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.
Percival Everett and Mike Davis
2023 LA Review of Books (LARB) - UCR Department of Creating Writing Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees
Stephen Minot Lecture
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
Writers Week 2023 Schedule
Session 1 runs from 1:00–2:15 p.m. | Session 2 runs from 2:30–3:45 p.m.
Monday, February 13
Session 1 - Vanessa Hua, Joseph Han, Bojan Louis
Bestselling Fiction writer and journalist Vanessa Hua, whose honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, James D. Phelan literary award, Steinbeck Fellowship in Creative Writing, Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature, James Madison Freedom of Information Award, and the Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice, reads from her latest novel Forbidden City (2022, longlisted Joyce Carol Oates Prize). Joseph Han reads from his debut novel Nuclear Family (2022), named a best book of the year by Time, NPR, New York Times Book Review and BookRiot. American Book Award-winning (Currents) poet and prose writer Bojan Louis reads from his debut fiction collection Sinking Bell: Stories (2022)
Moderator: Quyen Pham
Session 2 – Daniel H. Wilson, Cyde Derrick, Kate Anger
Cherokee citizen Daniel H. Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestselling Robopocalypse two-book series, How to Survive a Robot Uprising, The Clockwork Dynasty, Amped and The Andromeda Evolution; the official sequel to Michael Crichton’s epochal novel. Screenwriter, playwright, film producer, and fiction writer (UCR's Executive Director of Principal Giving) Clyde Derrick's latest release is The Ghost Trio (2023, Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Chapbook/Novelette Contest winner). Playwright and essayist Kate Anger'sdebut novel The Shinnery (2022) is historical fiction set in the nineteenth century. Anger teaches playwriting for UCR's Department of Theater, Film, and Digital Production
Moderator: Carlina Perna
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
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
Session 1 – Morgan Talty, David Tromblay, Ramona Emerson
Both Morgan Talty’s debut novel Night of the Living Rez (2022) and Ramona Emerson’s debut novel Shutter Fiction (2022) were longlisted for the National Book Award and appeared on many most anticipated and best books lists for the year. David Tromblay published celebrated books of nonfiction (As You Were) and fiction (Sangre Road) in 2021.
Session 2 – LIVE 1128 INTS – Charmaine Craig, Susan Straight, Mike Davis Tribute
Susan Straight helped found the creative writing department at UCR and has published a dozen books and has won or been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards, including the National Book Award. Mecca (2022) is her ninth novel and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. UCR professor Charmaine Craig’s My Nemesis (2023) follows her NBA-longlisted Miss Burma (2017). Mike Davis, who passed away in October 2022 was distinguished professor emeritus at UCR and is being honored posthumously with our UCR/LARB Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thursday, February 16
Session 1 – No'u Revilla, Nathaniel Mackey (Stephen Minot Lecture), Abigail Chabitnoy
Hawaiian poet No'u Revilla's debut collection, Ask The Brindled (2022) was the winner of the 2021 National Poetry Series. Poet, critic, and novelist Nathaniel Mackey has won the National Book Award among many others, and is currently Reynolds Price Professor of Creative Writing at Duke University. He is among the most influential writers of our time. Poet Abigail Chabitnoy’s latest is In the Current Where Drowning is Beautiful (2022), following on her prizewinning How to Dress a Fish (2016).
Session 2 – Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, David Campos, Crystal AC Salas
Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is the founder of Women Who Submit, a Los Angeles nonprofit helping women writers, and the author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge. David Campos and Crystal AC Salas are both graduates of the UCR MFA program, Salas’s Grief Logic (2022) is a winner of the inaugural Alta California Chapbook Prize, and Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize winner and Canto Mundo fellow Campos’s American Quasar (with illustrations by Maceo Montoya, recently named editor of Huizache) was published in 2021.
4:00 p.m. – LIVE 1128 INTS – Tom Lutz and Juan Felipe Herrera
Tom Lutz, professor at UCR, and Juan Felipe Herrera, professor emeritus at UCR and Poet Laureate of the US Emeritus, are better known for their writing, but both have spent some time working in visual media. Today they talk with Andrew Winer about their photography, Juan Felipe discussing his pictures of places, and Tom his pictures of people.
Friday, February 17
Session 1 - Ashanti Anderson, Ruben Quesada, Paul Hlava Ceballos
A panel of three UCR alumni. Black Queer Disabled poet, screenwriter, playwright, and occasional essayist Ashanti Anderson’s (MFA, UCR) Black Under (2021) won the Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Competition. Poet, writer, editor, organizer Ruben Quesada (BA, MFA, UCR / PhD Texas Tech) is the founder of Mercy Street, a monthly online poetry reading series begun as a response to the CoVid pandemic. His latest work is Latinx Poetics: Essays on the Art of Poetry (2022). He teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles and for UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Paul Hlava Ceballos (BA UCR / MFA NYU / Bellevue College Echocardiography) is the author of banana [ ] (2022 winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry), has been awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, 4Culture arts grant, Poets House fellowship, and Cave Canem Writing Across Cultures fellowship.
Moderator: Ebonee O'Bryant
Session 2 – LIVE 1128 INTS – Allison Hedge Coke, Jan Beatty (D. Charles Whitney Reader), Ayize Jama-Everett
2022-2023 Mellon Dean's Professor, Distinguished Professor, Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is the author of 7 books of poetry, a memoir, and a play. Recent honors include an inaugural California Arts Council Legacy Artist Fellowship (2021−2022) and a Fulbright Scholar Award. Hedge Coke's latest release is Look at This Blue (2022, National Book Award finalist). Our 2023 D. Charles Whitney Reader, Jan Beatty, is the author of American Bastard: A Memoir (2021, Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award), The Body Wars: Poems (2020), Jackknife: New & Selected, Switching/Yard, Red Sugar, Bone Shaker and Mad River, and other books. Beatty Hosted the NPR-affiliated WYEP-FM public radio show Prosody. She taught creative writing for 25 years and is the managing editor of MadBooks. Her awards include a Milt Kessler Book Award, State Street Chapbook prize, Agnus Lynch Starrett Prize, Pablo Neruda Prize, Discovery Nation Prize, New Person Award, Heinz Creative Achievement Award, and was a finalist for a Paterson Prize and a Guy Owen Prize. UCR MFA alumnus Ayize Jama-Everett is the author of six books of fiction. In 2023, his new releases include: Heroes of an Unknown World and Box of Bones: Book Two (a graphic novel illustrated by UCR professor John Jennings, a two-time Eisner Awardee). Jama-Everett also holds masters degrees in Divinity and Clinical Psychology.
Moderator: Carlina Perna