Creative Writing Reading Series Turns 30

Saint Mary’s Creative Writing Reading Series is celebrating its thirtieth year of hosting poets and authors to share their work with the College community and the public in the area. 

While some of the first events only had one or two people in the audience, the series, which is sponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing, has created a strong following on campus over the years.

With the help of the literary community, various MFA directors and the English Department, Saint Mary’s has built “a very appreciative and informed audience for our writers,” says Brenda Hillman, the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

The College has hosted Pulitzer Prize winners such as Galway Kinnell, Gary Snyder and C.K. Williams. Other notable participants include Adrienne Rich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Czeslaw Milosz, Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Tallent, Tobias Wolff, Norma Cole, and David Berman. On September 12, the series will present two esteemed alumni: former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass and former basketball star and poet Tom Meschery.

The Saint Mary’s “audience and those who visit campus from our surrounding area have come to know the value of these readings, and now we attract as many as 300 for some of our readings,” says Hillman. “The diversity of voices and offerings is truly staggering.”

As the college celebrates its sesquicentennial year, the Creative Writing Reading Series will continue to treat the area to renowned and inspiring poets and authors.

To read more about this milestone, visit the Lamorinda Weekly story.

For upcoming events, please visit the Creative Writing Reading Series event page.