2008-2009 Fellows

Cora Stryker

Cora Stryker is a former Tropical Field Biologist and Urban Gardener. She received the University of California Poet Laureate Award, the Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award, and the Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship in Creative Writing. She recently attended the summer fiction workshop at Squaw Valley. She is currently at work on her first novel, Manzanita, set in a post-petroleum San Francisco.

Cristine Gonzales

Cristine Gonzalez (MFA, Columbia University) has worked as a reporter for news organizations including the Associated Press and the Portland Oregonian and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Mexico. She is writing a memoir about four generations of her mother's family in Japan, Peru and the United States called The House in Solitude Square.

Jasmin Darznik

Jasmin Darznik was born in Tehran and received her doctorate in English literature from Princeton. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, ZYZZYVA, and Cimarron Review. The recipient of the 2006 Tanenbaum Award from the San Francisco Foundation and the Marin Art Council's 2005-2007 New Work Fellowship in Creative Prose, she has also earned honors and distinctions from The Iowa Review, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the Norman Mailer Writers' Colony. Her short essay on her relationship with her mother was published in the New York Times Sunday May 9, 2010, edition:
Jasmin Darznik's memoir of Iran, The Good Daughter, will be published in the U.S. by Grand Central in January 2011. The book has also been accepted for publication in seven other countries. She is a professor of English and creative writing and Washington and Lee University.