Karen Bjorneby is the author of Hurricane Season. Her work has appeared in such places as The Threepenny Review, New Letters, The Sun, North American Review, New Orleans Review, Confrontation, and online at Poetry Daily. Her novel, Naked, Shining, and Alive, is now in the hands of her agent.
Professor, Diablo Valley College
Judy Myers’ flash piece “Is Girl Here” (published in Quiddity) was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her story “Runaway” was a finalist for the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction She’s currently working on a novel set primarily in Oakland about runaways, babies, and searching for mothers. In her other life, she teaches literature, creative writing, and composition at Diablo Valley College.
Robin's first novel Lemon Reef , a Lambda Literary Award finalist, was nominated (in excerpt) for a Pushcart Prize and received the Golden Crown Literary Award for Best Debut Novel, and the Alice B. Award for Excellent First Work. She has published numerous articles and critical essays about the social aspects of mental illness in children and families. Robin will be reading from her current novel in progress, The Invisible Side of Things.
English Instructor, CCSF
Saramanda Swigart has an MFA from Columbia University, with a supplementary degree in literary translation. Her short work has appeared in Oxford Magazine, Border Crossing, Superstition Review, Fogged Clarity, Caveat Lector, The Literati Quarterly, Ragazine. She lives in San Francisco and teaches at City College of San Francisco.
Thaai Walker is a former daily newspaper reporter who has worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Mercury News , the Oakland Tribune and the Dallas Morning News. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.