In memory of our co-founder, Harriet Williams, an Emerging Writer Program was established in 2016 and named in her honor. This program is a fitting legacy for Harriet who, 40 years ago, formed The Literary Women Committee to ensure that the works of established women authors would be introduced to a greater reading public. It was to continue her vision that the Harriet Williams Emerging Writer Program was created.
This Program allows Literary Women Committee to focus on our mission to support and encourage new writers of talent and promise by selecting individuals from California State University Long Beach, Long Beach City College, Chapman University and PEN America Los Angeles to attend the Festival of Women Authors. It is our hope that these Emerging Writers will be encouraged to pursue literary aspirations as envisioned by our Festival founders.
We are particularly grateful for the sponsorship of the Port of Long Beach that enables us to invite previous Emerging Writers to the Festival of Authors each year.
After receiving her BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University, Lina Abascal spent a decade writing. Her journalism essays and satire have been published in VICE, Playboy, McSweeney’s, and more. Currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at CSULB, her first book is forthcoming. Never Be Alone Again: How Bloghouse United the Internet and the Dancefloor, is a non-fiction work on music.Visit Paulina Abascal’s website ›
Currently a Creative Writing student at LBCC, Marie Cartier previously earned her Ph.D. in Religion from Claremont University and authored the critically acclaimed book, Baby, You Are My Religion. Her works of fiction have gained recognition and awards. In 2021 her story Beyond Desire: Working it Out garnered the Drury Award and she received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of West Hollywood. She is a senior lecturer in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies at CSU Northridge.Visit Marie Cartier’s website ›
Publication will certainly come for Christina Garcia who is earning her MFA in Creative Writing-Fiction at CSULB. Born and raised in San Fernando Valley—where she still lives—Christina earned her BA in English from Loyola Marymount University. Specializing in the genres of horror and gothic, she is currently working on her thesis: a coming-of-age story that focuses on a bi-racial girl struggling with issues of addiction, anxiety, and depression.
Former English teacher and current writer, Montéz Louria’s fiction and creative nonfiction works are featured in numerous online magazines: Outlander Zine, Mouthy Mag, and Ghost Heart Lit. Hailing from Baltimore where she received her BA from the University of Baltimore, she is now a dual degree student at Chapman University studying English and creative writing.Visit Montéz Louria’s website ›
Born and raised in San Pedro, Mexican American writer Santa-Victoria Pérez received her BA in English from Biola University. Currently an MFA fellow at Chapman University, she is also pursuing an MA in English. Her writings, focusing on heritage, language studies, and family, can be found in Curator Magazine where she is also a managing editor.Visit Santa-Victoria Pérez’s website ›
Born in Minneapolis, Tina Thompson moved to California as a teenager and went on to earn her BA in Theater Arts with a Dance Option at CSU, East Bay. Currently pursuing an MFA in fiction at CSULB, she is hard at work on her thesis project: a young adult novel with touches of magical realism that focuses on the experience of a fifteen-year-old girl facing womanhood while grieving the tragic loss of her mother.
“Hitching a ride to the other side of maybe” is how Nancy Lynée Woo spends her free time. An MFA candidate at Antioch University, she is the recipient of fellowships from PEN America, Arts Council for Long Beach and Idyllwild Writers Week. Her work has been published in Radar Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, The Shore, and The Offing, and is the creator of Surprise the Line poetry workshops. She believes in the power of the arts to bring people together and you can find her online @fancifulnance.Visit Nancy Lynée Woo’s website ›