B. L. Barrett, Short Story One, a collection of stories, and subsequently, Love in Atlantis, a novel
Robert Baylor, To Sting the Child, a novel
Gene Farrington, The Breath of Kings, a novel, and subsequently, plays, Halek among others
John Haase, The Young Who Sin, a novel, and subsequently, The Fun Couple, Erasmus with Freckles, The Noon Balloon from Rangoon, Me and the Arch Kook, Petulia, Seasons and Days, Big Red, and San Francisco, novels; The Fun Couple, a play; and films from books, including Petulia and The Wall to Wall War
Pat Kubis, One More Time, a novel, winner of the National Women's Press Association Award for the best novel by a member, 1962, and subsequently, Ocean's Edge, a novel, and a post-doctoral project, How to Write and Publish Fiction and Non-Fiction, a textbook
Dorothy Miller, Showboat Round the Bend, a novel
Darryl Ponicsan, The Last Detail, a novel and made into a film, and subsequently, Goldengrove, Andoshen, Pa., Cinderella Liberty (made into a film), The Accomplice, Tom Mix Died for Your Sins, The Ringmaster, and An Unmarried Man, novels; screenplays, Cinderella Liberty and Taps; originated a TV series, Mississippi; and authored various TV documentaries
Lillian Powers, The Rose Tree, a novel
Judy Romberger, Lolly, a novel, and subsequently, stories, articles, and plays
Boris Stankevich, Two Green Bars, a novel
Helena Maria Viramontes, The Moths and Other Stories, and subsequently, stories in journals, such as "Why Women Burn," in Blue Mesa Review; and anthologized stories in collections of American Fiction
Joseph Wambaugh, The New Centurions, a novel, and subsequently, among others, The Blue Knight, The Choir Boys, The Onion Field; screenplays of all novels; and originated a TV series, Police Story, for which he wrote several episodes
And there were other students, such as Carolyn See and Michael Harper, who would publish subsequently though they did not publish while enrolled at CSULA.
I don't know if I could have been a writer without all the reading I had to do, or if I could have been a human being. This kind of reading is important. I'm pretty catholic in my tastes; I just read anything and everything. My college reading gave some direction and point. The Choirboys was a kind of poor man's Catch-22. It was my attempt to approximate in police work what Joseph Heller did in his great book. It was a serious, horrible story using gallows humor, but I'm no Joseph Heller. I first read his book in graduate school.
Finally, there's the magic. I don't know that I would have ever been bewitched by the magic of literature had I been left to my own devices, that is, without the absolutely wondrous atmosphere I found at CSLA.
No matter how tired I was from chasing crooks all day or night, I was instantly rejuvenated the moment I walked into a classroom, particularly a seminar in the Master's program. If I'd never had a word published, I wouldn't have traded my formal education for anything. It was nothing less than magical.