People of the House

  • Claire Lin

    Claire Lin


    Claire Lin is the founder of Los Angeles Writers’ House. She grew up in Taiwan, has an almost-Ph.D. from Columbia Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and training in clowning. A 2020 PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow, and the 2018 winner of the James Kirkwood Literary Prize, Claire is working on “Someone Dies in Every Story,” a collection of magical-realism short stories about journeys through the shadows of death.

  • Ella Martinsen Gorham

    Ella Martinsen Gorham

    Ella Martinsen Gorham's fiction has appeared in New England Review and ZYZZYVA, where she was featured as a First Time in Print fiction writer. Her short story “Protozoa” was selected for Best American Short Stories 2019. She is at work on a collection of stories and a novel about ambition, the food supply, and the tension between the digital and physical worlds.

  • KK Wootton

    KK Wootton

    After becoming a movie critic for the Chicago Tribune at age 17, KK Wootton received a BFA from New York University, and a master's degree in writing from USC. She published short fiction in the Grove Press anthology They're At It Again and creative nonfiction in the Houghton Mifflin collection, Personals. KK is a member of PEN America's LA Committee. In his column "On Language," William Safire attributed to her the earliest media appearance of the phrase "get a life."

  • Susan Kim Campbell

    Susan Kim Campbell

    2019 September Resident Fellow

    Susan Kim Campbell is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her work is published in the Alaska Quarterly Review, Meridian, the Mississippi Review, SmokeLong Quarterly, and alongside writing by Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, and Sallie Tisdale in the anthology “Us Against Alzheimer’s: Stories of Family, Love, and Faith.” Her story “Neapolitan” won runner-up in Meridian’s annual contest. She has been awarded fellowships to the Millay Colony, Hedgebrook, the Writers @ Work Conference, and the Norman Mailer Center, among others.

  • Jay A. Fernandez

    Jay A. Fernandez

    Jay A. Fernandez has worked on the editorial staffs of The Washington Post, Code, and The Hollywood Reporter. He created and wrote the weekly column “Scriptland” for the Los Angeles Times, and his essays and journalism have appeared in Lithub, Pacific Standard, Los Angeles, Time Out New York, ACLU Magazine, Premiere, The Washington Post Book World, Entertainment Weekly, Savoy, USA Today, LIFE, National Geographic KIDS, Seventeen, Columbia Journalism Review, and others. A past fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, he runs Reviser Editorial, which provides writing and editing services. He is currently a fiction editor at L.A. Review of Books.

  • Julissa Arce

    Julissa Arce

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Julissa Arce is the author of My (Underground) American Dream and Someone Like Me. She was named one of People en Español’s 25 Most Powerful Women of 2017 and 2018’s Woman of the Year by the City of Los Angeles. She immigrated to America from Mexico at the age of 11 and was undocumented for almost 15 years, some of them spent rising to prominence on Wall Street. Julissa co-founded the Ascend Educational Fund (AEF) to help undocumented young people.

  • Christopher DeWan

    Christopher DeWan

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Christopher DeWan is author of HOOPTY TIME MACHINES: fairy tales for grown ups, a collection of domestic fabulism from Atticus Books, and has published more than fifty stories in journals including Bodega, Gravel, Hobart, Passages North, and wigleaf. He has had TV projects with the Chernin Group and Electric Entertainment and is currently developing a show with AwesomenessTV. Christopher holds an MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Arts and a degree in philosophy and theater from Cornell University. He has been a consultant for the literary magazine Electric Literature, a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a visiting artist at the Music Center of Los Angeles, and a member of the faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and the University of California Riverside.

  • Mimi Drop

    Mimi Drop

    Mimi Drop's work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Vogue Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, W Magazine, Allure, Vanity Fair and dozens of television commercials. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in THAT Literary Review, So to Speak, The Woman in the Glass and OnTheBus. Currently, she's editing for Narrative Magazine.

  • Rachel Duboff

    Rachel Duboff

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Rachel Duboff is a 2019 Inquiry Fellow at the American Jewish University's Institute for Jewish Creativity, and a recipient of the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies Grant for Research and the Václav Havel Scholarship for the Prague Summer Program for Writers. She was a nominee of the UCLA Extension Writers' Program Allegra Johnson Writing Prize and semi-finalist of the James Kirkwood Literary Prize. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Hobart, Gravel, and The Rumpus.

