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To celebrate the five year anniversary of the Hottest MFA, we’ve collected a fantastic slate of guest faculty members, including six of our own esteemed graduates, to lead workshops and seminars during our upcoming December residency, held from December 6-15th at the Rancho Las Palmas resort in Rancho Mirage:

Trevor Albert has been producing films for over 20 years. He started his journey as a journalism and film major at the University of California at San Diego. Trevor worked his way through college as a journalist for the San Diego Reader. Upon graduation, he moved up the California coast to pursue a film career in Los Angeles. After working as a film researcher at Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers, he accepted a position with producers Jon Peters and Barbra Streisand. He was assigned to work with Harold Ramis on Ramis’ directorial debut, Caddyshack. From that point on Trevor’s passion for movies led him quickly up the Hollywood ladder, starting with the classic American comedy Groundhog Day, the script for which he found and developed. As president of Ramis’ company Ocean Pictures, Trevor went on to produce Groundhog Day and a series of other very popular American movies including Multiplicity, starring Michael Keaton, and Bedazzled, starring Brendan Fraser. When Ramis moved back to his hometown of Chicago, Albert created his own company and went on to produce The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, starring Sean Connery, The First Twenty Million is the Hardest, starring Rosario Dawson, and the children’s film Because of Winn-Dixie,starring Cicely Tyson, Jeff Daniels, Eve Marie Saint, Dave Matthews and Annasophia Robb. Winn-Dixie was directed by Wayne Wang and released by Twentieth Century Fox. The film was made for only 14 million dollars and has earned almost 70 million dollars.Gratified to be able to make intelligent and inspiring entertainment, Trevor is a distinguished of member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.  His most recent film, Waiting for Forever, is in post-production. Co-produced and directed by James Keach, it stars Tom Sturridge, Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins, Blythe Danner, and Nikki Blonsky.

Julie Buxbaum is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Opposite of Love and After Youand her writing has appeared in The New York Times and other publications.  Her work has been translated into twenty five languages, and The Opposite of Love has been optioned for film by Twentieth Century Fox, with Anne Hathaway attached to star.  Before quitting the law to become a novelist, Ms. Buxbaum was a litigator at a large law firm in both New York and Los Angeles.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband (a former lawyer) and their two children.  She is currently hard at work on her third novel.  For more information about Ms. Buxbaum and her novels, please visit her website:

Trai Cartwright is a  20-year entertainment industry veteran who grew up in Colorado. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film school, then headed for LA. Like most there, she had “parallel careers:” while toiling as a screenwriter (she was optioned four times and repped by CAA), she also produced three independent movies (Dinner Rush, Trap, and Offshore) and worked as a content creator in various capacities. Mentored by producer Peter Saphier (Deerhunter; Scarface), she was promoted to Development Executive for Prelude Pictures (Lost in Space; Black Dog), and went on be the Director of Leonardo DiCaprio’s online entertainment endeavors. As a Story Editor, she has read tens of thousands of screenplays for HBO, Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, and Universal Studios. Her last corporate gig was as the Manager of 20th Century Fox’s Mobile Studios.After returning to Colorado, she pursued an MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the University of California, Riverside, and has taught screenwriting, creative writing, and film studies across the Front Range for universities (UNC, FRCC, LCCC, Osher at CSU), writers groups, conferences, and one-on-one.

Terra Chalberg. After graduating from UCLA and working in film development, Terra Chalberg began her publishing career in 2002 at Scribner. Later, at Simon & Schuster and Simon Spotlight Entertainment (now Gallery), she edited and acquired a diverse list of projects. As an agent, first with The Susan Golomb Literary Agency and now with Chalberg & Sussman, she represents Glenn Taylor, 2008 NBCC Award Finalist in Fiction and B&N Discover selection for The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart and author of The Marrowbone Marble Company; Andrew Porter, Flannery O’Connor Award-winner for The Theory of Light and Matter and author of the Barnes & Noble Discover selection and Indie Next List pick In Between Days; Margaux Fragoso, author of the New York Times and international bestseller Tiger, Tiger; Eugene Cross, recipient of the 2009 Dzanc Prize and author of Fires of Our Choosing; Jennie Ketcham, author of I Am Jennie; Jon Pineda, author of the Barnes & Noble Discover selection Sleep in Me and recipient of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize for Apology; Diana Wagman, author of Barnes & Noble Discover selection The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets; Natalie Brown, author of The Lovebird; and Allison Amend, finalist for the 2011 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and author of A Nearly Perfect Copy. Also among her clients are Yosemite Park Ranger Shelton Johnson, author of Gloryland; Elise Blackwell, acclaimed author of Hunger and three other novels; Kira Henehan, recipient of the 2010 Milkweed National Fiction prize, finalist for the 2010 Believer Book Award, and shortlisted for the 2011 Independent Booksellers Choice Award; and Lori Ostlund, recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award, Flannery O’Connor Award, Edmund White Award, California Book Award, and 2011 O. Henry Prize.

