UCR Presents 39th Annual Celebration of Writers Feb. 2-4, 2016

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, novelist Walter Mosley to speak

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UC Riverside and Los Angeles Review of Books will team up to award the first Lifetime Achievement Award to novelist John Rechy during Writers Week, Feb. 2-4, 2016.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Walter Mosley, author of the popular Easy Rawlins and Fearless Jones mysteries, will headline the 39th Annual Writers Week Feb. 2-4, 2016, at the University of California, Riverside.

Writers Week is the longest-running, free literary event in California and regularly attracts seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking permits will be available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. All author presentations will be in Interdisciplinary Building South.

“This may be the most exciting Writers Week in the long, distinguished history of the event,” says Tom Lutz, this year’s director. “Herrera, the U.S. poet laureate, has picked 10 great poets, including such luminaries as Li-Young Lee, Barbara Jane Reyes, and Brenda Cardenas. UCR and Los Angeles Review of Books are teaming up to give their first Lifetime Achievement Award to groundbreaking novelist John Rechy. Walter Mosley, the most important writer of L.A. noir novels; Darryl Pinckney, like Mosley, one of the nation’s most important African American writers; Cory Doctorow, one of our most prominent theorists of digital culture; Karolina Waclawiak, whose latest novel was just picked up as a series on ABC. It is a very high-wattage group.”

Juan Felipe Herrera, UCR professor of creative writing emeritus and a former California poet laureate, will curate a day of poetry on Feb. 2 and will speak at 7 p.m. Walter Mosley will be a writer in residence during the week and will deliver the keynote on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Among other featured writers are:

  • Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the novel The Sympathizer (Grove/Atlantic, 2015). He is a professor at USC, and along with his academic books, he has published short fiction in Manoa, Best New American Voices 2007, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterlyChicago Tribune, and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize. He has finished a collection of short stories and is finishing Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2016.
  • Parnaz Foroutan, who received PEN USA’s Emerging Voices fellowship to write her first novel, “The Girl from the Garden” (2015), which was inspired by her own family history. She has been named to the Hedgebrook fellowship and residency, and received funding from the Elizabeth George Foundation, among other institutions.
  • Poet Amy Uyematsu, who was raised in Southern California by nisei parents who had been interned at Manzanar and Gila internment camps during World War II. She is the author of several poetry collections, including “The Yellow Door” (2015), “Stone Bow Prayer” (2005), “Nights of Fire, Nights of Rain” (1997), and “30 Miles from J-Town” (1992), which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize.  She co-edited the seminal UCLA ethnic studies anthology Roots: An Asian American Reader (1971). Uyematsu’s work has been included in numerous journals and anthologies.
  • Carolina De Robertis is the internationally bestselling author of The Gods of TangoPerla, and The Invisible Mountain, which was a Best Book of 2009 according to the San Francisco Chronicle, O, The Oprah Magazine, and BookList. She is the recipient of Italy’s Rhegium Julii Prize and a 2012 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been translated into seventeen languages. De Robertis, a writer of Uruguayan origins, and she is co-producing a documentary about people of African descent in Uruguay while working on her fourth novel.

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