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, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Glimmertrain, The Believer, and elsewhere. She is fiction writing lecturer at Stanford University and 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. She holds an MFA in writing and a PhD in literature.
Catherine Thorpe | Managing Director
Catherine Thorpe is a writer, book researcher, technology consultant, and recovering journalist. Her travel pieces have appeared in Travelers’ Tales: Italy and other publications. She received an MPhil in literature from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
Charlotte Wyatt | Fiction Director and Admissions Director
Charlotte Wyatt just earned an MFA in fiction from the University of Houston in 2019. She is a recipient of the Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize for fiction, and was the 2017-18 Inprint/Creative Writing Program Fellow. She has served as a Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts and teaches fiction in Houston with Inprint and WriteSpace. Her work can be found in Gulf Coast and Joyland. She serves as the conference fiction director and also directs admissions.
Iris Dunkle | Poetry Director
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is the 2016-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County. Interrupted Geographies, published by Trio House Press, is her third collection of poetry. It was featured as the Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection for July 2017. Her debut poetry collection, Gold Passage, was selected by Ross Gay to win the 2012 Trio Award. Her second collection, There’s a Ghost in this Machine of Air, was published in 2015. Her work has been published in numerous publications, including Fence, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet’s Market 2013, Women’s Studies and Chicago Quarterly Review. She received her BA from the George Washington University, her MFA in Poetry from New York University, and her PhD in American Literature from Case Western Reserve University, and currently teaches at Napa Valley College.
Nan Cohen | Poetry Program Director
Nan Cohen is the author of two poetry collections, Rope Bridge (2005) and Unfinished City (2017). Her work has appeared in magazines and anthologies including Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetry International, The New Republic and Slate. The recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she lives in Los Angeles and teaches at Viewpoint School and the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.