Cover: Edrielle Belisario, Untitled

Design: Tia L. Wilson

Occam’s Razor is an annual student-run publication at California State University, East Bay. All entries are submitted to the judges anonymously to ensure impartiality. At present, only CSUEB students and recent alumni are eligible to submit work. The rights of all published works remain with the authors. For additional information, contact Professor Steve Gutierrez at We would like to think the many students who submitted their work, and the judges for their assistance.

This year’s Creative Nonfiction Contest was judged by Ianthe Brautigan. Brautigan was born in San Francisco. She is the daughter of the well-known writer Richard Brautigan, who committed suicide when she was twenty-four. Her nonfiction book You Can’t Catch Death: A Daughter’s Memoir (St. Martin’s Press) was praised as “raw, affecting, and lyrical” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “moving and revealing” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Northern California, where she teaches in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University.

The R.V. Williams Fiction Contest was judged this year by Mariah Young. Young graduated from CSUEB with a bachelor’s degree in English with a creative writing option, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. She is the author of the short story collection Masha’alla and Other Stories, which won the James D. Houston Award for Western Literature and was published by Heyday. She lives in Tucson, Arizona where she holds a position at Pima Community College.

Submissions for this year’s Donald Markos Poetry Contest were judged anonymously by a panel including retired Professor Donald Markos, English Professor Ryan Heryford, and graduate students Katrina Wedding, Jacqueline Spence and Matt Biundo. All poems are judged anonymously, and student judges cannot vote on their own poems.

The Helen DeClercq Poetry Prize was judged anonymously by members of the DeClercq family, and CSUEB faculty members Jacqueline Doyle, Steve Gutierrez, and Aline Soules.

This year’s Flash Contest was judged by Sharon Coleman. A fifth-generation Northern Californian with a penchant for languages and their entangled word roots, Sharon Coleman writes for Poetry Flash, co-curates the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, and co-directs the Berkeley Poetry Festival. She is the author of a chapbook of poetry, Half Circle (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and a book of micro-flashfictions, Paris Blinks (Paper Press, 2016). Her creative writing classes at Berkeley City College attract many Bay Area poets and City College students.

Occam’s Razor is published by the English Department at California State University, East Bay.

© 2018 Occam’s Razor.



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s