Readings – Guest Authors

Cheri & Bill

Cheri Steinkellner has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes, the People’s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award and a TV-Land Legend Award for writing and producing television’s Cheers and the Disney animated series and feature film Teacher’s Pet. 2011 Tony-nominee for Best Book of a Musical for Sister Act and 2012 Ovation-nominee and Indy winner for Best Book of a Musical for Hello! My Baby, Cheri has also written book and lyrics for the off-Broadway musical Mosaic and Princesses. She teaches writing at UCSB and is partnered with Bill Steinkellner in writing, marriage, and parenting their three favorite children – Kit, Teddy and Emma Steinkellner.

Bill Steinkellner has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes, the People’s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award and TV-Land Legend Award for writing and producing Cheers and TEA Teacher’s Pet.. 2011 Tony-nominee for Best Book of a Musical for Sister Act and co-author of Broadway’s smash-hit The Pee-Wee Herman Show, Bill is a veteran of Chicago’s Second City and L.A.’s The Groundlings where he met Cheri Steinkellner, his writing partner, wife, and mother of Kit, Teddy and Emma Steinkellner. Bill teaches writing at USC, writes a post-card sized short story every day at, and authored the L.A.Times best-seller Postcards From The Moon.




Ron Carlson

Ron Carlson’s most recent novel is The Signal from Viking.  His short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harpers, The New Yorker, and other journals, as well as The Best American Short Stories, The O’Henry Prize Series, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction and other anthologies.  Ron Carlson Writes a Story, his book on writing is taught widely.  He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Cohen Prize at Ploughshares, the McGinnis Award at the Iowa Review, the Aspen Literary Award, and his novel Five Skies was One Book Rhode Island in 2009.  Mr. Carlson is Director of the Graduate Program in Fiction at the University of California, Irvine.  His book of poems, Room Service, was published by Red Hen in Spring 2012.

Ann Louise Bardach

Ann Louise Bardach is the author of Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana and Washingtonand Cuba Confidential: Love and Vengeance in Miami and Havana. She is also the editor of The Prison Letters of Fidel Castro as well as Cuba: A Travelers Literary Companionand served on The Brookings Institution’s Cuba Study Project.

She is a contributing writer for The Daily Beast/Newsweek and has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal’s magazine, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times and was a reporter for Vanity Fair for a decade.

She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Dateline, CNN, Nightline, The O’Reilly Factor, Charlie Rose, National Public Radio and PRI’s Marketplace. She created and wrote the Global Buzz column for Newsweek International and the Interrogation column for Slate.

She won the PEN USA Award for Journalism in 1995 for her reporting in Vanity Fair on Mexican politics, and was a finalist in 1994 for her coverage of women in Islamic countries. Her book Cuba Confidential was a finalist for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism and the PEN USA Award for Best Nonfiction, and named one of Ten Best Books of 2002 by the Los Angeles Times.

She was a finalist for the 2005 PEN USA award for Journalism for her groundbreaking story on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ties with the tabloids.

She started the International Journalism class at University of California at Santa Barbara and is on the board of UCSB’s Carsey-Wolf Center for Film, Television and New Media and is also a Resident Scholar with the Orfalea Center at UCSB.

Gail Tsukiyama

Gail Tsukiyama is the author of seven novels, including Women of the Silk and The Samurai’s GardenShe has been the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award, the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Literary Excellence, and the Asia Pacific Leadership Award from the Center of the Pacific Rim and the Ricci Institute. A resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has taught at San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, and Mills College. Her new novel, A Hundred Flowers, was published by St. Martin’s Press in August 2012.

Diana M. Raab

Diana M. Raab holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program. She has a BS in Health Administration and Journalism from Cortland State and an RN degree from Vanier College in Montreal. She is the author of four nonfiction books, including two memoirs, Regina’s Closet: Finding My Grandmother’s Secret Journal and Healing With Words: A Writer’s Cancer Journey. She has received numerous awards for her writing. She is editor of two anthologies, Writers and Their Notebooksand Writers on the Edge. She has four poetry collections and has published over 500 nonfiction articles. She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and writes her own weekly blog called, “Literary Musings.”  She is frequently a guest blogger, speaker, panelist and teleseminar facilitator on the craft of writing. She occasionally teaches in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She is currently guest nonfiction editor for the Louisville Review.

Diana has been writing from an early age. As a child of two working parents, she spent a lot of time crafting letters and keeping a daily journal. All of her published works; both non-fiction and poetry began on the pages of her journal. She is a journaling advocate and frequently lectures on the healing benefits of writing, whether it is fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Diana is on the board of a number of organizations, including Poets & Writers, The Santa Barbara Healing Sanctuary and is a trustee on the UCSB Foundation.