anniversary edition (Summer 2019). He received Honorable Mention in The White Pine Writing Contest, sponsored by The Maine Review, which published his poem “Four Deckhands” in Spring 2015. His poems have also appeared in Lime HawkGravel, Blast Furnace, Prick of the Spindle and The Meadow. Sean is a Master Class student.

Robin Sweet’s first publication was the first poem she wrote in the Advanced Poetry Class. “Summers on Pawley’s Island” appeared in the Winter 2005 issue of Blind Man’s Rainbow.

Benjamin Swire, a student in the Craft Class who took workshops in Levels I-III, had his story “Walter Cronkite with Hospital Corners” published in the Fall 2003 issue of the South Carolina Review. The Winter 2003 issue of River City featured his story “Al Capone Taught My Grandma to Swim.” “Secrets of Radioactive Glass” was published in Pangolin Papers.

Marc Tretin had three poems accepted for publication by The New York Quarterly: “Pink Mattress,” “To Her Sister” and “In Response to Dover Beach.” Marc is an Advanced Poetry student.

Roger Turnau, a former student in the Master Class, became a teaching assistant in the creative writing MFA program at Florida State University in 2005.

Karen Waddell’s blog, “Kitchen In Surgency,” was one of six pieces nominated by out of 40,000 entries for Best Single Piece of Culinary Writing as part of their Third Annual Best Food Blog Awards for 2012. Karen is a former Level II student.

Iromie Weeramantry’s stories have appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review, Green Hills Literary LanternThe Saint Ann’s Review and The Alembic. Iromie is a former Master Class student.

“Mother” and “Of the Lamp” are two poems by Sheila Welch that appeared in the 2007 issue of Skidrow Penthouse. Sheila was a longtime NYC and Online teacher.

Cynthia Weiner, assistant director of The Writers Studio as well as a writer in the Master Class and NYC and Online teacher, won a 2005 Pushcart for her story “Boyfriends,” which was published earlier in Ploughshares. Her story “Aftertaste” appeared in The Sun in Summer 2009 and was awarded Special Mention in the Pushcart 2011 anthology. She has also had stories published in The Sonora Review and Open City.

Abigail Wender’s poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fine Madness, Faultline and The Madison Review. Abigail is on the board of directors of The Kenyon Review. Abby was a longtime NYC and tutorial teacher.

Amy Arutt had a story, “The True Story of a True Woman,” published in The Green Silk Journal (May 2019). Amy is a Memoir student.

Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine will publish “Papercuts,” a poem by Lisa Atkinson.

Charles Geer Austin had a poem on the Irish site Neuro Logical Literary Magazine (2021), under the name Geer Austin. He is a Level II student.

Jo Ann Baldinger’s poems have appeared in Monarch Review, WhiteWhale, Burningwood, Verdad and Cirque. Jo Ann is an Advanced Poetry student.

Lisa Bass’s flash fiction piece “un/synced” was an Editor’s Choice selection in Craft (2021). Her work has also appeared in JMWW (2020). Lisa has been a student of Anamyn Turowski, Therese Eiben and Lisa Bellamy.

Victor Basta has a flurry of 2020 publications, with poems published or upcoming in Glint Literary Journal, Indolent Books online, Pisgah Review and The Grub Street Annual Review. He also received acceptances to the two MFA programs he applied to. Victor has been a Level I student.

Angela Bean’s story “Gray Muzzle” was accepted for publication by Avalon Literary Review (Winter 2022). “A Full Life” was published in Midway Journal (2021). Her story “Unaccompanied Minor” appeared in the 2019 Borders issue of Tiferet Journal. Angie is a longtime student.

Jordan Blair’s story “Pathfinder” will appear in the online publication Hoot. Jordan is a Master Class student.

Michelle Boland’s poem “Synopsis” was published in the Spring 2009 issue of California Quarterly, the journal’s 35th anniversary edition. Michelle is a student in Level II.

Cara Bradshaw had an essay selected for inclusion in Elizabeth Gilbert’s anthology Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoirpublished in spring 2016. Cara is a Level III student.

Mary Brady’s poem “After Stroke” was accepted for publication by The Moth (2018). Mary was a Level I student.

Deirdre Briggs had two poems in (2012). Deirdre is a student in the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

Roxanne Cardona’s poem “Burning Alone” was published in Writing in a Woman’s Voice (Fall 2020). Roxanne is a longtime online student, most recently in the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

Lael Cassidy had three pieces published in 2020, two in Beyond Words and one at Underwood Press, all of them originally assignments. Lael is currently a Level III student.

Ann Chinnis had three publications in rapid succession in 2021, in Around the World, Drunk Monkeys and Sledgehammer. Ann is an Advanced Poetry student.

Mary Clemens’s story “The Call” appeared in the summer 2015 issue of New World Writing. Mary is a former Level II student.

West View published “Ode to the Art of List-Making,” a poem by Olivia Davis, an Australian student.

HS Derkin’s story “The Stoic” was a winner in Delizon’s 2013-2014 Short Story contest. He is a Level IV student.

Scott Derkin’s story “Proper Preparation” won the Delizon International Short Fiction Contest when he was a Level II student.

Brian Dolan’s story “To the Horizon” was published in The Bangalore Review (2020). Brian is a Level II student.

Pamela Lindsey Dreizen, under the pen name J.J. Roth, published the story “All of the Cuddles with None of the Pain” in PodCastle: The Fantasy Fiction Podcast (2017). Both text and audio are available. Her story “Totem Animals” appeared in Prick of the Spindle in October 2013. Her story “A More Forgiving Light” appeared in the fall 2012 issue of New Plains Review and was a finalist for The Southwest Review’s David Nathan Meyerson Prize for Fiction, a semifinalist for Nimrod’s Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and received Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers competition. Pamela is a Master Class student.

Seif Eldeine’s poem “No One” appeared in the summer 2017 issue of The Massachusetts Review along with a q&a with him. The poem was also picked up by Poetry Daily. Seif is a former Online Intermediate Poetry student.

