Rosa del Duca

Rosa del Duca is a writer, journalist, teacher and musician. She grew up a tomboy in rural Montana, where she joined the Army National Guard when she was seventeen. During her six-year contract, she became not only a conscientious objector, but a feminist and unlikely rebel. That tumultuous time is the focus of her memoir, Breaking Cadence: One Woman's War Against the War, forthcoming from Ooligan Press in May, 2019, and her companion podcast, Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector. Rosa's shorter creative work has been published in CALYX, River Teeth, Cutbank, Grain, the Los Angeles Review, and other literary magazines.

After earning her MFA in Creative Writing from Saint Mary's College of California, Rosa taught composition for two years at San Jose State University. She now leads local writers' groups at the Hayward Public Library and the San Lorenzo Public Library.

When she’s not writing creatively, Rosa is writing the cold hard facts that keep you up at night at NBC Bay Area News, or playing music at bars, coffee shops and farmer’s markets. While a solo singer-songwriter at the moment, Rosa founded the band Hunters with Will Decher in 2011. Over the course of five years they put out three albums, White Lies, Treeline and We All Go Up the Mountain Alone Together, before taking a break to focus on other projects.

Rosa lives in Castro Valley, California with her writer, professor, and craftsman husband, Nicholas Leither, and their two young children, Itasca and River.