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Archive for June, 2012


Sunday, June 24th, 2012
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Lou DeMattei

Al Young and Amy Tan | Community of Writers at Squaw Valley 2012

Brett Hall Jones

Al Young and Amy Tan 2010


   Oakley Hall, co-founder

43rd Annual
Community of Writers Conference
at Squaw Valley
July 7-14, 2012

(Memoir, Screenwriting)

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Mark Childress — the celebrated author of Crazy In Alabama, among other novels and screenplays — leads a morning workshop

The captive, rapt audience all writers still love

Louis B. Jones | Sands Hall | Gregory Spatz
(Clickable names of the author guitarists and fiddler below)

        Photos: Brett Hall Jones

Ron Carlson | Al Young


LISA ALVAREZ‘s essays and short stories have appeared in the American Book Review, the Los Angeles Times, OC Weekly, Santa Monica Review, Green Mountains Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and the anthologies Sudden Fiction Latino: Short- Short Stories from the United States and Latin America, Latinos in Lotusland and Geography of Rage: Remembering the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. With Alan Cheuse, she edited Writers Workshop in a Book: The Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction. She is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College. She co-directs the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
MAX BYRD is the author of a number of detective novels including California Thriller, which won the Shamus Award, and, more recently, the historical novels Jefferson, Jackson, and Grant. Bantam published his most recent novel, Shooting the Sun. He writes frequently for the New York Times Book Review and is a Contributing Editor of the Wilson Quarterly. He is founding publisher of Willowbank Books.
RON CARLSON‘s most recent book is Room Service, his first collection of poems. His most recent novel is The Signal, which became a best seller in France. His novel Five Skies was one of the Los Angeles Times’s Best Books of 2007 and the One Book Choice of Rhode Island in 2009. His book on writing is Ron Carlson Writes a Story. With Michelle Latiolais, he directs the Graduate Program in Fiction at UC Irvine.
MARK CHILDRESS is the author of the novels A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good, One Mississippi, and Georgia Bottoms, just published in paperback by Little, Brown. He has also written three books for children and several screenplays, including the Columbia Pictures production of Crazy in Alabama, an official selection of the Venice and San Sebastian film festivals.
BERNARD COOPER most recent book is The Bill From My Father (Simon & Schuster). He is also the author of Maps To Anywhere, A Year of Rhymes, Truth Serum, and a collection of short stories, Guess Again. He is the recipient of the 1991 PEN/USA Ernest Hemingway Award, a 1995 O. Henry Prize, a 1999 Guggenheim grant, and a 2004 National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in literature. His work has appeared in several anthologies, including The Best American Essays of 1988, 1995, and 1997, 2002, and 2008. His work has also appeared in magazines and literary reviews including, Harper’s Magazine, The Paris Review, Story, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He has contributed to National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and for six years wrote monthly features as the art critic for Los Angeles Magazine. He teaches creative nonfiction at Bennington College, and held the Mary Routee Distinguished Writer Chair at Scripps College.
JOHN DANIEL is the author of three memoirs and two books of personal essays, as well as two collections of poems. His most recent work is The Far Corner, which won the 2011 Oregon Book Award in Literary Nonfiction. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has been awarded an NEA fellowship, the John Burroughs Nature Essay Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, three Oregon Book Awards in literary nonfiction, and a Pushcart Prize, among other honors. He has taught as writer-in-residence at colleges and universities around the country. Of Earth: New and Selected Poems, 1978- 2010, will be published in Fall 2012.
GILL DENNIS was, with Tom Rickman, founding Director of the Community of Writers Screenwriting Program. He wrote the movie Walk the Line with James Mangold and Return to Oz with Walter Murch. Currently, he is writing a detective story with the director Aza Jacobs and an adaptation of Nadeem Aslam’s novel The Wasted Vigil. Forever, which he wrote with Tatia Pilieva, will go into production this spring. Currently he is adapting of Joe Sacco’s graphic novel, Footnotes in Gaza, with the director Denis Villeneuve. He is Master Filmmaker in Residence at the American Film Institute Conservatory and won the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Distinguished Direction in Theatre. He teaches the Finding the Story Workshop. See Details.
GLEN DAVID GOLD is the author of Carter Beats the Devil, a national bestseller currently translated into 14 languages. His fiction, essays and memoirs have appeared in Playboy, McSweeney’s, The Independent UK and The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and he has written comic books for DC and Dark Horse. His novel Sunnyside was published by Knopf in 2009.
SANDS HALL is the author of the novel Catching Heaven, a Willa Award finalist and a Random House Reader’s Circle selection. Stories have appeared in the Green Mountains Review and Iowa Review; the latter was selected by Great American Short Stories 2009 for their list of 100 Other Notable Stories. Her work as a playwright includes a stage adaptation of Alcott’s Little Women and the comic drama Fair Use. She is the author of a book of writing essays and exercises, Tools of the Writer’s Craft, and has an essay in the anthology Writers Workshop in a Book. Sands is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and founding editor of the F&M Alumni Arts Review.
