Published Members

Active Members of the California Writers Club, Berkeley Branch (published writers, authors, poets and qualified bloggers) are listed here with links to their work. Members may request a posting be added via the form at


JoAnn Smith Ainsworth head shotJoAnn Smith Ainsworth

Matilda’s SongOut of the Dark • • The Farmer and the Wood NymphExpect TroubleExpect DeceptionExpect Betrayal

“Ainsworth has penned a riveting story full of mysticism, intrigue, and nail-biting suspense.” Affaire de Coeur Review Magazine


Karen Arlen photo Karen Arlen

They Came Singing: Songs from California’s History (book & CD) • Days of Gold! Songs of the California Gold Rush (book & CD) • Tutokanula: A Yosemite Legend (Musical Historical Play & CD)

I am co-author and publisher of books, CDs and plays on California History Through Song. These are of particular interest to educators, musicians and historians.


kristen caven headshotKristen Caven

The Vesuvian Affair • The Souls of Her Feet – book & musical •  Perfectly Revolting: My Glamorous Cartooning Career  • The Reason She Left and Other Stories  • Sammy Sperm’s Guide to Safe Sex • The Bullying AntidoteThe Winning FamilyOn the Wings of Self-Esteem (with Dr. Louise Hart)

“Kristen Caven brings the disciplined imagination of a thousand ballerinas and the incisive wit of a Gary Larson to her graphic essays on life, love, education, and the real meaning of everything.” —Libby Comeaux


Gary Durbin

Nano-Uncertainty brings to life the strange world of high-tech in the Bay Area, while presenting the real danger of an unconstrained artificial intelligence.

“…will delight both thriller fans and sci-fi lovers.”


Keith Mark Gaboury

Hello Universe LoversOakland, I’m Not Dead

“Hello Universe Lovers is a time-bending journey into the ‘unmapped atmosphere’ where the ‘cosmos is alive.'” — Jennifer K. Sweeney


30115729Henry Hitz

White Knight, or how one man came to believe that he was the one who caused the San Francisco City Hall killings and the Jonestown Massacre

ʺA powerful tale set in San Francisco during the turbulent late ‘70s…An elegant debut novel.”— Clifford Irving, author of Final Argument and Trial





kymberlie-ingallsKymberlie Ingalls

My Blog BookBridges

A pioneer in blogging, having self-published online since 1997. Works include personal essay, prose, short fictional stories, and a memoir in progress. Beware of the occasional falling opinions.




BobbieTales@gmail_BobbieKinkead.112KBBobbie Kinkead

Rhyonna’s Fright  – a Faery Tale

“…it was empathizing, it felt deeply from the heart. What a wonderful achievement!” Linda Wall, Librarian and Storyteller




Lily MacKenzie photoLily Iona MacKenzie

Novels: Freefall: A Divine Comedy • Fling! • Curva Peligrosa • 
Poetry Collections: All This & No More Kings • blog for writers and readers

FREEFALL draws you in, shakes you up, and spits you out, more aware of the world than you might have consciously been bargaining for.


Randall McNairRandall McNair photo

McNair’s work has been published in both American and Canadian literary journals.  See McNairPoet.

Poet Laureate of the Absurd


Amarjit Pannu

Amarjit is the author of Splintered Waters: Tryst with Destiny


Leena Prasad

iT felt Like A kiss: glimpses of art in the Mission District of San Francisco • not exactly haiku

I write because, well, I don’t remember a time when I was not a writer…


janatburgerbugalooJan Steckel

Like Flesh Covers BoneThe Horizontal Poet • Mixing TracksThe Underwater Hospital

“A retired pediatrician, Steckel is unflinchingly accurate, whether describing an erotic scene or vascular surgery… These poems are much more than scientific renderings of the body: They are stories about people loving, aging, getting sick, being born, and dying, and they are compassionately and eloquently told.” – Lucille Lang Day, author of 13 poetry collections, a children’s book, a textbook, and a PEN-literary-award-winning memoir.


Terry Tierney

The Poet’s Garage , Lucky Ride (preorder)

[Tierney’s] language is pared back but also beautifully cadenced, placing [him] in a line with poets of the order of James Wright, Richard Hugo and B H Fairchild. Like them, his work appears to be largely autobiographical but with a mythic, elegiac sweep that incorporates classic American motifs and themes. –Review of The Poet’s Garage by Mark David Williams in The Lake 


Ami Urban

The RabidThe Rabid: Addendum

“Romance, adventure, danger and passion. Readers will love Ami.” -Leigh Bridger, author of Soul Catcher


Christine Headshot_300 (1)Christine Volker

Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City

“A riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting.”Kirkus Reviews

Photo by Ben Krantz.




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