Creative Writing Reading Series with Kazim Ali, February 20, 2013
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KAZIM ALI is the author of nine books of poetry, fiction, essay and translation. His most recent book is Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities. Sky Ward: New Poems will be published this spring. Other books include Orange Alert: Essays on Poetry, Art and the Architecture of Silence and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He teaches Creative Writing and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College and in the Stonecoast MFA program.
Creative Writing Reading Series with Michael Palmer, December 5, 2013
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Poet and translator MICHAEL PALMER has lived in San Francisco since 1969. He has worked with the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company for close to forty years and has collaborated with many composers and visual artists. His most recent collections are Active Boundaries (Selected Essays and Talks) and Thread, a book of poetry. He has taught at various universities in the United States, Europe and Asia, and in May of 2012 received the Arts and Letters Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work has been translated into over thirty languages.
Afternoon Craft Conversation with Lisa Alvarez, October 17, 2012
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"What can prose writers learn from poetry?"
What can prose writers learn from poetry? Often, too often, students focus primarily on their chosen genre whether through individual choice and/or institutional pressure. This talk will examine how developing a close relationship to poetry can teach prose writers about line, imagery, form and content in ways that invigorate and inspire. As Edward Hirsch has suggested, "fiction goes to poetry for the intensity of its use of language," as part of the making literature, "something that lasts in language."
Lisa Alvarez's stories and essays have most recently appeared in American Book Review, Faultline, Green Mountains Review and in the anthology Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America (Norton). Together with Alan Cheuse, she co-edited Writers Workshop in a Book: The Squaw Valley Community of Writers on the Art of Fiction (Chronicle Books). She is a professor of English at Irvine Valley College and for over ten years has co-directed the Writers Workshops at the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley.
Afternoon Craft Conversation with giovanni singleton, September 12, 2012
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“AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper”
Sound, as in improvisation, acts upon images and text giving rise to harmonious constructions of silence. It comes down to the desire for liberation through exploring what words, in their essence, can do. The behearer and the beholder approach the world with an attitude of longing. The page is a canvas, a field, a mediation between human nature and the natural world. Writing occurs on and with trees. Knock on wood. What is spoken from the depths of a whisper or said in a scream?
giovanni singleton is a poet, teacher, and founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to the work of artists and writers of the African Diaspora. She is the author of Ascension, winner of the eighty-first annual California Book Award for Poetry. She has been a fellow at Squaw Valley Writers Conference, Cave Canem, and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. Her work has appeared in VOLT, Callaloo, Angles of Ascent: a Norton anthology, and What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America. singleton has taught at Saint Mary¹s College and Naropa University.
Gaelebration MFA Alumni and English Undergraduate Reading
Saturday, October 6, 1:00 pm, Cassin Student Union Patio and Fountain
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Watch snippets from Gabi Reyes-Acosta, Holden Altaffer, Candace Eros Diaz, Robert Andrew Pere, Casey McAlduff, Brenna McNa, Delia Neyr, Christine O'Brien, Mick Sherer, and Juan Alvarado Valdivia
First Year Experience Reading with Lysley Tenorio
Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 p.m., Soda Center, Moraga Room
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LYSLEY TENORIO’s debut collection of stories, Monstress, was published by Ecco/HarperCollins. A Whiting Writer’s Award winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His stories have appeared in The Best New American Voices, The Atlantic, The Chicago Tribune, and Pushcart Prize anthologies, among others. Born in the Philippines, Lysley currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Asssociate Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of CA.
More Writers & Words Videos Coming Soon:
MFA Sesquicentennial Reading with Tom Meschery and Robert Hass
Afternoon Craft Conversation with Jimmye Hillman
Creative Writing Reading Series with Michael Palmer and Linda Spalding