Daily Schedule & Readings



8:00 Jacquelyn Mitchard’s first workshop will take place at The Lake Como Resort, a shuttle service from the Como train station will depart at 7:30. 

1:00 Rae Armantrout’s first workshop will taken place at The Main Villa.

1:00 pm Apartments: Keys from apartments will be available. You will be giving directions to each apartments in advance.

4:00 pm Arrival for participants and authors staying at the main villa.





7:30 Dinner


7:00 – 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30 Beverages



Judy Bebelaar taught English and creative writing for 37 years in public high schools in San Francisco, California. She has received national recognition for her success in helping her students find meaning in writing their lives. They have won many awards for their writing, including eight Scholastic Writing Awards on the national level. Now writing full time, Judy co-hosts a reading series in Berkeley with the Bay Area Writing Project.

Her award-winning poetry has been published in dozens of literary magazines and two anthologies: Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2012) and The Windows’ Handbook, (Kent State University Press, 2014). She is co-author of a book on which she is now working: And Then They Were Gone the story of her students, some who survived, and many who perished in the tragedy of Jonestown, Guyana in 1978.


Growing up in a working-class, Italian immigrant family, Carmela Delia Lanza was immersed in the beautiful Napolitana language. In third grade she created her first poem from a list of spelling words. Since then she has earned several degrees, and her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Bloodroot Literary Magazine, Puerto del Sol, New Mexico Humanities Review, The Taos Review, Voices in Italian Americana, Southwestern Women: New Voices, and Imagination & Place: An Anthology.

Her first chapbook of poems, Long Island Girl, was published by Malafemmina Press. Her second chapbook of poems, So Rough A Messenger, has been published by Finishing Line Press. Currently she is an assistant professor of English at University of New Mexico at Gallup in Gallup, New Mexico.


“Turning her early life inside out, Maija shaped it into a novel, The Voices of Heaven (Seoul Selection, Irvina, CA, 2013). She gave a TEDx Talk ( http://youtu.be/GFD-6JFLF5A) about it and how the stories set during the Korean War uncovers realities of today’s S. Korean society Koreans love to cover up.

A reviewer for the 2014 Chautauqua Institution Book Award described The Voices of Heaven, “a masterpiece of historic fiction.” The book won a Bronze Medal in The 2014 Independent Publiser Book Award as well as the Erif Hoffer Book Award.

Her Finishing Line Press book is Long Walks on Short Days, a poetry chapbook about China, Korea, and the U.S. It’s not for those with delicate stomachs.

Her next book? Something sweet and benign like a novel and a book of poems about 200,000 Koreans girls who were forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers during WWII.”



7:00 – 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30  Beverages





Mara Adamitz Scrupe is a visual artist and writer. She has been awarded creative fellowships, residencies,exhibitions and commissions in the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Estonia, Lithuania, France, and China. Her essays and critical reviews have been published in visual art magazines and periodicals and reprinted in art history textbooks. Finishing Line Press published her first chapbook of poems, Sky Pilot, which was nominated for the 16th Library of Virginia Literary Awards in 2013. Individual poems have recently appeared in Bone Bouquet and Levure litteraire.

Scrupe is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she is professor of art at The University of the Arts. She divides her time between the city and a 50-acre farm in rural Virginia where she lives with her husband.



In 2010, Wanita Zumbrunnen returned to the United States after teaching English and speech on military bases in Japan, Germany, Turkey, and Kosovo. Previously, she taught at Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri from 1980 to 1996. During that time she received two Fulbright Scholarships (1987/1988 & 1880/1992) at Kinnaird College in Lahore, Pakistan, where she taught American literature and creative writing. At the present, she lives in St. Louis and is an Adjunct Professor at Lindenwood University in St. Charles. Her poetry writing career stretches from undergraduate days at Coe College through graduate work at St. Louis University, Mills College, and the University of Iowa. She has won awards at the St. Louis Poetry Center, appeared in Inspirations, a publication of Quaid-E-Azam Library in Lahore, Pakistan, The Cloverdale Review, Slate, the University of Iowa’s Daily Palette, and received International Publication Awards in 1996 and 2000 from the Atlanta Review. In 2012, finishing Line Press published her chapbook, All Mortals Shall Dream Dreams.



Ann Yu Huang was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Mexico when she was a teen. She graduated from Baruch College of the City University of New York cum laude. She is a recent graduate of the MFA program in poetry for writers in Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied with Jean Valentine, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Leslie Ullman, Natasha Saje, Richard Jackson and Ralph Angel.

Her first chapbook collection Love Rhythms was published in October 2012 by Finishing Line Press, and was reviewed and noted by Orange County Metro. Her poem “I Left the Radio On” was published last year at www.EveryWritersResource.com. Her more recent poems “Harmonica” and “Summer Fields” are forthcoming in Blue Fifth Review this October.




JUNE 24th

7:00 – 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30 Beverages




Casey Charles is Professor of English at the University of Montana in Missoula, where he teaches Shakespeare, queer studies, and law in literature. His first book, The Sharon Kowalski Case: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial (2003), was nominated for a Publishing Triangle Award in nonfiction, and a recent collection essays, Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film, and Fiction in Contemporary America, appeared in 2012. His poems have won awards in contests judged by Adrienne Rich and Carolyn Forche, and “The Orb’s Prayer” won the Washington Square Poetry Award in 2010. His poetry chapbook Controlled Burn was named one of the Montana Independent’s best books of the year in 2007. In 2013, he published another poetry chapbook (Blood Work) and his first novel (The Trials of Christopher Mann).


