Grotto Dwellers - Current & Past
Current Grotto dwellers at the
South Park location include:
Tom Barbash, novelist and short story writer, and writing
teacher at Stanford and CAC. His first novel is The Last Good Chance. He
is also the author of the bestseller On Top of the
ALLISON BARTLETT has written on a variety
of topics for the New York Times, Washington Post, Salon, and The San
Francisco Chronicle Magazine. She's currently at work on a book about a
rare book thief and the dealer- cum-detective who tracked him down.
She's just finished a long feature on this subject for San Francisco
Magazine, which will be in the February issue.
NATALIE BASZILE is currently enrolled the
Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers where she is a Holden Minority
Scholar. She is also a Zyzzyva board member. An excerpt from her
novel-in-progress was recently published in Cairn.
an artist interested
in portraiture, self-portraiture, and the integration of traditional and
emerging art media. Her work has
been screened and exhibited at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,
The Kitchen, New York, and at other museums, galleries and film
She recently was awarded the Silver Award by I.D. Magazine for an
artwork commissioned by MIT Media Lab.
ELIZABETH BERNSTEIN is a fiction writer
working on a collection of short stories. She's also the founder and
editor of The Big Ugly Review, an online literary magazine. Her short
story, "Alice," won first prize in the Bay Guardian fiction
contest, and is currently being developed as a film. Her plays have been
produced in several venues, including the Exit Theater, The PlayGround,
Impact Theatre and Fringe of Marin.
Po Bronson's most recent
work of nonfiction is Why Do I Love These People?,
Honest and Amazing Stories of Real Families. His previous book of
nonfiction, What Should I Do With My Life?, was a #1 New York
Times bestseller. He has also written features for
and the New York Times Magazine. In addition
he is on the board of directors of Consortium, the exclusive distributor
of over 60 fine independent publishers such as City Lights, Feminist
Press, and Alyson Publications.
Xandra Castleton, independent television and
She is the producer for Full Grown Men,
the new film directed by David Munro. She produced PBS's show about independent film, Independent View,
and her new film, Orange Sunshine, will be finished in 2002.
MARIANNA CHERRY has been
published in The 2001 Pushcart Prize XXV, Chelsea Magazine (Chelsea
Award for Fiction 1998), Fourteen Hills, Libido and Best Womens
Erotica. She received a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. If you
know anyone in Hollywood looking for a feature-length romantic comedy,
she's currently working on her first novel.
Cook, an award-winning investigative journalist whose work has appeared in Harpers'
Magazine, Mother Jones, The Nation and other national publications.
David Duncan, author of Masterminds
and The Calendar, contributor to Vanity
Fair and Wired, occasional essayist for Morning Edition, and producer for ABC
HELENA ECHLIN is a writer
of fiction and nonfiction. She's the author of the novel GONE (Secker/Random
House), and she recently completed a second novel, Pink Pill. She writes
a column for San Francisco magazine, and her writing has been published
in the London Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, and The Sunday Times. She
earned a BA in English with first-class honors from Oxford University
and an MA in English from Yale University, where she worked with author
Robert Stone and was awarded the Frances Bergen Prize for her fiction.
Amanda Field is a managing
editor at Zyzzyva,
and is pursuing her MFA in poetry at the University of San Francisco.
Rodes Fishburne has written
for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The
New Yorker, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the "Big
Issue," an annual collection of widely anthologized essays from
leading writers and thinkers. The Drilling Company performed his one-act
play, "Note to Self," off-Broadway in November 2002. He is
currently writing a novel. He can be reached at email@example.com
author of an An Italian Affair and Losing It
Susan Gerhard is a film
maker AND a writer. She's fusing the two these days in a book about
documentary film making.
MELANIE GIDEON is a noted
author of imaginative fiction, including THE MAP THAT BREATHED (Astarte),
THE GIRL WHO SWALLOWED THE MOON (Henry Holt) and the forthcoming PUCKER
KAUI HART HEMMINGS is the
author of the recent short story collection HOUSE OF THIEVES (Penguin),
and has published fiction in Zoetrope, StoryQuarterly and Best American
RACHEL HOWARD is a
freelance dance critic and book reviewer for the San Francisco
Chronicle. Her memoir, THE LOST NIGHT: A Daughters Search for the
Truth of Her Fathers Murder, was recently published by Dutton. She
also writes fiction and is currently at work on short stories as well as
GERARD JONES is the author
of five books, numerous graphic novels, a nationally syndicated comic
strip, and many articles on mass media, childhood, and American culture.
His most recent book is MEN OF TOMORROW: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth
of the Comic Book (Basic Books).
Maureen Kennedy is working
on a novel. She is also a journalist.
Constance Loizos usually covers business
and has been published in Business Week, Fast Company, Business 2.0, et cetera.
ERIC MARTIN has published
two novels (LUCK and WINNERS), and is finishing up his third, set to be
published next year. He also teaches creative writing at CCA and New
VICTOR MARTINEZ is a poet,
fiction writer, and recipient of the National Book Award for his novel
PARROT IN THE OVEN: Mi Vida (HarperCollins).
JOSH MCHUGH is a
contributing editor at Wired Magazine and has written for Outside,
Forbes, and a bunch of other magazines. He once expired briefly while
working as a test subject in a NASA hypergravity experiment, and, while
short, is training to dunk a basketball on a regulation rim.
