The folks who organize the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series have created a great line-up of writers for fall 2012. The readings are free, and you don’t need reservations to attend. All of the readings listed below will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library.

September 12: Joanna Brooks is the author of the popular blog Ask Mormon Girl, which grew out of her memoir, The Book of Mormon Girl. Since the start of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, Brooks has been a sought-after commentator and has been featured on CNN and in the Washington Post. At SDSU, Brooks is an associate professor and chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She is also the author of American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures and currently serves on the editorial board of American Literature. Joanna Brooks
October 3: Jeff Biggers has worked as a writer, editor, educator, and radio correspondent across the United States, Europe, India and Mexico. His award-winning stories have appeared on NPR, PRI, and in various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of The United States of Appalachia, In the Sierra Madre, and Reckoning at Eagle Creek. He co-edited No Lonesome Road: Selected Prose and Poems of Don West, which won an American Book Award. His newest book, State Out of the Union, will be released in late September 2012. Jeff Biggers
October 17: Marilyn Chin is the award-winning author of numerous books, including Rhapsody in Plain Yellow, Dwarf Bamboo, and Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen. She is featured in a variety of anthologies, including The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and The Oxford Anthology of Modern American Poetry. Chin is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU, where she teaches in the MFA program. Marilyn Chin
October 24: Camille Dungy is the author of Suck on Marrow; What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison; and Smith Blue, which won the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize. She serves as editor and co-editor of numerous journals and anthologies, and her poems and essays have been published widely in anthologies and print and online journals. She is a silver medal winner of the California Book Award and has twice received the Northern California Book Award. Dungy is a professor in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University and is the fall 2012 featured artist for the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading. Camille Dungy
November 7: Alumni from SDSU’s MFA program in creative writing will share excerpts from Lantern Tree: Four Books of Poems, which is a group publication published by San Diego City Works Press. The reading will take place on November 7 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library, 5500 Campanile Drive. The event is free and open to all. The authors are
Chris Baron received his MFA in poetry from SDSU in 1998. He is an editor with San Diego City Works Press and is on the executive board for the Border Voices Poetry Project. He also teaches English and writing at San Diego City College and consults on writing programs at other schools. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals, including Pearl, Aethlon, The Journal of Sports Literature, Sierra Club Press, and City Works. Chris Baron
Cali Linfor writes poetry, articles, and short stories. Her first book, A Book of Ugly Things, appears in Lantern Tree: Four Books of Poems. She served as poetry editor of Epicenter Literary Magazine for 16 years and is a member of the Mayday Poetry Workgroup. She currently lectures in rhetoric and writing at SDSU. Cali Linfor
Heather Eudy’s work has been featured in several anthologies, and her first book, Bills of Lading, appears in Lantern Tree: Four Books of Poems. She also writes fiction, essays, and travel narratives. She received her MFA in creative writing from SDSU and has taught English in Mexico and a variety of schools in San Diego. She currently teaches English at Southwestern College and San Diego City College. Heather Eudy
Sabrina Youmans began her career writing for magazines and newspapers. Her first book, Pacific Standard Time, appears in Lantern Tree: Four Books of Poems. She received her MFA from SDSU with Pockets of Air. She has served as a learning specialist for the past 15 years, orienting student-athletes to university writing and the demands of college. She is now a senior learning specialist at UCLA. Sabrina Youmans
November 28: Lance Olsen has written 11 novels, including Calendar of Regrets, Nietzsche’s Kisses: A Novel, and Girl Imagined by Chance. He has authored numerous other publications, including four short-story collections, a poetry chapbook, and a textbook about fiction writing. Olsen is the recipient of the Pushcart Prize, a Fulbright scholar, and a former Idaho writer-in-residence. He serves as chair of the board of directors at Fiction Collective Two and is fiction editor at Western Humanities Review. He is a professor of English at the University of Utah. Lance Olsen

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