IWL 2018 Cohort

Kirin Kahn

Kirin Khan is a writer living in Oakland, CA who calls Albuquerque, New Mexico her hometown, and Peshawar, Pakistan her homeland. An alum of the 2016 VONA/Voices and 2017 Las Dos Brujas workshops, she is a 2017 PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, 2017 SF Writers Grotto Fellow, and 2018 AWP Writer to Writer Mentee. Her work has appeared in The Margins, sPARKLE & bLINK, Your Impossible Voice, and 7x7.LA. Kirin was recently named as a 2018 Steinbeck Fellow. She is working on her first novel.


Mark Flores

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Ariana Vargas

ari is  a creator, time traveler, and an aquarius. deeply in theories and feelings of/from diaspora(s). she most recently held a residency in Point Arena through a collaboration between this will take time and small press traffic. living and breathing for liberation of all peoples, and especially Black, Indigenous, women of color.


michal mj jones

michal mj jones is black queer, and non-binary writer, activist, educator, and first-time parent living in Oakland, CA. their work has been featured at Foglifter PressEveryday FeminismBlack Girl Dangerous, and Wear Your Voice Magazine.


Lia Dun

Lia Dun is  a queer chinese american writer. She lives in San Francisco Chinatown and drinks a lot of boba.


Erika Céspedes

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Nyam Adodoadji

Nyam Adodoadji is a Kenyan-Ghanaian-American poet exploring identity, race, gender and faith through words. An administrator by trade, when she’s not writing or managing, you can find her performing as part of the musical duo Rhythm & Folk. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram.


T. Rockett

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Claire Calderón

Claire Calderón is an Oakland-based writer and curator at work on her first novel. She is a co-founder of the New American Story Project, a digital storytelling project dedicated to the voices of Central American refugees and the Workshop Coordinator of Las Dos Brujas Writers' Workshops. She is an alum of VONA/Voices, a 2018 Hedgebrook fellow, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.


Mihee Kim

Mihee Kim is a writer, activist, and artist that hails from New York and New Jersey, but now hones her craft in Oakland, California.


Stephanie Chan

Stephanie Chan is  a writer, horror, and true crime junkie who loves films, art, and performance. She currently writes stories and produces videos for brands but loves to create short fiction and poetry in her personal time. As an ex-intern for Kearny Street Workshop, Stephanie hopes to incorporate more of her Asian American experience into her work. 


Endria Richardson

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Alyssa Manansala

Alyssa Manansala is an essayist and poet, interested in experimental nonfiction that engages critical race theory, decolonial politics, and desire. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at CalArts, and the founder and co-curator of inter/subject, a workshop series investigating intersectional feminist tactics.


Marian Urquilla

Marian Urquilla is a leadership coach and writer with a long history of work in U.S. communities of color on issues of social and economic justice. Her writing is rooted in that work and explores the intersection of exile, spirituality and identity. A Latinx immigrant (and a recent East Coast transplant), she and her wife live in the East Bay. 


Shirley Huey

Born and raised in San Francisco and now residing in the East Bay, Shirley Huey has read her work at venues such as Liminal, Book Passage, Red Bay Coffee, and the Berkeley City Club. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, Catapult, Oakland Asian Cultural Center's "I Am Hungry" zine, and Endangered Species, Enduring Values, an anthology of San Francisco writers and artists of color. She is grateful to the many people and organizations in the Bay that have supported and nurtured her as a person and as a writer.