The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is featuring an impressive slate of authors for Spring 2013. 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.

March 5: Monika Zobel’s poems and translations have been published or are forthcoming in Redivider, DIAGRAM, Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Drunken Boat, and Best New Poets 2010, to name a few. She is a senior editor at The California Journal of Poetics and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She now resides in Vienna, Austria. Monika Zobel
March 12: Sherwin Bitsui grew up on a Navajo reservation and now lives in Tucson. He is the author of two books, Flood Song and Shapeshift, and has published poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, and Lit Magazine. His recent honors include a 2011 Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship and a 2011 Native Arts & Culture Foundation Arts Fellowship. He is also the recipient of 2010 PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Writers Award. Sherwin Bitsui
March 19: Renee Swindle received her MFA in creative writing at San Diego State University. She is the author of Please, Please, Please, which was an Essence Magazine bestseller, and more recently Shake Down the Stars. Swindle is the Spring 2014 Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading artist. Renee Swindle
March 26: Mel Freilicher teaches literature at SDSU and UCSD. He is the author of The Unmaking of Americans: 7 Lives, 120 Days in the FBI: My Untold Story by Jane Eyre, and Encyclopedia of Rebels. His work has been published in Bigbridge, Fiction International, New Novel Review, and the San Diego Reader. He is the former editor of the literary magazine Crawl Out Your Window. Mel Freilicher
April 9: Jessica Piazza is the author of two poetry collections: Interrobang and the chapbook This Is Not a Sky. While studying at the University of Texas at Austin, she co-founded and edited Bat City Review and won the Keene Prize for Literature during her final year at UT Austin. Piazza is currently a contributing editor at The Offending Adam. Her work has been published in The National Poetry Review, Agni, Indiana Review, 32 Poems, and The Missouri Review. Jessica Piazza
April 16: Janice Steinberg is an award-winning arts journalist who has published more than 400 articles in The San Diego Union-Tribune, Dance Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. She is also the author of five mystery novels, including the Shamus Award–nominated Death in a City of Mystics. She has taught novel writing at the University of California, San Diego extension, and dance criticism at San Diego State University. Janice Steinberg
May 7: Rick Bass began his career not as an environmental writer, but as a petroleum geologist. During that time, he began to write short stories, which eventually led to a career in writing. Bass is the author of several novels, including Where the Sea Used to Be and All the Land That Holds Us. His fiction has received O. Henry Awards, numerous Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. His nonfiction books include The Deer Pasture, The New Wolves, and The Black Rhinos of Namibia. His stories, articles, and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, among others. Rick Bass

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