Jim Ellis’s latest book, Only the Leaves Whispering, has been accepted by Next Chapter, an independent hybrid publisher. He also has a contract with Creativia, a new publishing venture that makes books available in various formats. He has published four previous books: The Music Room, One Summer, The Last Hundred and Westburn Blues. Jim has been an Online and Tutorial student.

Kim Farrar’s poem “Why It’s Hard to Write About My Brother,” published in New Ohio Review, was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She had a new poem accepted by the same journal in 2021. She has had other recent publications in Alaska Quarterly Review, Chicago Quarterly Review, Rhino and Salamander. Finishing Line Press published her second chapbook, The Brief Clear, in 2014. She was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2012 and 2015, and received the 2010 Allen Ginsberg award. She is a longtime student in the Advanced Poetry Workshop.

Ines Fatzinger’s poems and flash fiction have appeared in Carve MagazineHaiku JournalFlash Fiction WorldHidden Animals 0.5: Would-Be Electric Literary Magazine and Postcard Shorts.

Gillian Freebody had five poems in the Winter 2020 issue of Sixfold, and has a poem forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry (2021). Gillian is a student in the Online Advanced Poetry Workshop.

Marianne Gambaro has published poems in Front Porch and Mudfish. The Mudfish poem, “A Mongrel’s Tale,” began life as a Level I assignment. Her chapbook Do NOT Stop for Hitchhikers was published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Marianne is an Advanced Poetry student.

Anne Garner’s poem “Frenchman’s Reef” appeared in Woman Around Town in August 2014. Anne is a Level I student.

Patrick Gibson’s story “A Different Direction” won First Place for flash fiction at the Rochester Writer’s Spring Conference at Oakland University in Michigan. Patrick is a Level IV student.

Kimberly Go’s flash fiction piece “The Cure to Loneliness” appeared in Litro (2020). Kimberly was a student in the Submissions Workshop, and this is her first creative writing publication.

Mark Gozonsky’s story “The Warmth of Vinyl” was published in Corium Magazine and featured on Mark is a former student.

Charles Grosel’s chapbook, The Sound of Rain Without Water, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2020. His poems and stories have appeared in Fiction Southeast, Poet’s Lore, Red Cedar Review, Slate, Western Humanities Review and Threepenny Review. He has been a student in the Online Advanced Poetry and Over-50 Workshops.

Kathi Hansen’s flash fiction pieces and stories have appeared in Halfway Down the Stairs, The Rusty Nail, Literary Mama, Foundling Review, Per Contra, The Gettysburg Review, The Rusty Nail and Breadline Press’s anthology Mad RoadHer story “What You Make of It” was awarded Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest. Kathi is a Master Class student.

Linnea Harper’s poems and flash fiction have appeared in PyrokinectionNapalm and NovacainPound of Flash and Calyx. Linnea is a former Level II student.

Valarie Hastings has two publications forthcoming in 2019: “Searching for Dandelion Greens,” a finalist in the Knightville Poetry Contest, will appear in New Guard, and “Scripps Pier, 1965 (Fiat Luxe, Ansel Adams),” a finalist in the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize, will appear in San Diego Poetry Annual. Valarie is an Advanced Poetry student.

Alison Higby’s story “The Piano” is forthcoming online in The Rusty Nail. Alison is a Master Class student.

Barry Hill’s story “On Good Terms” appeared in the January/February 2015 issue of Treading Water (Down in the Dirt Magazine). Barry is a Master Class student.

Martha Kahane’s poem “The Other Side” appeared in The Purpled Nail (Summer 2020). Martha has been a Memoir and Submissions Workshop student.

Gillian Lynn Katz’s poems have appeared in Epiphany, Let the Poets Speak and The Westchester Review. Her chapbook “Kaleidoscope” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2012. Gillian was awarded second place in the 41st Annual Greenburgh Poetry Competition.

Priscilla Kavanaugh wrote, directed and produced an award-winning comedic web series called “Wing Women.” Priscilla is a former Online and NYC student.

Jennifer Kearns’s chapbook The Hungry Gap is being published as part of a Quartet Series book entitled A Good Wall, by Toadlily Press. Jennifer is an Intermediate Poetry student.

Robert Kendrick’s poems have appeared in KestrelSan Pedro Review and The Lindenwood Review. His poem “The Names of Speed,” which originally appeared in Kestrel, was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Robert is a former Intermediate Poetry student.

Susan Kim Campbell’s story “Jump” was published in the Mississippi Review’s 2009 Summer Fiction Issue. Susan won fellowships to the Millay Colony for the Arts in 2009 and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico in 2010. Susan is a former Level II student.

Nadja Krylov’s poem, “The Cranes Are Flying,” appeared in Rat’s Ass Review (Fall/Winter 2016)

Gail Labovitz’s piece “Voting Booth,” begun in Lisa Bellamy’s Maintaining Your Creative Spirit class, was accepted for publication in Shantih Journal in 2018. Her story “Lifeblood” won First Place in Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal’s First Annual Writing Competition 2010 and was second runner-up in Moment Magazine’s 2003 contest for short fiction with Jewish themes. Her story “Acknowledgements” won First Prize in Lilith’s 2010 fiction contest. Gail is a former Tutorial and Master Class student.

Andrea Levinger has a short story included in an anthology called Dear Journal, You’re Freaking Me Out! published by the Children’s Media Association. Andrea is a Level IV student.

Dennis Lewis, a poet in the Online Over-50 workshop, won an Ontario Arts Council Grant, Literary Creation for Publication. The program supports Ontario-based literary artists with their living expenses while they complete new works for book-length publication or for public performance, and literary performers who wish to record their own repertoire.

Chris Lowe has had two flash fiction pieces published online. In 2011 “Car Talk” appeared in Prime Number Magazine and “Kevin the Ant” appeared in The Molotov Cocktail. Chris is a former Level III student.

