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

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February 12 & 14 - 18, 2022

ONLINE. Free and open to the public. 

Captioned & ASL interpreted.

Full 2022 Schedule 

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

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Saturday, February 12

Sara Harris is an audio artist and journalist with 20-years-plus experience in Los Angeles, Mexico, and the Netherlands focusing on land-use, education, and environmental equality. She is a certified Master Gardener and co-founder of neighborhood- based, Los Angeles nonprofit 1866 (www.solanocanyon.org). Sara’s audio project Hear in the City; Radio Realities from the Urban Landscape can be heard at www.soundcloud.com/hearinthecityHer latest project is currently on the film festival circuit: fragmentationsonlymean.com 

 

Darren J. de Leon is an award winning poet from San Bernardino, California. He was the first formal graduate of UCR’s Creative Writing undergraduate program (B.A. 1991) where he won the Birk Hinderacker Poetry Prize in 1991. An editor of TLACUILX: Quarantined Tongues (Hinchas Poesía Press) and co-producer of the Project 1521 Podcast, he co-founded Los Delicados: Poetas del Sol, San Francisco’s avant garde leaders of the Latino Spoken Word scene. His work has appeared in various publications including New Chicano/Chicana Writings (University of Arizona Press), Word Descarga and Raza Spoken Here (Calaca Press); Cipactli, and Fourteen Hills. He produced and hosted KUCR’s Radio Aztlan in the early 90’s, and Radio 2050, a Latino Arts Radio Magazine at KPFA in Berkeley. Currently, he is finishing Cumbia Combat, a contextual translation of the 1982 LP Combat Rock by the Clash into the current asylum movement.

 

Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Arminé Iknadossian immigrated to the United States in 1978 to escape the civil war. She is the author of All That Wasted Fruit (Main Street Rag Press). She earned an MFA from Antioch University where she was awarded a fellowship from Summer Poetry in Idyllwild. Iknadossian has also been a writing fellow for The Los Angeles Writing Project and Anaphor Arts at Otis College of Art and Design. She serves on the Advisory Board for IALA (International Armenian Literary Association) and works with Project 1521 to bring awareness of Chicanx culture 500 years after the fall of the Aztec empire. She facilitates creative writing workshops for Surprise the Line and teaches high school English. Iknadossian currently lives close to the sea with Henry the Cat. Find out more at armineiknadossian.com

 

Linda Ravenswood is a poet and performance artist from Los Angeles. In 2018 she founded a new publishing house in SoCal — The Los Angeles Press — for literary, visual, and hybrid performance arts. Recent collections include The Stan Poems (Pedestrian Press, 2022), rock waves / sloe drags (Eyewear London, 2021), XLA Poets (Hinchas Press, 2021), Tlacuilx (Hinchas de Poesia, 2021). The George Perry Floyd Jr. Poetry Anthology // Poems of Justice from TheLAPress is forthcoming in 2022. www.thelosangelespress.com

 

Yago S. Cura is an Adult Services Librarian @ Hyde Park for the Los Angeles Public Library and owner of HINCHAS Press (www.hinchaspress.com) whose most recent titles are X LA Poets, edited by Linda Ravenswood, and Inspiring Library Stories, edited by Oleg Kagan. In 2020, Yago contributed a chapter, “Miguel”, to Libraryland: It’s All about the Story (ALA Editions). In 2019, Yago was interviewed by Stacy Russo for her book, A Better World Starts Here: Activists and Their Work (Sanctuary, 2019).In 2018, Yago published “Hoisting the Disenfranchised Over the Digital Divide in South Central Los Angeles” in the anthology Poet-Librarians in the Library of Babel: Innovative Meditations on Librarianship. (Library Juice, 2018).

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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 ProductionCenter for Ideas and SocietyDr. 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 MusicAllison Adelle Hedge CokeCalifornia Center for Native NationsDr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UCR ARTSCollege of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s OfficeNative 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!

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

 

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