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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE
Department of Creative Writing

47th Annual Writers Week Festival 2024

Allison Adelle Hedge CokeWriters Week director

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

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke 
Director, Writers Week
Distinguished Professor

Tom Lutz 
Publisher, Los Angeles Review of Books 
Distinguished Professor 

Director, Writers Week

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February 10 and 12-16, 2024
LIVE/VIRTUAL Free and open to the public
Captioned & ASL translated.
Register Here or on any author’s name below 
February 16 Post-festival ticketed celebration with our Lifetime Achievement Award partner LA Review of Books. Learn more 

Download the Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees Poster

Download the 47th Writers Week Poster


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Dave Eggers, Rigoberto González, and Quincy Troupe

2024 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing 
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees, US Poet Laureates

Katherine Vaz – D. Charles Whitney Reader 
Kimberly Blaeser – Stephen Minot Lecturer

Tim Z. HernandezMike Davis Reader

Maceo MontoyaMike Davis Reader

George M. Johnson – Special Session from UCR Library & LGBT Resource Center


 

47th UCR Writers Week Featured Writers 
Noah Arjomand, Rilla Askew, Reza Aslan, Brendan Shay Basham, Lou Berney, Erik Bitsui, Kimberly Blaeser, Kate Bolton Bonnici, Aaron C. Boothby, Marie Alohalani Brown, Elena Karina Byrne, Lizzie Davis, Marsha De La O, Stacie Denetsosie, Daisy Ocampo Diaz, Jose Hernandez Diaz, Emily Marie Passos Duffy, Dave Eggers, Farnaz Fatemi, Tanya Frank, Rigoberto González, Tim Z. Hernandez, Minda Honey, Laird Hunt, Jessica Johns, George M. Johnson, Megan Kamalei Kakimoto, Randi LeClair, Donato Martinez, Adrian Matejka, Maceo Montoya, Miguel Morales, Sandra Meek, Leah Myers, Jesse Nathan, Cindy Yuyoung Ok, Cati Porter, Jason Magabo Perez, Marcie Rendon, Robert Roensch, Andrea Rogers, Prageeta Sharma, Matthew Shenoda, Eleni Sikelianos, Melissa Studdard, Tess Taylor, Lisa Teasley, Justin Torres, Quincy Troupe, Katherine Vaz, Vickie Vértiz, Marc Vincenz, Issam Zineh
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SCHEDULE 
Saturday, Feb 10 Pre-Festival Events

 

SESSION 1: 1:00 PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

Film Screenings by

Noah Arjomand & Randi LeClair

 

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Monday, Feb 12

 

SESSION 1 – 3:00PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

MFA READING

MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts Candidates

SESSION 2 – 5:00PM PST VIRTUAL

Jessica JohnsMarcie RendonAndrea Rogers

SESSION 3 – 6:30PM PST VIRTUAL
Tim Z. Hernandez, Mike Davis ReaderMaceo Montoya, Mike Davis Reader • 

Justin Torres, 2023 NBA Winner for Fiction

 

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Tuesday, Feb 13

 

SESSION 1 – 12:00 PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

George M. Johnson

Special Session

We Are Not Broken

Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists

SESSION 2 – 2:00PM PST
POETS PLACE/WRITERS RESIST READING LIVE/VIRTUAL

Writers Resist Riverside: in collaboration with Pen America &

Poets Place/Writers Resist Activist Garden

SESSION 3 – 3:30PM PST VIRTUAL

Rilla AskewLou BerneyRobert Roensch

SESSION 4 – 6:30PM PST VIRTUAL
Marie Alohalani BrownMegan Kamalei KakimotoLeah Myers

 

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Wednesday, Feb 14

SESSION 1 – 11:00 AM PST VIRTUAL

Laird HuntMatthew ShenodaEleni SikelianosMarc Vincenz

SESSION 2  – 1:00PM PST VIRTUAL

Elena Karina Byrne  • Marsha De La OMelissa StuddardLisa Teasley

SESSION 3 – 3:00PM PST VIRTUAL

Aaron C. BoothbyLizzie DavisTanya FrankAdrian Matejka

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Thursday, Feb 15

SESSION 1: 10:00AM PST VIRTUAL

Emily Marie Passos DuffyKatherine Vaz, D. Charles Whitney Reader 

SESSION 2: 1:30PM PST VIRTUAL

Jose Hernandez DiazSandra MeekJesse Nathan

SESSION 3: 3:30PM PST VIRTUAL

Brendan Shay BashamErik BitsuiStacie Denetsosie

SESSION 4: 7:00 PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

UCR Department of Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award Ceremony 

Dave Eggers

Rigoberto González

Quincy Troupe

Dave EggersRigoberto GonzálezQuincy Troupe

Lifetime Achievement Awards Honorees

Los Angeles Review of Books & UCR Department of Creative Writing 

9th Annual Award

 

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Friday, Feb 16

 

FRIDAY 2/16/2024

SESSION 1: 11:00AM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL
Kate Bolton BonniciDonato MartinezCati PorterJason Magabo Perez

SESSION 2: 1:00PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

Reza AslanMinda HoneyVickie VértizIssam Zineh

SESSION 3: 3PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

Kimberly Blaeser, Stephen Minot LecturerDaisy Ocampo DiazRandi LeClair 

SESSION 4: 6:30-8:30PM PST LIVE/VIRTUAL

Farnaz FatemiCindy Yuyoung OkPrageeta Sharma

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A live ticketed after-event award celebration is scheduled with LA Review of Books. Learn More 
2021 LA Review of Books (LARB) – UCR Department of Creative Writing 
Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees, 
Dave Eggers

Rigoberto González

Quincy Troupe

Dave EggersRigoberto GonzálezQuincy Troupe

Lifetime Achievement Awards Honorees

Los Angeles Review of Books & UCR Department of Creative Writing 

9th Annual Award

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SPECIAL THANKS

The 47th Writers Week 2024 is made possible by support from UCR Department of English; UCR Department of Music; UCR Department of SociologyUCR Department of Media and Cultural StudiesAfrican Student Programs (ASP)UCR Department of Political Science;  UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production; UCR Department of Religious StudiesHolstein Family and Community Chair In Religious Studies, Pr. Melissa WilcoxAsian Pacific Student ProgramsPoets & WritersAssociate Professor and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Pr. Alex Espinoza; UCR  Center for Ideas and Society; California Center for Native NationsUCR LGBT Resource Center; Native American Student Programs (NASP), Joshua Gonzales, Director; Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs; UCR LibraryCollege of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office; the Ratliff Family Creative Writing Endowment Fundour partner the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB)and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing.

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Book purchases
Attendees may purchase books at live events from our own campus B & N bookstore (order online here). Cellar Door Books is our recommended local independent store. Be sure to stop by their page.

Information: writersweek@ucr.edu & allisonh@ucr.edu

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