4 Authors Celebrate 4 Genres Panel

Thursday, June 21, 4:00 – 5:00 PM

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Moderator Trey Dowell is a proud graduate of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, and he resides in Saint Louis Missouri, working feverishly on more novels. Dowell’s debut novel, The Protectors, was published in October 2014 by Simon and Schuster.


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Beverly Gray, is the author of Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers and Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon . . . and Beyond. She teaches advanced online screenwriting workshops for UCLA Extension's internationally-known Writers' Program, and her popular twice-weekly blog, "Beverly in Movieland" (www.beverlyinmovieland.com), covers movies, moviemaking, and growing up Hollywood-adjacent. She was recently interviewed about this book by Robert Siegel, longtime host of All Things Considered, and the New York Times published her op-ed, "Why 'The Graduate' is a Vietnam Movie."


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Melinda Palacio is a the author of an award winning novel, Ocotillo Dreams, as well as three poetry books, Folsom Lockdown, How Fire is a Story Waiting and her latest, Bird Forgiveness (3: A Taos Press 2018). Her work has been featured in journals and anthologies and online in the Academy of American Poets. She also writes a Friday column for LaBloga.com. See Melinda's recent blog post on marketing tips. She holds two degrees in comparative literature. She grew up in South Central Los Angeles and now lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans.


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Diana Raab, MFA, PhD is an award-winning memoirist, poet, and blogger. She's the author of nine books, including her latest, Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life, which won the Feathered Quill Book Awards for best self-help book, and has been described as "Natalie Goldberg meets the Dalai Lama.” In addition to being widely published in magazines and literary journals, she blogs for Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Elephant Journal, and Thrive Global. She's lectured and facilitated workshops in memoir, poetry, and writing for healing and transformation, at UCLA Extension, UCSB Extension, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference, Open Center, 1440 Multiversity, Hugo House, and Sacred Space. Her website is: dianaraab.com.


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Stephen Vessels is the author of The Mountain, the Vortex and Other Tales. His first novel is the Door of Tireless Pursuit. According to author Elizabeth Engstrom : "Stephen is one of those rare artists who comes along effortlessly cruising through the genres." He's a lifelong lover of books, art and music. His stories have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and collections from Grey Matter Press and ShadowSpinners Press, among others. In 2012 he received a Best Fiction Award from the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. His literary interests are broad and non-sectarian. His poems have been published in journals and a chapbook from Slack Buddha Press. He was born in South Texas, grew up in Colorado and resides now in southern California.