Writers Week 2021: Poetry/Prose by Camille T. Dungy. Chasing Tailfeathers, a new play by Carolyn Dunn

Wednesday, February 17
Session 3 - 6:30 pm PST
Register here for both events

A night to remember –
Poetry/Prose by literary giant Camille T. Dungy

Chasing Tailfeathers 
A new play by Director, Writer, Performer Carolyn Dunn

Act I, Scene 1 Reading
Cast: Kimberly Guerrero, Kalani Queypo, Carolyn Dunn, Kyrié Owen 
The play takes place in Indian Country, along the pow wow trail, somewhere in Native America.

Department of Creative Writing

44th Annual Writers Week Festival 2021

Allison Adelle Hedge CokeWriters 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

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke 
Director, Writers Week
Distinguished Professor

Tom Lutz 
Publisher, Los Angeles Review of Books 
UCR Creative Writing Department Chair 
Distinguished Professor 


February 13 and 16-19, 2021
ONLINE. Free and open to the public. 

Captioned & ASL translated.
February 20 Post-festival ticketed celebration with our Lifetime Achievement Award partner LA Review of BooksLearn more

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Rita Dove, Joy Harjo and Juan Felipe Herrera

2021 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing 
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees, US Poet Laureates

Mike Davis – D. Charles Whitney Reader 
Karen Tei Yamashita – Stephen Minot Lecture

Writers Week Featured Writers 
Millicent Borges Accardi • Kazim Ali • Francisco Aragón • Joseph Cassara • Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle • Camille T. Dungy • Carolyn Dunn • Steve Erickson • Kelli Jo Ford • Reyna Grande • Stephanie Elizondo Griest • Nalo Hopkinson • LeAnne Howe • John Jennings • Stephen Graham Jones • Laila Lalami • Brandy Nālani McDougall • Shin Yu Pai • Craig Santos Perez • Tommy Pico • Elizabeth Powell • Kamala Puligandla • Alison C. Rollins • Jane Smiley • Michael Torres • Melissa Valentine • Allison Benis White


Wednesday, Feb 17
Session 3 - 6:30 pm PST
Register here for both events

Camille T. Dungy 
Poetry Editor, Orion Magazine 
Guidebook to Relative Strangers (Norton, paperback, 2018)
Camille T. DungyOrion Magazine 
Camille T. Dungy, Blue Flower Arts

Carolyn Dunn 
Carolyn Dunn, carolyndunn.us 
Three Plays by Carolyn Dunn – The Frybread Queen, Soledad, and Three Sisters
(No Passport Press’ Dreaming the Americas Series, 2021)
Carolyn Dunn, Cal State LA


A night to remember –
Poetry/Prose by literary giant Camille T. Dungy

Camille T. Dungy’s debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.

Dungy’s other poetry collections are Smith Blue (Southern Illinois UP, 2011), finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), winner of the American Book Award, and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006), finalist for PEN the Center USA Literary Award for Poetry. Dungy edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009), co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology (Persea, 2009), and served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006). Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, Best American Travel Writing, 100 Best African American Poems, nearly 30 other anthologies, plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Guernica, and Poets.org. Other honors include two Northern California Book Awards, a California Book Award silver medal, two NAACP Image Award nominations, two Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and fellowships from the NEA in both poetry and prose. Dungy is currently a Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and child. 

Chasing Tailfeathers 
A new play by Carolyn Dunn

Act I, Scene 1 Reading
Cast: Kimberly Guerrero, Kalani Queypo, Carolyn Dunn, Kyrié Owen 
The play takes place in Indian Country, along the pow wow trail, somewhere in Native America.

Kimberly Guerrero, Artistic Director
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production

