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Authors Featured October 28, 2017

Steph Cha

Steph Cha is the author of the Juniper Song mysteries Follow Her HomeBeware Beware, and Dead Soon Enough, published by St. Martin's Minotaur. She's the noir editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and a regular book reviewer for the 
Los Angeles Times and USA Today. She also contributes food writing to the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of Stanford and Yale Law School, she lives in her hometown of Los Angeles with her husband (a Santa Barbara native) and two basset hounds.


Micheline Aharonian Marcom

Micheline Aharonian Marcom—born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Los Angeles, and now living in the Bay Area—has published five novels including a trilogy set during the Armenian genocide and its aftermath in the 20th Century. A recipient of awards from the Lannan Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, and the US Artists’ Foundation, she has two books forthcoming, including The New American, which tells the stories of Central American refugees. She teaches Creative Writing at Mills College and Goddard College.

Enid Osborn

Enid Osborn is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California and will be our poetic voice for the 2017 Women’s Literary Festival. She has been widely published in local and national journals, with several themed chapbooks to her credit as well. When the Big Wind Comes, her full-length collection, is set in Southeast New Mexico during her childhood. Osborn is a poet organizer, producing poetry events in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. She is often an invited poet to West Coast and regional festivals.

Kate Schatz

Kate Schatz is the New York Times bestselling author of Rad American Women A-Z, Rad Women Worldwide, and Rid of Me: A Story, the last a work of fiction. Her most recent publication is My Rad Life: A Journal. All of her books are illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl. A writer, editor, educator, and activist, she is also co-founder of Solidarity Sundays, a nationwide network of feminist activist groups. She lives with her family in Alameda, California.


Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith, an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC, Riverside, is author of several books including the award-winning Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide.  She is also a founding member of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and editor of their anthology, The Color of Violence. Her work on Native Americans and violence against women has won many awards; in 2005, Smith was honored by PeaceWomen Across the Globe ( when they included her in a collective Nobel Peace Prize nomination, featuring 1000 women working for peace at the local, national, or international level.