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Mendocino College 5th Annual Literary Festival



Welcome to Mendocino College's LitFest!
Here are some of the authors scheduled to appear


Note that it is best to reserve a sandwich for purchase by Wednesday, April 17 or else bring a lunch or snacks to LitFest. Our cafeteria is closed on weekends. 


Dan Barth

Dan Barth, Author & Poet

Dan Barth's poetry, fiction, essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications from Ant Farm to Zam Bomba!. He is the author of Fast Women Beautiful: Zen Beat Baseball Poems (Tenacity Press, 2008), Coyote Haiku (Secret Goldfish Press, 2004), and Ukiah Haiku: Journal of a Year (Goin' Prose Press, 1996). He is a contributing editor of The Redwood Coast Review, an organizer and judge for the annual Ukiah Haiku Festival, and co-director of the monthly Writers Read series in Ukiah. He lives near Talmage with his wife Mary and their son Nate. In addition to writing and editing he works as a teacher and librarian at the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas in Talmage.



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Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is an author, freelance writer, and playwright. Her picture book, Otto's Rainy Day; was published by Charlesbridge Publishing and was a Kids' Pick of the Lists selection. She has published articles in Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Faces magazines, and her ten-minute plays have been performed in venues around Northern California, Los Angeles, and Sydney and Brisbane, Australia. Her picture book biography, Cixi, The Dragon Empress, was released by Goosebottom Books in fall 2011 and Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books) was published in fall 2012. Her upcoming picture book, Goldy Luck and the Three Chans (Charlesbridge Publishing) is slated for a January 2014 release.


Carl Brush

Carl R Brush

Carl Brush has been writing since he could write, which is quite a long time now.  His historical thriller, The Second Vendetta was released recently by Solstice publishing, and a prequel, The Maxwell Vendetta is scheduled for release by Solstice in early 2013. Journals in which his work has appeared include The Summerset Review, Right Hand Pointing, Blazevox, Storyglossia, Feathertale, and The Kiss Machine.  He has participated in the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. Carl lives with his wife in Oakland, California, where he enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren.




Jean Hegland

Jean Hegland

Jean Hegland's first novel, Into the Forest, has been translated into twelve languages, and taught in a number of community- and campus-wide reading programs. It has recently been optioned for film development by a creative team that includes the actress Ellen Page. Midwest Book Review calls her second novel, Windfalls, “a profound look at motherhood,” and Publishers Weekly promises it is “a good prospect for reading groups.” Excerpts from her creative non-fiction, The Life Within: Celebration of Pregnancy, have been published in such diverse places as a college English textbook, a high school science textbook, and a book about journal-keeping for pregnant women. Jean is an avid teacher and a frequent presenter at workshops and conferences. In addition to being an instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College, she spent two winters teaching at the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences in Sicily, and has been Writer in Residence at the University College of York St John in England.


 Tom Liden

Tom Liden

Tom Liden ( left New York City in 1973 to settle in Northern California’s Wine Country.  Along with building his own solar powered home in the rural redwoods of Mendocino County, Tom earned critical acclaim as a wine country photographer.


Tom’s work has been exhibited in galleries, universities and museums on both coasts and his images have appeared in several national and international publications.  Liden’s photographs have been included in photography books alongside such established photographers as Walker Evans and Gordon Parks and has been collected by private individuals, corporations and universities in the United States and Europe.


When not shooting for the wine industry, Liden pursues his passion for travel and photographing colorful places around the world

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Doris Eraldi

Born and raised in Northern California, Doris Eraldi is a horsewoman, web designer and author. Her first novel, Settler's Law, was published in 1999, and the 2010 sequel, Settler's Chase, was named a Women Writing the West WILLA Literary Award Finalist in 2011. She currently edits and writes for two monthly online magazines, and is working on a new novel set in 1870 Northern California. She lives in Potter Valley, California, on a small ranch with her partner, seven horses and two dogs.


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Waights Taylor Jr.

Waights Taylor Jr., born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, lives in Santa Rosa, California. His professional career included twenty-four years in the aviation industry and then twenty-two years in management consulting. When his professional career was coming to an end, he turned to writing. He is an author, a poet, and a playwright. His first book, Alfons Mucha’s Slav Epic: An Artist’s History of the Slavic People, was published in 2008. His latest book, Our Southern Home: Scottsboro to Montgomery to Birmingham—The Transformation of the South in the Twentieth century, was published in October 2011. He has written a number of short stories and plays. His first chapbook of poetry, titled Literary Ramblings, was published in early 2011.




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Armando Garcia-Davila'

Armando Garcia-Dàvila was named Healdburg's Literary Laureate for the year 2002-2003 adding to his distinction as Poet Laureate of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County. A landscape contractor by profession, Armando started writing in 1990 - an impassioned letter to a dear friend who was killed in Vietnam. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat ran the letter as an OpEd piece entitled "Vow to a Fallen Comrade." When the war ended, he continued writing. A poem, "No Time: Lamentations of a Contractor," was recorded by Latino USA radio, and broadcast on more than 200 stations nationwide in 1995. Catholic and Protestant ministers asked permission to use it for their Sunday sermons. Armando is currently at work on short stories and reminiscences of his Catholic grammar school days with twin brother Fernando.



Mendocino Poets

Poetry gals

Join group members Melinda Clarke, Nancy Horrocks, Ginny DeVries, Helen Falandes and Maluma for a hands-on writing & reading workshop that will get your words flowing!



 Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox

Margaret Fox has been in the hospitality industry for over 35 years. She owned and operated Cafe Beaujolais in Mendocino for 23 years, writing two cookbooks along the way, Cafe Beaujolais and Morning Food. During five years of that time, she also operated a B&B in an 13th-century castle in Austria (!). Currently she is Culinary Director at Harvest Market in Fort Bragg, where she has continued to work with food for the past 8 1/2 years. She also operates Hummingbird Haven, a garden suite rental in Mendocino. 







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