UCR Creative Writing - Real Stories for Real Lives: Three Authors on Writing and Publishing Books about Bodies of Color

Department of Creative Writing

7th Annual 
Creative Writing Reading Series 2019-2020

Susan Straight, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing 

Real Stories for Real Lives:  
Three Authors on Writing and Publishing Books about Bodies of Color

Angie Cruz, Dawn Lundy Martin and Alex Espinoza

Organized by Susan Straight, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing
and Alex Espinoza, Associate Professor and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing

March 10, 2020
Tuesday, 2:00-4:00 pm
New Media Lab, INTS 1109
Free and open to the campus 

This event will focus on stories and narratives often left out of mainstream publishing, especially writers of color and stories of how the body and soul are represented in American books.  Angie Cruz, author of Dominicana, a novel about a young woman who survives isolation and poverty in pursuit of her dreams; Dawn Lundy Martin, award-winning poet and nonfiction writer; and Alex Espinoza, whose books Still Water Saints and Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime feature ideas of love and belonging in California and beyond. 

They will be in conversation with Distinguished Professor Susan Straight about the writing life, and will also read from their books.  

The audience will participate in discussions about publishing, and books for sale and signing will be available after the event. Books are also available at the UCR Bookstore. Light refreshments will be available.


Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and raised in La Puente. He is the author of two novels, Still Water Saints and The Five Acts of Diego León, and the nonfiction Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime. He lives in Los Angeles and is the Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at UC Riverside. 

Angie Cruz's novel, Dominicana was named most anticipated/ best book in 2019 by Time, Newsweek, People, Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Esquire. Cruz is the author of two other novels, Soledad and Let It Rain Coffee and the recipient of numerous fellowships and residencies. She’s published shorter works in The Paris Review, VQR, Callaloo, Gulf Coast and other journals. She's the founder and Editor-in-chief of the award-winning literary journal, Aster(ix). She's an Associate professor at University of Pittsburgh where she teaches in the MFA program and splits her time between Pittsburgh. New York, and Turin. 

Dawn Lundy Martin is an American poet and essayist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood, winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Award for Poetry; Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE, A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering, and three limited edition chapbooks. Her nonfiction can be found in the New Yorker, Harper's, The Believer, and Best American Essays 2019. Martin is Professor of English in The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics.

(951) 827-3245  performingarts@ucr.edu  

Tuesday, March 10 at 2:00pm to 4:00pm

CHASS Interdisciplinary South, New Media Lab, INTS 1109

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Arts, Lectures & Presentations


Faculty & Staff, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Transfer Students



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