Publishing Work in the 21st Century Focus of First Writers at Sonoma Event

This event is free and open to the public.

Among the writers on the panel are:

Stacy Carlson, author of Among the Wonderful. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Post Road, Inkwell, In Pieces: An Anthology of Fragmentary Writing. Carlson holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and her background includes work as a historical ecologist, field biologist, hot springs caretaker, fish cannery worker, dot com free wheeler and freelance editor.

Gillian Conoley, SSU professor, poet-in-residence and editor of the literary magazine VOLT, is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Plot Genie, Profane Halo,Lovers in the Used World, and Tall Stranger. She was a finalist for National Book Critics' Circle Award.

Brent Cunningham, Operation Director of Berkeley's Small Press Distribution, has published two books of poetry, as well as plays, short stories, and essays. He is co-founder of Hooke Press, a chapbook press dedicated to publishing short runs of poetry, criticism, theory, writing and ephemera.

Noelle Oxenhandler, an SSU English lecturer and non-fiction writer, is the author of A Grief Out of Season, The Eros of Parenthood and The Wishing Year. Her essays have appeared in many literary and national journals including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, VOGUE, and Tricycle.

Ransom Stephens, science writer, physicist, and novelist, has written over 300 articles on subjects ranging from quantum physics to parenting teenagers. His first novel The Cod Patent was listed over a year on Amazon's top ten science and religion lists.

Upcoming events include:

Nov. 13 - Poets Kathryn L. Pringle and Katherine Hastings, and author Andrea Rexilius are presenting their works. Pringle has published many works including award-winningfault tree. Hastings' poems have been published widely in journals and anthologies, and Rexilius is the author of Half of What They Carried Flew Away and To Be Human Is To Be A Conversation. 6 p.m., Prelude, Green Music Center.

Nov. 29 - Alice Notley is one of America's most engaging and crucial poets. She is the author of more than 30 books of poetry and has won numerous awards, including the Griffen International Poetry Prize. 7 p.m., Prelude, Green Music Center.

Feb. 12, 2013 - Sherril Jaffe is the PEN Award-winning author of ten books and the 2012 winner of the Spokane Award for the Short Story. Born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in San Francisco, Anita Amirezzvani joins Jaffe. Her first book, The Blood of Flowers, has appeared in more than 25 languages and was long-listed for the 2008 Orange Prize for Fiction. 7 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center.

Mar. 12, 2013- Ann Lauterbach is the author of eight books of poetry, several collaborations with visual artists, and an essay collection, The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience. Her most recent, Or to Begin Again was a finalist for a National Book Award. 7 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center.

For further information about the series, contact Gillian Conoley, 707-664-3919.