Fall 2015 
All readings are free and open to the public

Maxine Hong Kingston

Maxine Hong Kingston
Wednesday September 16th, 2015, 7:30pm.
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge

Maxine Hong Kingston is an American Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley where she graduated with a BA in English in 1962. She is both a prolific academic and autobiographical writer.
Her works often reflect on her cultural heritage and blend fiction with non-fiction. Among her works are The Woman Warrior (1976), awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, and China Men (1980), which was awarded the 1981 National Book Award. She has written one novel, Tripmaster Monkey, a story depicting a character based on the mythical Chinese character Sun Wu Kong. Her most recent books are To Be The Poet and The Fifth Book of Peace.
She was awarded the 1997 National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton. In April, 2007, Hong Kingston was awarded the Northern California Book Award Special Award in Publishing for her most recent anthology, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (2006). She lives in Oakland, CA.

geoffrey g. o'brien  

Geoffrey G. O'Brien
Wednesday October 3rd, 2015, 7:30pm.
Soda Center, Claeys Lounge

Geoffrey 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), andThe 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.

gregory pardlo

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

Gregory 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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