Poet William Archila, who took several Writers’ Program classes, just published his first book of poetry, The Art of Exile. This collection of poems focuses on the political upheaval in El Salvador in the 1980s and the subsequent immigration of thousands of Central Americans to Los Angeles. After taking classes with Suzanne Lummis, William earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. His work has also been published in Agni, Bilingual Review/Revista Bilingüe , Crab Orchard Review, and The Georgia Review and also appears in the anthologies New to North America: Writing by Immigrants (Burning Bush Publishing, 2007) and Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (City Lights, 2001).
“Taking classes at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program was a major stepping stone in developing my writing skills. It allowed me to find out if I had what it takes to be a writer and to improve my work. It was the ideal prelude to my MFA.”