DANA JOHNSON is the author of Break Any Woman Down, for which she received the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her fiction has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Iowa Review, Slake, Missouri Review, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Her novel, Elsewhere, California, will be published by Counterpoint Press in 2012. She teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Southern California.
LOUIS B. JONES is the author of the novels Ordinary Money, Particles and Luck, and California’s Over, all three New York Times Notable Books. His recent fiction and essays have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Open City and The Sun and received a Pushcart Prize in 2009. He has reviewed for the New York Times and Washington Post and served as Visiting Writer at several MFA programs, including Washington University. His new novel, Radiance, was published last year by Counterpoint Press.
JOANNE MESCHERY has published short stories, essays, and the novels, In A High Place, A Gentleman’s Guide to the Frontier, which was a PEN/Faulkner finalist, and Home and Away. She is also the author of a book of nonfiction, Truckee. Selwa Press has published two of her novels as ebooks. She is teaching in the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
VARLEY O’CONNOR is the author of three novels, Like China, A Company of Three, and The Cure. Her fourth novel, The Master’s Muse, will be published by Scribner in May. Her short prose and fiction craft interviews have appeared in AWP Writer’s Chronicle, Faultline, Driftwood, The MacGuffin, The Sun, and Algonkian magazine. She teaches fiction and creative nonfiction at Kent State University and for The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program.
VICTORIA PATTERSON’s novel This Vacant Paradise, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Drift, her collection of interlinked short stories, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the 2009 Story Prize. The San Francisco Chronicle selected Drift as one of the best books of 2009. Her work has appeared in various publications and journals, including the Los Angeles Times, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Southern Review. She teaches at Antioch University’s Master of Fine Arts program and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside.
JASON ROBERTS is the author of the forthcoming Two Shipwrecks, a nonfiction saga of intertwined lives in 19th century America and Japan. His previous book, A Sense of the World, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the international Guardian First Book Prize. He is also the winner of the Van Zorn Prize for short fiction, and a contributor to McSweeney’s, The Believer, the Village Voice and other publications.
ROBIN ROMM is the author of two books. The Mother Garden, her collection of stories, was a finalist for the PEN USA prize. Her memoir, The Mercy Papers, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a San Francisco Best Book of 2009, and a Top Ten Nonfiction Book of the Year by Entertainment Weekly. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The UK Observer, O Magazine, Tin House, One Story, and The Threepenny Review. She’s a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and served on the faculty of the MFA Program at New Mexico State University. .
GREGORY SPATZ’s most recent book publications are Inukshuk, a novel (Bellevue Literary Press, 2012), and the forthcoming collection of short stories, Half As Happy (Engine Books, 2012). His short stories have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The New England Review, Glimmer Train Stories, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. He is a 2012 NEA Fellow, and the recipient of a Washington State Book Award. He teaches in and directs the MFA program for creative writing at Eastern Washington University.
LISA TUCKER is the author of six novels: The Song Reader, Shout Down the Moon, Once Upon a Day, The Cure for Modern Life, The Promised World and The Winters in Bloom. Her books have been published in fourteen countries and selected for Borders Original Voices, Book of the Month Club, the Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, People magazine Critic’s Choice, Redbook Book Club, Amazon Book of the Year, Barnes & Noble Reading Group program, Target “Breakout” Books, the American Library Association Popular Paperbacks, and the Indie Next list. Her short work has appeared in The New York Times, Seventeen, and The Oxford American.
ANDREW WINER’s second novel is The Marriage Artist (Henry Holt, 2010), which was released in paperback this fall by Picador. His first novel, The Color Midnight Made, was a national bestseller. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, he is Chair of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
AL YOUNG was California’s poet laureate from 2005-2008. His most recent book, Jazz Idiom: Blueprints, Stills and Frames (The Jazz Photography of Charles L. Robinson), received the 2009 PEN- Oakland Award. Other books include Something About the Blues: An Unlikely Collection of Poetry; Coastal Nights and Inland Afternoons; the reprint of The Sound of Dreams Remembered, which received the 2002 American Book Award; African American Literature: A Brief Introduction and Anthology; and Mingus Mingus: Two Memoirs (with Janet Coleman). An essay appears in the anthology Writers Workshop in a Book. Young’s honors include Guggenheim, Fulbright and NEA Fellowships, the Library of Congress Award for Short Fiction, the PEN-USA Award for Nonfiction, and the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Prize for lifetime achievement. He is currently the visiting writer at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.


