Authors’ Corner

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Many graduates of Sonoma State University have had books published. Below are a few of the recent ones.

Ute Christensen, B.A. English, ’76, was born in Germany and spent many years living in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia before settling permanently in California. Christensen taught remedial English at Santa Rosa Junior College and worked for 14 years as an administrative analyst at UC Santa Cruz before starting her full-time writing career under the author name Uta Christensen. Her first book, her father’s memoir written in German, was published in Germany in 2005. Her first novel, Caught Midstream, was published in the U.S. in 2006. She has recently completed a second novel Into the Unknown, and is working on a nearly-completed novel titled Bed of Roses, Bed of Thorns. Christensen spends half of each year in a small seaside town on the east coast of Australia.

Claire Josefine, B.A. English, ’81, has published her new book Following Raven, Finding Ground: A Road Trip in Search of Home (Winter’s Daughter Press). A pioneer of simplicity-based organizing, Claire is also the author of The Spiritual Art of Being Organized. For more information visit:

Linda Morganstein, M.A. Psychology, ’81 began her writing career publishing short fiction in literary journals in the 90s. In 1992 she won the prestigious Astrea Foundation’s Emerging Writer Award. Her recent work “Ordinary Furies,” conjures murder, mayhem and more than a few laughs at a funky Russian River hotel (Spinsters Ink). For more information visit:

Barney Saltzberg, B.A. Art Studio,’77 is an award winning children’s book writer/illustrator and singer/songwriter. Saltzberg has written and illustrated over 25 books. His songs have been recorded for episodes of the PBS show “Arthur,” and by Shari Lewis. Saltzberg travels around the country inspiring children and teachers of all ages, visiting elementary schools and teaching a class on writing and illustrating children’s books at UCLA. For more information, visit

Anjana Utarid, B.A. Psychology, ’90 recently published her first children’s book entitled “Roti Rolled Away.” The story takes place in India and is a picture book for young readers. Utarid has also collaborated with Room to Read, a nonprofit organization focused on literacy and education throughout the world, to donate a portion of the book’s proceeds to establish a library in India. For more information, visit: