Our spring residency is just a few weeks away — June 7-16th — and if you’re interested in attending a day prior to applying, we’d be happy to have you. Please contact Agam Patel at 760-834-0926 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your visit. We’re excited to announce that our visiting residency faculty (in addition to our award-winning core faculty) this spring will be:
Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June, both ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and Also Known As, which was just released in February. Benway’s books have been published in 16 languages, won awards abroad, and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.
Julia Dahl started her writing career in New York City as part of Young Blood at the Ensemble Studio Theater under the direction or Curt Dempster. Her plays Licking Grandma’s Fingers and Filling Empty were produced at EST and Playwrights Horizons, and her play, Frances and The President, won the L.A. Drama-Logue Award for Best Play in the mid 90s. That same play, newly entitled Wonderland, ran at The American Place Theater, Off-Broadway, under the direction of Wynn Handman, and was called “a sophisticated and civilized new play,” by John Simon, the infamous New York Magazine critic. Dahl’s TV credits include writing on staff for FOX’s Party of Five and NBC’s The West Wing, and several TV pilot deals and MOWs for CBS, ABC, NBC, Lifetime and SONY. Feature credits include original work and rewrites for Fine Line, New Line, New Regency, Tribeca Films, Greenestreet Films, MGM, and most recently Lionsgate for the third installment of the franchise Dirty Dancing with producer Laurence Mark. Uptown Girls (Brittany Murphy and Boaz Yakin), First Daughter (Katie Holmes and Forest Whitaker) and Lifetime’s Flirting with 40 (Heather Locklear) are also Dahl’s. She holds a masters in journalism from Columbia University, and attended The Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Tufts, and The New School for her undergraduate studies. She is also the mother of an awesome five-year-old girl named Isabel: her best work to date.
Tyler Dilts dreamed of following in the footsteps of his policeman father. Though his career goals changed over time, he never lost interest in the daily work of homicide detectives. Today he teaches at California State University in Long Beach, and his writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Best American Mystery Stories, and numerous other publications. He is the author of A King of Infinite Space and the bestselling The Pain Scale.
Adam Deutsch is the Publisher and Editor of Cooper Dillon Books. He was born on Long Island, New York and has his M.A. from Hofstra University (2005) and M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2008). He has been on the editorial staff of a number of presses and journals, including Ninth Letter and Barn Owl Review. Adam has been interviewed and has written about publishing at Fringe Magazine,Quarterly Conversation, & diode.
Gina Frangello is the author of three books of fiction: A LIFE IN MEN (forthcoming from Algonquin in February 2014), SLUT LULLABIES, which was a ForeWord magazine book of the year finalist for 2010, and MY SISTER’S CONTINENT. She is the co-founder and executive editor of Other Voices Books, the Sunday editor of The Rumpus, and the fiction editor of The Nervous Breakdown. Her essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in numerous forums, including the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Reader, and her short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Fence, ACM and Prairie Schooner, as well as numerous anthologies. She’s been the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Individual Fellowship for Prose, several Illinois Arts Council Awards for short fiction, and was the winner of the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars Contest in fiction. Gina has also edited and guest-edited more than 10 books of fiction, many of which have garnered such honors such as the International Book Award, the IPPY gold and bronze medals, and been finalists for the Lambda and SCIBA awards. She often teaches classes creative writing, publishing and literature at Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies.
Jim Gavin worked as a sportswriter, plumbing salesman and a Jeopardy production assistant. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Gavin received his MFA from Boston University in 2011. His fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Zyzzyva, Zoetrope, Esquire and others. His first collection of stories, Middle Men, was released this year from Simon & Schuster.
