Writers Week, the longest-running free literary event in California, celebrated its 40th anniversary Feb. 14-16. Writers Week featured Kenyan novelist, essayist, and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong’o among others.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o spoke about his novel “Wizard of the Crow,” and received the second annual Los Angeles Review of Books/UCR Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award. Other authors who participated in Writers Week were National Book Award Winner Robin Coste Lewis, UCR creative writing professor Allison Hedge Coke, UCR lecturer Rachelle Cruz, and Los Angeles Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez.

“We are very honored an excited to have Ngugi wa Thiong’o as the second recipient of the LA Review of Books/UC Riverside Creative Writing Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Tom Lutz, director of Writers Week and professor of creative writing. “We have many of the world’s most interesting and accomplished writers coming to spend the week with us in Riverside.”

View the slideshow from the Feb. 16 Writers Week event (photos by Michael J. Elderman):

 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference

Asterisk, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LBGT) Resource Center at UCR will present the 3rd Asterisk Trans* Conference on Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 25. Events will kick off with a keynote speech by deaf activist Drago Renteria, and a performance by Trans Chorus of Los Angeles (TCLA).

Renteria is founder of the Deaf Queer Resource Center – a national, nonprofit, resource and information center – and has presented on LGBTQ issues nationwide.

“A student once told me that gender is a universe and we are all stars,” said Nancy Jean Tubbs, the director of UCR’s LGBT Resource Center. “This conference is a unique space for us all to be our authentic selves and learn from each other.”

People of all gender identities and expressions are welcome to attend. Certified ASL interpretation is provided for all keynotes, performances, and workshops.


  • Friday, Feb. 24: Free and open to the public, HUB 302
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: Registration required, second and third floor of HUB.

On-site registration is available. Complimentary event parking is provided in Lot 1. For more information about the event, please contact Nancy Jean Tubbs, director of the LGBT Resource Center, at (951) 827-2267 or nancy.tubbs@ucr.edu. View the full article.

Chicano Student Programs Presents ‘Semana De La Mujer’

Chicano Student Programs presents Semana de la mujer, an annual event series to celebrate Women’s History Month. Semana de la mujer aims to highlight the contributions of Chicana/Latinas and to honor and empower all women.

Join the 2017 Mujer Conference to participate in workshops and dialogue, learn about issues facing women today, network, and use strength for positive change. RSVP online. Other events include Mujer Monologues, a performance monologue followed by a Q&A, Las Profes Panel featuring UCR Chicana/Latina professors, and La Mujer Libre: Dialogue Circle.


  • Mujer Conference 2017: Saturday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m.
  • Mujer Monologues: Monday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at HUB 355
  • Las Profes Panel: Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at HUB 355
  • La Mujer Libre: Dialogue Circle: Wednesday, March 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at HUB 379

For more information visit the Chicano Student Programs website or call (951) 827-3821.

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