Victoria Chang’s new book of poetry, OBIT, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in April. Her other books include Barbie Chang (2017), The Boss (2013), winner of a PEN Center USA Literary Award and a California Book Award, Salvinia Molesta (2008), and Circle (2005). She also edited the anthology Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation (2004). She is the author of a children’s book, Is Mommy?, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and a middle grade verse novel, Love, Love, forthcoming from Sterling Publishing this spring. Chang is an alum of the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, returning this year as faculty.
Among Chang’s many recognitions area Guggenheim Fellowship, a Katherine Min MacDowell Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship, a Poetry Society of America Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Lannan Residency Fellowship. She is currently the Program Chair of the low-residency MFA Program at Antioch University. She is a contributing editor of Copper Nickel and On the Seawall, and a poetry editor at Tupelo Quarterly. She also co-coordinates the Idyllwild Writers Week and serves on the National Book Critics Circle Board.
Gillian Conoley’s most recent book, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems, with Nightboat Books, won the 39th annual Northern California Book Award in 2020. She received the Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America, and was also awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. She is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, including PEACE, an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Conoley’s translations of three books by Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, is with City Lights.
Conoley has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the University of Denver, Vermont College, and Tulane University. Conoley is currently Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University where she edits VOLT.
Brenda Hillman has authored ten full-length collections of poetry, including Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018), Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), recipient of the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014 and the Northern California Book Award, and Practical Water (2011), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award. Her 1993 collection, Bright Existence, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Hillman has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Poetry Society of America, and she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, the William Carlos Williams Prize from Poetry Society of America, and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award. She currently teaches at St. Mary’s College, where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry.
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Brian Teare is an alum of the Napa conference returning as faculty. He has authored six critically acclaimed books, including The Empty Form Goes All the Way to Heaven (2015), Companion Grasses (2013), a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Lambda Award-winning Pleasure (2010), Sight Map (2009), and The Room Where I Was Born (2003), winner of the Brittingham Prize and the 2004 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His most recent book, Doomstead Days, was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award and is a finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards. He has also published eight chapbooks, including Paradise Was Typeset, SORE EROS, and Headlands Quadrats.
Teare has received honors from Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle Awards, and fellowships from the NEA, the Pew Foundation, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the MacDowell Colony. He is now an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia, and makes books by hand for his micropress, Albion Books.