Free Event

Initiated in 1988, UC Riverside's annual Tomás Rivera Conference honors the enduring legacy of Tomás Rivera, activist, educator, writer, and the first Chicano chancellor of the UC system. 

The 2023 conference runs from May 2-9, 2023.


Tuesday, May 2, 2023 [INTS 1128]


11 AM-12PM

Kimberly Garza Reading and Q&A 

Texas author Kimberly Garza, assistant professor of creative writing at UT San Antonio, will read from her debut novel The Last Karankawas.

1-2 PM  

Xochitl Gonzalez Reading and Q&A 

Screenwriter, critic, and producer Xochitl Gonzalez reads from and discusses her critically acclaimed novel Olga Dies Dreaming, named a Best of 2022 by The New York Times, TIME, Kirkus, Washington Post, and NPR.

3-4 PM

Panel discussion featuring Kimberly Garza and Xochitl Gonzalez moderated by Prof Jennifer Nájera (Dept of Ethnic Studies)




Wednesday, May 3, 2023 [INTS 1113]


11 AM-12PM

Gabriel Ibarra Reading and Q&A

Winner of the Alta California Chapbook Prize, Fresno poet Gabriel Ibarra, presents his debut collection of poems, On Display.

1-2 PM

Juanita E. Mantz Reading and Q&A 

Deputy public defender, writer, performer, podcaster and author of the memoirs Tales of an Inland Empire Girl and a hybrid chapbook titled Portrait of a Deputy Public Defender, or how I became a punk rock lawyer, Juanita E. Mantz (“JEM”) discusses her work.

3-4 PM

Panel discussion featuring Gabriel Ibarra and Juanita E. Mantz moderated by Prof Susan Straight (Dept of Creative Writing)


Thursday, May 4, 2023 [INTS 1128]

11 AM-12PM

Manuel Muñoz Reading and Q&A 

NEA and O. Henry Award winning writer Manuel Muñoz presents his newest collection of short stories, The Consequences.

1-2 PM  

Melissa Lozada-Oliva Reading and Q&A

Poet, novelist, screenwriter, and author of peluda and Dreaming of You, Melissa Lozada-Oliva will read from her work.

3-4 PM

Panel discussion featuring Manuel Muñoz and Melissa Lozada-Oliva moderated by Prof Ricky Rodriguez (Dept of English)


Tuesday, May 9, 2023 [INTS 1128 & 1113]

4-5 PM: INTS 1128

Jaime Hernandez in conversation with Prof Michael Jayme (Dept of Creative Writing) 

In conversation with Professor Michael Jayme, Department of Creative Writing. Jaime Hernandez, along with his brothers Gilbert and Mario, self-published the first issue of LOVE AND ROCKETS in 1981.

5- 6 PM: INTS 1113

Book signing and reception

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  • Ivan Copado
  • Miguel H. Lopez

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