About this Event
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. writersweek.ucr.edu
Director, Writers Week
Department of Creative Writing / School of Medicine-Medical Humanities
Publisher, Los Angeles Review of Books
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 (sandracisneros.com)
Publisher: Penguin Random House
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 (lindahoganwriter.com)
Publisher: Torrey House Press
Email: Authors Unbound
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 (ishmaelreed.org)
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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