city view at night
streetcar on market
flowers at Kalmanovitz
Shurin and Brady
Kalmanovitz front door
girl with braids
reading series speaker
MFA students and Kate Brady

Alumni Achievements

Larson: Stranger Here
Holland: Counterfeit Family Tree
Dorhmann: Play Their Hearts Out
Gaynon: Alphabet of Romance
Porter: The Good Woman
Peele: Killing the Messenger
Johns: Perilous Times
Benke Rip the Page
Bridger Deaths Receiver
Burke Where is Home
Campbell Dissemblers
Catylist Cottonmouth Kisses
Dalton Vertical Man
Dykman Equilibriums Form
Eubanks First Thing
Frost World Leader Pretend
Galibut Farmworkers Daughter
Hernandez White Bread
Klupful Anatoly
Mohr Somethings
Mohr Termite Parade
Stoddard notitle
Novesky Elephant Prince
Pampalone Where to Wear
Tokunga Love in Translation
Wickes In Search Of
Porter Flirting with Forty
Porter Frog Prince
Rogers Barstow
Rogers Trench Dining
Santos Perez Saina
Tokunada Midori Moonlight

Students and alumni of the MFA in Writing Program have published widely in multiple forms, including books, anthologies, journals, and websites. They've read their work in bookstores and community institutions, and participated in conferences at the local and national level. Click on the slide show above to view images of their books. 



Thomas Burke, Where Is Home and Other Stories
Liza Campbell, The Dissemblers
Clint Catalyst, Cottonmouth Kisses
Matthew D. Dalton, The Vertical Man
Nelson Eubanks, The First Thing Smoking
James B. Frost, World Leader Pretend
Jo Ann Yolanda Hernandez, White Bread Competition
Lindsay Tam Holland, Dragon Bone Hill, The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Long
Brian Kluepfel, Anatoly of the Gomdars
Joshua Mohr, Some Things That Meant the World to Me, Termite Parade, and Damascus
Amy Novesky, Elephant Prince: The Story of Ganesh
Jane Porter, The Frog Prince, Flirting with Forty, and The Good Woman
Cynthia Robinson, The Dog Park Club
Wendy Tokunaga, Midori by Moonlight and Love in Translation


Karen Benke, Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing
Lynn Bridgers, Death’s Deceiver: The Life of Joseph P. Machebeuf
George Dohrmann, Play Their Hearts Out
Fran Moreland Johns, Perilous Times
Rose Castillo Guilbault, Farmworker’s Daughter: Growing Up Mexican in America
Jen Larson, Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head
Julie Love, Disrupted: On Fighting Death and Keeping Faith
Amy Novesky, Me, Frida
Tanya Pampalone, Where to Wear 2005: The Insiders Guide to San Francisco Shopping
Thomas Peele, Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist


Karen Benke, Sister
Chris Carosi, Bright Veil
Susanne Dyckman,
equilibrium’s form
Trina Gaynon, The Alphabet of Romance
Nicole Mauro, The Contortions
Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [haca] & unincorporated territory [saina]

Helen Wickes, In Search of Landscape


Work by current students and alumni has appeared in:
American Fiction, Volume 12
The Best American Nonrequired Reading
Best New American Voices 2006
The Best Travel Writing 2005
The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2009
A Cup of Comfort for Divorced Women
Exact Fare Only II
Electric Feather: The Tranquebar Book of Erotic Stories
From Macho to Mariposa: New Queer Latino Fiction
Going Alone: Women's Adventures in the Wild
Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas
I Should Have Stayed Home
Lifelines: New Writing from Bangladesh
The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat 
The Social Cause Diet
Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace: Writings by Women of the Great Plains Area
Vintage Voices: Words Poured Out; Vintage Voice 2012: Call of the Wild
Wandering in Bali: a Tropical Paradise Discovered
Wordstock Ten
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2004

