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46th UCR Writers Week Festival
February 13-17, 2023

Online. Free and open to the public. Captioned & ASL interpreted.
February 18 ticketed post-event celebration with our Lifetime Achievement Award Partner LA Review of Books. 

Register for Writers Week 2023

Percival Everett and Mike Davis

2023 LA Review of Books (LARB) - UCR Department of Creating Writing Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees



Nathaniel Mackey

Stephen Minot Lecture

Jan Beatty

D. Charles Whitney Reader

46th UCR Writers Week Featured Writers

Abigail Chabitnoy, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Angela Peñaredondo, Ashanti Anderson, Ayize Jama-Everett, Bojan Louis, Boris Dralyuk, Charmaine Craig, Clyde Derrick, Courtney Cook, Crystal AC Salas, Daniel H. Wilson, David Campos, David Jean Tromblay, Gabriela Jauregui, Jan Beatty, Jennifer Croft, Joseph Han, Juan Felipe Herrera, Kate Anger, Mike Davis, Morgan Talty, Nathaniel Mackey, Noʻu Revilla, Paul Hlava Ceballos, Percival Everett, Ramona D. Emerson, Reza Aslan, Ruben Quesada, Susan Straight, Tom Lutz, Vanessa Hua, and Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo












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Writers Week 2023 Schedule

Session 1 runs from 1:00–2:15 p.m. |  Session 2 runs from 2:30–3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, February 14
  • Session 1 – Gabriela Jauregui, Angela Peñaredondo, Boris Dralyuk

    Gabriela Jauregui is a Mexican poet, critic, scholar, editor, and publisher, and one of the central feminist and literary voices in contemporary Mexican culture. Winner of the Hillary Gravedyck prize for All Things Lose Thousands of Times (2016), Angela Peñaredondoqueer Filipinx writer and interdisciplinary educator-artist-scholar will read from her most recent release Nature Felt but Never Apprehended (2023). Boris Dralyuk, a prominent translator from Russian and Ukrainian just stepping down as editor in chief of Los Angeles Review of Books, is the author of My Hollywood and Other Poems (2022).

    Moderator: Carlina Perna


    Gabriela Jauregui
    Photo by Martin Escamilla

    Sexto Piso
    Feminist Press, NY


    Angela Peñaredondo

    Nature Felt but Never Apprehended 
    All Things Lose Thousands of Times
    Noemi Press
    California State University, San Bernardino


    Boris Dralyuk
    Photo by Jennifer Croft

    My Hollywood and Other Poems
    As translator and editor: Maxim Osipov's "Kilometer 101"
    Paul Dry
    NYRB Classics

  • Session 2 – Reza Aslan, Jennifer Croft, Courtney Cook

    Religious studies scholar, screenwriter, television host, essayist, and public intellectual Reza Aslan’s latest bestseller is An American Martyr in Persia: The Epic Life and Tragic Death of Howard Baskerville (2022, one of NPR's Books We Love in 2022). An Emmy and Peabody nominated producer, recipient of the prestigious James Joyce Award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Jennifer Croft is a writer and translator whose translations include Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarczuk’s The Books of Jacob (2018 Man Booker International Prize); Croft’s critically acclaimed memoir is Homesick (2020, William Saroyan International Prize). Courtney Cook (MFA, UCR) is the author and illustrator of the graphic memoir The Way She Feels: My Life on the Borderline in Pictures and Pieces (2021), a Book Riot Best Book of the Year, 2022 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Bisexual Nonfiction, and 2022 Heartland Booksellers Award Finalist in Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, and Split Lip Magazine, and has been featured by McLean Hospital and other notable mental health organizations.

    Moderator: Trinity Thompson

  • 5:00 p.m. – LIVE 1128 INTS – Lifetime Achievement Award: Percival Everett
    Lifetime Achievement Award: Percival Everett

    Percival Everett Percival Everett is the celebrated author of twenty-three novels and eleven other books, and one of this year’s two UCR Department of Creative Writing/Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) Lifetime Achievement Awards honorees. He has won or been shortlisted for almost every major literary prize, often more than once. Honors include: 2022 Thomas Wolfe Prize, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Book Critics Circle, Dos Passos Prize, the PEN Center USA Award for Fiction, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, the 2010 Believer Book Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, a Creative Capital Award, BS the Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and recent finalist for the Pulitzer and the Booker Prize. Everett is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. His latest book is Dr. No (2023).

    “Everett has cultivated a reputation for his vast, genre-defying and sometimes gleefully unhinged body of work.” —New York Times

    “Percival’s talent is multifaceted, sparked by a satiric brilliance that could place him alongside Wright and Ellison.” —Publisher’s Weekly

    “If part of the mission of the artist is to expand the thinking of the culture in which he exists, I have my work cut out for me.” —Percival Everett

    “There are two kinds of readers in America: those who are reading Percival Everett, and those who are missing out.” —National Book Critics Circle Judges Citation

    Moderator: Quyen Pham

Wednesday, February 15
Thursday, February 16
Friday, February 17


The 46th Writers Week 2023 is made possible by Inland Empire Magazine; Faculty Commons Health Inequities; Katipunan Pilipino Student Organization; UCR Department of Hispanic Studies; UCR Department of Sociology; UCR Department of English/ The Speculative Fiction and Cultures of Science (SFCS); UCR Department of DanceAfrican Student Programs (ASP)UCR Department of Media and Cultural Studies; UCR Department of Religious Studies; UCR Department of Political Science; UCR Latino and Latin American Studies Research Center, Dr. Alfonso Gonzales Toribio, Advanced Associate Professor and Ronald H. Chilcote Chair;  UCR Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production; Poets & Writers; UCR  Center for Ideas and Society; Asian Pacific Student Programs; UCR LGBT Resource Center; UCR Department of Music; Associate Professor and Tomás Rivera Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and English, Pr. Alex Espinoza; Distinguished Professor and Mellon Dean's Professor, Allison Adelle Hedge CokeUCR Emeritus Professor, Jane Smiley; UCR Department of Ethnic Studies; Reclamation and Native American Communities Faculty CommonsCalifornia Center for Native Nations; Dr. Clifford Trafzer, Distinguished Professor of History and Rupert and Jeanette Henry Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs; Native American Student Programs (NASP), Joshua Gonzales, Director; College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office; the Ratliff Family Creative Writing Endowment Fund; our partner the Los Angeles Review of Books, and is hosted by the UCR Department of Creative Writing.