Join us to celebrate our literary and viticultural heritage with readings from alumni, staff and faculty of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference accompanied by local vintages. The event is part of Litquake's "20 in 20" lineup and is free and open to the public!
Gillian Conoley was awarded the 2017 Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America. She is the author of seven previous books, including PEACE, an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books include The Plot Genie, Profane Halo, Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Conoley’s translations of three books by Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, appeared with City Lights. Conoley is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University, where she edits Volt.
Iris Jamahl Dunkle was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. Her poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies, Gold Passage, and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air. Her poem “Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts” will be featured on 100 buses as part of the San Francisco Beautiful and Poetry Society of America Muni Art 2020 campaign. Her works have been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Los Angeles Review of Books, Catamaran, and Chicago Quarterly Review, among others. Her biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife, will be published by University of Oklahoma Press in 2020. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College.
Valerie Fioravanti is the author of the linked collection of Brooklyn stories Garbage Night at the Opera from BkMk Press, which won the Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared in many literary journals, including North American Review, Cimarron Review, and Hunger Mountain. Her work has received eight Pushcart Prize nominations and a Fulbright Fellowship to Italy. A New York City native, she lives in Sacramento, where she teaches workshops and coaches writers privately.
Angela Pneuman is the author of a book of short stories, Home Remedies, and a novel, Lay It on My Heart. Her work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Ploughshares, the Los Angeles Review, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Glimmertrain, The Believer, and elsewhere. She is teaches fiction writing at Stanford University and in classes for Left Margin Lit and a writing consultant in the California wine industry. Angela has received the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford, the Presidential Fellowship from SUNY Albany, and the inaugural Alice Hoffman Prize for short fiction from Ploughshares.