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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

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.

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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.

The Spring 2013 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series includes a diverse group of artists. 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 6: Sallie Lowenstein is the author and illustrator of numerous children’s novels and picture books, including Focus, Sender Unknown, Waiting for Eugene, and Sir Kyle and Lady Madeline. Her books are included in school curriculums around the country and in Canada. As a self-publisher as well as a Scholastic author, she knows the design, editing and business of books from many sides. Her reading is cosponsored by SDSU’s National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature.  lowenstein
March 13: Sheree Rose’s controversial films, videos, performances, and photographs have been shown at museums and galleries around the world. Beginning in 1981, as the staff photographer for Beyond Baroque Literary Center in Venice, California, she documented the growing music, literary, and art scene in Los Angeles. She co-produced the Sundance-Award winning documentary Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist, in 1996. At this event, she will screen some of her work and discuss “Bad Girl and Sick Boy: The Art, Life, and Times of Sheree Rose and Bob Flanagan.” This event is being cosponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature; the Department of Film, Theater, and Television; and the Master of Arts in Liberals Arts and Sciences program.  rose
March 20: The symposium “Occupy the Page: Literary Criticism and Activism” will feature poet Alissa Valles and editor/literary critic Dominic Luxford. An Editor’s Panel will be held at 2 p.m. and a reading at 7 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library. The symposium is cosponsored by the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Poetry International. valles
April 10: Mariela Griffor will be the featured artist for the Spring 2013 Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading. She was born in Concepcion in southern Chile and attended the University of Santiago and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She is the author of Exiliana and House and the co-founder of The Institute for Creative Writers at Wayne State University and Publisher of Marick Press. Her work has appeared in periodicals across Latin America and the United States. griffor
April 17: Christopher Merrill is the author of four books of poetry, including Watch Fire and Brilliant Water, and numerous nonfiction books such as Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War.  His work has been translated into 25 languages, and he serves as the director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. He is the recipient of many awards, including a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities. merrill
April 24: Forrest Gander is the author of several collections of poetry, including Eye Against Eye, Torn Awake, Deeds of Utmost Kindness, and Rush to the Lake, and the novel As a Friend. He is the editor of Mouth to Mouth: 12 Contemporary Mexican Women Poets and the translator of No Shelter: The Selected Poems of Pura López Colomé. His honors include two Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative North American Writing and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Yaddo. Gander is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Brown University. Forrest Gander photo: Sara Barrett? The New School, 11/14/95
Joining Gander will be Pura López Colomé, who is the author of No Shelter: Selected Poems and Aurora. She published literary criticism, poems, and translations in a regular column for the newspaper Unomásuno and has translated into Spanish works by Samuel Beckett, H. D., Seamus Heaney, Gertrude Stein, and others. In 2008 she was awarded the most prestigious poetry prize in Mexico, the Xavier Villurrutia Prize. colome
May 1: Harold Jaffe is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and the author of 19 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and nonfiction, including Paris 60, Induced ComaJesus Coyote, Beyond the Techno-Cave, Terror-Dot-Gov, 15 Serial Killers, False Positive, and his most recent, Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories.  He is the editor of Fiction International. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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.

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

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.

The Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is sponsoring what should be a truly interesting panel on Monday, March 19. At 4 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library, four individuals involved in small press and cooperative publishing will discuss the ins and outs of their trade and take questions on the subject. Later, at 7 p.m., they’ll read from their own works. The panel members 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
Tony Bonds has an MFA in creative writing from SDSU. He is the editor for Rainbow Publishers and Legacy Press, which publishes Christian children’s books. He has had short stories published in various online and print magazines, including Thieves Jargon, The Coffee Shop Chronicles, and A Year in Ink, Volume 5. Tony Bonds
Elizabeth Myhr is a managing editor for Marick Press, co-editor of Web Del Sol Review of Books, and online editor of Shining Horns at Raven Chronicles. She is an editor at Calypso Editions, which is an artist-run, cooperative press dedicated to publishing quality literary books of poetry and fiction with a global perspective. Her tasks at Calypso Editions also include online media, social marketing, and managing the day-to-day business. She also works as a freelance editor, and her writing has appeared in several journals including Alaska Quarterly Review and Poet magazine. She is the author of the vanishings & other poems. Elizabeth Myhr
Martin Woodside is involved with content production, finances, and development for Calypso Editions. His poetry chapbook Stationary Landscapes came out in 2009. He studied Romanian poetry on a Fulbright in 2009-10 and is currently translating Romanian poets into English. Martin Woodside

Whether you’re majoring in business, criminal justice, or biology, there’s a lot you can learn from these folks. Chances are, sometime in your future career, you’re going to need or want to publish, and it will benefit you to know what the editors, marketing people, and production people at the publishers of your choice actually do.

