Monica Wesolowska is the author of Holding Silvan: A Brief Life which was named a "Best Book” by The Boston Globe and Library Journal. Her debut children’s picturebook Leo + Lea (with illustrations by Kenard Pak) is forthcoming from Scholastic in 2021. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many other venues including The New York Times. For over fifteen years, she’s taught creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension, Stanford Continuing Studies, Left Margin Lit and elsewhere around the Bay Area as well as working one-on-one as an independent editor. A graduate of Reed College and a former fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, she lives in her hometown of Berkeley, California. 

Public Speaking

In addition to speaking at bookstores, book clubs, and colleges, Monica speaks frequently at hospitals. She's given Grand Rounds, CMEs, and other talks at UCSF, SF General, Sutter CPMC, Highland Hospital of Oakland, Kaiser Oakland and Richmond, and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. And now that her children’s picturebook is forthcoming, she’s really looking forward to visiting elementary school classrooms as well. Check her Events page for events near you, or invite her to your own event at Book Me! 

Publications, Honors, and Awards 

A recipient of a fellowship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and two scholarships to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Writing Conference, Monica has been a finalist more times than seems possible. A four-time finalist at Glimmertrain, she's also been a finalist for a Jackson Phaelen Award, a Dana Award, and in the So To Speak fiction contest; in addition, she's been a semi-finalist in the New Millenium Writing contest and the Flume Chapbook Award. In addition to all the near wins, she has published her work in many literary journals, anthologies, and on-line. For a full listing check out her Writing page.