Craig Clevenger is the author of two novels, “The Contortionist’s Handbook” and “Dermaphoria.” His work has appeared in “Black Clock,” “San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics” and elsewhere. He lives near Joshua Tree, California and has recently completed his third novel.

Ron Currie Jr.  is the author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles (Viking 2013). His ‪first book, God is Dead, was published to critical acclaim in 2007, earning Currie comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Carver‪. God is Dead received the Young Lions Fiction Award from the New York Public Library, as well as the Metcalf award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Currie published his first full-length novel, Everything Matters!, in 2009. The winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association, ‪Everything Matters! made several best-of lists for 2009, including the Los Angeles Times,National Public Radio, and Writing in the New York Times, Janet Maslin called Currie a “startlingly talented writer” who “survives the inevitable, apt comparisons to Kurt Vonnegut and writes in a tenderly mordant voice of his own.” Currie was raised and still resides in Waterville, Maine

Meghan Daum has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times since 2005. She is the author of the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House. She has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. Learn more about her at

Natashia Deon is a Los Angeles attorney, creator of the reading series Dirty Laundry Lit, and has an MFA from UC Riverside, Palm Desert. Named as one of 2013’s Most Fascinating People by L.A. Weekly, Deón is Pushcart Prize nominee, a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarship recipient, and VCCA Fellow. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, The Rattling Wall, Asian-American Lit Review, B O D YThe Feminist WireYou. An Anthology of Second Person Essays, and other places. Deón has taught creative writing for Gettysburg College, PEN Center USA, and 826LA.

Mark Doten is senior editor at Soho Press, where his titles include Alex Shakar’s LUMINARIUM, Matt Bell’s IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS, and Juliann Garey’s TOO BRIGHT TO HEAR TOO LOUD TO SEE. Doten’s ’s first novel, THE INFERNAL, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press.

Rae Dubow is the director of Talking Out Loud. She believes that everyone can be trained to communicate more effectively. Using techniques that she has taught for many years, she has a developed a system for public speaking that will help you create a dialogue with your audience. A former actress, Rae received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has coached and directed actors since the late 1990s and has worked with many writers on their public presentations. She has taught in private schools, and at universities including Woodbury University and the University of California, Riverside.

Lorna Garano is a long-time book publicist with nearly fifteen years of experience working with a diverse array of authors. She has secured placements in Today, CNN International,  The New York Times, The View, 20/20, Time,, NPR, Good Morning America, Dateline NBC, Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, and many other venues. Lorna is also the co-author of three books, most recently An Intimate Life, the memoir of Cheryl Cohen Greene, whom Helen Hunt portrayed in the award-winning film The Sessions. In addition, she continues to plug away at her short stories, while hatching plans for a novel.

Kate Garrick earned her M.A. in English and American Literature from NYU in 2000 and has been an agent with DeFiore and Company since 2002. She’s most interested in well-crafted and compelling fiction that features a strong narrative voice as well as narrative nonfiction and some memoir. She’s especially looking to build lasting relationships with emerging writers and to be surprised.

