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Writers descend on UCR in February

Writers descend on UCR in February

(January 19, 2001)

Best-selling and award-winning authors T.C. Boyle, Cristina García, and Edward Hirsch will headline the 24th Annual Writers Week at the University of California, Riverside from Tuesday, Feb. 6 through Saturday, Feb. 10, including readings in downtown Riverside.

All events, including a reception following Boyle's Friday night reading, are free and open to the public, said Writers Week organizer Christopher Buckley, chair of the Department of Creative Writing at UCR.

The Cuban-born García will begin the five-day celebration with a reading at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 in room 1000 of Watkins Hall at UCR. García, who grew up in New York City, earned a "New York Times" Notable Book distinction with her second novel "The Agüero Sisters." García, winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award, was "Time" magazine's bureau chief for Florida and the Caribbean in Miami.

At 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, Hirsch will read from his poetry and prose in room 1000 of Watkins Hall. Hirsch, author of five books of poetry, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1996 for "Wild Gratitude." His most recent work, a book of prose, is the bestseller, "How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry." He received the 1998 MacArthur Fellowship and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston.

At 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, T.C. Boyle, a PEN-Faulkner Award-winning author, will read a sample of his works in room 1500 of the Life Sciences building. Boyle is the author of such notable novels as "Riven Rock," "The Tortilla Curtain," "The Road to Wellville," "East is East," and four collections of short stories. His fiction regularly appears in major American magazines including "The New Yorker," "Harpers," "The Paris Review," "Esquire," and "The Atlantic Monthly." Boyle teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

Other writers featured during the week include Michelle Boisseau, Leslie Brody, Fred Dings, B.H. Fairchild, Eloise Klein Healy, Richard Jackson, Mary Helen Ponce, Jervey Tervalon, Michael Waters, and Susan Vreeland.

The week will close with Poets Boisseau and Jackson joining novelist and short story writer Vreeland for 3 p.m. readings Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.

Boisseau's most recent book of poetry, "Understory," from Northeastern University Press (1996), was selected winner of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. Jackson is the author of six books of poetry, most recently "Heartwall," winner of the 1999 Juniper Prize from the University of Massachusetts Press. Vreeland teaches literature, writing, and ceramics at San Diego High School. She has written three novels, most recently "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" (1999), which was on the "San Francisco Chronicle" bestseller list. Vreeland will also give an 8 p.m. reading Saturday, Feb. 10 at room 1500 of the Humanities building at UCR.

Writers Week is organized by the Department of Creative Writing at UCR, with funding and support from the California Arts Foundation, Poets and Writers, Inc., the Abraham Polansky Fund, and the Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at UCR. For recorded information about Writers Week, call (909) 782-2919 or visit Writers Week on the worldwide web at

Maps and directions to Writers Week events on campus are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Campus parking costs per vehicle are typically $3 for events after 4 p.m. or $6 per day.

Prestigious Annual Writer's Week Conference

Distinguished authors visit UCR during the Winter quarter and read their work to the public and students. Students have the opportunity to interact with the visiting authors in open discussions. Past visitors include: Allen Ginsberg, N. Scott Momaday, Joyce Carol Oates, Frank Chin, Ken Kesey, Robert Coover, Robert Stone, Maxine Hong Kingston, Cornelius Eady, George Garrett , and Carol Muske.

24th Annual Writer's Week Schedule
FEBRUARY 6-10, 2001

Tuesday, February 6 (Humanities Room 1500)
2:00 p.m. - B.H. Fairchild
3:30 p.m. - Leslie Brody
8:00 p.m. - Christina García (Watkins 1000)

Wednesday, February 7 (Humanities 1500)
2:00 p.m. - Mary Helen Ponce
3:30 p.m. - Fred Dings
8:00 p.m. - Ed Hirsch (Watkins 1000)

Thursday, February 8 (Humanities 1500)
2:00 p.m. - Jervey Tervalon
3:30 p.m. - Eloise Klein Healey
8:00 p.m. - Michael Waters

Friday, February 9 (Humanities 1500)
2:00 p.m. - Michelle Boisseau
3:30 p.m. - Richard Jackson
8:00 p.m. - T.C.Boyle (Life Sciences 1500)
9:00 p.m. - Reception (Starbucks at the Commons)

Saturday, February 10 (Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.)
3:00 p.m. - Susan Vreeland, Michelle Boisseau, Richard Jackson
8:00 p.m. - Susan (Humanities 1500)
Sponsored by Creative Writing: Christopher Buckley, Director, Gretchen Cheney and Ledina Anderson, Coordinators, 900 University Avenue, University of California, Riverside CA 92521 or phone at (909)782-2919.

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