Jem Macy’s essay “Love, Italian Style” appeared in the February 2016 issue of Vogue. Jem is a former Level III student.

 Kimberly Malinowski’s poetry collection Home was published by Kelsay Books (2021). Her chapbook Death: A Love Story was published by Flutter Press (2018). Her work has appeared in Element(ary) My Dear; Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine; Calliope; Three Drops from a Cauldron; War, Literature, and the Arts; The Eunoia Review; Daughter of the Son; Melancholy Hyperbole; Dirt; Petals in the Pan; Switch the Difference; Welter; Souvenir; Minas Tirith Evening Star: The Journal of the American Tolkien Society; The Phoenix Soul, and Wildflower Muse. “After-Hell” was a Semifinalist in the Pen 2 Paper competition in 2014. Her 25-word short story won Wattpad’s Writers Coming Together to Write contest. Her fan fiction piece “Tears” was given Honorable Mention by CrossedSabers Reviews: Feel the Force Awards. Kim is an Advanced Poetry student.

Sophie Marinez’s poem “Carnival Day in Santo Domingo” appeared in the February 2015 issue of Small Axe, an academic journal specializing in Caribbean literature and culture. Sophie is a Level II student.

Tara McDaniel’s story “The H Train” received a Glimmer Train “Best Start 50” award in June 2009.

Anne McGee’s flash fiction story “The Replicant” won third place and was published in Shady Grove Literary (2021). Anne is a long-time student.

Karen McIntyre is a two-time finalist for the Lascaux Prize, most recently in 2019 with her story “Black Velvet Band.” “The Amazing Adventures of Hannah O’Hare” appeared in the The 2015 Lascaux Anthology. Her story “Shoe Shopping,” which began as a Level I assignment, appeared in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place (volume 3). Karen is a Level III and former Tutorial student.

Anne McMillan won the 2018 Fulton Prize from The Adirondack Review for her story “Prisoners.” She also published two stories in 2018: “Why My Sister Is Lovable But Hard to Please” in Flash Fiction and “Recycled Heart” in Eastern Iowa Review. Anne is a Level III student.

Maureen McNulty’s piece “Cold” appeared in the June 2013 issue of Isotropic Fiction. Maureen is a Level III student.

David Medina’s story “Pleased to Meet You” was featured in Hypertext Review’s Fall 2019 anthology. His story “Sofie the Warrior Queen” appeared in 34th Parallel in Spring 2018. David is an Online Master Class student.

Sarah Mooney’s poem “Bathtub” is coming out in 2018 in Spectral Lines: Poems About Scientists, an anthology from Alternating Currents Press. Sarah is a Level II student.

Francesca Moroneys prose poem “The Day Bruce Springsteen Saved My Life” was published in the online journal Serotonin (Fall 2020) and began as an Advanced Poetry assignment. Her creative nonfiction piece “S Is for Suicide” appeared online at The Los Angeles Review (2021). She received an honorable mention in the 2018 New Millennium contest for her poem “Proclamations,” which began as a Memoir assignment. Her first published story “To the Wings” was a runner-up finalist for Light and Dark‘s first flash-fiction contest and was published online (Summer 2018). It began as a Level I assignment. Francesca is a Level I Online and Memoir teacher and a long-time Advanced Poetry student.

Leslie Morris has a poem up at Entropy (Summer 2020). Her poem “Minecraft Pantoum for August 2017” appeared in the What Rough Beast poem-a-day online project by Indolent Books. “Fieldwork IV” appeared in the fall 2013 issue of Hayden’s Ferry Review, and her poem “Fieldwork II” was published in Border Crossing. Her work has also appeared on Borderlands and in The Ear and The Bark. Leslie is an Advanced Poetry student.

Mary Jane Myers’s short story “Galileo’s Finger” appeared in PMS Poemmemoirstory (issue 12). She was accepted to the Sewanee Writers Conference for several weeks during the summer of 2011. Mary Jane is a Level II student.

Carie Novikoff was one of 25 finalists in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Award (January 2011) in recognition of her story, “New Year.” Carie is a Level II student.

Margaret O’Brien was awarded a place in a writing mentoring scheme by the Kilkenny County Council’s Arts Department in Ireland, working with poet Grace Wells.

Kathy Owen won First Place in the romance category in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference’s national literary contest in July 2010.

Linda Peer’s story “Remedy Radio” appeared in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of the online journal Rose and Thorn. Her story “Bagman, in the Mirror” appeared in the online publication Used Gravitrons in July 2011. Linda is a Level III student.

Lisa Piazza’s story “Mirage” appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Brain, Child. Her story “Sometimes a Fistful” appeared in the spring 2012 issue of Switchback, the University of San Francisco’s literary journal. Lisa is a former Level II student.

Nancy E. Quinn’s story “What There Was” was published online at Two Sisters Writing and Publishing, and was a runner-up in their Winter 2020 fiction contest. Nancy took the Writing Shorts and Submitting Work classes.

Janet Rosen had two flash fiction pieces, “Shhh” and “The Orphans,” published on Lilith’s blog in 2019. Both began as exercises.

Lindsay Rutherford’s story “Phone Voice” was published by Lunch Ticket (Summer 2018). Lindsay is a student in the Master Class.

Marie Sanchez’s story “The Bus Ride” appeared in Keeping the Edge in April 2014. Marie is a Level IV student.

Rosalia Scalia’s story collection Stumbling Toward Grace has been accepted for publication by Unsolicited Press, a small independent publisher in Portland Oregon, and is scheduled for publication in late 2021. Her work has also appeared in a variety of publications including Sweet Tea Review (2019), Door Is a Jar Literary Review and MoonSHINE Review (both in 2018), Hawai’i Pacific Review (Fall 2017), Ragazine and The Notre Dame Review. Rosalia is a Level IV student.

