Djerassi Program Recognized as a Top Writers Retreat Poets & Writers named Djerassi in the top twenty-two most inspiring writers retreats in the nation. Leni Zumas (‘05) reminisces on her experience at Djerassi, saying “[to] be immersed in mountain beauty, given good meals and a cozy room, free to sleep and read and walk and write as I chose—it was heaven.” Read the article here.

Melissa Gould writes about her residency Melissa Gould (Djerassi 2002) tells the story behind her site-inspired work pictured here. She calls it a "Landscape Wink," and it's a wonderful testament to the power of the land at Djerassi to spark creativity in artists. Read the article

Wanda Coleman featured in The New Yorker Wanda Coleman (Djerassi 1990, 1991) was recently featured in a beautiful article in The New Yorker. Although she passed away in 2013, she has left an everlasting mark with her poems that "both tally and transcend the difficulties of an often broke black woman, working in perhaps the world’s least remunerative profession." Full article

Matthew Baker releases new story collection Matthew Baker's (Djerassi 2017) new story collection, "Why Visit America,", was published on August 4 by Henry Holt. Named one of Esquire's "20 Must-Read Books of Summer 2020," the book received a starred review from Booklist, and includes nine stories that have already been optioned for film and television by studios such as Netflix, Amazon, Fox Searchlight, Fox, and FX. Order a copy