Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. writersweek.ucr.edu


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Director, Writers Week

Distinguished Professor

Department of Creative Writing / School of Medicine-Medical Humanities


Tom Lutz 

Publisher, Los Angeles Review of Books 

Distinguished Professor 

Department of Creative Writing


February 12 & 14 - 18, 2022

ONLINE. Free and open to the public. 

Captioned & ASL interpreted.

Post-Festival Ticketed Event on February 19 with Los Angeles Review of Books

Download the Interactive 44th Writers Week Poster here

Download the Interactive Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees Poster here


Sandra Cisneros, Linda Hogan and Ishmael Reed

2022 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

Luis J. Rodriguez

D. Charles Whitney Reader

Cornelius Eady

Stephen Minot Lecture


44th UCR Writers Week Featured Writers

Emily Rapp Black, Kate Bonnici, Joy Castro, Anthony Cody, Lewis deSoto, Steve Erickson, Molly Fisk, Carribean Fragoza, Sesshu Foster, Edgar Gomez, Kimberly Guerrero, Daisy Hernandez, Gordon Lee Johnson, John Kinsella, Diane Lefer, Antonio de Jesús López, Tom Lutz, Isabella Madrigal, Sophia Madrigal, Juanita Mantz, Chloe Martinez, Rupa Marya, Rajiv Mohabir, Amanda Moore, Ibrahim Nasrallah, Daniel Olivas, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Jasmine Elizabeth Smith, Susan Straight, Kim Shuck, Moheb Soliman, Richard Van Camp, Elissa Washuta, Kyle Lucia Wu, Luo Ying, anthology contributors from XLA Poets & Tlaculix, and musical guests The Cornelius Eady Trio & April & The Fishes!




2022 Schedule 

Saturday, February 12


Monday, February 14


Tuesday, February 15


Wednesday, February 16


Thursday, February 17


Friday, February 18


Saturday, February 19

  • LARB 4:30PM-6:30 p.m. PST  Sandra Cisneros, Linda Hogan, Ishmael Reed


The 45th Writers Week 2022 is made possible by support from:

Inland Empire Magazine, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, Center for Ideas and Society, Dr. Melissa Wilcox, Professor and Holstein Endowed Chair, Dr. Michael Alexander, Professor and Maimonides Chair in Jewish Studies, Pr. Alex Espinoza, Associate Professor, Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Distinguished Professor, UCR Department of Music, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, California Center for Native Nations, Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UCR ARTS, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, Native American Student Programs Office (NASP), Joshua Gonzales, Director, the Ratcliffe Family Creative Writing Endowment Fund, Los Angeles Review of Books, and our great Giving Tuesday donors!


Book purchases

Books will be available for purchase from our own campus Barnes & Noble College Bookstore and Cellar Door Books, our recommended local independent store.


Information: writersweek@ucr.edu & allisonh@ucr.edu


The Writers Week emblem, designed from the Agave americana Marginata in our local flora, was created to demonstrate our support for initiatives that create a more sustainable campus, community, and state that includes indigenous plants on campus and region. We also support the work of the UCR Office of Sustainability and the UCR Botanic Gardens.


Recognition of Native Lands Statement 

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the original and traditional territory of Tongva people [Tongva and Cahuilla people] and within Tongva, Cahuilla, Luiseño & Serrano original lands and contemporary territories.

In the spirit of Rupert and Jeanette Costo’s founding relationship to our campus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water and air: the Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands. Please also visit our university founder's legacy page, Cahuilla Scholar Rupert Costo, California Indian Studies & Scholars Association, UCR's California Center for Native Nations, Native American Student Programs (NASP), and the page of UCR's Rupert Costo Chair, Dr. Clifford Trafzer.


Statement of Solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander Community

We are grieved by the recent killings in Atlanta, as well as by all other anti-Asian bigotry and violence, and stand in solidarity with our AAPI colleagues, students, and, more broadly, all AAPI across the nation. We stand against all anti-AAPI hate crimes, discrimination, and dehumanization, knowing that the group Stop AAPI Hate has reported 3,975 hate incidents against Asian Americans between March 19, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

To take action:

  • Educational resources and petitions to sign: HERE.
  • Report hate incidents HERE and HERE.
  • Attend a bystander intervention training to learn ways to stop anti-Asian American and xenophobic harassment.  [March 29 at 3 p.m.] [April 20 at 2 p.m.]
  • Send a message to elected officials.

To learn more:


Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The brutal killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia are part of a pattern of state violence against Black people, which too often remains invisible and unpunished, when it is not blamed on the victims themselves. 

America’s institutionalized practice of settler colonialism, genocide, slavery, and segregation continues in the form of continued occupation, discrimination, mass incarceration, and racist policing. 

The nationwide protests we are witnessing are an expression of anger at police violence, a rejection of white supremacy, and a call to our leaders that they live up to the nation's founding proclamation of equality. We demand accountability from the police, disinvestment from law enforcement in favor of education, housing, and community services, and, above all, justice for the victims.

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