Workshop Leaders

CardinaleAngela Cardinale has a BA in English from San Francisco State University and an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. She has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at Chaffey College for eleven years, and her nonfiction has been published in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Chaffey Review, The Mojave River Review, and the anthology Lost and Found: Stories from New York. She recently conducted a creative writing workshop in the California Institute for Women in Chino as part of Inside/Outside, an exhibit on the experience of incarceration.

ChucTeresa Mei Chuc is author of two full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012) and Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014). Teresa was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father remained in a Vietcong “reeducation” camp for nine years. Her poetry appears in journals such as CONSEQUENCE Magazine, EarthSpeak Magazine, Hawai’i Pacific Review, Kyoto Journal, The Prose-Poem Project, The National Poetry Review, Rattle, Verse Daily and in anthologies such as New Poets of the American West (Many Voices Press, 2010), With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century (West End Press, 2014), and Mo’ Joe (Beatlick Press, 2014). Teresa’s poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees. Her new chapbook of poetry, How One Loses Notes and Sounds, is forthcoming from Word Palace Press. Teresa Mei Chuc is a graduate of the Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and teaches literature and writing at a public high school in Los Angeles. More information can be found at

FrankRon Frank’s passion for theatre and the classic works of writers focusing on social consciousness and change ignited at an early age. He studied Theatre Arts with the world reknowned teacher of method acting, Stella Adler, resulting in a lengthy list of credits. Leaving behind his love for the stage, he turned his attention to becoming a practitioner of the healing arts. Ron Frank holds a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine, is a Diplomat in Homeopathy and a Certified Natural Healthcare Practitioner. He has practiced homeopathy in Palmdale, California, for 22 years. His involvement in Snowline Players, a non-profit Community Theatre group serving the San Bernardino high desert and mountains areas of Southern California, helped Ron find a part of himself that was lost in translation when he became a healer. He is currently on the Snowline Player’s Board of Directors and is scheduled to direct their upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Ron has a deep commitment to giving back to the community, with a focus on our children, and to literature and arts that effect change and uplift our social consciousness.

GreenTimothy Green was born in Rochester, New York. He worked in an mRNA research lab, and as a group home counselor for mentally ill adults, before moving to California to serve as editor of the poetry magazine Rattle. His poems have appeared in many journals, including The Connecticut Review, The Florida Review, Mid-American Review, and Nimrod International Journal. Green has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Rhysling Award, and his first book, American Fractal (Red Hen Press, 2009), won the Phi Kappa Phi award from the University of Southern California. He is a contributing columnist for the (Riverside) Press Enterprise and a writer for the Inlandia Literary Journeys blog. Green earned his B.A. at the University of Rochester and graduated with a Masters in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California in 2009. He lives in Wrightwood with his wife and two children. More information can be found at

KolodjiDeborah P Kolodji is the moderator of the Southern California Haiku Study Group and the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America.  She has published over 800 haiku in journals such as Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Acorn, bottle rockets, The Heron’s Nest, bones, Roadrunner Haiku, A Hundred Gourds, Simply Haiku, Daily Mainichi, and many others.  She has published four chapbooks of poetry and has been anthologized in various Red Moon Anthologies, Rhysling Anthologies, the New Resonance 4:  Emerging Voices in English Language Haiku, and Aftershocks: The Poetry of Recovery.  Once president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, her poems have also appeared in Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Dreams and Nightmares, Tales of the Talisman, and the Magazine of Speculative Poetry. Her Dwarf Stars-winning haiku will be appearing in the upcoming 2015 Nebula Showcase Anthology. For more information, visit her blog.

JonesGregory Jones is a professor of Communication Studies at Victor Valley College. He holds a PhD in Higher Education Leadership, a Masters in Communication and a Bachelor’s in English Literature. A pianist and vocalist, Jones has been composing, performing and recording music for three decades. He has won an Inland Empire award for musical theater and is a master of ceremonies for the annual Idyllwild Jazz Festival. He’s lived in Wrightwood since 2006.

McCandlessJoan McCandless was born in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Wrightwood, CA, since 1988. She served as Director of Health & Safety at the American Red Cross in Los Angeles where she developed outreach programs which eventually became national models for health education in under­served communities. More recently Joan worked as a Park Ranger in Yosemite National Park, researching, writing and presenting interpretive walks and talks to visitors from around the world. An avid hiker, backpacker and skier, being out in nature has always grounded Joan. Art is an integral part of Joan’s life. Pastel is her current medium of choice because of its vibrancy and playfulness. Most of her art is drawn from her nature photography and is often inspired by long-­term friendships.

TulacroVictoria Barras Tulacro is a life-long resident of Wrightwood who considers herself a recovering poet who now writes fiction. Her most recent works appear in Arcadia, Fifth Wednesday, and The Farallon Review, and she is a regular contributor to the awarding-winning blog, We Will Begin Again. She is currently working on her first novel What We Leave Behind, and is a full-time professor of English at Chaffey College.