Tiffany Hawk has an MFA from UC Riverside, Palm Desert and is the author of Love Me Anyway, a novel that bestselling author Caroline Leavitt calls “irresistible…an unexpectedly haunting look at loneliness, and the struggle for love, belonging and independence.” Tiffany is also a freelance writer, former magazine editor and a writing instructor with a special focus in travel. She has been quoted as a travel expert by a variety of publications from NBC News to Al Jazeera to Maxim magazine and has written about travel for publications that include The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Sunset, GQ.com, CNN, and National Geographic Traveler. Her short fiction and personal essays have appeared in such places as The Potomac Review, StoryQuarterly, and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
David Hernandez is the recipient of a 2011 NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry. His recent collection, Hoodwinked, won the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and is now available from Sarabande Books. His other collections include Always Danger (SIU Press, 2006), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, and A House Waiting for Music (Tupelo Press, 2003). His poems have appeared inFIELD, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, The Missouri Review, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, and Poetry Daily. He is also the author of two YA novels,No More Us for You and Suckerpunch, both published by HarperCollins. David teaches at the University of California, Irvine and poetry workshops at California State University, Long Beach, and is currently the Writer-in-Residence at California State University, Fullerton.
Tom Hertz is the creator and executive producer of Rules of Engagement, and previously served as executive producer of The King of Queens, Freddie, Married to the Kellys (which he also created), Less Than Perfect, and Spin City. His credits also include The Larry Sanders Show, The Dennis Miller Show, The Stephanie Miller Show, The John Stewart Show.
Matthew Horowitz got his start at literary management company Sleeping Giant Entertainment in 2006. At Sleeping Giant, Matt began working closely with award-winning writers and directors such as James Manos Jr. (Creator of DEXTER), Jon Amiel (ENTRAPMENT, THE CORE, THE SINGING DETECTIVE) and Victor Salva (JEEPERS CREEPERS I & II, POWDER), while serving as the executive assistant to President Dave Brown. Concurrently, Matt assisted the CEO of Night & Day Pictures (WAITRESS), allowing him to participate in both the representation and physical production side of filmmaking. Upon moving to Artist International in 2010, Matt was promoted to manager and started building his client roster, which includes LaToya Morgan (SHAMELESS, PARENTHOOD), Billy Riback (HOME IMPROVEMENT, MURPHY BROWN), John Hyams (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER III, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER IV), Guy Moshe (BUNRAKU, HOLLY), David Regal (ZEKE AND LUTHER, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND), Mike Teverbaugh (BETTER OFF TED), as well as the Zenescope Entertainment comic book company. Matt has played a part in packaging many projects for both film and television. Including WONDERLAND for LionsGate TV based on the Zenescope property written by Stephen Susco, FUCK FACEBOOK for MTV by Zeke Farrow, LAUNCHING PAD for Sony and Fanfare by Jen Klein, and the new breakout hit for ABCF, TWISTED. In addition he has clients staffed on shows such as: SONS OF ANARCHY, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, PARENTHOOD, HOUSE OF LIES, JUSTIFIED, COMMUNITY, LAST MAN STANDING, SULLIVAN & SON, THE DAILY SHOW, as well as many others.
Tara Ison is the author of the novels Rockaway, The List, and A Child out of Alcatraz, and the forthcoming short story collection Ball. Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin House, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Nerve.com, Black Clock, TriQuarterly, PMS: poemmemoirstory, Publisher’s Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi Review, LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult movie Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead. She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women’s Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists’ Fellowship Award. Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert’s MFA in Creative Writing program. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University.
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She attended Université Mohammed-V in Rabat, University College in London, and the University of Southern California, where she earned a Ph.D. in linguistics. She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and the novel Secret Son, which was on the Orange Prize longlist. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, the New York Times, and in numerous anthologies. Her work has been translated into ten languages. She is the recipient of a British Council Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship and is currently an associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. Her new novel, The Moor’s Account, will be released by Pantheon in 2014.
Brian Lipson is a partner in the Los Angeles based literary management company Intellectual Property Group (IPG). Brian specializes in selling the motion picture/television rights of literary material. For 15 years he has represented such notable authors as Stephen E. Ambrose, Jared Diamond, Eric Garcia, Joe Lansdale, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Rex Pickett and Mark Haskell Smith. Brian also represents the literary estates of Mark Twain and Jim Thompson. Some of the motion picture and television projects he sold include Band of Brothers, Boardwalk Empire, Ike: Countdown to D-Day, Sideways, Matchstick Men, Repo Men, Pain & Gain and The Departed. Additionally, Brian also markets non-fiction books to publishers. Some of the authors he has sold books for include Stephen Ambrose, Hugh Ambrose, the Osbournes, Alexandra Pelosi, Amber Tamblyn, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sharon Rocha (Laci Peterson’s mother), Scout Productions (the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy), Aisha Tyler, Bob Newhart, Burt Bacharach and Roger Ebert. Prior to joining IPG, Brian ran the book division at Endeavor from 1999 until the merger with the William Morris Agency in 2009. Before Endeavor, Brian was an agent and assistant at the Renaissance Agency, where he trained under his current partner, Joel Gotler.