David Munro, independent film director
and screenwriter. His forthcoming feature film, which he also wrote, is Full
Grown Men. He directed the
award-winning shorts Bullethead and First Love Second Planet,
screenwriter, and lead vocalist for the hillbilly thunder band Joe Buck. His
previous film, starring Beth Lisick and Yuri Lane, was Compulsory
Oppenheimer, contributor to The Atlantic
Monthly, winner of the National Magazine Award, and author of a book about education from Random
PETER ORNER is the author
of the short story collection THE ESTHER STORIES (Houghton Mifflin) a
New York Times Notable book and Finalist for the Pen Hemingway Award.
His work has appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the Paris Review,
McSweeney's, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize anthology.
His novel, The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo will be out in April
from Little Brown.
ZZ PACKER is the author of
the short story collection DRINKING COFFEE ELSEWHERE (Riverhead Books).
Her fiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper's and several
anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories 2000.
Paul, author of Fighting Fire, and the forthcoming novel
East Wind Rain
B. RUBY RICH is a
well-respected film critic, cultural theorist and author. She regularly
contributes to the Village Voice, the Guardian, Elle, Mirabella, the NY
Times and the Nation.
Roberts, author of several nonfiction books and a contributor to the
Village Voice, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. His
forthcoming nonfiction book is A Sense of the World, about the blind man
who was history's greatest traveler.
JULIA SCHEERES left
Indiana when she turned 18 and never looked back. She is fluent in
Spanish and has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times,
Wired and other publications. Her memoir, JESUS LAND, was published in
October 2005. She is working on a novel.
CAMERON TUTTLE is best
known as the author of the popular BAD GIRLS' GUIDE series of books (and
calendars, and notepads, and even stamp kits), published by Chronicle
Books. She's also written THE PARANOID'S POCKET GUIDE.
Ethan Watters, author of Urban Tribes, as well as Therapy's Delusions and Making Monsters
Current dwellers of the Sanchez Grotto Annex
Alison Bing -
art and food critic, Lonely Planet contributor, editor, and
self-styled content maven
Bowsher - journalist, and author of the forthcoming My Lost and Found
Life, a novel.
Chorost- freelance writer, contributor to Wired, and author of
Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human
Scott James (aka
Kemble Scott) - journalist, editor of the SOMA Literary Review, and
author of the forthcoming SOMA (a novel)
- Travel writer, Lonely Planet contributor, USF writing instructor,
and fiction writer
Paul Linde -
psychiatrist and author of Of Spirits and Madness: An American
Psychiatrist in Africa
- fiction author and web content contributor
Rob Tocalino -
freelance writer, 826 Valencia stalwart, freelance web content
provider, and fiction writer. His
blog can be found at: http://www.westernegg.com/eggblog/
- Diane is a freelance writer, translator, and contributor to
Salon.com. She wrote the screenplay for Diego Luna's latest film, Solo
Dios Sabe, which premiered at Sundance in January, 2006.
Doug Wilkins (aka Wells Dunbar) -
professional goof-off, and author of the forthcoming novel of
futuristic nostalgia, Wag and the Distant Bums, as well as the young
reader's novel Trudy and the Transdimensional Trolley
Current dwellers of the Oakland space
Margonelli, feature writer for various magazines. She's working on
a big, multinational book about oil.
Elizabeth Thompson, documentary filmmaker, most recently of Blink,
which won an Emmy
author of THE MAN WHO OUTGREW HIS PRISON CELL.
Lisick, acclaimed performance storyteller and author of several books,
most notably "Everyone Into the Pool"
Past dwellers of the Grotto include:
movie The Alibi will be in theaters in Spring 2006. He wrote the
wrote and directed his first film, Being Vincent, as part of the
Fox Searchlab program. His novels are A Conspiracy of Tall Men and the
wonderful Other People's Weddings. He is a staff writer on the
television show, "Bones."
Canin, author of the books Carry Me Across the
Water, For Kings and Planets, The Palace Thief, Blue River, and Emperor
of the Air. The Palace Thief was
recently made into a movie starring Kevin Kline by Universal Pictures.
Vendela Vida's first novel
is "And Now You Can Go." She is a founder and editor of The
Believer magazine. Her first book was "Girls on the Verge: Debutante Dips, Drive-Bys, and Other
Initiations," on female bonding and transition rituals.
Kornbluth, actor, and monologist of Red Diaper Baby,
Haiku Tunnel, the Mathematics of Change, Pumping Copy, Ben Franklin: Unplugged, and
star of the movie Haiku Tunnel
Sussman, screenwriter -- his movie Below
was in theaters in 2002.
Margonelli, Senior Contributing Editor to
Jane and feature writer for various magazines. She's working on
a big, multinational book about oil.
Wellen is the author of Barman: Ping Pong, Pathos, and Passing the
Bar, 2003, Harmony. He's been an independent television producer, and is
at work on another book and several television dramas. He is also now a
producer at CNN.
Kevin Smokler is the publisher of CentralBooking.com, an online
community for lovers of books, reading and contemporary literature
Hodson, fiction writer
Jon and Bonnie Shenk, documentary filmmakers
Souter, our grand matriarch, Jazz singer, and
contributor to many, many publications in the UK and America.
Lehrman, Stanford Knight Fellow
Kristina Robbins, actor and solo performer
Lappin, longtime editor at Wired and now Business 2.0,
and contributor to the New York Times
Balcerek, documentary filmmaker and
video effects editor at ILM for Star Wars, and guitarist
for the hillbilly thunder band Joe Buck
Hubig, editorial cartoonist and
Mark Roberts, San Francisco bureau
chief/correspondent for The Economist
Leora Broydo Vestel writes for magazines like
Mother Jones, Self, Spin and Utne Reader. She's also a charter member of the Shmorgasbook
All-You-Can-Read Literary Guild.