David MatlinAuthor David Matlin will read from his recently released novel, A HalfMan Dreaming, on March 14 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library as part of the Spring 2012 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series. The event is free and open to all.

Matlin is a novelist, poet, and essayist and the author of 10 books. His first novel, How the Night Is Divided, was nominated for a National Book circle Critics Award. Prisons: Inside the New America, published by San Diego State University Press, is based on a 10-year experience teaching in one of the oldest prison education programs in the nation. Matlin is an associate professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and teaches in the MFA program.

For more information, contact Meagan Marshall at marshall_Meagan@yahoo.com. Additional information can be found on Facebook by “liking” The Living Writers Series.

For the first time in the series’ 30 years, the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is being offered as a course at SDSU (ENGL 579). The folks who organize this program have done an excellent job of assembling an impressive roster of writers for their inaugural course, and, as always, the public is invited to hear these writers speak at evening readings during the fall 2011 semester. All of the readings listed below will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library.

September 19: Fred Moramarco is a professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and founding editor of Poetry International. He is the author or editor of seven books, including his most recent, The City of Eden. Fred Moramarco
Sarah Maclay is a clinical professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, book review editor of Poetry International, and the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Music for the Black Room, as well as three chapbooks. Her poems and criticism appear in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to the Present, The Writers Chronicle, and elsewhere. Sarah Maclay
October 3: Daniel Shapiro is director of literature and editor/managing editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. He is the author of the poetry manuscripts The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems and Child with a Swan’s Wings. His poems and translations have appeared in the literary magazines American Poetry Review, Grand Street, and Poetry Northwest and in the anthologies Burnt Sugar, Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, and many others. Daniel Shapiro
October 10: Ishion Hutchinson is a native of Jamaica and an MFA graduate of New York University. His work has appeared in the LA Review, Caribbean Review of Books, Poetry International, and the chapbook Bryan’s Bay. He recently won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for his debut collection, Far District. Ishion Hutchinson
October 24: Shirley Geok-Lin Lim’s first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula, was published in 1980 and won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award in 1997. She is the author of five books of poems, three books of short stories, two books of criticism, and two novels (Joss and Gold and Sister Swing). Lim is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
November 7: Richard Burgin is the author of 15 books, including the novels Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet and the short story collections The Spirit Returns and Fear of Blue Skies. His book The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Songs was listed in The Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2006 and was listed in The Huffington Post as one of the 40 best books of fiction in the last decade. Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review, New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard. Richard Burgin
CANCELED – November 21: Chris Abani’s first novel, Masters of the Board, published when he was 18, landed him in prison, as the Nigerian government believed the book to be a blueprint for a real coup. He has since published two more novels, two novellas, and five books of poetry, including his most recent, Sanctificum, in 2010. His 2005 novel, Graceland, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a silver medal from the California Book Award For Fiction. Abani is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award. Chris Abani
December 5: Tayari Jones is the author of three novels: Leaving Atlanta, which received the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction; The Untelling; and Silver Sparrow. She has received fellowships from organizations such as the Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and The MacDowell Colony. Jones is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University and will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel. Tayari Jones

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.

Salons—a gathering of people at a residence or hall to converse and to listen to works of literature and philosophy—were popular during the 17th and 18th centuries in France. However, considering the list I’ve included below, I believe the SDSU Library could rival even the most famous French salon, the Hotel de Rambouillet! At the Salon de Malcolm Love, you don’t have to know French to enjoy the brilliant writers and lecturers we’re hosting this spring. You just need a thirst for knowledge and a taste for literature.

