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

Sandra Cisneros, Linda Hogan, & Ishmael Reed

Please join us for this very special award ceremony, readings, and author talk

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.

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.

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


Friday, February 18



Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954. Internationally acclaimed for her poetry and fiction, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation. Cisneros is the author of two novels, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo; a collection of short stories, Woman Hollering Creek; two books of poetry, My Wicked Wicked Ways and Loose Woman; a children’s book, Hairs/Pelitos; a selected anthology of her own work, Vintage Cisneros; with Ester Hernández, Have You Seen Marie?, a fable for adults; A House of My Own, a memoir; and Puro Amor, a bilingual story that she also illustrated. Her most recent book, Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo, a story in English and Spanish, was published in 2021. In September 2022, a new collection of poetry, Woman Without Shame, will be published by Knopf and in Spanish by Vintage Español. Cisneros is a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico and makes her living by her pen.

Sandra Cisneros (

Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo, a story in English and Spanish, paperback, Vintage Books

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Instagram: @officialsandracisneros


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Photo by Keith Dannemiller



The recipient of a Lannan Literary Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Spirit of the West Literary Achievement Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas, National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation, the Thoreau Prize from PEN, LINDA HOGAN is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, teacher, and activist who has spent most of her life in Oklahoma and Colorado. Her fiction has garnered many honors, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination and her poetry collections have received the American Book Award, Colorado Book Award, Oklahoma Book Award (twice), and a National Book Critics Circle nomination. A volunteer and consultant for wildlife rehabilitation and endangered species programs, Hogan has also published essays with the Nature Conservancy and Sierra Club. She has authored twenty books, taught for the University of Colorado, Institute of American Indian Arts, and at the Indigenous Education Institute. She has been a speaker at the United Nations Forum and was a plenary speaker at the Environmental Literature Conference in Turkey. Her work is writing of literary quality that contains new Environmental and Indigenous Knowledge and Activism. It illuminates a Native spirituality that has endured. Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan (

A History of Kindness

Publisher: Torrey House Press

Linda Hogan @ Barnes & Noble

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Contact: Torrey House

Email: Linda Hogan

Photo by Larry Henderson



Ishmael Reed is founder of the Before Columbus Foundation and PEN Oakland, non-profit organizations run by writers for writers. His honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, University of California’ Distinguished Emeritus Award, University of Buffalo’s Distinguished Alumni Award, a National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize nominations, a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award, four AUDELCO awards, and San Francisco LitQuake’s Barbary Coast Award. Awarded as Blues Songwriter of the Year from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, his collaborations with jazz musicians for the past forty years were also recognized by SFJazz Center with his appointment, as San Francisco’s first Jazz Poet Laureate and in Venice, Italy, where he became the first Alberto Dubito International awardee, honored as “a special artistic individual who has distinguished himself through the most innovative creativity in the musical and linguistic languages.” A poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer and publisher, and author of more than thirty books, he taught for over 35 years at the University of California and was honored as their Emeritus Professor Awardee of the Year in 2020. He recently taught for UC Berkeley and is a Distinguished Professor at California College of the Arts.

Ishmael Reed (

The Terrible Fours

His online international literary magazine, Konch

Why No Confederate Statues in Mexico

Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues

The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda

Publishers: Baraka BooksDalkey Archive Press/Deep VellumSimon & Schuster

Agent, Barbara Lowenstein

Photo by Larry Henderson


The 45h Writers Week 2022 is made possible by Inland Empire Magazine, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Department of Music, UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, Center for Ideas and Society, California Center for Native Nations, Dr. Michael Alexander, Professor and Holstein Endowed Chair, Department of English, Thea Temple, Ethnic Studies, Asian Pacific Student Programs, Department of Theater Film & Digital Production, Center for Ideas & Society, Associate Professor and Maimonides Chair of Jewish Studies, Dr. Melissa Wilcox,  Associate Professor, Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Pr. Alex Espinoza, Emeritus Distinguished Professor Jane Smiley, Department of Music, LGBT Resource Center, Distinguished Professor, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke,Reclamation and Native American Communities Faculty Commons,  Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office, Native American Student Programs (NASP), Joshua Gonzales, Director, the Ratliff Family Creative Writing Endowment Fund, UCR ARTS and Los Angeles Review of Books, and our great Giving Tuesday donors!


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