Steinbeck Fellows 2015-2016

Candace Eros DiazCandace Eros Diaz writes in the space where fact and fiction collide. She discovered her affinity to stretch genre at Saint Mary’s College of CA where she received a dual-concentration MFA in creative nonfiction and fiction. She lives in Oakland, CA and can be found at



Jennie Lin

Jennie Lin is working on a collection of short stories and a novel.  She has a BA in English from Harvard and an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writer's Workshop, and was a 2013 Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Zyzzyva, and other journals.


Gabriel Thompson

Gabriel Thompson is the author of several books, including America's Social Arsonist: Fred Ross and Grassroots Organizing in the Twentieth Century (University of California Press, 2016). His writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Nation, Mother Jones, Harper’s, and New York. He is the recipient of the Richard J. Margolis Award, the Studs Terkel Media Award, and the Sidney Award.