Panio Gianopoulos is the author of the novella A Familiar Beast, a #1 indie bestseller and Amazon Best Book of the Month. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Tin House, Northwest Review, Salon, Details, Nerve, The Hartford Courant, The Brooklyn Rail, FiveChapters, The Rattling Wall, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. A recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship for nonfiction literature, he has been included in the anthologies The Bastard on the Couch, Cooking and Stealing: The Tin House Nonfiction Reader, and The Encyclopedia of Exes. He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. A former book editor, he has worked at Crown Publishers, Talk Miramax Books, Bloomsbury USA, and most recently, as the Publisher of Backlit Fiction and the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Palindrome Media. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

Sara Gran is the author of the the Claire DeWitt series and the stand-alone novels Dope, Come Closer, and Saturn’s Return to New York. Her work has been published in over a dozen countries and as many languages. She also writes for TV and film, including two pilots for HBO and two years on TNT’s SOUTHLAND.

Jeff Girod is Senior Columnist at Inland Empire Weekly and was named National Humor Columnist of the Year for best humor columnist in the United States by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists in 2010. Previously, he spent eight years as a columnist for the Press-Enterprise and several years as a commentator and correspondent for KPCC. He is a 2010 graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at UCR.

Peter Handel has been an independent book publicist since 1993. He has developed successful author tours for everyone from celebrity authors to first-time publishers with fledgling small presses. He has worked in the full spectrum of non-fiction categories, including politics, travel, history, current events, science, and on both literary and genre fiction. Placements include The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The PBS NewsHour, NPR,,, and many other national and local outlets. Handel also wrote a regular book review column in The San Francisco Chronicle from 1992 to 1998, and was the “mystery columnist” for Pages Magazine for several years.

Jim Jennewein. Now in his 23rd year as a working Hollywood screenwriter, Jim Jennewein has co-written and sold 21 feature screenplays to all the major film studios. He has survived hundreds of Hollywood pitch meetings and worked on assignment for such companies as Touchstone, Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century-Fox, Fox 2000, Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, Interscope, Columbia Pictures, Regency, Morgan Creek, Largo Entertainment, NBC, among others. His produced film credits include THE FLINTSTONES, RICHIE RICH, MAJOR LEAGUE II, GETTING EVEN WITH DAD and STAY TUNED.  Jim adapted the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea as an animated feature film for Disney and also sold an original TV sitcom pilot to NBC. His TV pilot script, “Lawless,” won first prize in the One Hour TV Pilot category in the Table Read My Screenplay script contest in 2013. Jim is currently Chair of the Screenwriting Department on the Burbank campus of the New York Film Academy, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in screenwriting at California State University, Northridge, and at the Malibu campus of Pepperdine University. He is a published author as well, having co-authored the RuneWarriors trilogy, a comedy-fantasy series of young adult novels published by HarperCollins. Jim holds a BFA from the University Of Notre Dame, and an MFA from the Graduate Program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts at University Of California, Riverside.  He has been a member of the Writers Guild of America since 1990.

Shawna Kenney authored the Firecracker Award–winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix (Last Gasp), which enjoys international translation and a television development deal with the FX Network. She is also coauthor of Imposters (Mark Batty Publishers) and editor of forthcoming anthology, Book Lovers (Seal Press). She has written about punk rock, porn stars, gangster rappers, sword swallowers, graffiti artists, groupies, wrestlers, skateboarders and more for numerous outlets, including Creative Nonfiction, The Rumpus, Bust Magazine, Ms., Playboy, Juxtapoz, Alternative Press and The Florida Review. Her essays appear in various anthologies, most recently Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Writing about Each Other (Counterpoint) as well as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop (Soft Skull Press)She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and teaches memoir and personal essay classes in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. For more info see

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of six chapbooks: Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012), The Blue Teratorn (Yes Yes Books, 2012), Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, MAKE magazine, Phoebe, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and 6×6, among other places. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013) and is a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. She has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty, both published by Plume/Penguin. Some Girls has been translated into seventeen different languages. Her next memoir, Everything You Ever Wanted, is coming out from Plume in 2014. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine and among others and has been anthologized widely, including in The Moth Anthology, True Tales of Lust and Love and Best of Babble Blogs. Jillian has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country, including being a regular on The Moth mainstage. She blogs at MSNBC, The Huffington Post and She is married to musician Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles with their son.

Monty Mickelson is a 2010 graduate of the UCR-Palm Desert MFA program. He won a Tamarack Literary Award from Minnesota Monthly magazine, and a Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship in Fiction Writing. His novel, Purgatory, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1994, and he has written two young adult feature films for cable television. Last fall Mickelson was a writer in residence in the Los Angeles Unified School District as part of the PEN in the Classroom program.