Sylvia Schwartz’s story “Boxes” appears in The Airgonaut (August 2017). Her story “Half-Windsor Knot” appeared in the 2016 summer edition of The Vignette Review. Her fiction pieces “Colorful Child” and “Thirteen Candles” and her poem “Final Call” appeared in the April 2015 issue of The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Sylvia is a former Level IV student.

Michelle Seaton’s story “The Prospects,” which appeared in One Story, won a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in The CollagistLake Effect MagazineHarvard Review, Phoebe: Gender and Cultural Critiques and Sycamore Review. 

Jane Sherwin has a story in Free State Review (Summer/Fall 2019). Her story “A Kiss Is a New Thing” was published in issue 36 of 34th Parallel. Her story “My Grandmother, Myself” appeared in the fall 2013 issue of Valley Voices. Jane is a former Level IV student.

Richie Smith had two poems accepted for publication (with video readings) by The Banyan Review (March 2021). Richie has been a student in the Memoir class.

Nina Sokol was awarded a grant to spend four weeks at the Vermont Studio Center as a poet in residence.

Lissa Stabler had her first publication in Unbroken in 2019. She wrote it in Lisa Bellamy’s Writing Short class.

Shelley Stack’s story “Breakage” appeared in the fall 2013 issue of MacGuffin and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Her stories have also appeared in The Dos Passos Review, Euphony Journal and Forge. Her short story “Along for the Ride” appeared on the Short Story America website and in a hard-copy Short Story America anthology in 2011. Shelley is a student in the Master Class.

Lissa Staples’ story “The Hatter’s Wife will appear in the March 2021 issue of East by Northeast Literary Magazine. Lissa has been a Level V student.

Darley Stewart’s story “The Story of Dearborn Russell” appeared in The Ocean State Review, Vol. 5, No. 1. She won a scholarship to attend the Ocean State Summer Writing Conference in June 2015. Darley is a Level II student.

Grace Talusan had an essay entitled “A Very Long Engagement” published in The Boston Globe Magazine in April 2011. Grace is a Level III student.

Susan Tatiner’s poems “Weight Watching” and “The Fitting Room Prom Queen” were published by The Voices Project. Her poem “World Backwards” appeared in Front Porch Review. She has new poems forthcoming in Chautauqua Literary Journal and Artemis Journal. Susan is an Advanced Poetry student.

Pragya Trivedi’s poem “Who’ll Cast the First Stone” was accepted by Catamaran, a literary journal featuring South Asian writers. Vijay Seshadri, one of the poets covered in a recent Craft Class, is co-editor. Pragya is a Level III student.

Nikhil Tiwari’s poem “Afternoon Tea,” written as an exercise in the Advanced Poetry Workshop, was published in Poetry Quarterly.

Craig van Rooyen’s poem “Waiting in Vain” won the 2014 Rattle Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, PANKNew Ohio ReviewWillow SpringsCrab Creek Review and The Fourth River. His poem “The Minstrel Cycle” was selected as a Finalist for the Rattle 2011 Poetry Prize; the poem appeared in the December 2011 issue. Craig is a student in the Advanced Poetry class.

Shubha Venugopal had three short fiction pieces in New Guard Review (January 2017 only). “Search for Your Son” placed in the top 10 in Fish Publishing’s flash fiction prize, and will be published in the 2018 anthology. Her story “Climb On” was one of ten winners of a fiction contest for the Masters Review Volume 5 anthology. Her story “Dancing With Yama” was chosen as a finalist for the AWP’s WC&C Scholarship Award, and her poem “Father, Diving” was shortlisted in Fish Publishing’s 2016 Poetry Competition. Shubha is a former level IV student.

Raziya Wang had a poem in The American Journal of Poetry (Volume 11), and three poems in MORIA (2020). These were her first poetry publications, not long after she took two terms of Level I.

Larry Warner had three poems accepted by The Thieving Magpie, all to be published in Fall 2020. Larry is a Level I and Submissions Workshop student.

Lucy Wilkinson’s prose poem “Weighing Anchor” will appear in Barren Magazine (issue 15) under the name Lucy Wilde. Lucy is a former Memoir student, and the piece grew out of an assignment in Michele Herman’s class.

Catherine Wolf had a flurry of publication news in 2017: two poems accepted by Rat’s Ass Review and six by Leaves of Ink. Meanwhile she is devoting most of her time to local politics. Her poem “When It Was 1963” appeared in Cacti Fur! in 2016. Two of her poems were accepted by Verse-Virtual and appeared online in early 2017. Her poems “First Time,” “Make Me Sexy” and “Touch” appeared in Love and Ensuing Madness, a special issue of Rat’s Ass Review. Her poem “Dancing with My Eyes” is forthcoming in Front Porch Review. Her poem “Lou Gehrig’s Army” is forthcoming in the Bellevue Literary Review. Catherine is an Advanced Poetry student.

“Bobby’s First Epiphany,” a story by Wilson Wyatt, was published in the 2007 issue of the Delmarva Review. The story began as an exercise for the Level III workshop.

Emily Yong’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Southampton Review, Cold Mountain Review and Beloit Poetry Journal. Emily won the Rona Jaffe-Bread Loaf scholarship in Poetry. Emily is a former student.

Jawziya Zaman’s story “Closer” appeared in the online journal Scribble (2020).

“Nowadays,” a work of short fiction by Hy Abady, appeared in the 2003 edition of Hampton Shorts.

Keisha Barrow’s story “Facets” earned her acceptance into the Vona Voices Writing Workshop at the University of San Francisco.

Louise Blalock’s first published story, “Submerge,” appeared in the Love issue of Wordrunner eChapbooks (2021).

Cynthia Bruckman has been published in Mason Street Journal (2021) and the Coachella Review (2019). Cynthia has been a Level IV and Tutorial student.

Leslie Findlen won places at the Sewanee and Bread Loaf writers conferences. Leslie’s poems have appeared in A Gathering of the Tribes and Red Rock Review.

Emily Harzog’s story “Southern Comfort” appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change.

