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37th annual Writers Week Conference

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
  11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
  1–8 p.m.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
  11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South Screening Room 1128
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Category: Conference



37th Annual Writers Week Conference
Tom Lutz, Writers Week director
Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and regularly attracts seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers.

Writers Week is preceded by the
46th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture
Delivered by Ray Suarez, permanent host of Al Jazeera America’s daily program Inside Story and former chief nation correspondent for the PBS NewsHour from 1999-2013.
January 26, Sunday, at 2:00 pm in the University Theatre

Writers Week authors include:
Daniel Alarcón • Daniel Chacón • Victoria Chang • Wanda Coleman • Nicelle Davis • Ben Ehrenreich •
Steve Erickson • Percival Everett • Kate Gale • Douglas Kearney •  Krys Lee • Arturo Madrid •
Nina Revoyr • Danzy Senna • Mark Haskell Smith • Ben Stoltzfus • Aimee Suzara

Free and open to the public
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South – Screening Room 1128


Sunday Jan 26
2:00 Ray Suarez
46th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecturer
University Theatre

Tuesday Feb 4
11:00 Mark Haskell Smith
1:00 Nicelle Davis
2:30 Kate Gale
4:00 Daniel Chacon
5:30 Nina Revoyr
7:00 Krys Lee

Wednesday Feb 5
1:00 reading by Douglas Kearney
2:30 Daniel Alarcon
4:00 Danzy Senna
5:30 Steve Erickson - keynote speaker
7:00 Tribute to Wanda Coleman
by various readers, including Juan Felipe Herrera

Thursday Feb 6
11:00 Ben Stoltzfus
1:00 Arturo Madrid
2:30 reading by Aimee Suzara
4:00 reading by Victoria Chang
5:30 Ben Ehrenreich - Stephen Minot lecturer
7:00 Percival Everett - keynote speaker

Works by Writers Week authors will be available for purchase at the venue on the days of their presentations by Cellar Door Books.


Daniel Alarcón
Daniel Alarcón is the author of War by Candlelight, Lost City Radio, and most recently, At Night We Walk in Circles. Alarcón is a co-founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish-language storytelling podcast, and his writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n 1, and Harper’s. He was one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40” and one of Granta’s "Best Young American Novelists". He lives in San Francisco.
Photographer: Adrian Kinloch

Daniel Chacón
Daniel Chacón is author of and the shadows took him, Chicano Chicanery, Unending Rooms and his most recent, Hotel Juárez: Stories, Rooms and Loops. He received an Isherwood Foundation Grant, American Book Award, and the Hudson Prize. He hosts “Words on a Wire,” a literary radio show.

Victoria Chang
Victoria Chang's third book of poems, The Boss, was published in 2013 by McSweeney's. Her other books are Salvinia Molesta and Circle. Her poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, POETRY, The Nation, New Republic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Best American Poetry, and many other places. She lives in Southern California and works in business.

Wanda Coleman
Wanda Coleman grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 1960s, and was called the “unofficial poet laureate of Los Angeles.” She received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The NEA, and the California Arts Council in both fiction and in poetry. She was the first C.O.L.A. literary fellow (Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003). Her many honors include an Emmy in Daytime Drama writing, the 1999 Lenore Marshall Prize (for Bathwater Wine, 1998), and a nomination for the 2001 National Book Awards (for Mercurochrome, 2001). Her other books include Native in a Strange Land: Trials & Tremors (1996); Hand Dance (1993); African Sleeping Sickness (1990); A War of Eyes & Other Stories (1988); Heavy Daughter Blues: Poems & Stories 1968-1986 (1988); and Imagoes (1983). Her other books include Mambo Hips & Make Believe: A Novel (Black Sparrow Press, 1999) and Jazz and Twelve O'Clock Tales: New Stories (2008). She was scheduled to appear at Writers Week but passed away in November.

Nicelle Davis
Originally from Utah, Nicelle Davis now resides in Lancaster, California, with her son, J.J. Becoming Judas is her second book. Her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. In the Circus of You, will be released by Rose Metal Press in 2014 and The Walled Wife by Red Hen in 2016. She is the director of the Living Poetry Project. She is an assistant poetry editor for Connotation Press, and is Managing Editor of The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, Homeless Youth Center, and Writing in the Schools. She currently teaches at Antelope Valley College.

Ben Ehrenreich, Stephen Minot* lecturer
Ben Ehrenreich is the author of two novels, The Suitors and Ether. He was the winner of a National Magazine Award for feature writing in 2011. He is currently splitting his time between Los Angeles and Ramallah, where he is working on his first nonfiction book.
*Stephen Minot was an important force in making creative writing a serious academic discipline nationally, and in founding the Creative Writing Department here at UCR.

