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Sponsorship Opportunities for Writers Week 2021
 

Entering its 44th year, UC Riverside’s Writers Week is the longest-running free literary event in California and features the most renowned authors of our day alongside those at the start of promising careers. The full week of events is open to the public and includes readings, conversations, panels, and social activities all focused on the widely varied and exciting work of our participants, many of them among UCR’s powerhouse Creative Writing faculty

This year will be unique in that we are offering all readings for the full week virtually. This stands to expand our participation greatly beyond Southern California. 

Each year we honor distinguished writers for lifetime achievement, celebrating the ways that they have contributed to and changed contemporary writing through their fearless originality. In February 2021, we will be honoring three internationally lauded United States Poet Laureates, each a first in representation for the nation: Rita Dove (1st African American United States Poet Laureate 1993-1993 and Special Bicentennial Consultant 1999-2000), Juan Felipe Herrera (1st Latino United States Poet Laureate 2015-2017), and Joy Harjo (1st American Indian Tribal Citizen and current United States Poet Laureate).

To date, this important event has been solely supported by UCR and various stakeholders in the university. Your support can help us take this event to the next level of impact—continuing to make this a free event for all, enhancing the honoraria for the writers we feature and honor, building our promotion and event execution, and supporting workshops throughout the year that contribute to Writers Week each February. Please help us significantly grow and become a Friend of Writers Week with a tax-deductible gift at any level! Giving levels are offered below.

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Recognition Levels

 

  • $500 – Friend of Writers Week

    Your name will be featured on the virtual donor wall on the Writers Week 2021 web site.

  • $1,000 – Writers Week Supporter

    All benefits listed above, plus 

    • You will be invited to participate in a special virtual gathering with distinguished Writers Week writers and Writers Week Director Allison Hedge Coke, a UCR distinguished professor, American Book Award winner, Fulbright Scholar, and poet.
  • $2,500 – Writers Week Contributor

    All benefits listed above, plus

    • You will receive a signed book from one of our honorees
    • Chancellor Associate’s Benefits (description)
  • $5,000 – Sponsor of Writers Week

    All benefits listed above, plus 

    • You will receive a signed book from one of our honorees
    • Chancellor Associate’s Benefits (description)
  • $10,000 and above – Honored Sponsor of Writers Week

    All benefits listed above, plus 

    • Prominent mention on the virtual donor wall and in all press releases and university generated promotion. 
    • Dinner with top university leadership and the Writers Week Director when COVID restrictions are lifted. 
Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. The brutal killings of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia are part of a pattern of state violence against Black people, which too often remains invisible and unpunished, when it is not blamed on the victims themselves. America’s institutionalized practice of settler colonialism, genocide, slavery, and segregation continues in the form of continued occupation, discrimination, mass incarceration, and racist policing. The nationwide protests we are witnessing are an expression of anger at police violence, a rejection of white supremacy, and a call to our leaders that they live up to the nation's founding proclamation of equality. We demand accountability from the police, disinvestment from law enforcement in favor of education, housing, and community services, and, above all, justice for the victims.


Recognition of Native Lands Statement

We acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the original and traditional territory of Tongva people [Tongva and Cahuilla people] and within Tongva, Cahuilla, Luiseño & Serrano original lands and contemporary territories.

In the spirit of Rupert and Jeanette Costo’s founding relationship to our campus, we would like to respectfully acknowledge and recognize our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water and air: the Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples and all of their ancestors and descendants, past, present and future. Today this meeting place is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world, including UCR faculty, students, and staff, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.

44th Annual Writers Week graphic

The Writers Week emblem, designed from the Agave americana in our local flora, was created to demonstrate our support for initiatives that create a more sustainable campus, community and state that includes indigenous plants on campus and region. We also support the work of the UCR Office of Sustainability and the UCR Botanic Gardens.