Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Writing Faculty

Bonny Becker, Children/Young Adult
  • MA, San Diego State University, 1980
  • BA, Scripps College, 1972
Bonny Becker is the author of 12 books for children and young adults, most recently the award-winning and best-selling books: A Visitor for Bear; A Birthday for Bear; A Bedtime for Bear and Sniffles for Bear. Her chapter book, The Magical Mrs. Plum, won the 2010 Washington State Children's Book Award. Two more Mouse and Bear books are in the works.

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Children/Young Adult
  • MS, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Campus, 1972
  • B.S, Catholic University of Puerto Rico, 1968
Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is the author of eleven books for children and young adults. They include six biographies in poems and one in prose, an anthology of Puerto Rican folklore, a book of four illustrated folk-tales and a novel. Her CESAR: Yes, We Can! ˇSí, Se Puede!, FRIDA: ˇViva la vida! Long Live Life! and DIEGO: Bigger Than Life won Pura Belpré Honors. Picasso: Yo el rey, I the King is her latest book.

Lawrence W. Cheek, Nonfiction
  • BA, Texas Tech University, 1970
  • Graduate study in architecture history, University of Arizona, 1976-78
Lawrence W. Cheek has published 15 nonfiction books on travel, nature, North American prehistory, architecture, and a memoir about building a sailboat. He has been architecture critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Indianapolis Star, and the Tucson Citizen. His essays and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Orion, American Heritage, Sunset, WoodenBoat, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.

Bruce Holland Rogers, Fiction
  • MA, Colorado University, 1987
  • BA, Colorado State University, 1982
Bruce Holland Rogers' short fiction collections include Flaming Arrows, Wind Over Heaven, and Thirteen Ways to Water. He is also the author of Word Work: Surviving and Thriving as a Writer. His stories have appeared in North American Review and Quarterly West and have won Nebula, Hugo, Micro, and Pushcart awards. Bruce won the 2006 World Fantasy Award for his collection The Keyhole Opera and has read his fiction aloud in German translation for audiences in Vienna, in Portuguese in Lisbon, and in Finnish in Jyväskylä, and in Hungarian in Budapest where he taught under a 2009-2010 Fulbright.

Ana Maria Spagna, Assistant Program Director and Nonfiction
  • MA, Northern Arizona University, 1996
  • BA, University of Oregon, 1989
Ana Maria Spagna is the author of Potluck: Community of the Edge of Wilderness; Test Ride on the Sunnyland Bus: A Daughter's Civil Rights Journey, and Now Go Home: Wilderness, Belonging, and the Crosscut Saw.

Ana Maria was awarded the 2009 River Teeth Nonfiction Prize, and has twice been a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Her essays appear regularly in journals such as Orion, Mountain Gazette, Oregon Quarterly and High Country News, and have been listed as notable in Best American Essays.

Wayne Ude, Program Director and Fiction
  • MNPL, Seattle University, 2005
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts, 1974
  • BA, University of Montana, 1969
Wayne Ude's books include Becoming Coyote, a novel; Buffalo and other stories; and Maybe I Will Do Something: Seven Tales of Coyote, for ages ten and up. His stories have appeared in North American Review and Ploughshares, among others.

David Wagoner, Poetry
  • MA, Indiana University, 1949
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University, 1947
David Wagoner is the author of eighteen books of poems, most recently After The Point of No Return (Copper Canyon Press, 2012), A Map of the Night (U. of Illinois Press, 2008) and Good Morning and Good Night (U. of Illinois Press, 2005) which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Pulitzer Prize. He's also written ten novels, one of which, The Escape Artist, was made into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola. Wagoner won the Lilly Prize in 1991 and has won six prizes from Poetry, which has published 127 of his poems, more than any other individual. He was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets for 23 years and edited Poetry Northwest until its closure in 2002.

Carolyne L. Wright, Poetry
  • Doctor of Arts, Syracuse University
  • MA, Syracuse
  • BA (Summa Cum Laude), Seattle University
Carolyne Wright has published 9 books and chapbooks of poetry, 4 collections of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her most recent book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point Books, 2011). Her previous collection, A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), was nominated for the LA Times Book Award and won the 2007 IPPY Bronze Award for Poetry. Her earlier book, Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon UP / EWU Books, 2nd edition 2005), won the Blue Lynx Prize and an American Book Award. She is a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for whom she is co-editing an anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace.

Publishing and Editing Faculty

Sandra Beris, Copy Editing
  • BA, NYU-Paris, 1975
  • Certificate in Copy Editing, UC Berkley, 1996
Sandra Beris serves as Senior Editor for Perseus Books. Previously she spent sixteen years as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, and has also served as a children's magazine editor and a translator of children's books.

Kate Gale, Coordinator, Publishing and Editing
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • MA, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, Arizona State University
Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review and President of the American Composers Forum, LA. She serves on the boards of A Room of Her Own Foundation, the School of Arts and Humanities of Claremont Graduate University, and Poetry Society of America. She is author of five books of poetry (her most recent, Mating Season, (Tupelo Press), a novel, Lake of Fire, and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee. Articles, poems and fiction have appeared in various literary journals and magazines, including: Gargoyle, Oberon, Cimarron Review, Rattle,The Brownstone Review, Georgia Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Black Clock, Northeast Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Quarterly West, Poems & Plays and Eclipse.

Christopher Howell, Developmental Editing
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1973
  • MA, Portland State University, 1971
  • BS, Oregon State University, 1968
Since 1975, Christopher Howell has served as Publisher and Editor of Lynx House Press. Other editorial experiences include Eastern Washington University Press, Willow Springs literary magazine, Willow Springs Editions, and Blue Stem Press. He’s the author of ten collections of poems, most recently Gaze and Dreamless and Possible: poems New & Selected.

Andrea Hurst, Publishing and Editing
  • BA, Expressive Arts, Sonoma State University
Andrea Hurst is the president of Andrea Hurst Literary Agency and has over 25 years' experience in the publishing business. She works with both major and regional publishing houses, and her client list includes emerging new voices and New York Times best-selling authors and James Beard award winning chefs. Andrea represents high profile Adult Nonfiction on all areas and well-crafted fiction on the following genres: women's fiction, thrillers and cozy mysteries. Her clients and their books have appeared on the Oprah Show, Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, National Geographic network and in the New York Times. Andrea's passion for story drives her to sign books that have the power to change, stories that will take readers on a journey to another place and leave them with an unforgettable impression.

Andrea is the author of the novel, The Guestbook, and co-author of A Book of Miracles with Dr. Bernie Siegel. She is a developmental editor for publisher's imprints, and teaches webinars for Writer's Digest on getting published.

Associate Faculty

Andrea Brown, Profession of Writing
  • BA, Syracuse University
Andrea Brown is President of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. with offices in California, New York and Chicago. For the last five years, the agency has been rated number one in juvenile sales with bestselling authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Jay Asher, Maggie Stiefvater, Neal Shusterman, Daniel Pinkwater, Calef Brown, Tom Angleberger and many others. Andrea is also the Executive Director of the Big Sur Writing Workshops and the author of WRITERS' AND ARTISTS' HIDEOUTS: Great Getaways for Seducing the Muse. Andrea was an editor at Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House before starting her agency in 1981. She also worked at Dell Publishing Company and Random House Books for Young Readers. Andrea has taught publishing classes at Stanford University, UCLA, Mills College and Dominican College. She was president of the San Francisco chapter of the Women's National Book Association for 6 years and is a founding member of the Association of Author's Representatives.

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