Guest Speakers

The low residency MFA in Creative Writing degree can be completed in two years through distance mentorship and twice yearly campus residencies. During our residencies in January (8 days) and June (11 days), students will participate in workshops, craft talks, afternoon panels and evening readings. Students engage with Dominican faculty and an illustrious lineup of guest speakers in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, narrative / poetic medicine, memoir, and publishing.

Residency Guest Speakers

January 5-10, 2018


Molly Giles

Molly Giles had a distinguished career teaching Fiction Writing at San Francisco State University and the University of Arkansas. She has published a novel, IRON SHOES, and four award-winning collections of short stories: Rough Translations, Creek Walk, Bothered, and, most recently, All The Wrong Places, which won the Spokane Prize for Fiction.

Terry Lucas

Terry Lucas is the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks, Altar Call and If They Have Ears to Hear, and two full-length poetry collections: In This Room and Dharma Rain. His work has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Crab Orchard Review Feature Award in Poetry, the fifth annual Littoral Press Poetry Prize, and five Pushcart Prize nominations. Terry’s poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in dozens of national literary journals. He has taught in the Chicago Public School System as a Master Poet in the Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center’s Writing Center. Terry is a graduate of New England College MFA and is the Associate Editor of Trio House Press, as well as a freelance poetry coach. More about Terry and his work can be found at

Kate Peper

Carlos Rodriguez, MA is a poet and playwright with poetry in various small presses/journals, and his one-act play, "A Place You Can Go," was performed in San Francisco through the Playwright's Foundation. He has studied creative writing at three universities - University of Arizona, University of CA - Davis, and Stanford University - and has taught creative writing at both UC-Davis and Dominican University of CA, where he currently teaches. His interest in narrative / poetic medicine stems from his study of the psychoanalytic endeavor of "putting words to feelings."

Marianne Rogoff

Marianne Rogoff, PhD is the author of the memoir Silvie's Life, which has been translated into Portuguese, adopted to teach medical ethics, and optioned for film. Six stories in her 2016 collection Love Is Blind in One Eye: 7 Stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2017, a novella-in-flash was shortlisted for the international Bath Flash Fiction Award. Her travel stories have appeared in The Best Travel Writing and The Best Women’s Travel Writing, including a Solas Bronze Award. She has also published numerous essays and book reviews in The Rumpus, San Francisco Chronicle, and Bloomsbury Review.

Nina Schuyler

Nina Schuyler is the author of The Translator, which won the 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award and was shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Writing Prize. Her first novel, The Painting, was nominated for the Northern California Book Award and was named a "Year's Finest Best Book" by the San Francisco Chronicle and a "fearless debut" by MSNBC. It’s been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, and Serbian. Nina’s stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Santa Clara Review, Fugue, The Meadowland Review, The Battered Suitcase, and other literary journals. She teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and writing classes at Book Passage. She lives in Northern California, with her husband and two sons.

Maw Shien Win

Maw Shein Win is a poet, editor, and educator who lives and works in the Bay Area. Her writing has appeared in many journals and several anthologies, including MARY: A Journal of New Writing, Cimarron Review, Poetry International, Fanzine, and others. She often collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and other writers. A collaborative book with paintings by artist Mark Dutcher, Ruins of a glittering palace, was published by SPA/Commonwealth Projects. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto and is the first poet laureate of El Cerrito. Win's poetry chapbook Score and Bone is on Nomadic Press. Her full-length collection Invisible Gifts: Poems was published by Manic D Press in April 2018.

Past Residency Guest Speakers

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