Margaret Lewis’s short story “Torpor” was in the top 5 percent of over 1,000 submissions to Glimmer Train, and was given Honorable Mention.

Andrea Vivian Malloy’s poems, written while she was a tutorial student, have appeared in AvocetBlueline and Poet Lore.

Marlene Molinoff’s story “The Late Train” is forthcoming in Crack the Spine, which nominated it for a Pushcart Prize.

Michelle Preston had a short piece entitled “Above Town” published in the March 5, 2007 issue of The New Yorker.

Dana Lise Shavin’s memoir The Body Tourist, published in October 2014, was named one of “7 Super Reads for Holiday Travel” by A chapter from her memoir Tell Me About Yourself was chosen by Lime Hawk Literary Collective to appear in an anthology. Her essay “A Simple Path” appeared in Oxford American. Her essay “A Lesson in Astronomy” was published in Puerto del Sol in the summer of 2006. A chapter called “The Death of Charles Black” from her memoir Good Bones: A Memoir of Sex, Death and Real Estate received Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Family Matters contest.

Manuel Simoes’s prose piece “The Atoll” appeared in Rufous City Review. 

Shirley Sullivan has published four recent stories including “Glory Days” (Tampa Review issue 54) and “Three Quarters Gone” (The Fiddlehead, winter 2016).

Rebecca Andem’s story collection The Estrangement Effect was epublished by WordRunner eChapbooks in 2020. She also had news of three story publications in early 2021, in Fleas on the Dog (Issue 8), Harpy Hybrid Review and The Blue Mountain Review. All three stories began as class exercises. Her work has also appeared in Prometheus Dreaming (2020). Rebecca is a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Christine Baines was named a Finalist in Arizona’s 24th Annual Statewide Poetry Contest in 2008.

Renee Bibby has a story and companion craft essay in Luna Station Quarterly (2019). She was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize by The Worcester Review for her story “Than All the Treasures,” one of two of her pieces that appeared in issue 37. Her story “What’s Done Can’t Be Undone” is online at Five on the Fifth (January 2019). Her story “The Best of the Boy Stuff” appeared in the summer 2016 issue of Third Point Press. Her flash fiction “Rabbit or the Wheel” appeared in the August 2016 issue of Wildness, an imprint of Platypus Press, and was nominated by Wildness for a Best Small Fiction award. Renee is the director of The Writers Studio Tucson.

Steven Braun’s essay “Too Many Turkeys” appeared in the Fall 2020 catalog of the Strongin Salon & Gallery. Steven is a student in Richard Leis’s Workshop.

Tucson Advanced Workshop student Paula Brown has two upcoming publications. Her flash fiction story “Photograph, Solomon Islands, 1944” was accepted by War, Literature, and the Arts, and her story “The Corsica Roping Technique” will appear in South Dakota Magazine.

Jill Carpenter has published poems in Stonecrop (no. 3) and Tiny Seed Literary Journal (2020), essays in High Shelf (Issue 28) and storySouth, and a hybrid piece in Harpy Hybrid Review (2020). Jill is a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Brad Contento’s flash fiction story “Naked” was published in A cappella Zoo in the fall of 2015. Brad is a former Intermediate Workshop student.

Marlene DeVere’s flash memoir piece “The Last Time I Saw Jerry Garcia” appeared in The Scarlet Leaf Review in early 2020. She had a memoir piece in Tiny Essays (Spring 2019), three pieces in The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature (Winter 2019 and Fall 2020), and a story in Harpy Hybrid Review (Fall 2020). Donna has been a student in Donna Aversa’s and Richard Leis’s workshops.

Janelle Drumwright’s story “Reckless” was published by Necessary Fiction in 2017. Her story “Smilestone” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train‘s Short Story Award for New Writers for January/February 2016. She was selected as one of three winners in the First Annual Carve Magazine Blog Contest for her blog post, “You, Dear Writer, Are Not the Narrator.” Her prose poem “Biopsy the Day of the Boston Bombings” appeared in the Summer/Fall 2015 issue of the Naugatuck River Review. Her flash fiction piece “200 Stitches” appeared in Mulberry Fork Review. She was chosen as a reader for The Masters Review in 2017. Janelle is the assistant director and teacher of the Advanced Workshop at the Writers Studio Tucson.

Lynn Finger’s poem “The Bees” was accepted by Gossamer Lit for publication in early 2021. In 2020, with Janel Spence, she launched a new journal called Happy Harpy Review. Lynn is an Intermediate Workshop student.

Janel Galnares launched a new literary magazine with Lynn Finger called Happy Harpy Review, with a Summer 2020 debut. Janel is a former student in Richard Leis’s Workshop.

Katie Gleason’s poem “How to Survive a Miscarriage” appeared in the winter 2016 issue of Rust & Moth. Her poem “Year of Glass” appeared in the October 2015 issue of Gnarled Oak, and “The Mouth” appeared in the November 2015 issue of Foliate Oak Literary Magazine. Katie is an Advanced Workshop student.

Janet Hagelgans’s poems have appeared in Thrush and Atticus Review. Janet is a former student.

Kip Hanson’s story “Beneath the Trojans” is forthcoming in Bartleby Snopes.

Samuel Hickcox’s poem “Jupiter Dies in My Dreams” was accepted for publication in October Hill Magazine (Summer 2020). Samuel is a student in Richard Leis’s Workshop.

Philip Ivory has had a flurry of stories, flash fiction, essays and even a novelette published in recent years in Two Cities Review, Oklahoma Pagan Quarterly, Ghost Parachute, Rosette Maleficarum, The Airgonaut, The Bookends Review, Edify Fiction, Devolution Z, Menacing Hedge, Bewildering Stories and Dali’s Lovechild. “Most of Us Are from Someplace Else” appeared in Literally Stories and was one of three winners of the 2015 Writers Studio Tucson Write-to-Read Competition. Phil is an Advanced Workshop student and Intermediate teacher.