Steve Erickson, Keynote Speaker
Steve Erickson is the author of nine novels - including Zeroville and These Dreams of You - and two books of non-fiction, and the editor of the literary magazine Black Clock. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature.
Photographer, Katie Dalsemer

Percival Everett, Keynote Speaker
Percival Everett, author of more than 20 novels, three collections of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. His novels include Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Assumption, I Am Not Sidney Poitier, Wounded, and Erasure. He has won numerous awards, including the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the Academy Award from an American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. He teaches fiction writing and critical theory and is currently Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Kate Gale
Dr. Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press. She teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.  She is author of five books of poetry, six librettos, and has two forthcoming books in 2014: The Goldilocks Zone, the University of New Mexico Press and Echo Light, Red Mountain Press.
Photographer: Jamie Clifford

Douglas Kearney
Doug Kearney, whose first full-length collection of poems, Fear, Some, was published in 2006. The Black Automaton was chosen for the National Poetry Series and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Award in 2010. His poems have appeared in journals such as Callaloo, jubilat, Ploughshares, and nocturnes. He teaches at CalArts and Antioch College.

Krys Lee
Krys Lee’s debut book Drifting House by Viking/Penguin made the San Francisco Chronicle and Kansas City Star 2012 best books of the year list. She was awarded The 2012 Story Prize Spotlight Award and was a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Prize. She is a professor of creative writing at Yonsei University’s Underwood International College. She lives in Seoul, South Korea.
Photographer: Matt Dumas

Tom Lutz, Writers Week Director
Tom Lutz is the founder and editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. His books - Doing Nothing (American Book Award), Crying (New York Times Notable Book), Cosmopolitan Vistas (Choice Outstanding Academic Title), and American Nervousness, 1903 (New York Times Notable Book) - have been translated into 12 languages and have appeared on New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, Chicago Tribune, Die Zeit, ZYZZYVA, Exquisite Corpse,, Black Clock, and other newspapers and literary venues, as well as in dozens of books and academic journals. He has taught at Stanford University, University of Iowa, CalArts, University of Copenhagen, and now at UC Riverside.
Photographer: LJ Perskey

Arturo Madrid
Arturo Madrid is the Murchison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University and the recipient of the National Endowment of the Humanities’ Charles Frankel Medal. He is the author of a family memoir titled In the Country of Empty Crosses. The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico (Trinity University Press, 2012).

Nina Revoyr
Nina Revoyr is the author of four novels, including Southland, a Los Angeles Times "Best Book” of 2003; The Age of Dreaming, a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Wingshooters, winner of an Indie Booksellers’ Choice Award and an O: Oprah Magazine’s “Book to Watch For.”

Danzy Senna
Danzy Senna, author of the national bestselling novel Caucasia, winner of the Book of the Month Award for First Fiction and the American Library Association’s Alex Award. The book was a finalist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and has been translated into eight languages. She is also the author of the novel Symptomatic and the memoir Where Did You Sleep Last Night? A Personal History.

Mark Haskell Smith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of five novels: Moist, Delicious, Salty, Baked, and Raw: A Love Story (all published by Grove/Atlantic) and the non-fiction book Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers and the Race to the Cannabis Cup (Broadway Books). His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Vulture. He lives in Los Angeles.
Photographer: Martin Rusch

Ben Stoltzfus
Ben Stoltzfus is Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at UC Riverside. He has authored four novels, The Eye of the Needle, Black Lazarus, Red White & Blue, and, most recently, a collection of short stories, Cat O'Nine Tails. He writes innovative fiction.

Ray Suarez, 46th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecturer
Host of Al Jazeera America’s daily program “Inside Story” Veteran journalist Ray Suarez is the permanent host of Al Jazeera America’s daily program “Inside Story.” Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Suarez came from PBS’ “NewsHour,” where he worked from 1999 to 2013, most recently as its chief national correspondent. He also served as the lead correspondent for the program’s global health coverage, reporting on some of the world’s most threatening health crises from Africa, Latin America and Asia. Before joining PBS, he hosted National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” for six years.
     Among his other on-air credentials, Suarez hosted the monthly foreign-affairs radio program “America Abroad” for Public Radio International and co-hosted the nationally broadcast weekly political program “Need to Know” for PBS. From 2008 to 2011, he anchored the weekly Latino politics show “Destination Casa Blanca” for HITN TV.
     Prior to his public-broadcasting career, Suarez spent seven years reporting for Chicago’s NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV. He began his career as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome. Suarez is the author of the critically acclaimed “Latino Americans,” the companion book to the PBS documentary series of the same name, published in September
2013. He also is the author of “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America” and “The Old Neighborhood:  What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration” and has contributed to several other books.
     In 2010, Suarez was inducted into the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Hall of Fame. He is a co-recipient of two Alfred I. duPont–Columbia Awards for NPR’s on-site coverage of the first multiracial elections in South Africa and of the first 100 days of the 104th Congress. His other honors include the Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, the Distinguished Policy Leadership Award from UCLA's School of Public Policy and the Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop.
     Suarez earned a B.A. in African history from New York University and an M.A. in the social sciences from the University of Chicago and has been awarded more than a dozen honorary degrees. A native of Brooklyn, Suarez lives in Washington, D.C. with his family.
Photographer: Robert Severi

Aimee Suzara
Aimee Suzara is a poet, playwright and performer based in Oakland, California. Her poetry book, SOUVENIR, was just published (WordTech Editions). Her poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies, notably Kartika Review, Phati’tude, and the Lantern Review. She currently lectures in Creative Writing at Cal State University Monterey Bay.


Writers Week 2014 is made possible by support from the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UCR African Student Programs and the Los Angeles Review of Books. This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Parking: $6 permits available at the University Kiosk
Information: (951) 827-3245

Additional Information:

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Creative Writing Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245