MICHAEL V. CARLISLE, a founder of InkWell Management, has been involved with the Community of Writers for many years. His fiction and nonfiction client list includes prize-winning as well debut authors. A former director of the AAR, a not-for-profit organization of independent literary and dramatic agents, Michael is an active member of PEN.
DIANA COGLIANESE has been at Alfred A. Knopf since 2003 and edits primarily literary fiction. She has helped to bring several fiction writers to the Knopf Group, including Javier Marías, Annabel Lyon, Rhidian Brook, Patricio Pron, Jo Baker, Evie Wyld, whose novel won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and Andrew Porter, whose story collection won the Flannery O’Connor Prize.
JOHN A. GLUSMAN is vice president and editor-in-chief of W.W. Norton’s trade department. A publishing veteran of more than thirty years, he has worked with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz; National Book Award winner Richard Powers; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Jim Crace and finalists Andrew X. Pham and Philip Ball; Pulitzer Prize winners Laurie Garrett and David Rohde; the New York Times bestselling author, Erik Larson; New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger, and many other writers. He has taught at Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and his book, Conduct Under Fire: Four American Doctors and their Fight for Life as Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945 (Viking/Penguin), based on his father’s experiences as a Navy doctor-and POW-in the Philippines and Japan, won the Colby Award for the best work of military nonfiction by a first-time author. In 2009 he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in nonfiction.
MARY EVANS is a New York Literary Agent. Her first job in publishing was at Farrar, Straus & Giroux and then The Viking Press. For over thirty years she has been a literary agent who specializes in upmarket fiction and nonfiction. She has operated her own literary agency, Mary Evans Inc., out of an East Village Greek Revival brownstone since 1994. She is privileged to work with such talents as Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Abraham Verghese and Vendela Vida (to name only a few).
JEFF KLEINMAN is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a New York literary agency which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). His authors include Garth Stein, Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Bruce Watson, Neil White, and Philip Gerard.
CHRIS PARRIS-LAMB is an agent at The Gernert Company, where he started as an assistant in 2005. He began his career at Burnes & Clegg, Inc. He specializes in literary fiction and in a wide variety of nonfiction. New York Times Bestselling writers on his list include the novelists Chad Harbach and Hillary Jordan, as well as Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl, the game designer Jane McGonigal, and UNC Men’s Basketball Coach Roy Williams. Other clients have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Paris Review, The New Republic, GQ, Outside and n+1, among many others.
MICHAEL PIETSCH is Executive Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company. Before joining Little, Brown in 1991 he worked as an editor at Scribner and at Harmony Books. He has worked with the novelists Martin Amis, Michael Connelly, Tony Earley, Janet Fitch, Chad Harbach, Mark Leyner, Rick Moody, Walter Mosley, James Patterson, George Pelecanos, Alice Sebold, Anita Shreve, Nick Tosches, David Foster Wallace, and Stephen Wright, the nonfiction writers Peter Guralnick, Stacy Schiff, and David Sedaris, and the cartoonist R. Crumb. Career highlights include editing Ernest Hemingway’s posthumous memoir, The Dangerous Summer, in 1985, David Wallace’s posthumous novel The Pale King in 2011, and the autobiographies of Chuck Berry, Phil Lesh, and Keith Richards. Recent acquisitions include new novels by Nick Tosches, Donna Tartt and David James Duncan.
ALAN RINZLER has edited and published Toni Morrison, Hunter S. Thompson, Tom Robbins, Shirley MacLaine, Lorraine Hansberry, Clive Cussler, Andy Warhol, Robert Ludlum, Jerzy Kosinski, Bob Dylan, Al Young, and others. He began at Simon & Schuster in 1962, and then went to Macmillan and Holt as Senior Editor. He was Director of Trade Book Publishing at Bantam Books, Associate Publisher and Vice President of Rolling Stone Magazine, and President of the Rolling Stone book division Straight Arrow Books. He was West Coast Editor for the Grove Press, Editor of The Berkeley Monthly, and for 19 years Executive Editor of Jossey-Bass, the San Francisco imprint of John Wiley & Sons.
BJ ROBBINS opened her Los Angeles-based literary agency in 1992 after a multifaceted book publishing career in New York at Simon & Schuster and Harcourt. Her clients include award-winning novelists James D. Houston, Max Byrd, Nafisa Haji, John Hough, Jr., Eduardo Santiago, Craig Ferguson, Kathryn Jordan, Renee Swindle, Laura Catherine Brown, and nonfiction writers J. Maarten Troost, James Donovan, Tim Madigan, Chris Erskine, and Mel Watkins.
ANIKA STREITFELD is an independent editor specializing in fiction and narrative nonfiction. She has worked as an in-house editor at Random House and MacAdam/ Cage. She has worked with the writers Audrey Niffenegger, Dan Chaon, and Amanda Eyre Ward.
ANDREW TONKOVICH is the editor of the Santa Monica Review. His short stories, essays and commentaries have appeared in Green Mountains Review, The Rattling Wall, Faultline, OC Weekly, The Los Angeles Times and an anthology, Geography of Fear. He has taught at UC Irvine, UC Irvine Extension, Santa Monica College, Irvine Valley College and University of Redlands. He hosts “Bibliocracy,” a weekly book culture program on Pacifica Radio affiliate KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles, which focuses on literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry.


