Creative Writing Alum Don Waters Shares Excerpts from New Book with Students

Monday, October 27, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Waters, a graduate of SF State’s creative writing program, read excerpts from his book to students last Monday. “Sunland” is the fictional story of Sid Dulaney, a man who decides to smuggle prescription drugs across the Mexican border to cut down costs for his grandmother’s medication. The story is inspired by time Waters spent working at an elderly care facility in the East Bay, as well as his apperception for nature and the contrasts between American and Mexican border towns. Matthew Ankeny, a Creative Writing graduate now working on his Master’s in fiction, attended Waters’ talk and said he enjoys the author’s writing style. “(The book) is right up my alley and the kind of writing I like,” he said. “It’s a dystopian, realistic portrayal of American life gone bad.”