Contributing Writers

Ed Carpenter  

Edward Carpenter is an award-winning journalist who worked for a number of San Francisco Bay Area newspapers before transitioning to online publishing, magazine writing, and Web content production for USF. He lives to tell stories using words, images, maps, videos, and social media. 


Peter Kornbluh is a senior analyst at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit research group that specializes in obtaining declassified documents. He has authored numerous books, and his  work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications.


Lindsay Meisel is product and communications director at Edupath, an educational technology company in Berkeley. She has picked spinach at sunrise as an organic farmer, written about Nietzsche and environmentalism for the Breakthrough Institute, and saved things instead of selling them at Underground Advertising. 

David Vann 60  

David Vann is an associate professor in USF’s MFA in writing program and a bestselling author, writing both fiction and nonfiction. A 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship allowed him to complete his fifth book, a novel, “Dirt,” published in April. An excerpt of “Dirt” appears in this issue of USF Magazine. During his fellowship, Vann also completed another novel, “Goat Mountain,” scheduled to be published in 2013.

Monica V  

Monica Villavicencio is a writer, editor, filmmaker, and happy new resident of San Francisco. She is a former National Public Radio Kroc Fellow, and, as a multimedia journalist, she has covered a diverse array of stories, from post-election violence in Kenya to the U.S.-Mexico cross-border drug trade. Villavicencio recently became a copywriter and a news and feature writer at USF.

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