CHARMAINE CRAIG’s first novel, The Good Men, was a national bestseller. Her second novel, nearing completion, is inspired by the life of her mother, once Miss Burma and leader of an insurgent army brigade. She is visiting faculty in Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.
SUSAN GOLOMB founded the Susan Golomb Literary Agency in 1990 and for over twenty years has been known for finding bestselling and award winning fiction and nonfiction. Her authors include Sarah Shun–lien Bynum, Glen David Gold, Jonathan Franzen, Rachel Kushner, Krys Lee, Tom Mullen, Marisha Pessl, Tom Rachman, Gwyn Hyman Rubio, Brando Skyhorse, William T. Vollmann. Prior to founding her agency, Susan worked for Sydney Pollack’s film company, Mirage, Hearst Entertainment, and PBS’ Great Performances. She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, the Women’s Media Group and PEN International.
RHODA HUFFEY is the author of the novel The Hallelujah Side. She has published stories in Tin House, Ploughshares, and Green Mountains Review, and has a story upcoming in Santa Monica Review (Spring, 2012).
MICHELLE LATIOLAIS is a Professor of English at the University of California at Irvine. She is the author of the novel Even Now, which received the Gold Medal for Fiction from the Commonwealth Club. Her second novel, A Proper Knowledge, was published in 2008 by Bellevue Literary Press. She has published writing in three anthologies, Absolute Disaster, Women On The Edge: Writing From Los Angeles and Woof! Writers on Dogs. Her stories and essays have appeared in Zyzzyva, The Antioch Review, Western Humanities Review and the Santa Monica Review. Most recently she had work in issues of the Iowa Review and the Northwest Review. Widow, a collection of stories, involutions and essays, was published in 2011 by Bellevue Literary Press.
ALISON OWINGS is the author of Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans (Rutgers, 2011). Her other books include Hey, Waitress! The USA from the Other Side of the Tray and Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Alison is also a public speaker and freelance editor. www.
AMY TAN‘s novels are The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, and Saving Fish from Drowning, all New York Times bestsellers. She was co-writer and co-producer of the film The Joy Luck Club, and was the librettist for an opera based on The Bonesetter’s Daughter, which premiered in San Francisco in 2008. She has also published a memoir, The Opposite of Fate; two children’s books, The Moon Lady and Sagwa; and numerous articles for magazines including The New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar, and National Geographic. Tan’s work has been widely anthologized and translated into 35 languages. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Community of Writers.
MIKE LEVINE has been an Acquisitions Editor at Northwestern University Press since 2007. Among the authors with whom he has worked are Kathleen Hill, A. E. Stallings, Katherine Karlin, Michael Griffith, Horton Foote, and Mary Zimmerman. He teaches continuing-education literature seminars at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
OSCAR VILLALÓN is the managing editor of ZYZZYVA and the former book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. His reviews and essays have appeared in Black Clock, The Los Angeles Times, VQR, LA Weekly, The Believer, and on He also serves as a book critic for KQED-FM’s “The California Report.”