Vida James, a former Workship student, had her first story, “Soledad,” published at PANK. She was also accepted into the MFA program at UMass/Amherst in 2019.

Isaac Kirkman, an Intermediate Workshop student, has contributed to several collaborative works, published in Apeiron Review and Counterexample Poetics. Isaac’s work has also appeared in Shotgun Honey, Menacing Hedge, the Zelmer Pulp’s sci-fi anthology Hey, That Robot Ate My Bab; Out of the Gutter; The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; Abstract Quill; Red River Review; Eunoia Review; Underground Voices; Melusine, or Woman in the 21st Century; FRiGG; Big River Poetry Review; Burningword; The Weekenders; Squalorly; Referential Magazine; The 22 Magazine; Lines + Stars; Whiskey Paper; Poydras Review; Yes, Poetry; Prime Number Magazine; Quail Bell Magazine; Sim Review; Boston Literary Magazine; Subliminal Interiors, and Marco Polo. 

Richard Leis has published poems in Impossible Archetype (Issues 9 and 10), and had a flurry of poems published in 2020, in the Coppice & Brake anthology from Crone Girls Press, the July “The Sex Issue” of Eye to the Telescope from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association, and Impossible Archetype (no. 8). His poem “Passages” appeared in Impossible Archetype (no. 7), his poem “Witch House” appeared in the “House and Home” issue of Eye to the Telescope, and “Rail Work” appeared in the HOZ Journal of Speculative Literature. Richard is a Workshop and Speculative Fiction and Poetry teacher.

Yvonne Logan had a poem accepted for the anthology Found a Proverb, published by Poet’s Choice.

Frances Lynch was one of 20 women selected to be in the 2018-19 Tucson Public Voices Fellowship. She has published op-ed pieces in USA Today and other publications. Frances is a Master Class student and the Tucson branch substitute teacher.

Anne McMillan’s story “Recycled Heart” appeared in 2018 in Eastern Iowa Review.

Lela Scott MacNeil’s story “Playboy” appeared in the winter 2014 issue of Gertrude. Lela is an Advanced Workshop student.

Jennifer Makowsky’s essay about teaching during the pandemic appeared in Zócalo Magazine in Fall 2020. Her flash fiction piece “Backyard Weather” appeared in The Portland Review online in 2014. Jennifer is a student in the Advanced Workshop.

Jack Parker’s story “Half Full” will appear in Keeping the Edge, an anthology of urban writing. Jack is a former Advanced Workshop student.

Ron Pullins was was one of three winners of the George Dila Memorial Prize for Flash Fiction. His piece, “Horse Heads,” appeared in Third Wednesday: A Literary and Arts Journal October 2018. Ron is a student in the Workshop.

Rhema Sayers’s work has appeared in Saturday Night ReaderThe Literary Hatchet and The Desert Leaf. Rhema is an Intermediate Workshop student.

Ellen Sullins won the New Millennium Writings Poetry Prize in summer 2007. Her poetry manuscript Elsewhere won the 2007 Plan B Press chapbook contest. The book was released in summer 2007 and contains four poems written as Workshop exercises. Her poems have also appeared in The South Carolina ReviewConcho River Review and Wheelbarrow.

In February 2008, Whole Terrain published “Farmhouse Zen,” a creative nonfiction piece written by Mae Lee Sun, a former student.

Teresa Shen Swingler had a piece in the Spring 2007 issue of The Del Sol Review. Teresa’s story “Taste” was a finalist in the Diagram Innovative Fiction Contest, and was published in their all-fiction issue (7.3). Her story “Buying Eggs, Lending Soup” appeared in issue 10 of Kartika Review. Teresa is a student in the Advanced Workshop.

Don Valdez’s story “More or Less” was featured in the Tucson Weekly Fiction’s 84 contest in August 2009. Don is an Advanced Workshop student.

David Vied had one of his class assignments accepted for publication in As You Were: The Military Review (November 2021). David is a Level 1 student.

Lilian Vercauteren’s flash fiction piece “School Bags” was published in Fiction Southeast. Her story “Paper Boats” appeared in the September 1, 2014 issue of Lowestoft Chronicle. Lillian is an Advanced Workshop student.

Phyllis Aboaf’s poem “The Neighbor’s Tale” won a prize of $100 and was accepted for publication in the Rattle Poetry Contest as an Honorable Mention. Phyllis is a student in the Advanced Workshop.

Tom Adams’s poem “Turn to the Sea” appeared in Wormwood Press Media in 2020. His flash fiction stories “Garage,” “Flash Fiction” and “Smoke” appeared in Change Seven. Tom has been a longtime student.

Lorraine Babb’s story “Fahrvergnügen” appeared in The Green Lantern Review (2021). Where Have You Been All Your Life” appears online in Cleaver Magazine (Issue 32). Her story “The Point” won sixth place in Sixford‘s Winter 2019 contest. “Admit One” won first place and was published online in Sixfold‘s Winter 2018 issue. Her stories have also appeared in Kalliope, MacGuffin, Rosebud Magazine, The Dos Passos Review, The Griffin Literary Magazine and West Marin Review. Lorraine teaches Online Level I and III.

Cecile Barlier has had an impressive number of stories published since she became a student when the San Francisco branch opened, in journals including Amarillo Bay, Blue Lake Review, Clare Magazine, Crack the Spine, Emerson Review, Euphony Journal, Gold Man Review, Penmen Review, Red Savina Review, Sou’wester, The Green Lantern Review, The Meadow, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Summerset Review and Whistling Shade. She has received two Pushcart nominations, in 2015 and 2016 Cecile is an Advanced Workshop student.

Laura Bosss flash fiction piece “Occupied San Francisco” appeared in Keeping the Edge, an anthology of urban writing. Laura is a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Robley Browne has a story in Constellations Volume 9 (2019). His story “Slightly Irregular” appeared in Midway Journal (volume 10, issue 4). “Overboard” is forthcoming in Knee-Jerk Magazine. His story “Tractor Boy,” which appeared in the April/May 2014 issue of Down in the Dirt Magazine, was selected to be included in the publisher’s annual collection of work entitled Need to Know Basis. Robley is an Advanced Workshop alumnus.

