Celebrating 20 Years of Creative Writing.


Michael Ondaatje
Friday, February 12th, 2016, 7:00pm.
The Infinity Lounge in San Francisco
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Michael OndtaajeMichael Ondaatje is one of the world’s foremost writers – his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers. Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s bestselling novel The English Patient was later made into an Academy Award-winning film. He is also the author of four collections of poetry including The Cinnamon Peeler. His works of fiction include In the Skin of a Lion, The English Patient, Anil's Ghost, Divisadero, and The Cat’s Table. Ondaatje’s work of nonfiction is The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film. Ondaatje has garnered several literary prizes including The Booker Prize for Fiction, The Irish Times International Prize for Fiction, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Prix Medicis, the Governor-General’s Award, and the Giller Prize.


Claudia Rankine
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016, 7:30pm.
LeFevre Theatre, SMC Campus, free and open to the public

Claudia RankineClaudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. She lives in California and is the Aerol Arnold Chair in the University of Southern California English Department.

Sarah Manguso
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016, 7:30pm.
Claey’s Lounge, Soda Center, SMC Campus, 
free and open to the public

Sarah Manguso

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of the memoirs Ongoingness, The Guardians, and The Two Kinds of Decay. Her other books include the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise and the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape. Her prose has appeared in Harper's, McSweeney's, and the f, and her poems have won a Pushcart Prize and appeared in four editions of the Best American Poetry series. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize.




Porter Shreve
Wednesday, April 20th, 2016, 7:30pm.
Claey’s Lounge, Soda Center, SMC Campus, 
free and open to the public

Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve is the author of four novels. The Obituary Writer was a New York Times Notable Book. Drives Like a Dream and When the White House Was Ours were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year. And his latest, The End of the Book, published in 2014, was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. The Washington Post called The End of the Book "excellent... entertaining, insightful fiction." Shreve has coedited six anthologies and published fiction, nonfiction, Op-Eds and book reviews in many magazines and newspapers, and he writes a column on e-books for the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition and the Diane Rehm Show, among other programs, and has taught at a number of universities, including the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon, Purdue and the University of San Francisco.


Annual Alumni and Faculty Reading: Brenda Hillman and Andrew Kenower
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 7:30pm.
Claey’s Lounge, Soda Center, SMC Campus, 
free and open to the public

brenda hillmanBrenda Hillman is the author of nine collections of poetry: White Dress, Fortress, Death Tractates, Bright Existence, Loose Sugar, Cascadia, Pieces of Air in the Epic, Practical Water, for which she won the LA Times Book Award for Poetry, and Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, which received the 2014 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award for Poetry. Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2012 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.

andrew kenower


Poet Andrew Kenower (poetry, 2007) curates the online audio archive A Voice Box and is co-curator of the Woolsey Heights Reading Series. He is the principle designer for Trafficker Press.






FALL 2015

Maxine Hong Kingston
Wednesday September 16th, 2015, 7:30pm.
LeFevre Theatre, SMC Campus

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston is Senior Lecturer for Creative Writing at the University of California, Berkeley. For her memoirs and fiction, The Fifth Book of PeaceThe Woman WarriorChina MenTripmaster MonkeyI Love a Broad Margin to My Life, and Hawai’i One Summer, she has earned numerous awards, among them the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the PEN West Award for Fiction, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, and a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as the title of “Living Treasure of Hawai’i.” In July 2014, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. She lives in Oakland, CA.


Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Wednesday October 7th, 2015, 7:30pm.
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge, SMC Campus

geoffrey g. o'brienGeoffrey G. O'Brien
 is the author of People on Sunday (Wave Books, 2013). He is also the author of Metropole (2011), Green and Gray (2007), and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), all from The University of California Press. His chapbooks include Hesiod (Song Cave, 2010), and Poem with No Good Lines (Hand Held Editions, 2010). He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets: Ashbery, Donnelly, O’Brien (Minus A Press, 2012) and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006). O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison


Cristina García
Wednesday October 28th, 2015, 7:30pm.
Lafayette Library, Lafayette, CA

Cristina Garcia


Cristina García is the author of six novels, including: Dreaming in CubanThe Agüero SistersMonkey HuntingA Handbook to Luck, and The Lady Matador’s Hotel. García has edited two anthologies, Cubanísimo: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Cuban Literature and Bordering Fires: The Vintage Book of Contemporary Mexican and Chicano/a Literature. Two works for young readers,The Dog Who Loved the Moon, and I Wanna Be Your Shoebox were published in 2008 and a young adult novel, Dreams of Significant Girls, in 2011. García’s work has been nominated for a National Book Award and translated into fourteen languages. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, and an NEA grant, among others.


Gregory Pardlo
Wednesday December 2nd, 2015, 7:30pm.
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge, SMC Campus

gregory pardloGregory Pardlo is the author of Digest, (Four Way Books, 2014), which won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and was nominated for the 2015 NAACP Image Award in poetry, he is also the author of Totem, which received the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. His poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewThe NationPloughshares, and Tin House , as well as anthologies including Angles of Ascent, the Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, and two editions of Best American Poetry. He is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a fellowship for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts. An Associate Editor of Callaloo, he is currently a Teaching Fellow in Undergraduate Writing at Columbia University.



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