In an earlier post, I promised you an updated list of our happenings, and here it is:

March 15: Glover Davis will give a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL108. Davis is a professor emeritus of creative writing at SDSU, where he taught for almost 40 years. His books of poetry include Bandaging Bread, August Fires, Legend, and Separate Lives. His most recent collection is Spring Drive. For more information, call (619) 594-6054. This event is part of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series.
March 22: Poet Shadab Zeest Hashmi will be the featured artist at the Laurie Okuma Memorial Reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. Hashmi has been the editor of the annual Magee Park Poets Anthology since 2000. Originally from Pakistan, she now lives in San Diego. Her work has appeared in Nimrod International, New Millennium Writings, The Bitter Oleander, Poetry Conspiracy, San Diego Poetry Annual, and Pakistani Literature. Her book of poems, Baker of Tarifa, was published in 2010.
March 24: Author David Kirby will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Kirby is a professor of English at Florida State University and the author of more than 20 books, including Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll, The House on Boulevard St., and The Ha-Ha. His work has won numerous awards, including four Pushcart Prizes, the James Dickey Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Art, and the Guggenheim Foundation. For more information, call (619) 594-1522 or email poetry.international@yahoo.com.
April 13: Harold Jaffe will read from two recent books (Paris 60 and Induced Coma) at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Spring 2011 Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series. Jaffe is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and the author of 19 volumes of fiction, docufiction, and nonfiction. His books include Jesus Coyote, Terror-Dot-Gov, False Positive, and his most recent, Anti-Twitter: 150 50-Word Stories. He is the editor of Fiction International. For more information, call (619) 594-6054.
April 14: In conjunction with the SDSU Library’s Civil War exhibit, Ed Blum will discuss “Satan and the Civil War: Considering Ultimate Evil in the War that Shaped America.” The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. in Room LL430. Blum is an assistant professor of history at SDSU and the author of Reforging the White Republic and W. E. B. Du Bois, American Prophet.
April 18: Nikola Madirov will present a poetry reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Madirov is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Locked in the City, Somewhere Nowhere, and Relocated Stone. He was the poetry editor for the Macedonian e-magazine Blesok and lives in Macedonia and works as a poet, essayist, and literary translator. For more information, call (619) 594-1522 or email poetry.international@yahoo.com.
April 20: “Neither Historian Nor Novelist: Captain Francis Moore & The Making of Civil War Memory” is the topic of a lecture to be given by Thomas Bahde, visiting scholar in the Department of History at UCSD, at 7:30 p.m. in Room LL430. Bahde is a specialist in nineteenth-century U.S. history with a focus on race, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.The lecture is in conjunction with the library’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.
May 9: Writers Rikki Ducornet and Katie Farris will present a reading at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 as part of the Poetry International Spring Reading Series. Ducornet is the author of five books of poetry and eight novels, including the Fan Maker’s Inquisition and The Jade Cabinet.
Farris has been widely published in literary journals, and her first book, Boysgirls, is due out in spring 2011. For more information, call (619) 594-1522.

All of these events are free and open to the public. We’d enjoy hearing your feedback if you attended any of these events, so please leave a comment by clicking “Leave a Comment” under the post title.

Susan ConleyA lot of people have written memoirs about living abroad. A lot of people have penned about motherhood. And if you check the shelves at Barnes & Noble, you’ll find a lot of biographies written by people dealing with cancer. But Susan Conley has written about all three…in one book.

Conley, her husband, and two sons moved from Maine to Beijing in 2007 in time for the build-up to the 2008 Olympics. Just as they were settling in, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She returned to the States for treatment and then rejoined her family in China. That would drive a lot of people crazy; it drove Conley to write a best-selling book titled The Foremost Good Fortune, which was picked as a Top 10 Read for February 2011 by O, The Oprah Magazine.

We at the SDSU Library have the foremost good fortune of cohosting a reading by Conley on March 3 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. Like all the Hugh Hyde Series events, it’s free and open to all.

Actually, this is something of a homecoming for Conley; she is an SDSU MFA graduate in poetry. She’s also the cofounder and executive director of the Telling Room, a writer’s workshop and literary hub for the southern Maine area. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Harvard Review, and Ploughshares.

I hope you’ll attend this reading. We all could learn a lot from Conley…about writing, about China, and about plowing through the hard times with grace.

Joe Haske

Joe Haske

The Hugh Hyde reading scheduled for Wednesday night features TWO excellent authors. That’s double the good words and entertainment!

Authors Joe Haske and Eric Miles Williamson will read from their works on February 16 at 7 p.m. in Room LL430. As always the reading is free and open to all.

Haske is the book review editor for The 7pm Texas Review, and his critical and creative work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Boulevard, American Book Review, and Southwestern American Literature.

Eric Miles Williamson

Eric Miles Williamson


Williamson is a novelist and literary critic, member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and an editor of the American Book Review, Boulevard, and Texas Review. He is the author of four books, most recently Welcome to Oakland. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Texas-Pan American.

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