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Bio

Monica Wesolowska is the author of the memoir Holding Silvan: A Brief Life.  With an introduction by Erica Jong, Holding Silvan explores mother love and modern medicine. Named a "Best Book of 2013" by The Boston Globe and Library Journal and a "Lit Pick" by the SF Chronicle, Holding Silvan is also available in German. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many other venues including The New York TimesThe San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, The Carolina Quarterly, and Best New American Voices. In addition to teaching writing at UC Berkeley Extension, she works as an editor helping clients reach the hearts of their own writing projects. She's a graduate of Reed College and lives in her hometown of Berkeley, California. 

Public Speaking

Monica gives public talks about Holding Silvan and other end-of-life issues. She's spoken at book clubs, bookstores, and colleges. In addition, she 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. 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.