Kimberly Guerrero is an Oklahoma-born, LA-based actor, writer, producer and director. A member of Steppenwolf’s original cast of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, August: Osage County, Kimberly appeared in Chicago, on Broadway, at the National Theatre (London), and The Sydney Theatre Company (Australia) and went on to join director Sam Gold’s cast at The Old Globe in San Diego. Other notable stage credits include Manahatta (The Public Theater, NYC), The Frybread Queen (Native Voices, LA) and Steel Magnolias (TPAC, Nashville). A few of her notable film/television acting credits include The Glorias, The Dark Divide, Catch the Fair One, A Wrinkle in Time, Blood and Oil, Longmire, Bones, Grey’s Anatomy, Hidalgo, Charmed and a memorable turn as Jerry’s Native American girlfriend in Seinfeld. Kimberly has received several awards for acting including Best Actress in a Feature Film (Red Nation Film Festival) for her portrayal of Wilma Mankiller in the biopic The Cherokee Word for Water. As a screenwriter, she has been a fellow of the Sundance Screenwriters Lab and a finalist for the Disney/ABC Writers Program, Rockefeller New Media Fellowship, and Humanitas Award in Screenwriting. A co-founder of the award-winning StyleHorse Collective, she has co-written, produced and directed short films, music videos, PSAs and plays including We (Best Music Video, AIFF 2018), Powwow Sweat (a CDC funded PSA/fitness campaign) and Creation Station (Showcase Theatre, San Diego). Having completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA then spending years in the entertainment industry witnessing a woeful lack of authentic, compelling roles written for Native Americans, she garnered an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Riverside, and is currently shopping projects that feature contemporary Indigenous characters and storylines. 

Kalani Queypo
Kalani Queypo is an actor, musician, director, writer and producer. He was born and raised in Hawaii and is best known for his acting roles in The New World, Jamestown and Trickster. He has received the RIIFF's Directorial Discovery Award for his short film "Ancestor Eyes", and is a founding member of SAG-AFTRA's National Native American Committee and serves on the Advisory Council for Native Voices Theater at the Autry. His latest writing projects in development include a stage play, Stored and Safe, and his television series, When You Miss Aloha.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Red Haircrow

Carolyn Dunn
Carolyn Dunn is a poet, playwright and scholar whose poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. Her poetry has been collected in Outfoxing Coyote and the forthcoming Echolocation; she is the editor of two anthologies: Hohzo — Walking in Beauty (with Paula Gunn Allen) and Through the Eye of the Deer (with Carol Comfort); and she is the author of a children’s book, Coyote Speaks (with Ari Berk). Her play The Frybread Queen will be produced by Native Voices at the Autry as part of Native Voices’ 2010-2011 season, and will be published along with her plays Ghost Dance and Yellow Bird by Alexander Street Press in the anthology North American Indian Drama (2010). Dunn is also a songwriter and member of the all–women Native drum group The Mankillers, whose fourth cd will be out in sometime this millenia. Carolyn is a new Assistant Professor at Cal State LA. www.carolyndunn.com.

Kyrié Eleison Owen 
Kyrié Eleison, Editor-in-Chief Santa Ana Review, is an experimental writer and nonfiction MFA candidate at University of California Riverside. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Cincinnati and was the nonfiction editor for the literary journal Short Vine. She has been published in Flights and On Loan From the Cosmos. She is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation.

Literary Festival Partner Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) – Boris Dralyuk, Editor-in-Chief, Irene Yoon, Executive Director


The 44th Writers Week 2021 is made possible by support from Ken Crocker, Inland Empire MagazineThea Temple / Jack and Jacob Myers Literary FundRiverside Latino NetworkAfrican Student ProgramsMiddle Eastern Student CenterUCR Department of EnglishUCR Department of Ethnic StudiesUCR Department of MusicUCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital ProductionCenter for Ideas and SocietyCalifornia Center for Native NationsDr. Michael Alexander, Associate Professor and Maimonides Chair of Jewish Studies, Dr. Melissa Wilcox, Professor and Holstein Endowed Chair, Pr. Alex Espinoza, Associate Professor, Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Distinguished Professor, Allison Adelle Hedge CokeDr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UCR ARTSCollege of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Officeour generous sponsors through #UCRGivingTues donorsNative American Student Programs Office (NASP), Joshua Gonzales, Director, the Ratcliffe Family Creative Writing Endowment Fund and Los Angeles Review of Books.

#UCRGivingTues* donors include: Mark O. Bailie, Melissa A. Bartholomew, Katherine Benouar, Kathleen DeAtley, Clyde D. Derrick III, Terri L. Dunlap, Pr. Alex Espinoza, Diana Fontaine, Katherine K. Fugate, Jeffrey J. Girod, Kimberly V. Gomez-Fraser, Pr. Allison Hedge Coke, Travis B. Hedge Coke, Dr. Laila Lalami, Malinn C. Loeung, Michael Lundell, Jennifer Merrett, Heather M. Morales, LaSharon A. McLean Perez, Cati Porter, Rachel L. Pulido, Assistant Vice Chancellor Emily M. Rankin and Eveleen D. Samayoa.

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