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UCR Writers Week Set for Feb. 8 through 12

UCR Writers Week Set for Feb. 8 through 12

(January 28, 2000)

Award winning authors Dorothy Allison and Gary Soto and will headline the 23rd Annual Writers Week at the University of California, Riverside, Tuesday, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Feb.12. Events will include readings in the heart of downtown Riverside.

Poets Mark Jarman, Maurya Simon, Amy Uyematsu and Christopher Buckley will read from "The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place," at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave. The book is an anthology edite d by Buckley, chair of the UCR Department of Creative Writing. It includes work from 76 California poets.

In addition, a dozen poets and fiction writers will offer free readings on campus during this annual celebration of creativity and the written word. Campus parking typically costs $3 for an evening event or $5 per day.

Dorothy Allison, whose first novel, "Bastard Out of Carolina" was a critically acclaimed bestseller, will give a reading from her work at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 in Watkins 1000. Allison, who has been described in reviews as "luminous, indomitable, sassy, and knowing", wrote a second best-selling novel, "Cavedweller." She is also the author of "Two or Three Things I Know for Sure," and "Trash."

A collection of autobiographical narratives called, "Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature," won a 1994 Lambda Literary Award. A reception in the International Lounge will follow Allison's reading.

Gary Soto, an acclaimed and versatile writer, will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Watkins 1000. Recently hired as a professor of creative writing at UCR, Soto has published thirty books of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, novels, and biography. "New & Selected Poems" was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1995. He has received NEA grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship for poetry and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation for nonfiction. Most recently he was honored with a Hispanic Heritage Award for literature in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His most recent book, "A Natural Man," has just been published by Chronicle Books.

Other writers featured during the week are Charles Harper Webb, Susan Hubbard, Robley Wilson, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Kim Barnes, Robert Wrigley, Dorothy Barresi, Dennis Schmitz and Lynne McMahon.

Writers Week is organized by UCR's Department of Creative Writing, with funding and support from the California Arts Council, the Riverside Arts Foundation, Poets and Writers, Inc. and the Abraham Polansky Fund. Further information is available via the Web or via telephone, (909) 782-2919.

Writers Week Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 8
2 p.m. -- Susan Hubbard is the author of "Walking on Ice," which received the Associated Writing Program's Short Fiction prize. Her second book of short fiction is, "Blue Money." She is an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Humanities 1500

3:30 p.m. -- Robley Wilson has been editor of "The North American Review" since 1969. "Dancing for Men," one of four short story collections won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize. His novel is "The Victim's Daughter." Humanities 1500

8 p.m. - Gary Soto is the author of 30 books of poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, novels and biography. His latest book is "A Natural Man." Watkins 1000.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
2 p.m. - Sojourner Kincaid Rolle is the author of many collections of poetry. The latest is "Common Ancestry," from Millie Grazie Press. Humanities 1500.

3:30 p.m. -- Kim Barnes' first book of nonfiction, "In The Wilderness" (Doubleday, 1996), was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. She teaches at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho. Humanities 1500.

8 p.m. -- Robert Wrigley has written five books of poetry, including "In the Bank of Beautiful Sins" which won the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award. Wrigley has received a NEA grant and Guggenheim Fellowship and currently teaches at the University of Idaho. His latest book is "Reign of Snakes." Humanities 1500.

Thursday, Feb. 10

2 p.m. -- Dorothy Barresi is the author of "All of the Above," which won the Barnard College New Women Poets Prize, and "The Post-Rapture Diner," which won an American Book Award. She is Director of the Creative Writing Program at California State University, Northridge. Humanities 1500.

3:30 p.m. -- Charles Harper Webb just published a new book of poetry, "Liver," which won the Wisconsin Book Prize. He is a professor of English at California State University, Long Beach and the author of the novel, "TheWilderness Effect." Humanities 1500.

8 p.m. -- Dennis Schmitz has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the di Castagnola Award, the Shelly Award from the Poetry Society of America, and NEA grants in 1976, 1985, and 1992. He has published seven books, the most recent is, "About Night: Selected & New poems," published by Field Editions, 1993. Watkins 1000

Friday, Feb. 11
2 p.m. -- Lynne McMahon is a professor in the Ph.D. program in Creative Writing at the University of Missouri. "The House of Entertaining Science" is the most recent of her three books of poetry. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and an Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant among others. Humanities 1500

3:30 p.m. -- Mark Jarman is a professor of English at Vanderbilt University. His sixth book of poetry, "Questions for Ecclesiastes," won the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets. He also has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Humanities 1500

8 p.m. - Dorothy Allison is the author "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Cavedweller," "Two or Three Things I Know for Sure," "Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature," and "Trash." Watkins 1000

9 p.m. - Reception, International Lounge

Saturday, Feb. 12
3 p.m. - A reading by Mark Jarman, Maurya Simon, Amy Uyematsu and Christopher Buckley of "The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place." Simon and Buckley are faculty members in the UCR Department of Creative Writing. Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.

8 p.m. - Amy Uyematsu is the author of two collections of poetry. "30 Miles from J-Town" won the 1992 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Award. "Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain" was published in 1998. Humanities 1500

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