Scott Martelle is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer & a freelance journalist and the author of three books of nonfiction, as well as a co-founder of The Journalism Shop, a co-op for mostly former LA Times staffers, and an active blogger at his own website, www.scottmartelle.com. As a book critic, Martelle’s reviews and articles appear in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Publishers Weekly and other outlets. His freelance journalism has appeared in Sierra magazine, Los Angeles magazine, and elsewhere. He also teaches journalism at Chapman University, As a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times from 1997-2008, Martelle was primarily a general assignment reporter but also covered portions of three presidential campaigns, wrote about authors and books in the Calendar section, and was a mainstay of the main news sections with hundreds of local, regional and national articles (as well as reporting from Mongolia and post-war Kosovo). Martelle’s books have focused on disparate aspects of American history. His most recent book, Detroit: A Biography (April 2012, Chicago Review Press), explores the forces that led to the rise and fall of one of America’s great cities. His previous book, The Fear Within: Spies, Commies, and American Democracy on Trial (Rutgers University Press, 2011) is a narrative retelling of the Cold War-era trial that led to the imprisonment of 11 men for their political beliefs. Martelle’s first book, the critically acclaimed Blood Passion: The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the American West (Rutgers, 2007), similarly spotlights the 1913-14 Colorado coal strike in which at least 75 people were killed in open guerrilla warfare between striking coal miners and the Colorado National Guard. And he is at work on Jones’s Bones: The Search for an American Hero (Chicago Review Press, 2014) about the 1905 recovery of the body of Revolutionary war hero John Paul Jones more than a century after his death and quickly forgotten burial in Paris.
Anthony McCann is the author of the poetry collections I Heart Your Fate, Moongarden and Father of Noise. In addition to these collections he is the author, along with Joshua Beckman and Matthew Rohrer, of Gentle Reader!, a collection of erasures of the English Romantics. His work has been translated into Slovene, French, Serbo-Croatian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Latvian, and Spanish. McCann is also a translator of poetry. He lives in Los Angeles where he works with Machine Project, an art and performance space and collaborative team of artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. He teaches poetry and literature at the California Institute of the Arts.
T. Jefferson Parker’s writing career began in 1978, as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book. Parker’s first novel, LAGUNA HEAT, written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a journalist, was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. The paperback made The New York Times Bestseller list in 1986. Parker’s following novels—all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California—were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists. His writing has been called “potent and irresistible” (L.A. Times) and “resonant, literate and powerful” (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that “T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer.” Writing in the Washington Post, reviewer Carolyn See called THE TRIGGERMAN’S DANCE “a masterpiece.” WHERE SERPENTS LIE and THE BLUE HOUR appeared for five weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. RED LIGHT and SILENT JOE made number one on that list in May of 2000 and 2001, respectively and SILENT JOE went on to win the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. COLD PURSUIT was named Novel of the Year by the Southern California Booksellers Association. CALIFORNIA GIRL won Jeff his second Best Novel Edgar. In 2008 Parker won his third Edgar Award for his short story “Skinhead Central.” Parker’s recent novels, L.A. OUTLAWS, THE RENEGADES, IRON RIVER, THE BORDER LORDS and THE JAGUAR and THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD feature protagonist Charlie Hood, a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy “on loan” to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force working the illegal gun trade along the U.S. Mexico border.
Hector Tobar has written for the Los Angeles Times for over 20 years, including several years as the Bureau Chief in Mexico, a columnist and now as a book critic. In 1992, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the LA Riots. He is also the author of three books, the novel The Tattooed Soldier, which was a finalist for the PEN USA Award for Fiction, the book of nonfiction Translation Nation: Defining A New American Identity in Spanish Speaking America, and, most recently the novel The Barbarian Nurseries, which was named a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe and San Francisco Chronicle best book of the year and which won the California Book Award Gold Medal for Fiction. His current project is on the trapped Chilean miners.
