San Diego Mesa College Creative Writing Program
An exceptional community college writing program
near the Pacific Ocean
The Creative Writing Program at San Diego Mesa College offers a Creative Writing Certificate of Performance and range of classes for transfer credit and personal enrichment including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The main program goals are personal enrichment and to prepare students for upper division writing programs by offering courses that guide the development of writing skills. In this process, we provide writing workshops, individualized critiques of students' manuscripts, craft lectures, and exercises that encourage development of students as writers.
Additionally, we offer Honors Creative Writing 249: Staff of Mesa Visions, the Mesa College Art and Literary Magazine. Regarding the history of this course, Professors Cost and Smith team-taught this literary magazine course in Fall 2007. As students learned to write poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, they also collectively judged writing, selected art, and designed the magazine. The semester ended with a celebration of the publication, awards ceremony, and reading of selected works.
Both earned their master’s degrees at SDSU, and are fellows of the San Diego Writing Project. Cost's food photographs have been published in the Hunger and Thirst anthology, edited by Nancy Cary. Smith’s most recent publication was a review of Louise Erdrich’s novel, Plague of Doves, in the San Diego Union-Tribune. As teachers, both continue to promote intelligence, empathy, curiosity, and creativity in their students.When they’re not teaching, Professors Cost and Smith enjoy hiking together, eating out, and being slothful. Spring 2013 Update: This semester, Professors Safdie and Walker will teach the Honors Creative Writing 249 Mesa Visions course.
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Bonnie ZoBell, Creative Writing Coordinator
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
Scott T. Starbuck, Creative Writing Coordinator
San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
Bonnie ZoBell, Creative Writing Coordinator, Intermediate
Fiction Writing, Fundamentals of Fiction Writing, and Intro to Creative
Bonnie ZoBell's Web site
Scott T. Starbuck, Creative Writing Coordinator, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction, Intro to Creative Writing, and World Literature
His newest poetry book, River Walker, was published in October 2012 by Mountains and Rivers Press (donated to the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego Mesa College Library.)
Joyce Jenkins, editor/publisher of POETRY FLASH, selected his poem "Jacob Describes the Man Behind the Counter" as one of five runners up from over 900 entries at the 2011 Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest in Venice, CA. F.J. Bergmann, Poetry Editor of Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, nominated his "Initiation Poem" for the Best of the Net 2010. Christine Klocek-Lim, editor of Autumn Sky Poetry, nominated his poem, “The Last Wild Otter Near Otter Crest, Oregon, 1906” for Best of the Net 2009.
His creative nonfiction essays have appeared
in the Sunday Oregonian,
The Raven Chronicles, Drunken Boat,
(formerly MO: Writings from the River), and The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy at Athabasca
University. He has an essay forthcoming in The Owen
Wister Review at The University of Wyoming.
His claywork is at The Trumpeter Journal of Ecosophy, and Untitled Country Review (cover art called Steelhead Harp) (plus 2, 3, 4). His new work was recently in Columbia River Gallery and White Wolf Sanctuary.
His newest poems are at rfishc.com, In Other Words: Merida, Otis Nebula, Arsenic Lobster, Untitled Country Review Issue 6, cur.ren.cy, , NICHE, Untitled Country Review Issue 2, The Portland Review, Blue Lotus Review, Pemmican, The Orange Room Review, The Oregonian, The Found Poetry Review, Western Press Books’ Eccentricities of Geography, Two Thirds North (Stockholm University), Cream City Review's theme issue, "Dispatches from the Front: Labor and the Fight For Worker’s Rights," Future Cycle Press Anthology: American Society: What Poets See edited by David Chorlton and Robert S. King, and the July 2012 Blue Begonia Press Poetry Pole in Yakima, Washington. He has poems forthcoming at The Los Angeles Review, Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination, Atticus Review, and Spillway's theme issue, "Nature Red in Tooth and Claw."
In addition to serving as Creative Writing Coordinator, Starbuck is the World Literature Coordinator. He said World Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry Seminar are his favorite classes to teach as a Professor of English at San Diego Mesa College. When he is not teaching or writing, he hikes in Oregon or communes with dolphin yoga masters in the waters off Encinitas.
Ron Israel, Intermediate Fiction Writing, Fundamentals of Fiction Writing, and Intro to Creative Writing, American Literature
If I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that destinations are far less important than journeys. This moment on this path is what matters most.
For those seeking the typical background information: I joined the Mesa College English department in the Spring of 1997, after spending the previous six years as an adjunct instructor, teaching throughout San Diego County. At Mesa, I have taught composition, creative writing, and American Literature. Most of my current teaching load consists of humanities courses, though I continue to teach at least one English course each semester, including creative writing, American Lit, and Honors English 101, which is offered every fall semester. I earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master of Arts degree in English from San Diego State University. I am in final stages of completing a Master of Arts degree in humanities from CSU, Dominguez Hills.
Pianta, Poetry, Intro to Creative Writing
Originally from Hawai’i, Pianta lives in San Diego but still considers Hilo home. She has a Master’s degree in English as a Second Language and a Bachelor’s degree in English. She’s studied with a range of writers such as James Wright, Galway Kinnell, Diane Wakoski, Oakley Hall and others. Her work has appeared most recently in publications such as Bamboo Ridge Press and Ekphrasis.
Christie Allred, Poetry, Intro to Creative Writing
Christie Allred, a native of San Diego, has been teaching at Mesa College since 1995. She earned her MA in English with a Creative Writing Certificate from San Diego State University. She also has a MS in Educational Technology. In her free time, she likes to play with her two sons and her dog and has recently rediscovered the joy of Leggos!
Joe Safdie, Poetry, Intro to Creative Writing, Creative Nonfiction, British Literature
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