Writers on the Verge: Litquake's Writing Contest Winners
Darothy Durkac is a Litquake producer and proud member of Litquake's Executive Committee. She is thrilled about this year's festival, her sixth year. In July she was a participant in the Writers Workshop at The Community of Writers at Squaw.
Managing Director, Litquake
Jamie L. Real is a writer, editor, and traveler from the Bay Area. She’s lived in Hungary and Poland as an English teacher and New Zealand as a bookseller and publishing assistant. She was raised on Patsy Cline, home-cooked food, and Stephen King novels. She is currently a freelance editor for Avalon Travel and Managing Director of Litquake. She is partial to coke-cherry-coke-cherry Slurpees.
Scott Russell Duncan is the author of The Ramona Diary of SRD, a recently completed memoir of growing up Chicano-Anglo and a fantastical tour reclaiming the myths of Spanish California. Scott’s fiction involves the mythic, the surreal, the abstract, in other words, the weird. Scott received his MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California where he now lives and writes. His work has appeared in Border Senses, Label Me Latina/o, Gemini... Read More →
Farnaz Fatemi is a writer, editor and teacher whose recent poetry and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Catamaran Literary Reader, Delaware Poetry Review, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is the Second Place Poetry Winner of the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest, a Pushcart Nominee, a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She was a finalist for Best of the Net, Nonfiction, 2015. She lives in Santa Cruz, CA. See farnazfatemi.com... Read More →
Soseh Kevorkian is currently working on a memoir about growing up in an Oakland girl gang, entitled Bitches Galore. She's been awarded residencies at both Squaw Valley and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation with excerpts from Bitches Galore. She has recently published in Forth Magazine.
Christine No is a writer and filmmaker whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Sundance Film Festival, sPARKLE+bLINK, Tayo, Columbia Journal, Story Magazine, The Oakland Review and Nomadic Journal. She is a VONA Alum, a Pushcart Prize Nominee and the First Place Poetry Winner the 2016 Litquake Writing Contest. She lives in Oakland, CA with her dog Brandeh.
Daniela Province is a senior copywriter at Adobe and a freelance writer for the San Francisco Chronicle Style section. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in Journalism and lives in San Francisco with her husband Anthony.
Resident physician, UCSF
Emily Silverman is a resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is interested in harnessing the power of narrative to improve the doctor-patient relationship, improve health outcomes, build community, reduce physician burnout, and enhance both medical and public education. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, listening to podcasts, and going on road trips with her fiancée Boaz.
English Teacher, The Urban School
Alexis Wright is a high school English teacher and received her MFA from USF. When she’s not teaching students how to think critically and write with intention, she tries (optimistically) to practice what she preaches.