Peter Samuelson has been described as a “serial pro-social entrepreneur”. In 1983, inspired by a little boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, Peter conceived of the Starlight Children’s Foundation—an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children www.starlight.org. Starlight has grown to offer eight core psycho-social programs, each restoring some of the laughter, happiness and self-esteem that serious illness takes away from kids and those who love them. As parents and healthcare providers confirmed the positive psychological and often medical impact of Starlight programming, in 1990 Peter brought together leaders including Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf to create Starbright World www.starbrightworld.org an online social network to educate, encourage and empower children to cope with the medical, emotional and social challenges of their illness. In 2005, Starlight and Starbright World completed a formal merger and became the Starlight Children’s Foundation, with offices throughout Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, Japan and across the United States. Starlight now has a combined operating budget of $50 million and serves over 5 million children annually. Since inception, Starlight has raised and deployed internationally over $1 billion and served 60 million seriously ill children. In 1999, Peter co-founded with Sherry Quirk, First Star www.firststar.org, a separate national 501(c)(3) charity headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to improve the public health, safety, and family life of America’s abused and neglected children. With Peter as President, First Star provides “top-down” systemic leadership to provide quality and compassionate care for children within the child welfare system, basic civil and legal rights for every child and safe, stable and permanent homes for all children. First Star’s program to create permanent residential high schools for Foster Children on university campuses nation-wide began at UCLA in 2011, and has thus far replicated to the University of Rhode Island and George Washington University in the District of Columbia. Negotiations are underway to expand to campuses in Northern California, Illinois and Connecticut. In 2008, Peter founded EDAR, “Everyone Deserves A Roof” www.EDAR.org to develop and widely distribute through established service agencies a mobile single-user homeless shelter on wheels. EDARs cost $500 each and so far 300 homeless clients use them nightly. Peter is a graduate of Cambridge University with a Masters in English Literature and the fourth of five family generations employed in the film industry. After serving as production manager on films such as The Return of the Pink Panther, he emigrated from England to Los Angeles and produced Revenge of the Nerds, Tom & Viv, Wilde, Arlington Road and 20 other films. Peter served on the founding Board of Participant Media Inc., Jeff Skoll’s pro-social media company. In 2012 and 2013, Peter Samuelson was the first Managing Director of the Media Institute for Social Change at the University of Southern California.
Dan Smetanka has worked in various aspects of the publishing industry for over twenty years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired and published award-winning debut books including The Ice Harvest by Scott Philips, The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to a Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award. Prior to this, he served as Director of Maria B. Campbell Associates, an international scouting agency that facilitated the placement of American authors into the international marketplace. Daniel also acted as a publishing consultant to both Amblin/Dreamworks and The Kennedy/Marshall Company to identify material appropriate for feature film and television adaptation.He currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press, one of the largest independent presses in the country and one of the few located on the west coast. His projects include works by Thomas Steinbeck, Linda Gray Sexton, James Brown, Scott Phillips, Janna Malamud Smith, Craig Nova, Ilie Ruby, Neil Jordan, Dana Johnson, Isaac Adamson, Karen E. Bender, Joshua Mohr, Emma Woolf, John N. Maclean, Tara Ison, Kim Addonizio, Andrea Portes, Frank Browning, Anna David, Liza Monroy, and Thaisa Frank. He is based in Los Angeles.
Matthew Specktor is the author of the novels American Dream Machine and That Summertime Sound, as well as a nonfiction book of film criticism. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, Black Clock, The Believer, and many other publications and anthologies. He is a founding editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books.
Jamison Stoltz is a senior editor at Grove/Atlantic. He edits nonfiction—recent titles include Paradise Lust by Brook Wilensky-Lanford, Harlem by Jonathan Gill, and Mint Condition by Dave Jamieson—and mysteries and thrillers, including Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series and the novels of Deon Meyer, Mike Lawson, and Mark Haskell Smith. Before joining Grove/Atlantic, he worked at the William Morris Agency in London and New York, and in publicity at Houghton Mifflin in New York.
Andrew Winer 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.