Writers Week 2020 - Feb 11

Updated 2/9/20

UCR Department of Creative Writing

43rd Annual Writers Week Conference 2020

Tom Lutz, Writers Week director
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 

Ishmael Beah • Norma Cantú • Elizabeth Cantwell • Steph Cha • Marilyn Chin • Karla Cordero • Diana Marie Delgado • Jonathan Friedman • Rachel Howzell Hall • Brandon Hobson • Brian Hudson • Anna Journey • Laila Lalami • Tom Lutz • Angela Morales • Walter Mosley • Wendy C. Ortiz • Victoria Patterson • Cati Porter • Joseph Rios • Ricco Siasoco • Jake Skeets • Jerry Stahl • Susan Straight • Lisa Teasley • Sergio Troncoso 

February 10-14, 2020
CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, South - Screening Room, INTS 1128
Free and open to the public.
Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Information Kiosk Booth 

Renowned mystery writer Walter Mosley to headline UC Riverside’s 43rd annual Writers Week
Jessica Weber, University Communications
January 22, 2020 

Information: (951) 827-3245
performingarts@ucr.edu creativewriting.ucr.edu
@UCRWritersWeek #UCRWritersWeek

SCHEDULE: Tuesday, Feb 11

12:00   Marilyn Chin
1:30     Angela Morales
3:00    Karla Cordero
4:30    Victoria Patterson
6:30    Laila Lalami  



Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet and the author of Hard Love Province,  Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen,  Rhapsody in Plain Yellow,  The Phoenix Gone, The Terrace Empty  and  Dwarf Bamboo. She has won the prestigious Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the National Prize for Literature that confronts racism and examines diversity, in Poetry category. The Award recognized her most recent book of poems,  Hard Love Province, published in 2014 . She is currently a chancellor of the  Academy of American Poets. Marilyn was a member of the creative writing faculty at San Diego State University from 1987-2013.

Karla Cordero is a descendant of the Chichimeca people from Northern Mexico, a Chicana poet, educator, and ARTtivist, raised along the borderlands of Calexico, CA. A three-time Pushcart nominee with fellowships from VONA, Macondo, Canto Mundo, and elsewhere, she is the editor of SpitJournal, founder of Voice 4 Change, and CFO and Social Justice Equity Coordinator for the non-profit Glassless Minds. Her poems have appeared and forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, PANK, ANMLY, Tinderbox, The BreakBeat Poets Volume 4. and LatiNext Anthology, among others. She is the author of the chapbook, Grasshoppers Before Gods (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and her first full length collection titled, How To Pull Apart The Earth (NOT A CULT. 2018) is a 2019 San Diego Book Award winner and awarding-winning finalist for the 2019 International Book Awards. She currently serves as a Professor of Creative Writing and English at Mira Costa and San Diego City College.  

Laila Lalami was born in Rabat and educated in Morocco, Great Britain, and the United States. She is the author of four novels, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab-American Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Other Americans, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller, a best-of-2019 selection from a dozen outlets, and a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction. Her essays and criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Harper’s, the Guardian, and The New York Times. She has received fellowships from the British Council, the Fulbright Program, and the Guggenheim Foundation and is currently a tenured professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside. She lives in Los Angeles. Her new book, a work of nonfiction called Conditional Citizens, will be published by Pantheon in Spring 2020. You can pre-order it here

Tom Lutz is the author of Born Slippy: A Novel. He is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and a Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UCR. His other work includes two books of travel essays, Drinking Mare’s Milk on the Roof of the World, And the Monkey Learned Nothing, the cultural histories Crying and Doing Nothing, the literary histories Cosmopolitan Vistas and American Nervousness, 1903

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in  Best American Essays 2013 Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review,  The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, and Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. She is the winner of the River Teeth Book Prize, 2014, and has received fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell Colony.  Her book is the 2017 *winner* of the  PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Currently she teaches composition and creative writing at Glendale Community College and is working on her second collection of essays. She lives in Pasadena, CA with her husband Patrick and their two children, Mira and Leo. 

Victoria Patterson’s latest story collection, The Secret Habit of Sorrow, was published in 2018. The critic Michael Schaub wrote: “There’s not a story in the book that’s less than great; it’s a stunningly beautiful collection by a writer working at the top of her game.” Her novel The Little Brother, which Vanity Fair called “a brutal, deeply empathetic, and emotionally wrenching examination of American male privilege and rape culture,” was published in 2015. She is also the author of the novels The Peerless Four and This Vacant Paradise, a 2011 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her story collection, Drift, was a finalist for the California Book Award and the Story Prize and was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives in South Pasadena, California with her family.


Works by Writers Week authors will be available at the UCR Bookstore and at Cellar Door Books in Canyon Crest Towne Center. 

Writers Week 2020 is made possible by support from African Student Programs, Office of the Chancellor, California Center for Native Nations, Prof. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, UCR Department of Ethnic Studies, UCR Department of English, Ratliffe Family Foundation, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 2:30pm to 5:30pm

CHASS Interdisciplinary South, Screening Room, INTS 1128