Inlandia Institute Events Feature UCR Writers

Faculty authors Susan Straight and Eliud Martinez, and alumna Rebecca O’Connor will participate in readings this week in Redlands and Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—UC Riverside authors will speak in Redlands and Riverside this week at events sponsored by the Inlandia Institute.

The institute will celebrate the launch of “New California Writing 2011,” a collection of thought-provoking articles, fiction and poetry about California, with readings by contributors on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and Wednesday, Oct. 5. The anthology was published by Heyday in April.

Among the speakers will be Susan Straight, professor of creative writing at UC Riverside and author of the award-winning “Highwire Moon” and “A Million Nightingales”; and Rebecca K. O’Connor, a UCR alumna and author of “Lift” and “Falcon’s Return.”

The Oct. 4 event begins at 7 p.m. at the San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands. On Oct. 5, the book launch begins at 6:30 p.m. at UC Riverside’s Culver Center for the Arts, 3834 Main St. in downtown Riverside.

Eliud Martinez, UCR professor of creative writing emeritus, will be the featured speaker at a public literary event on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Downtown Riverside Public Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave.

All Inlandia Institute events are free and open to the public. The institute is a nonprofit literary center that supports all forms of literary activity through community programs in the Inland region. For more information about the Inlandia Institute and its programs go to

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