Robert Mitas is the Executive Vice President of Furthur Films, the production company of Academy-Award winning actor and producer Michael Douglas.  Robert is responsible for the day-to-day operations, acquiring and developing material, packaging projects and securing financing.  Pictures produced by Furthur include The SentinelSwimfanThe In-LawsDon’t Say a Word and One Night at McCool’s and many more. His next film The Reach, is shooting now.

Joshua Mohr is the author of four novels, including “Damascus,” which The New York Times called “Beat-poet cool.”  He’s also written “Some Things that Meant the World to Me,” one of O Magazine’s Top 10 reads of 2009 and a San Francisco Chronicle best-seller, as well as “Termite Parade,” an Editors’ Choice on The New York Times Best Seller List.  He lives in San Francisco and teaches in the MFA program at USF. His latest novel is “Fight Song.”

Jessica Piazza is the author of two poetry collections: Interrobang (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Los Angeles to complete a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California. She is a co-founder of Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and a contributing editor at The Offending Adam. Learn more at

Jennifer Pooley spent twelve years with HarperCollins Publishers, most recently as a Senior Editor acquiring for imprints William Morrow and Harper Perennial, before moving to Los Angeles in 2010. Books that she acquired and published include: Willy Vlautin’s The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean On Pete (winner of the 2011 Oregon Book Award for fiction); Marjorie Hart’s Summer at Tiffany; Daniel James Brown’s The Indifferent Stars Above and Under a Flaming Sky; Michael Zadoorian’s The Leisure Seeker; Catherine Hanrahan’s Lost Girls and Love Hotels; and Jennifer Sey’s Chalked Up. Now an independent book editor, Jennifer does literary development work on behalf of individual authors, publishers, and literary agents. Some of her freelance projects have included: Mark Salzman’s The Man in the Empty Boat; Hannah Weyer’s On the Come Up; and Janie Chang’s Three Souls. She is exceptionally passionate about book-to-film adaptation and spent much of 2013 assisting in the Story department of Universal Pictures. You can find her at and tweeting about #books at @jenniferpooley.

Michael Saltzman is a graduate of Chadwick School in Palos Verdes, Yale University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School Of Journalism. His first job was at CBS News’ “48 Hours” as a production assistant and concurrently free-lanced for “Premiere” magazine. He returned to Los Angeles to write for television and was given his start by childhood idol, Carol Burnett. He began his TV writing career as Story Editor on ABC’s “Anything But Love,” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Richard Lewis. He moved to NBC’s “Wings” for two years, working under the multi-Emmy winning team of David Lee, Peter Casey, and David Angell. He served as Co-Producer and created the character of Antonio Scarpacci, played by Tony Shalhoub. His next position was on CBS’ “Murphy Brown,” where he received an Emmy nomination as Producer and, over the course of his 4 years on the show, worked his way to Executive Producer. Saltzman then worked at NBC Studios under an overall deal, during which time he took over as Executive Producer on NBC’s “The Naked Truth,” starring Tea Leoni in its third and final season. As Writer and Executive Producer, he overhauled the show, adding Tom Verica, Amy Hill, Jim Rash, and Chris Elliott to the cast, and returned the show to its tabloid roots. Saltzman served as Co-Executive Producer on the NBC show “DAG” prior to being hired to create and executive produce “Baby Bob” for Viacom and CBS. The show starred Adam Arkin, Joely Fisher, Elliott Gould, and Holland Taylor. Saltzman was Executive Producer on “Baby Bob” for both of its two seasons. Saltzman co-created the series “Misconceptions” starring Jane Leeves and French Stewart, through Imagine Television/Fox Television for The WB network. Unfortunately, this is the first time in history where the network was canceled before the show ever had a chance to air. Saltzman was the original writer on the first “The Pink Panther” movie starring Steve Martin and directed by Shawn Levy. He received a Co-Story by credit on the film. Saltzman served as a Writer/Consulting Producer on the multi-Emmy-winning AMC drama, “Mad Men” for its most recent two seasons. He is currently developing a comedy pilot for CBS Productions and the Fox network. Saltzman is an Adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he occasionally teaches a course in writing for television. Saltzman serves on the board of The Jester and Pharley Phund, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and comfort to ill and special needs children, and promoting literacy and charity to all children. The Jester and Pharley Phund originated as an offshoot from “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle” – the bestselling children’s book published by Saltzman and his family, and written and illustrated by his brother, David Saltzman. David Saltzman died of Hodgkin’s Disease, 9 days shy of his 23rd birthday in 1990. Saltzman is married to Jennifer Saltzman, and has two daughters – Samantha and Sarah.

