Charles Evered, professor of playwriting, will introduce his UCR colleagues at a reading to benefit the Charles J. Evered House, an artist residency for veterans named in his father’s honor.

The “CJE House,” located near the Joshua Tree National Park, will host three residents per year, including writers, painters and musicians. In addition, those who work in conflict zones, including war reporters and combat photographers, will be encouraged to apply.

The CJE House is a program division of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a non profit 501 (C) (3) organization, also located in Joshua Tree.

The program will consist of an introduction by Evered, brief remarks by Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, (himself a graduate of the United States Military Academy), followed by short readings by Allison Hedge Coke, Susan Straight, and Loren Masters. Readings will be followed by a Q&A period.

Event is free, though donations are appreciated.

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Call for Readers for Next Writers Resist

This will be the second Writers Resist event held at UCR

Writers Resist is returning for another evening of free expression. UCR undergraduates, graduate students, faculty writers, alumni, and Inland Empire writers and artists are invited to participate in the event on May 31. Read your work in resistance to attacks on principles of freedom and justice in our community.

The event is a literary protest and show of strength that began just before the January 2017 Presidential inauguration to signal that all eyes, ears, and pens are trained on Washington. This will be the second Writers Resist event held at UCR.

If you would like to share your work, please submit your intent to read and your genre, major (if applicable), and affiliation to UCR or the Inland Empire to by Saturday, May 12.

Writers Resist will be held Thursday, May 31 from 5-7 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary Round Lab, INTS 1111. This event is free and open to the campus.

Find more information about the movement at

Urban Pomegranate Grove Added to Parking Lot 24

Fiona Duong, 22, planted one of the pomegranate trees on the Southside of parking lot 24, on April 20, 2018. UCR

Pedestrians who walk by parking lot 24 now have a row of newly planted pomegranate trees to admire – and eventually supply them with fruit.

John Chater, a postdoctoral researcher with the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and a 2016 University of California Global Food Initiative fellow, brought the first 13 trees to lot 24 on a recent weekday. The intention behind this project, the first of two phases, is to make pomegranates – a nutrient-dense fruit – accessible to the campus community. Eventually, lot 24 will have a total of 25 trees.

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