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janet fitch, john tottenham, derek d. brown, diana wagman, sandy yang

Janet Fitch is an American author  and teacher of fiction writing.

She is the author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film, Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film, and an epic novel of the Russian Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M.

Derek D. Brown is a poet, spoken word artist and newly published author born and raised in LA and a graduate from the Community Literature Initiative's author training program at the USC. He seeks to speak for those too embarrassed or proud to claim their truth, through a lens of male vulnerability uncommon in the urban jungles of today. Recently he has been bridging the gap between art and activism by performing inspirational and social justice themed poems for visiting youth groups for local churches. 

After many years of resistance, John Tottenham finally sold out to the lucrative, fast-paced world of poetry. He is the author of The Inertia Variations, an epic cycle on the subject of work-avoidance, indolence and failure.  Antiepithalamia & Other Poems of Regret and Resentment, a sequence of mean-spirited love poems with particular respect paid to the institution of marriage, was published in October 2012. Tottenham’s final collection of poetry, The Hate Poems, representing the dregs of his output between the years 2012 and 2015, was published in late 2018.

Diana Wagman is the author of six novels, most recently her first for young adults, Extraordinary October.  Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA Pen West Award for Fiction. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Salon,various journals, and as part of the n + 1anthology MFA vs. NYC.  She is an occasional contributor to the LA Times.  She currently teaches fiction for Writing Workshops LA.

Sandy Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer whose fiction has appeared in Santa Monica Review, The Los Angeles Review, Juked, Monkeybicycle and elsewhere.

Her story collection was named a semi-finalist for the 2018 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arizona, and attends Jim Krusoe’s writing workshop at Santa Monica College.

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