Fall 2015 
All readings are free and open to the public

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

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 Peace, The Woman Warrior, China Men, Tripmaster Monkey, I 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

geoffrey g. o'brien  

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

gregory pardlo

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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