Erika Bryant’s poem “Global Warming,” which appeared in MothersAlwaysWrite, was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize.

Stevan Cavalier published twice in a row in Red Savina Review in Fall 2018, a creative nonfiction piece called “Katy’s World” and a story called “Bacon.” Stevan is in the Intermediate Workshop.

Julie Chagi’s novella My Beautiful Monkey was First Runner Up in the 2013 William Faulkner/William Wisdom Writing Competition. Julie is a former Intermediate Workshop student.

Grace Chow’s story “Remembrance” was published in Necessary Fiction (2020) and her story “Forgetting” appeared in Z Publishing’s California Emerging Writers anthology series. Grace is a student in the Advanced workshop.

Eanlai Cronin’s creative nonfiction piece “The First Goodbye” appeared in The Green Lantern Review (2021). Her poem “What the Two of Us Know” was long-listed in the U.K. National Poetry Competition in 2017. Eanlai, a Master Class student, placed in the top one percent. The poem began as a Workshop exercise.

J.M. Curet’s story “What Happened Was” will be included in the anthology Sparke and Blink (2021) and his story “Wifebeater Tank Top” was published in the anthology Berkeley Noir (Akashic Press, 2020). “Wifebeater” got a rave from Kirkus Reviews. J.M. is a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Claire Dodd’s story “Shirley Temple Blues” will appear in Fjords Journal (Winter 2021). She has also published a story in Columbia (2020) and an essay in The Rumpus (2018). Claire is a student in the Master Class.

Don Downey’s poem “Just Because He’s Not There” was published in Chronogram (2020). Don is a student in Rebecca Gee’s Poetry Workshop.

Manikya Duggirala’s story “An Arrangement” will appear in Louisiana Literature (2021) and her story “Red Dress” was published in Penman Review (2017). Manikya is a Master Class student.

Judy Field’s story “The Foster Child” was published in Shark Reef in 2019. Her first story, “The Great White Chihuahua,” published at Birdland Journal (2019). It began as an exercise in the Workshop.

Gail Ford has two pieces forthcoming in (M)othering Anthology (2020). Her essay “Gravity and the Theory of Everything” was one of six winners of the University of California Berkeley’s 2013 Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay Prize. She won third place for poetry in the 2019 Mendocino County Writers Conference Contest, with an enthusiastic response from judge Victoria Chang. Gail is a teacher.

Amelia Granger’’s story “Atlantic” was published in The Molotov Cocktail (2017). Amelia is a student in the Intermediate Workshop, where the story began as an exercise.

Elizabeth Hollis Hansen’s story “Learning to Hold the Light” appeared in Mamalode. Elizabeth is an Intermediate Workshop student.

Valarie Hastings (a.k.a. Jonas) won the Steve Kowitt Poetry Prize for her poem “When Pigs Could Fly.” Two additional poems won Honorable Mention. Valarie wrote the winning poem in the Advanced Workshop.

Charles Herbaut, a student in the Advanced Workshop, has a piece in Flash Fiction Magazine. It began as an exercise when he was in the introductory Workshop.

Kathie Jacobson had two publications in 2018: “DIY Year” in The Big Muddy and “Old Women” and in Eastern Iowa Review. Her stories have also appeared in Crack the Spine, Driftwood Press, Pithead Chapel, Necessary Fiction, Twisted Vine, Sassafras and Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, and she has been featured as a Longform Fiction Pick-of-the-Week. Kathie is an Master Workshop student and Advanced Workshop teacher.

Timur Karaca’s stories have appeared in Smokelong Quarterly Review, Redivider, Indiana Review, The Potomac Review, The Greensboro Review and Switchback. His story “Go, Don’t Go” won the 2015 Willow Review Award for fiction. His story “Echo Lake” was Narrative’s story of the week. Timur is a student in the Advanced Workshop.

Maurya Kerr was awarded a fellowship from the University of California, was a runner-up for the Southern Humanities Review’s Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, and earned Honorable Mention in the Vallum ChapbookContest. Her poetry has appeared in Hole in the Head Review, Blue River Review, River Heron Review, Inverted Syntax, Chestnut Review and The Future of Black: A Black Comics and Afrofuturism Anthology (2022). Inverted Syntax nominated her for a Pushcart prize in 2020 for her poem “for.” Maurya is a Master Class student.

Michael Kozart’s short story “Superhero” appeared in Bright Flash Literary Review (April 2021). His work has also been in Brilliant Flash Fiction (March 2021), Into the Void, Flash Fiction Magazine and Every Day Fiction. He’s an Advanced Workshop student.

Jefferson Lee’s story “The Respective Limitations of Physical and Virtual Memory” was published by Maudlin House in 2020. Jefferson is a student in Kathie Jacobson’s Advanced Workshop.

Carli Lowe’s story “What We Had in Common” placed sixth out of over 360 manuscripts in Sixfold (2015). Carli is an Intermediate Workshop student.

Jose Martinez (a.k.a. J.M. Curet) had a story called “Papi’s Stroke” published in The Acentos Review, his second publication in 2020. Jose is a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Sue Mell’s story “Serendipity” was published in Narrative. Sue is a former Level III student.

Chelsey Monroe’s story “The Talk” was a runner-up in the WOW: Women on Writing 2019 Flash Fiction Contest. She wrote the piece as a student in the Intermediate Workshop.

Molly Patterson’s story “Don’t Let Them Catch You,” originally published in the Iowa Review, is featured in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Her stories have also appeared in The Atlantic and The Arkansas Review. Her story “Moving Fronts,” which appeared in Salamader, was listed as one of the 100 Notable Stories in the 2011 issue of Best American Short Stories. Molly is a former student.

Mark Peterson’s story “Dancers” appeared in the winter 2015 issue of The Milo Review. Mark is the director of the San Francisco branch.

