The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley has brought together poets, prose writers and screenwriters for over 40 years. An alumni listing reads like a Who’s Who of American literature: Richard Ford, Michael Chabon, Mark Childress, Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, and Jennifer Egan. The conference is a family affair. Novelist Oakley Hall was one of the founders, and his family continues to manage the conference with three generations coming together every year. Hall’s daughter, Brett Hall Jones, is the Executive Director and Brett’s sister, Sands Hall, author of Catching Heaven and Tools of the Writer's Craft, leads workshops at the conference. Writer Marianne Lonsdale spoke with Brett and Sands about their work, their lives, and the legacy of their family.
Aline Soules is the author of numerous poems and prose works. Her most recent publication, Meditation on Woman is a mix of prose poetry and flash fiction. A small selection of pieces appeared in the Kenyon Review under the book’s working title Woman Acts. Her chapbook, Evening Sun: A Widow’s Journey, will be published by ADC Press in 2014. Aline earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2003 to go with her M.A. in English and M.S.L.S. in Library Science. She is widowed with a grown son and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Carol Smallwood invited Aline to talk about her passion for writing about women and mothers, how form enhances her themes, and the influence of other writers, the Internet, and writing classes.
Jennifer Basye Sander runs two weekend writing retreats for women: Write by the Lake in Lake Tahoe, and Write at the Farm in Washington’s Skagit Valley. She also teaches in the MFA program at North West Institute of Literary Arts …
Kate Hopper is the author of Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers and the recently published memoir Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and currently teaches classes at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and online in her Motherhood & Words workshops. Janine Kovac sat down with Kate to discuss her book, her writing workshops, and how to care for orchids.
In The Glass Wives, Nathan’s debut novel, Evie Glass finds her ex-husband’s new wife, Nicole, on her doorstep with packed bags and an infant son. This second Mrs. Glass has decided that the Glass wives should deal with their husband’s sudden death together: share a roof, some finances, and baby-sitting while the estate settles and the smoke of their lives clears.