Staff

Faculty and staff 2013
Our distinguished faculty & staff, 2013

We can best be reached at (707) 967-2900, extension 4.

John Leggett, Program Director

Jack Leggett

John Leggett’s biography of William Saroyan, A Daring Young Man, was published in 2002. A former editor with Houghton Mifflin and Harper and Row, Leggett was Director of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa for 17 years and co-founded the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.

 

Anne Matlack Evans, Program Director

Anne Matlack EvansAnne Matlack Evans received her MFA in fiction from Bennington College, and teaches writing and literature. Her fiction has appeared in Eclipse and Memoir (and); her nonfiction in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Ruminator Review. Anne is the conference’s fundraiser. Contact her at writecon@napavalley.edu.

 

 

Andrea Bewick, Managing Director

Andrea BewickAndrea Bewick is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford. She was a runner-up for the Nelson Algren Award, and her fiction has also appeared in American Short Fiction and Epoch. She teaches English at Napa Valley College. Contact her at writecon@napavalley.edu.

 

Nan Cohen, Poetry Program Director

Nan CohenNan Cohen is the author of Rope Bridge (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005), and her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry International, Tikkun, Prairie Schooner, and other publications. A past Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, she received a 2005 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and a 2003 NEA fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California. Read Nan’s blog and for poetry inquiries, email Nan at poetry@napawritersconference.org.

 

Lakin Khan, Fiction Director

Lakin KhanLakin Khan is a graduate of the MFA Program at Antioch Los Angeles and is currently completing her lapsed Masters in English at Sonoma State University. Her fiction, poems and essays have appeared in zaum, the anthology Zebulon Nights, and Tiny Lights, A Journal of Personal Essay. She’s currently working on a collection of nature essays titled “The Bestiary of Sonoma State,” as well as a novel set on the Mendocino Coast. At times she writes an idiosyncratic blog, Rhymes with Bacon. Contact Lakin with fiction enquiries at fiction@napawritersconference.org.

 

Iris Dunkle, Poetry Assistant

Iris DunkleIris Dunkle’s debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, is forthcoming from Trio House Press. Her chapbook Inheritance was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. She received her B.A. from the George Washington University, her M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University, and her Ph.D. in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University, and currently teaches writing at Napa Valley College and with California Poets in the Schools (CPITS).  Contact Iris with poetry enquiries at poetry@napawritersconference.org.

 

Patrick Vogelpohl, Fiction Assistant

Patrick VogelpohlPatrick Vogelpohl teaches English at Napa Valley College. He earned an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University, where he studied playwriting under Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. Patrick studied fiction and playwriting at Bradford College, where he attended workshops led by Flannery O’Connor Award winner David Crouse. As a humorist, his work has been featured in the Boston Theater Marathon, TeamCoco.com, and the political satire blog Politypop. Patrick is also one half of Dos Bad Dads, creators and purveyors of satirical children’s books, the latest of which is FYI: Great-Grandma is a Racist. He can be reached at fiction@napawritersconference.org.

 

Catherine Thorpe, Marketing and Events Manager

Catherine ThorpeCatherine Thorpe is a technologist, book researcher and recovering journalist. Her travel pieces have appeared in Travelers’ Tales: Italy and Santa Rosa Magazine, and she is a contributing writer at the murder mystery serial Crimescene.com. Contact Catherine with media and events enquiries at media@napawritersconference.org.

Christy Palella, Housing Coordinator and Assistant Events Manager

Christy joined the conference staff in 2010 and teaches at Napa Valley College and Sonoma State University. Contact Christy with housing enquiries at housing@napawritersconference.org.

Kathleen Winter, Conference Assistant

Kathleen teaches at Napa Valley College and is new to the conference staff this year.

 

Joann Stubitsch, Administrative Assistant

Joann handles the logistics of admissions and conference fee payments and fields general enquiries: 707-967-2903.