DUE TO A THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK WE HAVE BEEN FORCED TO POSTPONE OUR RETREAT. PLEASE CHECK IN AGAIN IN FUTURE TO SEE ABOUT A POSSIBLE POSTPONEMENT DATE. (CANCELLED: Our next retreat begins March 29, 2020. In fact, it's our first! The featured mentor, Felice Picano, is one of the founders of the famed Violet Quill writers group. An award-winning author whose work spans many genres, as well as a long-time mentor of up-and-coming writers, Felice brings his multi-faceted expertise to a select group of authors invited to attend the first High Cotton Writers Retreat.
(CANCELLED INDEFINITELY: A second retreat is currently being planned for September 2020)
Felice Picano is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, fiction, memoirs, nonfiction, and plays. His work has been translated into many languages and several of his titles have been national and international bestsellers. He is considered a founder of modern gay literature along with the other members of the Violet Quill. Picano teaches at Antioch College, Los Angeles. https://www.felicepicano.net/
Andrew Cominelli is a writer and bike taxi operator in New Orleans. He's a two-time winner of the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's international Faulkner-Wisdom contest, winning the Short Story prize in 2017 and the Novella prize in 2019. After college, he spent a few years writing and performing live comedy in New York before bolting south to focus on his fiction.
Anita Dolman is the author of Lost Enough: A collection of short stories (2017), co-editor of Motherhood in Precarious Times (2018), and author of two poetry chapbooks. Her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Imaginary Safe House, Arc Poetry Magazine, On Spec, Triangulation and Grain.
Ottawa author James K. Moran’s fiction and poetry appear in Canadian, American and British publications Icarus, Glitterwolf and Another Dysfunctional Cancer Poem Anthology. Moran’s articles have appeared via CBC Radio, Daily Xtra, and Lambda Literary. He blogs at jameskmoran.blogspot.ca. Town & Train(Lethe Press, 2014) is his debut horror novel.
Phyllis "Phly" Oscar is a nonfiction writer working on her memoir called "We Were That Family: Confronting A Murderous Legacy." She lives in San Francisco, where she runs a monthly "Lit Brunch" Writers' Salon. She earned an MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2017. Read and listen to parts of her memoir at PhyllisOscar.com.
Jeffrey Round’s latest book is Lion’s Head Revisited, seventh in the Lambda Award-winning Dan Sharp mystery series set in and around Toronto. He is an award-winning filmmaker, television producer and song writer. He is the creator of the High Cotton Writers Retreat. www.jeffreyround.com