Summer Creative Writing

Tory Adkisson

Tory Adkisson is the author of The Flesh Between Us (SIU Press 2021), winner of the Crab Orchard Series Open Book Competition. His poems have appeared widely in journals such as Third Coast, Crazyhorse, Adroit Journal, Boston Review, Quarterly West, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University and previously taught writing at the University of Georgia and Seattle City Colleges before coming to UC Berkeley.

Kim Freeman

Continuing Lecturer

Kim Freeman has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut. She has taught writing for more than twenty years. She teaches Reading & Composition courses and writing in the biological sciences at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining the College Writing Programs’ faculty, she taught at Northeastern University in Boston, where she directed the Writing-in-the-Disciplines Program. In addition to her interest in writing in the disciplines, particularly the sciences and narrativeis about the climate crisis and sustainability, she is also interested in creative writing and writing...

Miriam Bird Greenberg

Miriam Bird Greenberg (they/she) teaches College Writing R1A and 134 (The Craft of Poetry). A poet and occasional essayist with a fieldwork-derived practice, Miriam is the author of In the Volcano’s Mouth, winner of the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, about the contemporary nomads, hitchhikers, and hobos living on America's margins, and their own experiences living and traveling in those worlds. They're currently at work on a hybrid-genre manuscript about the economic migrants and asylum seekers of Hong Kong's Chungking Mansions.

A high school dropout and former hitchhiker...

Joseph Horton

Joe Horton teaches creative writing and R1A for the CWP and the Fall Program for First Semester. He is also a Continuing Lecturer at UC Davis.

He is formerly interim director of the English Department Writing Program at the University of Michigan, where he won three Hopwood Awards. A Pushcart Prize nominee, his recent fiction and nonfiction has appeared with Ploughshares, Midwestern Gothic, the Colorado Review and TIME magazine. He is also playwright-in-residence with Savio(u)r Theatre Company, and his plays have been nominated for six Off West End Awards in London, including Best...

Judy Juanita


Judy Juanita's poetry collection, Manhattan my ass, you're in Oakland, won the American Book Award 2021 from the Before Columbus Foundation. Her short story collection, The High Price of Freeways, won the Tartt Fiction Prize at the University of West Alabama [UWA], and was published by Livingston Press [UWA] in 2022. Her semi-autobiographical novel, Virgin Soul, chronicles the journey of a young woman who joins the Black Panther Party in the 60s (Viking, 2013).

Her poem "Bling" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012. Juanita's short stories and essays appear widely. Her...

Belinda Kremer

Belinda Kremer holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Since 1996, she has taught pre-composition, composition, advanced writing, disciplinary writing, literature, creative writing-- poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama-- writing for the sciences, writing for digital media, pedagogies of writing, and writing-tutor training in Michigan, New York, and California. Belinda also has extensive backgrounds in writing program and writing center administration, and in supporting faculty in teaching writing with technology. Her poetry appears in...

Michael Larkin

Michael Larkin has an M.F.A. in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley. In addition to teaching courses in reading and composition and creative writing, he is co-curator of the annual UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for New Students and formerly the coordinator of the College Writing Programs' Summer Bridge Course, CW N2--Writing the Bridge: From High School to the University.


John Levine

John Levine has a B.A. in English and Black Studies from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he also completed extensive coursework in college-composition pedagogy. He has been teaching writing since 1995 and teaching public speaking since 2006. He teaches Reading and Composition courses, public speaking, and creative writing at UC Berkeley. He also coordinates the long-running Berkeley Writers at Work series. Before becoming...

Eric Longfellow

Eric Longfellow is a fiction writer with a Ph.D. in English/creative writing. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, he taught writing, comparative literature, and creative writing at San Francisco State University and Illinois State University. His research and pedagogical interests include psychoanalytic theory, feminist studies, queer theory, and Marxist theory.

In addition to his academic career, he has worked in the publishing industry gaining editorial experience with Dalkey Archive Press and FC2. Previous fiction and nonfiction can be found in The Millions, The Rumpus, and...

Kaya Oakes

Senior Continuing Lecturer

Kaya Oakes (she/her) has been a lecturer in College Writing since 2000. She teaches R1A, R4A, R4B, and a variety of creative nonfiction courses. She is the author of six books, most recently including Not So Sorry: Abusers, False Apologies, and the Limits of Forgiveness (Broadleaf Books: 2024), The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In Betweens To Remake the World (Broadleaf Books: 2021, one of Sojourners' 2021 Books to Inspire Faith and Justice), The Nones Are Alright (Orbis Books: 2015, Religion News Association best books...