  • Jon Huffman-Eddy

    Jon Huffman-Eddy

    Jon Huffman-Eddy grew up the only kid of a railroad worker and a jack-of-all-trades mystic. He made it out of Santa Cruz with a bachelor's in film & digital media and has been in a complicated relationship with Los Angeles since 2011. His short story, "The Red Boy & How I Went to Sleep", is an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Fiction Open Contest of Glimmer Train Press.

  • Carrie Grinstead

    Carrie Grinstead

    Carrie Grinstead lives in Los Angeles with her partner, Daniel, and Pickle, their rat terrier. Her short story I Have Her Memories Now has appeared in Tin House, and her short story Mrs. Fatwing can be read on Reservoir. She has also published in The Masters Review Volume VII and elsewhere.

  • Courtney Kearns

    Courtney Kearns

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Courtney Kearns can describe a shoe, thanks to 20 years running marketing and advertising at Kenneth Cole. She partnered with photographer Bruce Curtis as as writer and general editor for sports books including "Boxing For Beginners", with NY Golden Gloves winner and Olympic Karate Team member Billy Finegan, and "Complete Guide to Cheerleading" with competitive cheer coach Christine Farina. Her work has appeared in Vogue and a compilation of military stories, "Beyond the Uniform".

  • Ruth LeFaive

    Ruth LeFaive

    Ruth LeFaive's flash fiction is published in Atticus Review, Little Fiction, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. Her story "Clean Girls” was selected by Aimee Bender to appear in Best Small Fictions 2018. She is currently working on a collection of linked short fiction. She has served as a reader for Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading and The Commuter.

  • Ben Loory

    Ben Loory


    Ben Loory is the author of Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, 2017) and Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day (Penguin, 2011), as well as a picture book for children, The Baseball Player and the Walrus (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2015). His stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Electric Literature, and The Sewanee Review, been anthologized in The New Voices of Fantasy and Year’s Best Weird Fiction, and been heard on This American Life and Selected Shorts. Ben is a graduate of Harvard University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute. He currently teaches Writing Modern Fables at the House.

  • Aatif Rashid

    Aatif Rashid

    Aatif Rashid is the author of the novel Portrait of Sebastian Khan, out March 18, 2019 from 7.13 Books. He’s published short stories in The Massachusetts Review, Metaphorosis, Arcturus, and Barrelhouse and nonfiction in The Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as online on Medium. He currently writes regularly for The Kenyon Review blog.

  • Luis Garcia Romero

    Luis Garcia Romero

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Luis Garcia Romero is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, a graphic artist, and the owner of Lunar Media. His work has been selected and performed as part of The New Short Fiction Series and in season one and two of the television show HitRecord on TV. He is currently working on a book of short stories that he hopes to complete before he turns to dust.

  • Colette Sartor

    Colette Sartor


    Colette Sartor’s linked short story collection Once Removed (2019, University of Georgia Press) won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her works have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine’s The Cut, Kenyon Review Online, Carve Magazine, Colorado Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as a Truman Capote Fellow. Colette has taught writing at the University of Iowa, USC, the UCLA Extension, and privately. She teaches Stories in a Flash at the House.

  • Ana Reyes

    Ana Reyes

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Ana Reyes lives, writes and teaches in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Bodega Magazine, The New Delta Review and elsewhere. She’s been a finalist for The Barthelme Prize for Short Prose, The Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award, and is currently revising her first novel.

  • Rachel Vogel

    Rachel Vogel

    August 2019 Resident Fellow

    Rachel Vogel’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in American Short Fiction, Harvard Review,
    Narrative Magazine, Potomac Review, Quarterly West, and other publications. Her short story “Visitors”
    won the 2019 Halifax Fiction Prize judged by novelist Rebecca Makkai. Her creative nonfiction
    short “Cutting” was made into a literary video. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from
    Antioch University in Los Angeles, where she lives. She has practiced law and raised three children.

  • Daniel Pope

    Daniel Pope

    Daniel Pope is a writer and musician from Seattle. He was a finalist in the Narrative Winter 2019 Story Contest and has one story, "Making a Difference," forthcoming from Narrative Magazine. He lives in Los Angeles, where he writes fiction and plays punk music.

  • Liz Dubelman

    Liz Dubelman

    2019 September Resident Fellow

    Liz Dubelman is the founder of VidLit Productions, LLC, the world-renowned book marketing and content-creating company. She is the co-editor of What Was I Thinking? 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories [St. Martin’s Press, 2009], based on the VidLit series of the same name. Her short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines and is also an occasional radio personality. She lives in Los Angeles with her political satirist husband and aerialist daughter.