Honors and Awards

Among the program's student honors and prizes are the highest-ranking national Association of Writers and Writing Program's award for nonfiction and/or fiction in three consecutive years; inclusion in the Best New American Voices 2006 anthology (a competition recognizing the best short fiction produced by students in graduate writing programs across the country); the 2005 Espy Foundation Literary Contest award (with publication forthcoming in Bellingham Review); the San Francisco Foundation's 2005 Mary Tanenbaum Award in Nonfiction; the Five Fingers Poetry Award; the Writer's Digest Writing Award in short fiction; O Magazine 10-best list; first place in UC-Irvine's Chicano/Latino Literary Prize; second place in the Nimrod/Hardman Katherine Anne Porter fiction prize for 2005; the Backwards City Review Fiction Contest award; a prize in nonfiction from the National League of American Pen Women; the Julia Peterkin Fiction Award; 2009 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama; 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow, 2011 FOCAL Award from the Friends of Children and Literature; 2011 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Poetry; honorable mention in Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers; 2010 Poets & Writers California Writer’s Exchange Award; finalist for the 2011 American Fiction Prize; finalist for the 2011 Montana Prize for Creative Nonfiction; second place in the 2010 Saints and Sinners Literary Festival's fiction contest; silver medal in the Travel & Sports category in the 2010 Solas awards competition; McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage; first prize in Alligator Juniper's national fiction contest; first prize in poetry and a finalist in the fiction category for California's Writers Exchange Contest; winner in SF Bay Guardian's LIT123 contest; a New California Media Award for the Best in Ethnic American Media; honorable mention for the 2012 Katheryn Krotzer Laborde Creative Nonfiction prize; winner in fiction for AWP's 2013 Intro Journals Project; post-graduate artist residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts; and grant from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant program.

Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers

Work by current students and alumni has also appeared in: 7x7, 26, Alaska Quarterly Review, All Hallows, Aurora Review, The Binnacle, The Black Boot, Backwards City Review, Bay Nature, Berkeley Fiction Review, CavanKerry Press, The Christian Science Monitor, Cimarron Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Comet Magazine, Cosmopsis Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, CutBank, Cutthroat, Denver Quarterly, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry & Prose, Dos Passos Review, Eleven Eleven, The Farallon Review, Feathertale, Femina India, Fence, Fiction Attic, Fiction Circus, First City Delhi, The First Line, The Frogmore Papers, Gargoyle, Georgetown Review, Generations Literary Magazine, Glimmer Train, Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Hawaii Women's Journal, 14 Hills, Interim, Jane Magazine, JONES AV., Kalliope, Literary Mama, LOST magazine, Mason's Road, MORE Magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Opium, 34th Parallel, Pegusus, Phantasmagoria, Pif, Poetry Project Newsletter, Poets & Writers, Pomona Valley Review, Prose: aX, Quercus Review, Puffin Circus, Raving Dove, Room of One's Own, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Clara Review, Shenandoah, SLAB, SmokeLong Quarterly, SoMa Literary Review, So to Speak, Southern California Review, Southern Women's Review, The Sun, TAYO Literary Magazine, Third Coast, Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative, Vallum New International Poetics, Versal, VOLT, Word For/Word: A Journal of New Writing, The Writer's Chronicle, Yoga International, Zaum, and Zyzzyva.

Online Publications

Our MFA journal Switchback is conceived and produced by students in the Program and accepts submissions in all genres. Alumni and students in the MFA Program have published their work in Switchback as well as Able Muse, The Battered Suitcase, Big Toe Review, The Black Boot, The Collagist, The Cultural Society, Curly Red Stories, Errant Parent, Emprise Review, Fresh Yarn, FreightTrain, Hayden Ferry Review, Indie Reader, Konundrum Engine Literary Review, Liar's League, Lodestar Quarterly, Literary Mama, Midway Journal, McSweeny's, The Millions, The Molotov Cocktail, Mother Jones, Pindeldyboz, Planet-mag, Oxford Magazine, 580 Split, SUB-LIT, Tinhouse, Third Coast, TransLitMag, Verbsap, Salon, Sub-Lit, Stone's Throw Magazine, Tattoo Highway, The Huffington Post, True/Slant, Writers' Dojo, and Writers Quest.

Organizations and Conferences

The stream of activities in and around the program highlights a belief in the community value of literature and features student participation in a number of literary and service organizations, including Poets and Writers, Zoetrope, Swords to Ploughshares, California Poets in the Schools, the Squaw Valley Writer's Conference, The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Portland State University's Write to Publish Conference, Poetry Parnassus, San Francisco LitQuake, the Walden House Liberal Arts Program, the Associated Writing Programs Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Northern California Writers Circle, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Under the Volcano Writing Conference outside Mexico City, Women in Letters and Literary Arts (WILLA), and the Summer Literary Seminars in New Jersey, Prague, Czechoslovakia and St. Petersburg, Russia.


Students and alumni have read their work at 826 Valencia, Books and Bookshelves, the San Francisco Main Public Library, Intersection for the Arts, Bernal Yoga Literary Series, Cody's Books, Diesel Bookstore, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, The San Francisco Foundation, the Canvas Gallery, Lone Mountain Readings series, Book Passage, the Bazaar Cafe, Mrs. Dalloway's Literary & Garden Arts, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, and the Emerging American Writers Series produced by The New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles.