Ayesha Mattu

In addition have written opinion pieces for magazines and websites including CNN.com, Religion Dispatches, Huffington Post. My writing highlights the fantastic diversity of the American Muslim community in terms of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religious practice (orthodox, cultural and secular),


Angie Chau

ANGIE CHAU is the author of Quiet As They Come (IG Publishing,2010), which was a Finalist in First Fiction for The California Book Award and a Finalist in Fiction for the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ Award. She is the recipient of the Maurice Prize in Fiction and has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency, Hedgebrook Residency, Macondo Foundation Fellowship, and was most recently the 2013 Walter Stiern Library PG&E Writer in Residence. Her short stories have appeared in the Indiana Review, Santa Clara Review, Night Train Magazine, and the 2012 Hey Day Books anthology, New California Writing, and other publications. She was born in Vietnam has lived a nomadic life moving to Italy, Spain, Malaysia, and Hawaii. She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto where she is working on her latest novel. She currently calls the Bay Area home. www.angiechau.com

“Angie Chau’s fine collection of stories does for immigrants from South Vietnam what Jhumpa Lahiri did for East Indians or Junot Diaz did for people from the Dominican Republic. She tells their truth.”—Dallas Morning News


Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is the recipient of the 2014 Mary Tanenbaum Award for Nonfiction. She is a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. Her writing has been anthologized in Guernica Annual (forthcoming), Wise Latinas (Nebraska University Press), and American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans (Dalkey Archive Press). She blogs about books and all things literary for KQED, San Francisco’s NPR affiliate. She am a fiction and non-fiction writer. As a Colombian immigrant, she writes about identity, displacement, and memory. Ingrid is am working on a CNF family memoir centering around my grandfather who was a folk healer in Colombia who it said could move clouds.

Bonnie Tsui

Sky’s the limit — my job is to keep eyes and ears open.

Ann-Marie Alcantara

I also write personal essays and will begin to write a column for the San Francisco Chronicle in May.

Julia B. Chan

I don’t know nearly enough about anything – but you can’t blame a girl for trying.

JD Beltran

Professional artist/designer/inventor

President of the San Francisco Arts Commission

Art Professor/faculty at California College of the Arts, and the San Francisco Art Institute

Mom (have an 11 year old)

Member of the San Francisco Writers Grotto

Also have a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law

Tienlon Ho

I write heavily reported features on mostly food, technology, the environment, and whenever these intersect. I have a background in Asian languages and culture and have lived and continue to travel regularly there. Literary nonfiction holds a special place in my heart.