Allison Seay is the recipient of fellowships from the Ruth Lilly Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her collection of poems, To See the Queen, won the Lexi Rudnitsky first book prize from Persea Books. She has published poems in CrazyhorseMississippi ReviewPoetry, and other journals. She teaches at The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia.

Andrea Seigel is the author of Like The Red Panda, one of‘s Top 10 Debuts of 2004, and To Feel Stuff (Harcourt), as well as the young adult novel The Kid Table, published by Bloomsbury in September 2010.  She has taught both creative writing and screenwriting for UCLA Extension, Loyola Marymount University, Chapman University, the UC Riverside MFA Program, and the L.A. Writers Lab. Her shorter work has been published by Vulture, Crushable, the NY Times Magazine, Etsy editorial, and BlackBook Magazine. In 2013 Lynn Shelton directed Seigel’s feature script Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell, to be released in 2014. Seigel and Shelton are also collaborating on the HBO pilot, Terrible Infants, currently in development. In early 2015, Viking will release Seigel’s YA collaboration with her boyfriend, Brent Bradshaw, entitled Everybody Knows Your Name.

Claire Bidwell Smith lives in Los Angeles. She is a psychotherapist specializing in grief, and the author of the  memoir The Rules of Inheritance (Penguin 2012), soon to be a major motion picture starring Jennifer Lawrence. Claire received a BA in creative writing from The New School and a MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. She has written for many publications including The Huffington Post,, Slate, BlackBook Magazine and Chicago Public Radio. Her background includes travel and food writing, working for nonprofits like Dave Eggers’ literacy center 826LA, and bereavement counseling for hospice.

Mitchel Stein runs The Stein Agency, a literary agency representing screenwriters, producers and directors. Previously, he was a partner is Shapiro-Lichtman-Stein, which he left in 2000 to start his own firm.

Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still lives there with her family. (She can actually see the hospital from her kitchen window, which her daughters find kind of pathetic; most days, she walks the dog past the classroom where she wrote her first short story at 16, at Riverside City College, which they find even more sad.) She has published seven novels and one middle-grade readerHighwire Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001; A Million Nightingales was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Her short stories have appeared in ZoetropeThe Ontario ReviewThe Oxford AmericanThe SunBlack Clock, and other magazines. “The Golden Gopher,” from Los Angelas Noir, won the Edgar Award in 2007; “El Ojo de Agua,” from Zoetrope, won an O. Henry Award in 2007. Her essays have appeared in the New York TimesReader’s DigestFamily CircleSalonThe Los Angeles TimesHarpersThe Nation, and other magazines. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Highwire Moon, and a Lannan Prize was an immense help when working on Take One Candle Light a Room. Her most recent novel, Between Heaven & Here, was released in 2012.

Andrew Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary magazine Santa Monica Review.  He is a graduate of the MFA Fiction Writing Program at UC Irvine, where he teaches Composition.  He hosts the weekly literary arts program Bibliocracy Radio on KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California and blogs about books at the OC Weekly’s “OC Bookly.”  Fiction and nonfiction have appeared in EcotoneFaultline and the Los Angeles Review of Books.  A recent short story is included in the current Best American Nonrequired Reading.

Andrew Weiner is the author of the novels The Marriage Artist and The Color Midnight Made. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship in Fiction, he occasionally writers about artists, composer, thinkers and other writers. He is working on a new novel about religion and politics. He is the Chair of the Creative Writing department at the University of California, Riverside

Amy Yergen is a new Science Fiction and Fantasy author. In August of 2010, she completed her MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside. She lives with her family and her marmalade cats;  Mr. Darcy & Mr. Knightly. Her new book of fairy tales At Times I Almost Dream is out now.

If you’re interested in visiting residency prior to applying for the Spring term — the deadline is February 1st — please feel free to contact Agam Patel at or 760-834-0926 for information.

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