36th Annual Writers Week Begins Feb. 4

Los Angeles Times Editor Davan Maharaj to give Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on the state of journalism at UC Riverside celebration of writers and writing

Davan Maharaj

Davan Maharaj

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Writers Week — Southern California’s longest-running, free event devoted to writing and writers — returns to the University of California, Riverside Feb. 4-8 with award-winning novelists, poets and journalists.

Los Angeles Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj will discuss “The Will to Change” in the 45th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture on Feb. 4, the opening day of Writers Week. Maharaj, a 23-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, was named editor and executive vice president in December 2011. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in University Theatre. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are requested and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-3144.

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture is a series devoted to addressing issues in journalism and the media that was begun in 1966 by the late Howard H (Tim) Hays when he was editor of The Press-Enterprise newspaper.

Award-winning authors Jamaica Kincaid, Jayne Anne Phillips and David Shields headline a cast of noted writers who will participate in panel discussions and readings throughout the 36th annual Writers Week. The event regularly attracts seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers.

“We have an amazing line-up this year,” said Tom Lutz, professor of creative writing at UCR and director of Writers Week. Lutz also is editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), which this year will interview writers during the weeklong event and produce short films about them for the LARB website. LARB is an online, nonprofit, multimedia literary and cultural arts magazine.

“As the West Coast’s most prestigious book review, LARB will help give new prominence — locally, nationally and internationally — to UCR’s Writers Week; as Southern California’s longest-running literary event, Writers Week provides extraordinary opportunities for LARB,” Lutz said. “For writers, the combination is great, especially writers who are launching new books, as are Jamaica Kincaid, Reyna Grande, Ruben Martinez and David Shields, among others.”

Works by Writers Week authors will be available for purchase at the venue on the days of their presentations.

Writers Week 2013 is made possible by support from the UC Riverside College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and the Los Angeles Review of Books. The lecture by Jamaica Kincaid is made possible by generous financial support from UC Riverside African Student Programs.

UC Riverside has the only undergraduate creative writing program in the University of California and offers a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and writing for the performing arts.


Here is the schedule for Writers Week. All activities take place in the CHASS Interdisciplinary Building South, Screening Room 1128, except for the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture and the Jayne Anne Phillips keynote reading. Admission is free. Parking on campus is $6, and permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive, near University Avenue. Public parking is available near the Culver Center.

Monday, Feb. 4
1 p.m. — Tod Goldberg, novelist and director of the Low Residency M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at UCR’s Palm Desert Center
2:30 p.m. — Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times columnist and novelist
4 p.m. — Reyna Grande, novelist and memoirist
7:30 p.m. — Davan Maharaj, 45th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecturer. This event is in the University Theatre.

Tuesday, Feb. 5
1 p.m. — Jacqueline Berger, poet
2 p.m. — Sheila Sanderson, poet
3:30 p.m. — Christopher Buckley, poet and professor of creative writing at UCR
5 p.m. — Patricia Hampl, critically acclaimed poet and memoirist

Wednesday, Feb. 6

David Shields

David Shields

Noon — Nalo Hopkinson, noted science fiction author and associate professor of creative writing at UCR
3 p.m. — David Shields, author of 12 books, among them “Reality Hunger: A Manifesto,” named one of the best books of 2010 by more than 30 publications, and “Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity,” winner of the PEN/Revson Award
5 p.m. — Wanda Coleman, poet, and Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate and professor of creative writing at UCR (Note: Due to illness, this session has been cancelled.)

Thursday, Feb. 7

Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid

1 p.m. — Rebecca O’Connor, nonfiction
2 p.m. — Aimee Phan, novelist
3:30 p.m. — Rubén Martinez, nonfiction writer, poet and documentarian
7 p.m. — Jamaica Kincaid, winner of numerous awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Prix Femina Étranger, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. Her first book, “At the Bottom of the River” (1983), won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Paris Review.


Friday, Feb. 8

Jayne Anne Phillips

Jayne Anne Phillips

2 p.m. — Mariah Young, novelist and recent graduate of the UCR Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts M.F.A.program
4 p.m. — Marisela Norte, poet and fiction writer
7:30 p.m. — Jayne Anne Phillips, keynote reader. This event is at the UCR Culver Center of the Arts, located in the 3800 block of Main Street in downtown Riverside. Phillips wrote her first book, “Black Tickets,” when she was 26. The collection of stories, published in 1979, won the prestigious Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. Her novels include “Machine Dreams,” nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and named one of the 12 Best Books of the Year (1984) by the New York Times Book Review; “Shelter,” winner of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and named one of the Best Books of the Year (1994) by Publishers Weekly; and “MotherKind.” She is a professor of English and director of the Master of Fine Arts program at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-7847
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Additional Contacts

Tom Lutz
E-mail: tom.lutz@ucr.edu

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