Thursday, June 21st, 2012


l Young’s Monthly Poem Broadcasts at KQED’s ‘The California Report’

Joseph Robinson/Courtesy Al Young

Al Young: One Poem a Month

“Al Young, who served as California’s poet laureate from 2005 to 2008, is writing an original poem for us on the first Friday of each month this year. The winner of awards and honors too numerous to mention, Al Young has contributed to The California Report many times over the years. Starting today, we’re making it a regular thing. Al Young spoke with host Rachael Myrow about what inspired him to write us a poem about California every month.”
— The California Report

  What December Remembers
December 14, 2012

Oh, No, November, Not Again!
November 2, 2012

October 5, 2012

Two Septembers
September 7, 2012

One August Summary
August 3, 2012

July Never Lies
July 6, 2012

We June Bugs Jazz June, Too
June 1, 2012

A May to Warm the Borderlands
May 4, 2012

April, The Coolest Month
April 6, 2012

Did She Who Made the Lamb Make the MGM Lion, Too?
March 2, 2012

February: A Deep-Sea Brew
February 3, 2012

Now with the Two-Faced Mask of Janus Off

(Web Bonus Poem)


CANARY #17 (Summer 2012): A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


Carol White

A Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis

Editor, Gail Entrekin

Published by Hip Pocket Press
Managing Editor, Charles Entrekin
Art Editor, Carol White

All work reprinted by permission of authors

This Summer Solstice issue of Canary is the largest we have ever produced.  It’s fat with good reading for your summer leisure time, which I hope will be abundant.  Enjoy!

“With each passing day, the strategy of environmental exploitation that characterizes the 20th century is reaching an end of its natural life.  We are in the early stages of a transition from an attitude that, in (economist) Herman Daly’s felicitous phrase, ‘treats the Earth like a business in liquidation’ to one that is committed to preserving the planet’s ‘natural capital. ….. If we want a high quality of life for ourselves and future generations — a high quality of life in all of its senses — we cannot continue to degrade the quality of the natural systems of which we are a part.”

— Carl Frankel (Sustainability Expert)

Issue Number 17, Summer 2012

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Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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Drones over America

World Socialist Web Site
21 June 2012

© 2012

Recently revealed plans to deploy tens of thousands of military drones over the US mainland in the coming years expose a significant component of the developing infrastructure of an American police state.

According to government estimates, 30,000 drones could be buzzing overhead within the next decade. These drones will operate out of at least 110 military bases located in 39 states around the country. Ordinance is already being stockpiled, pilots and crews are being trained and airspace is being cordoned off.

These drones range from small surveillance planes weighing a few pounds to armed airships carrying thousands of pounds of equipment and armaments. Under development is a new generation of micro air vehicles (MAVs) that are no larger than insects and capable of entering homes and workplaces undetected to photograph, record and even kill.

Hundreds of drones are already deployed over the US, with local law enforcement agencies acquiring their own drones as well. And these are just the drones we know about.

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Thousands of military drones to be deployed over US Mainland


ALL-STAR POETRY READING, Squaw Valley Community of Writers ~ Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8pm

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012


Thursday June 28, 2012 at 8:00pm in the Olympic Village Lodge
1901 Chamonix Place, Squaw Valley, CA

Tickets: $15/$10 student (suggested donation)
Books will be available for purchase and signing
Or call 530.581.5200 to reserve your seat


Squaw Valley Poetry Reading | Sacramento Benefit Poetry Reading | SV Literary Events



The 43rd Annual Squaw Valley Community of Writers will convene again this summer with workshops in Poetry, Fiction and Screenwriting.

July 7 – 14, the prestigious Writing Workshops in fiction and nonfiction will meet for one week in Squaw Valley. Writing Workshop participants meet each day in workshop, as well as attend presentations on the craft and business of writing. Most of these events are free and open to the public.

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