Beth Pollak has an article in Tablet Magazine (Winter 2021). Beth is a student in the Advanced Workshop.

Tamara Schuyler’s story “Good Boys” received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s Spring 2016 Very Short Fiction contest. It was also named “Editor’s Choice” and will be published in SmokeLong Quarterly (online August 2017 and print September 2017). Here is an interview with her in which she talks about The Writers Studio’s influence on her work. Her stories have appeared in Crack the Spine, Mulberry Fork Review and The Milo Review. Her story “Ugly,” which appeared in the spring 2013 issue of CutBank 78, was nominated for and appears under Special Mention in Pushcart Prize anthology XXXIX. Tamara is an Advanced Workshop student.

Tristan Silverman’s poem “Thanksgiving in Connecticut” was published in Up the Staircase. Tristan is a Workshop student.

Douglas Sovern’s stories have appeared in Red Ochre LitJet Fuel Review, Alimentum, NarrativeEDGE Literary Journal, Hobo Pancakes, The Madison Review, The Penmen Review and Crack the Spine. His story “We’ll Hide When the Nazis Come” appeared in Mulberry Fork Review and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has received two additional Pushcart nominations, for his story “The Blogger Wolf,” which appeared in Gemini Magazine and Green Hills Literary Lantern, and his story “Almost Every One of Us,” which appeared in the summer 2014 issue of Sand Hill Review and was also nominated for the Best of the West anthology. His story “Indira” was selected as Narrative Magazine’s story of the week, and one of its top five stories of the week for 2013-2014. Douglas is an Advanced Workshop student.

Manikya Veena’s story “Hop-On Hop-Off” was a Narrative story of the week in early 2019. Her story “Red Dress” appeared in Penman Review in 2017. Manikya is a Master Class student.

Taymiya R. Zaman’s story “Thirst,” which won Third Prize in Narrative Magazine’s spring 2012 short story contest, appeared in the 2014 Pushcart Prize anthology. Taymiya is a workshop student.

Paulien Bakker’s story “An English Teacher’s Escape from ISIS” appeared in Narratively. Her series of stories about life in Iraq was included in Narratively’s top ten list for The Best of 2015. Paulien is a former Workshop student.

Christina Frei’s poem “Baobab” was published in 2016 in the Irish journal Into the Void. Her poem “Tree of Forgive” was named a Finalist in the New Millennium Writings contest #41, and will be (re)published in their next anthology. She has published many other poems in journals including Potomac Review, Gravel Literary Journal, REAL, The Hollins Critic, Third Wednesday, Kansas City Voices, Sterling, The Inflectionist Review, Bareback Lit and Red River Review. Her poem “Disquietude” appeared in the spring 2013 issue of Apple Valley Review and was nominated by that journal for a Best of the Net 2013 award as well as a 2015 Pushcart Prize. Christina teaches the Workshop.

Charles Herbaut, a student in the Advanced Workshop, had a piece published in Flash Fiction Magazine in October 2016. It began as a Workshop piece.

Nancy Matsunaga’s story “Etchings” appeared in a 2014 issue of CALYX. Nancy directs the Amsterdam branch.

Janelle Ward’s story “Through the Lens” appeared in The Rumpus and her story “Sex and Violence” appeared in Typehouse Literary Magazine. Her story “Anniversary Dinner” appeared in Metro Fiction on August 31, 2014. Her story “Admittance” appeared in a May 2013 issue of Litro online. Her story “Scrub” appeared in the Portland based lit zine The Molotov Cocktail. 

Deidre Byrne’s story “Committed” will appear in Bellevue Literary Review (Fall 2020), and her story “Traffic Stop” was published in The Avalon Review (fall 2017).

Mary Clemens’ story “Outer Space” was published in The MacGuffin (2017). Her work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Hobart, The Tishman Review and Boston Accent Lit, among other publications. Mary is in the Advanced Workshop.

Don Downey’s poem “Just Because He’s Not There” appeared in Chronogram (June 2020). Don is a student in Rebecca Gee’s Poetry Workshop.

Therese Eiben’s story “Pass the Baby” was nominated for a 2019 Pushcart Prize by december magazine. She has been a finalist in two Glimmer Train contests, the July 2012 Very Short Story Contest and the March/April 2018 Fiction Contest. Therese is co-director of the branch and a Level IV Online teacher.

Kelly Shriver Kolln’s story “Balloon Killer” appeared in 2020 in Joyland. It began as an exercise in Anamyn’s class.

Kathleen Loe’s poem “Sonnet for His Holiness Pimp Pius X” will appear in Rise Up Review (Summer 2020). Kathleen is a student in Rebecca Gee’s Poetry Workshop.

Anamyn Turowski’s short story “The Swans” appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of New Ohio Review and was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. Anamyn is co-director of the branch.

A Kids Write alum has been accepted to Columbia University MFA program in poetry. She will be working with Dorothy Lasky.

T.Z., a 15-year-old tutorial student, has won two Scholastic Gold Keys for her region, in 2018 and 2020. She wrote the new one as part of a video chat tutorial with Sally McElwain.

Two young writers in The Writers Studio’s Kids Write program were recently honored. One won two Silver Awards for poetry she wrote during a KW seminar with juniors and seniors at the Churchill School in the spring of 2012. Another received a Gold Key, a Silver Key and an Honorable Mention for work she produced during a tutorial with a KW faculty member. This student’s poem “Breathe” will compete at the national level. Kai Pena-Chavez has been awarded a silver key from the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poem “Death.”

The Writers Studio KidsWrite program was awarded a $10,000 grant from The Casement Fund to teach writing to high school students in Brooklyn. Student Shyanne Bennett received Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for two of her poems and a fiction piece. Two of these pieces got Gold Key recognition, meaning that they were in the top 10% of all New York City submissions.

 The Writers Studio KidsWrite Program was awarded $1,000 from the 2012 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts fund, which is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.