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Writers Week Returns Feb. 3-7, 2009

Writers Week Returns Feb. 3-7, 2009

Walter Isaacson, former CEO of CNN, will give keynote reading at UC Riverside’s annual celebration of writing.

(December 5, 2008)

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Walter Isaacson

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – More than a dozen award-winning poets, novelists and journalists will discuss their craft at UC Riverside’s annual Writers Week Feb. 3-7, 2009.

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, will present the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Feb. 4. Isaacson, a former chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of Time, is the author of “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” and “Kissinger: A Biography.”

Weekday events will be held at UC Riverside, with a final reading on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the downtown branch of the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave. Writers Week activities are free and open to the public.

Also participating in Writers Week will be: Gustavo Arellano, a staff writer with OC Weekly and author of the nationally syndicated column “Ask a Mexican”; Mark Jenkins, an adventure travel columnist for Outside magazine; Elena Karina Byrne, literary programs director for The Ruskin Art Club and the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Night Vision poetry programs; Chris Buckley, UCR professor of creative writing, poet and a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry; Joseph Stroud, poet and winner of the Witter Bynner Fellowship of the Library of Congress and a Pushcart Prize; Patrick Michael Finn, assistant professor of English at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz., and winner of Cleveland State University’s 2007 Wiley Memorial Novella Contest for “A Martyr for Suzy Kasasovich”; Marsha de la O, whose first book of poetry, “Black Hope,” won the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and a Small Press Editor’s Choice Award; Susan Straight, UCR professor of creative writing, novelist and winner of numerous awards including a Lannan award for “A Million Nightingales” and the 2008 Edgar Allan Poe Award for her short story “The Golden Gopher”; Michelle Latiolais, associate professor of English at UC Irvine and author of the novel “A Proper Knowledge”; and Gary Phillips, author of the Martha Chainey and Ivan Monk novels.

Michael Jayme, assistant professor of creative writing and director of Writers Week 2009, said he is proud to bring such a diverse range of writers, poets and journalists to UCR.

“A central theme in the work of many of this year’s authors is the matter of place, the matter of how where they come from shapes their work,” Jayme said. “I am excited to hear Gustavo Arellano discuss Orange County, to hear Susan Straight discuss the Inland Empire, and to hear Patrick Michael Finn, who is returning to campus for our first Distinguished Alumnus reading.”

For more information, contact Jayme at or (951) 827-4291, or go online to

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