Colette DeDonato

Department Head

MFA Creative Writing/Poetry


Colette has a BA in English with a Minor in Women's Studies from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She has continued her post-grad education in a Teaching Composition certificate program and is currently taking courses in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Counseling.


Colette taught writing in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz. She is the author of a poetry collection, Orphanalia, forthcoming from Galileo Books, 2022, and the editor of the poetry anthology, City of One: Young Writers Speak to the World (Aunt Lute Books, 2004). In addition to education, she has worked in book and magazine publishing.

Fun Facts and Hobbies

  • Writer
  • Parent of an outstanding actor
  • Has 96 well-loved, thriving house plants