Thelma T. Reyna is author of The Heavens Weep for Us and Other Stories (2009), which won four national awards. Her two poetry chapbooks–Breath & Bone (2011) and Hearts in Common (2013)–were published by Finishing Line Press. Her new book, a collection of unpublished and selected poetry, is titled Rising, Falling, All of Us and will be issued in early summer 2014.

Dr. Reyna’s stories, poems, essays, book reviews, and other nonfiction have been published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, blogs, online literary magazines, and in print media off and on for over 30 years.

She writes two blogs and has been a guest blogger on three others. She is also an editor and writing consultant with her company, The Writing Pros, based in Pasadena, CA. She has served as an adjunct professor at two universities: California Polytechnic, Pomona: and at California State University, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA.

She was named Poet Laureate of the Altadena (CA) Library District in April 2014 for a two-year term. In 2011, she was honored by her State District Legislators with a “Most Inspirational Award” for her work as an author and businesswoman. Contact the author at www.ThelmaReyna.com.




JUNE 25th

7:00 - 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30 Beverages




Will be reading from her chapbook: Mnemosyne: The Long Traverse

Carolyn Clark (Ph.D.Classics), was born in Ithaca, NY and periodically lived in Italy, Switzerland and France. She studied poetry under Archie Ammons and earned a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Cornell.. As a graduate student at Brown University, Rhode Island, she took a Masters degree in Classics (with a thesis on ancient Picene Orientalizing bronzes in Italy). Publishingn scholarly articles and book reviews, married and raising three young children, she later completed her doctorate at Johns Hopkins, Tibullus Illustrated: Lares, Genius and Sacred Landscapes (C.C. Breen, Baltimore, UMI 1998). Her recent chapbook, Mnemosyne: the Long Traverse (Finishing Line Press, 2013) spans a lifetime of poems. For fifteen years Dr. Clark has taught Romance and Classical languages in Montgomery County Public Schools and also led mythology workshops at The Writer’s Center, Bethesda. Her lifelong passions includes horses, skiing, and mountains. Remarried, she resides with her husband, Geoff, and enjoys visiting five adult children up and down the east coast and in Paris.







Margot Kiser is a Kenya-based American reporter/investigative journalist and regular contributor for The Daily Beast, Al-Jazeera and Newsweek, among others. She covers conflict, security issues and human rights related to East Africa, including Somalia. She is currently at work on her memoir about her life is safari wife in post-Socialist Tanzania.





Delta Willis searched for fossils alongside Richard Leakey for her first book, The Hominid Gang, and has written for Audubon, Outside, People, Natural History, Diversion, and The New York Times. She served as Chief Contributor to the Fodor’s Travel Guides to Kenya & Tanzania, based in Nairobi. Willis crossed the Sahara with a London Zoological Society/WWF expedition which led to the establishment of the largest nature reserve in Africa. A houseboat at New York’s 79th St. Boat Basin was her base camp for travels to Papua New Guinea for a report on Birds of Paradise, to Australia’s Northern Territory to see rock art, and to New Zealand for a river rafting expedition for ABC-TV. A member of The Explorers Club, Willis is returning to freelance writing after working as a Sr. publicist on environmental issues for the National Audubon Society and Earthwatch. Her first career was at New York’s J. Walter Thompson Company, (JWT) then the world’s largest ad agency. As Director of Programs & Press for a unit of British television, she promoted wildlife filmmakers Alan & Joan Root, Iain Douglas Hamilton’s research on elephants, and made the first of 32 journeys to Africa. http://deltawillis.com


JUNE 26th

7:00 - 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30 Beverages





Kim Ghaphery’s chapbook, Lemon Grass and Red Curry, explores the work and celebration of food as it forges intergenerational bonds between women and the families and cultures they love. While her poems often focus on a personal domesticity–the ritual of preparing recipes passed down through her family–the central place of food in our lives, and the position of women at the heart of the center, resonates also in some of these poems toward earlier periods of American culture. Ghaphery’s debut poetry collection is a sensual fest–for the heart, mind, and for the palate!

Steven Haven, author of Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008) selected by the Ohio Poetry Association as co-winner in a competition to recognize the best book of poems published by an Ohio poet in 2008.



JUNE 27th

7:00 - 10:00 Breakfast Buffet for those staying at the main villa

8:00 – 4:30 Workshops

5:30 Beverages




A Michigan resident all her life, Lauren Reynolds has a M>A> in creative writing from Wayne State University and an M>A> in higher education student affairs from Western Michigan University. She has been published in a variety of literary magazines, including: “The Storyteller”; “Third Wednesday”; “Orbis”, and other publications. The author of two chapbooks, “The Light Box”, from Finishing Line Press in 2013, and “Worshipfully and other poems”, from Maverick Duck Press in 2007. A full-length collection, The Painter I, was released from Mainstreet Rag Books in 2011. It is a collection of poems based on works of visual art. Reynolds’ current work focuses on memory, coming of age stories, and the lives of present-day Michiganders.



Kelly Michels grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She received her MFA from North Carolina State University and won the Academy of American Poets Prize and the Beacon Street Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Best New Poets 2012, Ruminate, Blue Fifth Review, Mad Poets Review, Nimrod International Journal, The Medulla Review, Redivider, Reed Magazine, What Matters, an anthology of poetry from Jacar Press, among others. Her chapbook, Mother and Child with Flowers, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.



June 28th

Departure at 10:00 am