  • Alexander Helmintoller

    Alexander Helmintoller

    2019 September Resident Fellow

    Alexander Helmintoller is currently editing a collection of short fiction and working on his first novel. His book reviews have been published with ZYZZYVA. He lives in Los Angeles where he works as a bookseller.

  • Kate Hampton

    Kate Hampton

    2019 September Resident Fellow

    Kate Hampton is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She is Deputy Editor at Jalada, writes and edits public/private sector stuff at MdR Co., and edits books and creative things at She was raised in North Carolina, educated in Washington D.C., and spent four years in Nairobi as an editor for Kwani Trust. She now lives in Los Angeles where she does a lot of yoga, looks at a lot of art, and watches a lot of birds.

  • Erin Anadkat

    Erin Anadkat

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Erin Anadkat has a MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her nonfiction writing, including personal essays and interviews, have been published in Antioch’s online literary magazine, Lunch Ticket. She attended the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop in Summer 2019 for her first novel. She is also a writer for kissd, a creative content agency.

  • Anna Fox

    Anna Fox

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Anna Fox is an alliterative amalgamation of performer/poet/playwright and aspiring astrologer. Her work has been seen at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Sam French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The Last Frontier Theater Conference, Fusion Theater Company, Live Girls! Theatre, Theater Masters National MFA Playwriting Competition and more. Her plays have been recorded for’s Bare Wire Theater Podcast, and are published by Samuel French, The Dionysian and Bare Fiction Literary Magazine. She is a member of EST LA’s New West Playwriting Group, has been a MacDowell Fellow, A Women in the Creative Arts Scholar at The Cabins, a Monson Arts Fellow, and a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference. She was a 2019 Ingram New Works Lab semi-finalist at Nashville Rep and is in process of publishing an anthology of astrologically-themed plays entitled Retrograde. BS Skidmore College. MFA UCLA.

  • Nedjelko Spaich

    Nedjelko Spaich

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Nedjelko Spaich is a Serbian-American writer. He is graduate of Bennington College in Vermont. His work has appeared in Jellyfish Review, Cagibi Literary Journal, Reflex Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, LAist, and elsewhere. He is currently a reader for Pidgeonholes.

  • Ryan Stevens

    Ryan Stevens

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Ryan Stevens (he/they) is an emerging playwright currently pursuing their MFA in Playwriting from UCLA and hailing originally from Belton, South Carolina. They have an MA in dramaturgy from USC. Ryan’s play Player King was published by StageScripts, Ltd. They have previously worked with Great Plains Theatre Conference, South Carolina Lab Theatre, Silver Spring Stage, MeetCute LA, St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre, Retrograde Reading Series, New American Theatre, Whiskey Radio Hour, Hollywood Fringe Festival, T. Schreiber Studio, Shakespeare Company at UCLA, and Green Room Productions.

  • Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

    Gideon Jeph Wabvuta

    2019 October Resident Fellow

    Gideon Jeph Wabvuta is a writer and solo actor, and a recent graduate of the University of Southern California Dramatic Writing program. He studied B.A Honors in Theatre Arts at the University of Zimbabwe. His plays include: Family Riots (awarded the Distinguished Mention for the Rosa Parks and Lorraine Hansberry awards by the Kennedy Center), Master’s Shoe (at the Almasi African Playwrights festival), Mbare Dreams (at Ojai 2015), Remorse is Forever (performed at the Youth Cultural Arts Festival, Dzimbabwedande (an adaptation of the longest Zimbabwean novel), and The Color of Blood (at the Harare International Festival of the Arts). He co-wrote and directed a T.V series YOU OWE ME which was flighted on national television.

  • M. Kiguwa

    M. Kiguwa

    M. Kiguwa is an Emerging Voices Fellow of PEN American in 2020. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with her master’s in media, communication, and development, and has worked in the entertainment industry in the United States, Europe, and Africa for over 10 years. She is currently writing an adventure memoir spanning multiple generations.

  • Hayley Huntley

    Hayley Huntley

    Hayley Huntley is a writer-actor whose TV acting credits include LOPEZ (TVLand), REVIEW (Comedy Central), SCREAM QUEENS, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL, and BEST WORST WEEKEND EVER. She performs weekly at UCB in the improvised show SHITTY JOBS, and in 2018 her first co-written short film won "Best Nevada Short" at the Cordillera International Film Festival. Also an essayist and playwright, Hayley earned her master's in creative writing at the University of Southern California and has seen her work published by ThisStage.LA and The Texas Review.