C. Gregory Thompson, Fiction & Nonfiction
A Pushcart Prize nominee, C. Gregory Thompson writes short stories, plays, screenplays, novels and memoir.
His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Maine Review, Storgy Magazine, Writers Resist, Five:2:One, Cowboy Jamboree, Full Grown People, The Offbeat, Printers Row Journal and Reunion: The Dallas Review, and in two anthologies: Made in L.A., Vol. 2, and Writers Resist: The Anthology 2018.
Four of his short stories were included in the 2017 New Short Fiction Series. He was named a finalist in the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival’s 2015 Fiction Contest. His short play "Cherry" won two playwriting awards.
He earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the University of California, Riverside/Palm Desert. He lives in greater Los Angeles, California with his partner.
April Dávila, Fiction
April Dávila's debut novel, 142 Ostriches, is slated for publication in February of 2020 and was listed by Publisher's Marketplace as one of their exclusive "Buzz Books" for the coming season.
Her short stories have appeared in Toho Journal, F(r)iction Magazine, The Santa Clara Review and more. She was a resident of the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 2017 and attended the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2018.
Her award winning blog can be found at http://aprildavila.com. She is a practicing Buddhist, half-hearted gardener, and occasional runner.
*April currently teaches the Fiction Workshop: Intermediate Fiction only. Please look for the class via the link below.
Kelly Shire, Nonfiction
Kelly Shire holds an MFA in Fiction from California State University, Long Beach, but these days primarily writes nonfiction and personal essays.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous online and print journals, including Brevity Magazine, Under the Gum Tree, Entropy, The Coachella Review, Full Grown People, Hippocampus, and The Museum of Americana. Many of her essays engage with pop culture, especially music, and she has contributed essays to Memoir Mixtapes, The RS 500 online project, and March Vladness, an annual music genre tourney curated by editor Ander Monson.
In 2016, she was the winner of the inaugural merit scholarship to attend the HippoCamp Nonfiction conference in Lancaster, PA and has also attended workshops sponsored by Tin House and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her essay “I Dream of Department Stores” appears in the anthology SPENT: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship with Shopping, published by Seal Press.
Kelly is a third-generation native of Southern California and continues to live in the region with her husband and two teenagers. She has previously taught composition and creative writing classes at CSU Long Beach, Chapman University, and Mt. San Jacinto College Extension. Currently, she is a library assistant at a public high school and is completing a memoir about family, music, and road trips.
Kendal Brunson, Screenwriting
Kendall Brunson is a writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She’s written and produced four short films which have premiered at film festivals including the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, Miami Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, and more. Her directorial debut, Box, premiered at The Loft Film Festival, and The Final Girl, which she wrote and produced, was a finalist for The 60 Seconds to Impact competition hosted by the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She’s currently an associate producer on the feature film, Someone Will Assist You Shortly.
She earned her MFA from the University of California, Riverside at Palm Desert. Kendall’s stories focus on the feminist, mysterious, and weird, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling, photographing forgotten-Florida, and reading about disease and murder. She currently teaches English Composition at Jacksonville University and is working on her first novel.
Cheryl Pappas, Fiction
Cheryl Pappas writes short stories, essays, and poetry. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in 100-Word Story, Smokelong Quarterly, The Bitter Oleander, Cleaver Magazine, Tin House blog, and more.
She holds an MFA in Fiction from Bennington Writing Seminars. In another life, she lived in Florence, Italy, where she had a column writing about the streets of the city for The Florentine newspaper. She is also an editor at the Harvard Art Museums.
She lives in Boston with her husband and two sons.