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Welcome to Fall Semester 2013! The people who organize the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series have put together a must-see group of poets and writers for this semester. 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 18: Pireeni Sundaralingam was born in Sri Lanka and attended Oxford, where she studied experimental psychology. She has held national fellowships both in cognitive science and in poetry. Her poems have been published in journals such as Ploughshares and The Progressive and in anthologies by W.W. Norton and Prentice Hall. She is the co-editor of Indivisible, the first national anthology of South Asian American Poets, which won the Northern California Book Award in 2011. Sundaralingam was awarded a Rosenthal Fellowhip by PEN USA, and she received the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize for the album Bridge Across the Blue. pireeni Sundaralingam
October 9: Halina Duraj is an assistant professor of English at the University of San Diego. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in literary journals such as Witness, Third Coast, and Confrontation. Her novel, Fatherland, was a finalist for the 2010 University of California, Davis, Maurice Prize in Fiction. Halina Duraj
November 6: Tomaz Salamun is one of Europe’s most prominent poets. He edited the literary magazine Perspektive early in his career and was briefly jailed on political charges. He published his first collection of poetry—Poker—at the age of 25 and now is the author of more than 30 collections of poetry in Slovenian and English. Salamun was awarded the Jenko Prize and a Pushcart Prize. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University and teaches occasionally in the United States. Tomaz Salamun
November 13: Ofelia Zepeda is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation who teaches at the University of Arizona, where she has been the director of the American Indian Studies Program and is the director of the American Indian Language Development Institute. She is the author of the first book on the grammar of the Tohono O’odham language, A Tohono O’odham Grammar. Zepeda’s poetry collections include Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert and Jewed’l-hoi/Earth Movements. She edits Sun Tracks, a book series devoted to publishing work by Native American artists and writers, at the University of Arizona Press. In 1999, Zepeda was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her lifelong work on American Indian language issues. Ofelia Zepeda
November 20: William Luvaas is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in The American Fiction Anthology, Antioch Review, The San Diego Reader, and The Village Voice, among others. He is the author of four books, including The Seductions of Natalie Bach, Going Under, and Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle. He is online fiction editor for Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Luvaas received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction for 2006-07 and an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship in 1981, and several of his works have received first place awards in fiction contests. William Luvaas
December 4: Sandra Alcosser started the MFA Program in Creative Writing at San Diego State University and is currently a professor of poetry, fiction, and feminist poetics there. She is the author of A Fish to Feed All Hunger, Sleeping Inside the Glacier, and Except by Nature. Alcosser’s poems have been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize Series. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and a Pushcart Prize. Sandra Alcosser

For more information about any of these readings, please contact Meagan Marshall at marshall_Meagan@yahoo.com or “like” the Living Writers Series on Facebook.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering what’s going on behind the fluttering green curtain and chain-link fence occupying the center of Centennial Walkway on the west side of Love Library. Curiosity got the best of me today, so—with camera and ladder in hand—I found out!

construction outside Love Library

The very non-exciting answer to my quest is, they’re repairing a steam tunnel.

New Media room

Can you picture yourself and your friends using this to create presentations?

Picture this…pretty soon you can!

Demonstrations of the newly updated media rooms will be held in the library’s Media Center on Wednesday, August 14, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Friday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Room 63 in the Media Center underwent upgrades and the addition of other amenities over the summer. It now contains a MediaScape system and an in-room camera/audio system for recording personal presentations.

Media group study room

Three additional rooms in the Media Center also have been outfitted as large-screen group study rooms. During the demonstrations, Michael Lapins, Media Center supervisor, will speak about some of the upcoming changes, such as new equipment loan rules and cables and adaptors for use by students with their mobile devices and Media Center equipment. Michael also will discuss how the Media Center is evolving to serve students’ technical needs.

In case you’ve never visited the Media Center, it’s in the basement of the Library Addition near the Laptop Lounge. While you’re there, take a look at the many movies and CDs you can checkout. The Media Center also loans Nooks and video cameras.