Christa Fraser currently teaches with the Merritt Writing Program at UC Merced. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been a fiction fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Since 2014, she has been a fiction and creative nonfiction instructor for the International Writing Program's (IWP) six-week Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which typically include between 5,000 and 12,000 participants from around the globe. Through partnerships with the IWP and the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, she has also taught six-week young writers' Fiction and Creative Nonfiction courses for several U.S. Embassies. Her work has been published in The Missouri Review and Shankpainter. Currently, she is working on a novel. Like her ancestors for many generations, she was born and raised in the Central Valley and Central Foothills of California, where she has deep roots and a mixed heritage. She also calls the state's Central Coast home.