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Angela Pneuman Angela Pneuman, Executive Director
Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Her work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories (2012 & 2004), Ploughshares, the Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Glimmertrain, and many other literary magazines. She currently teaches fiction writing at Stanford University and works as a writing consultant in the California wine industry. Angela has received the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford, the Presidential Fellowship from SUNY Albany, and the inaugural Alice Hoffman Prize for short fiction from Ploughshares. Contact her at
Catherine Thorpe Catherine Thorpe, Managing Director
Catherine Thorpe is a technologist, book researcher and recovering journalist. Her travel pieces have appeared in Travelers’ Tales: Italy and other publications. Contact Catherine at
Lakin Khan Lakin Khan, Fiction Director
Lakin 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
Nan Cohen Nan Cohen, Poetry Program Director
Nan 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
Iris Dunkle Iris Dunkle, Assistant Poetry Director
Iris Dunkle is the current Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Her recent book of poetry, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air, was published in 2015. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by poet Ross Gay to win the 2012 Trio Award and was published by Trio House Press in 2013. Her newest collection, Interrupted Geographies, will be published by Trio House Press in 2017. Her chapbooks Inheritance and The Flying Trolley were published by Finishing Line Press in 2010. She is currently co-authoring the biography of Charmian Kittredge London, Jack London’s wife. 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 at Napa Valley College. Contact Iris with poetry inquiries at
Charlotte Wyatt Charlotte Wyatt, Admissions Director and Community Housing Coordinator
Charlotte Wyatt is an MFA candidate in fiction at the University of Houston. She got there the usual way: by zoo-keeping in New York, then giving ghost tours in Nashville, then pouring wine in Sonoma county, all before a really, really long road trip on the I-10. She joined the conference staff in 2016. If you have questions about the admissions process or community housing, she’s your girl:


Directors Emeritus

Anne Evans Anne Matlack Evans
Anne 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
Andrea Bewick Andrea Bewick
Andrea 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