Faith MerinoFaith Merino is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the UC Davis Creative Writing Program with an MFA in fiction. She’s been supported by fellowships and scholarships to Writing x Writers, The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, and The Disquiet International Literary Program. Her short stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Indiana Review, Harpur Palate, The Carolina Quarterly, and more, in addition to inclusion as a distinguished story in The Best American Short Stories. She lives in Sacramento with her husband, sons, and animal friends.

An excerpt of Merino’s novel Cormorant Lake will be read by a local actor [TBD].

Ruchika TomarRuchika Tomar is a writer from the Inland Empire, California. She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California Irvine and an MFA from Columbia University. She has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, The MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and Stanford University, where she was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer. Her first novel, A Prayer for Travelers, won the 2020 Pen/Hemingway Award for debut novel.

An excerpt of Tomar’s novel will be read by a local actor [TBD].